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Posted Thu Jul 4, 2013, 9:04am
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D4F, I figured that was the case. It seems to also be true that most portafilters are this way.

Can someone link me to a commercial gaggia portafilter?  in particular one without the rectangular base?
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Posted Thu Jul 4, 2013, 2:12pm
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Try an overnight soak.

Handles: there are several known sources. The one in my avatar ( my set consists of steam and water knobs and a brew lever knob for my Duetto, the bottomless handle and a dosing funnel - all in the avatar) was made by Dave Stephens - who goes by cannon fodder on home barista . com. It's great quality and he'll make it out of whatever wood you want. Turn around is a couple of months though.

 
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Posted Sat Jul 6, 2013, 6:15pm
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Here is a part # for a Gaggia portafilter from a commercial machine.  But check if it actually fits.

Click Here (www.shockwaves-control.co.uk)
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Posted Sat Jul 6, 2013, 6:28pm
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Similar here, and the review makes it sound like a fit for Baby, which would mean standard home machines.

http://www.espressoparts.com/GI_533?&search_id=2132112

 
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http://www.gaggiausersgroup.com/
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Posted Sat Jul 6, 2013, 7:13pm
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It's too bad that manufacturers can't stick with basic proven designs.

OK, after 5 min with a hacksaw, the rectangular metal bits of my portafilter handle are gone.  It should now be easy to make a handle with some maple dowel and some drilling.
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Posted Sun Jul 7, 2013, 4:12pm
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I went to Lowes, bought a $4 garden tool (some kind of hand weeder) that had a nice wood handle and a few minutes later I had a hardwood handled portafilter that is much better than even the rounded edge plastic one that the Classic has.  I still need to apply a hole saw and make it bottomless.

One has to wonder about Gaggia's design decisions.  They could ship the Classic with a properly adjusted OPV ($0) and a wood handle ($4) and make it a better machine.  Add PID or better yet, PID plus some fuzzy logic that switches to an open loop algorithm (think temp surfing) during a shot for < $50 (retail) and make it much better.

IMO, the 3 way pressure relief solenoid valve in the Classic should be replaced with some kind of pressure relief trigger in the portafilter.  Ie, you pull the trigger or push the button and a small channel is opened from above the coffee to below it.  Probably cheaper and certainly easier to clean.
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Posted Sun Jul 7, 2013, 6:22pm
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well, as you can tell from my custom wood set, I agree the wood handles are beautiful.  However, wood doesn't last as long as the plastic.  You can't soak wood in Cafitza (or other cleaners) or water, and it's more likely to break.  The finish will wear off, and then people will complain about that.  They'll complain that the "company" should give buyer's a few choices of wood to choose from...etc, etc. I'm sure from a business standpoint it makes a whole lot of sense to sell machines with black plastic knobs, handles, etc.

jonr Said:

IMO, the 3 way pressure relief solenoid valve in the Classic should be replaced with some kind of pressure relief trigger in the portafilter.  Ie, you pull the trigger or push the button and a small channel is opened from above the coffee to below it.  Probably cheaper and certainly easier to clean.

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sounds like you need an E61! :)

 
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Posted Sun Jul 7, 2013, 7:26pm
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OK, I agree with you.  Wood should be an option for looks, but I can see that most people would be best served by some nice round textured plastic or rubber coated plastic.  It's the machine part you touch and stare at the most, they should put some effort into it.

I would like an E61, they are beautiful.  But I have to say that the design is getting pretty dated.  IMO, one could make a powered circulation or electrically heated group + valve with less materials, simpler, cheaper and yet better thermal performance.
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Posted Sun Aug 11, 2013, 5:49am
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Hey can you comment on how well the G_59B portafilter from espressoparts locks into the GC?  The pictures on their website makes it look like there is some sort of metal nub on the portafilter body, in line with the handle, that would prevent it from fitting into the grouphead.
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Posted Mon Aug 12, 2013, 2:41pm
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Whitcoatsyndrom Said:

Hey can you comment on how well the G_59B portafilter from espressoparts locks into the GC?  The pictures on their website makes it look like there is some sort of metal nub on the portafilter body, in line with the handle, that would prevent it from fitting into the grouphead.

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The regular portafilter that comes with the gaggia classic has the same metal nubs. I said that I really like it in the original topic, what more do you need?
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