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flibble
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Posted Sat Jan 18, 2014, 8:31am
Subject: Re: DeLonghi EC155 (and EC152CD, EC310, etc.) Modification Guide & Ideas
 

Hi guys, I recieved a couple of filters today and I thought an update might be useful for fellow ec330s owners.

Unfortunately the 607706 filter doesn't fit unless you convert the portafilter as described earlier (gets stuck on the screw), also the basket is narrower and so a52mm tamper is too big.

Fortunately I also bought part number 6032109900 which is a perfect fit!  

Thanks all

M
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afelds
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Espresso: De'Longhi EC155
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Posted Wed Jan 29, 2014, 4:55pm
Subject: Re: DeLonghi EC155 (and EC152CD, EC310, etc.) Modification Guide & Ideas
 

I'm also trying to find a good unpressurized portafilter for the EC155. I wrote a bunch on my quest over here, before finding this thread: http://coffeegeek.com/forums/espresso/machines/657188#657188

I found that the 607706, in addition to not fitting in my basket, also does not fully fit over the grouphead (machine purchased Dec '13) - has anyone else run into this? I wish I had found this thread before purchasing the basket....

The La Pavoni Millenium basket that is recommended by Seattle Coffee gear is available for $25 + ~$9 shipping at http://www.espressoparts.com/MP68.

I was able to find the 6032109900 on De'Longhi's European parts website, but I can't seem to find an equivalent for the U.S. distributor. On the phone with them now.

In trying to avoid buying a $34 basket for my $80 EC155, I am looking at the Krups 0907163. Waiting to confirm with the seller if it's pressurized or unpressurized. Click Here (www.marbeck.com)

Thanks for all the helpful thoughts y'all!
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Posted Wed Jan 29, 2014, 5:00pm
Subject: Re: DeLonghi EC155 (and EC152CD, EC310, etc.) Modification Guide & Ideas
 

afelds Said:

I'm also trying to find a good unpressurized portafilter for the EC155. I wrote a bunch on my quest over here, before finding this thread: http://coffeegeek.com/forums/espresso/machines/657188#657188

I found that the 607706, in addition to not fitting in my basket, also does not fully fit over the grouphead (machine purchased Dec '13) - has anyone else run into this? I wish I had found this thread before purchasing the basket....

The La Pavoni Millenium basket that is recommended by Seattle Coffee gear is available for $25 + ~$9 shipping at http://www.espressoparts.com/MP68.

I was able to find the 6032109900 on De'Longhi's European parts website, but I can't seem to find an equivalent for the U.S. distributor. On the phone with them now.

In trying to avoid buying a $34 basket for my $80 EC155, I am looking at the Krups 0907163. Waiting to confirm with the seller if it's pressurized or unpressurized. Click Here (www.marbeck.com)

Thanks for all the helpful thoughts y'all!

Posted January 29, 2014 link

do NOT buy the 0907163.  I purchased it last month from marbeck.  There is only 1 pinhole exit on the bottom of the filter, which makes this filter pressurized.  Look at the previous page for more info.  again, do NOT buy it if you're looking for a depressurized filter.  Good thing it was only like $4-$5.  

I'm with you RE: the Millennium basket.  $34 for a basket is too rich for my blood.  Right now, I just unscrewed the black thing on the bottom and took out the plastic components in the stock filter.
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afelds
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Espresso: De'Longhi EC155
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Posted Wed Jan 29, 2014, 5:52pm
Subject: Re: DeLonghi EC155 (and EC152CD, EC310, etc.) Modification Guide & Ideas
 

Since the 607706 basket is only $2 and replacement portafilter is only $7 from the De'Longhi parts distributor (and their shipping is very reasonable), I think I'm going to try cutting the bottom off. Very cheap to go back to the unmodified portafilter, especially compared to the cost of just the La Pavoni basket.

Off to find my Dremel!
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iluvmysh
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Posted Thu Jan 30, 2014, 7:37am
Subject: Re: DeLonghi EC155 (and EC152CD, EC310, etc.) Modification Guide & Ideas
 

afelds Said:

Since the 607706 basket is only $2 and replacement portafilter is only $7 from the De'Longhi parts distributor (and their shipping is very reasonable), I think I'm going to try cutting the bottom off. Very cheap to go back to the unmodified portafilter, especially compared to the cost of just the La Pavoni basket.

Off to find my Dremel!

Posted January 29, 2014 link

i will be doing the same!
do you happen to know which one is the 1-cup version of the filter basket that's readily available?

edit: i also ordered the 1 cup filter: 607836.  some items are back-ordered until 2/6/2014 though.
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afelds
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Posted Sun Feb 9, 2014, 1:39pm
Subject: Re: DeLonghi EC155 (and EC152CD, EC310, etc.) Modification Guide & Ideas
 

Just pulled my first good shot of espresso ever, with the EC155! Cut the plastic out of the way and trimmed away the screw so I could use a bigger basket. I used 15 grams of beans so it came out pretty slow, but for the first time I could taste almost the same flavor as when these beans were used in my local shop (though I did dark stop it). Updosing also got the sour/bitter tastes to go away. Trying next with 13.5 grams to get the time down from 45+ seconds, and hoping the flavor stays strong. I'm using click #2 on my Porlex JP-30 grinder.  

For anyone diagnosing extraction problems, this page is pure gold. I haven't found a more condensed and useful source of information anywhere else: Click Here (www.home-barista.com)

Here's a video that showed me exactly how to cut/grind the portafilter: http://vimeo.com/24087505

Still having a big problem though. As I mentioned above, the 607706 basket I ordered direct from De'Longhi gets stuck on the grouphead when I take off the portafilter. I have to pull it off and end up burning my fingers every time. Can anyone recommend a basket with a slightly larger diameter? This seems to be a problem of a couple millimeters....

Thanks for all the help y'all!

EDIT:

If anyone needs a scale, this is cheap and good, I've had it for years: Click Here (www.amazon.com)

I was able to more easily remove the stuck basket by rocking the portafilter against it as I pulled it off. Not ideal but will work until another basket is found. The grouphead appears to be safe from getting damaged. It seems to have a black teflon-type coating on the edges, so maybe that will help prevent issues for now.

I did a 13.5 gram shot. It came out in ~35 seconds and I pulled the cup away as it got less creamy. The sourness/bitterness is back. I let this shot go to a higher volume than the 15 gram one, which might've done it. I'm not confident in my tamping yet so hopefully that wasn't the issue. It could also be that the machine is hotter than the first shot, and it burned the beans, even though I pulled an empty shot first to warm the portafilter - this isn't as likely as the volume issue but I'll try two empty shots sometime. The puck was more watery than the 15 gram shot, but both were like goop anyways. The green light on the EC155 stayed on to about 30-35 seconds.

Since it comes down to taste in the end, I'm content to keep doing 15 gram shots that take 45 seconds if I can't get 13.5g ones dialed in right. For that shot, the green light was on till ~40 seconds into it, around when I pulled the cup away for something between a ristretto and normale. A slightly coarser grind (#3 on the Porlex JP-30) might also get the timing better.

I hope these details help others out. It's hard to find a resource that explains all of the variables together.
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Posted Wed Mar 5, 2014, 2:03am
Subject: Re: DeLonghi EC155 (and EC152CD, EC310, etc.) Modification Guide & Ideas
 

It's been a while, and I just came across this nifty video of some stellar latte art produced with an Ec155.

Cheers!

 
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