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Non-Pressurized Portafilter Upgrade for Saeco and Starbucks Espresso Machines

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Upgrade your Saeco or Starbucks espresso machine by swapping out your pressurized portafilter handle with this non-pressurized version made of chrome-plated brass. Using the same baskets that came originally with your espresso machine and a good grinder, you can easily brew traditional shots of espresso with a beautiful crema!
Non-Pressurized Portafilter Upgrade for Saeco and Starbucks Espresso Machines

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Upgrade your Saeco or Starbucks espresso machine by swapping out your 53mm pressurized portafilter handle with this 53mm non-pressurized version made of chrome-plated brass. Using the same baskets that came originally with your espresso machine and a good grinder, you can easily brew traditional shots of espresso with a beautiful crema!

This portafilter handle is compatible with the following espresso machines:

  • Saeco Aroma
  • Starbucks Barista
  • Estro Profi
  • Saeco Magic Cappuccino
  • Saeco Gran Crema
  • Saeco Via Veneto
  • Saeco Via Venezia
  • Saeco Classico
  • Saeco Poemia

How the Non-Pressurized Portafilter for the Saeco and Starbucks Espresso Machines Works

  • Pop in either the single or double filter basket that was included with your machine.
  • Fill the basket to the top with fresh, finely ground espresso that is as uniform in consistency as possible.
  • Apply 30lbs of pressure when you tamp your coffee...not sure how much 30lbs is? Easily calibrate this by testing your tamp pressure on a bathroom scale.
  • Insert the portafilter into the group head on your espresso machine.
  • Place your cup or shot glasses underneath the spouts and activate the brew switch.
  • It should take about 25 seconds to extract 2 ounces of espresso using the double basket. If the espresso is coming out too quickly, it's because either your grind is too coarse or your tamp too light; if it's coming out too slowly, your grind is too fine or your tamp too tight.
  • Take a sip and enjoy your rich and delicious espresso!
Pros
  • Tasty! - You know what you want your espresso shot to taste like-and you can have it your way.
  • Durable - Components are made of chrome plated brass, a longer lasting material.
  • Multi-tasker - This handle uses the same baskets that came with your Saeco espresso machine. Pop one in and you are good to go!
Cons
  • Mad Tamping Skills - You are now the barista in charge of tamping with 30 pounds of pressure, a job the pressurized portafilter did for you.
How Does it Compare? Pressurized Portafilters can be messy and once you learn the ins and outs of a Non-pressurized Portafilter you will appreciate a better shot quality of espresso pulled.
Tips and Tricks Try the Non-pressurized portafilter with an Espro Calibrated Tamper to help hone your tamping skills!
Width 53mm
Depth Handle 4.375 inches | Overall 7.375 inches
Height 2.375 inches
Product Weight (lbs.) 0.7500
Size 53mm
Material Metal and Plastic
Manufacturer Seattle Coffee Gear

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Non-Pressurized Portafilter Upgrade for Saeco and Starbucks Espresso Machines
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Seattle Coffee Gear Store asked: Why did you choose this?
D.R. N: I chose this portafilter because I hated the pressurized one that came with my Saeco. The pressurized one made inferior coffee and left a big mess. This non-pressurized portafilter may have a learning curve, but once you master it, you can make great coffee and end up with compacted grounds that are easy to dispose of. Mar 16, 2012
Robert D: Just wanted one Mar 8, 2012
Richard B asked: Does this portafilter need a flat or convex tamper? Jan 23, 2014
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Matthew H: If the tamper is the proper diameter either will work. I believe tamper shape is more a matter of personal choice than science. Some feel a convex shape reduces fluid channeling at the edge of the puck by making the puck thicker at the sidewalls. One could imagine channeling might happen as a result of tapping the side of the filter to knock particles off the wall and causing a gap between the filter and the puck on one side. I have never observed this. Jan 25, 2014
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David L: I got convex based on recommendations I had read in the past. I'm unsure if it makes a REAL difference but the theory is that convex will push the grounds outwards and distribute in a more appropriate way.

Anyway, it's worked perfect for me. I got the auto dial one that clicks when it hits the correct pressure (although more expensive) and am VERY happy with the result.

That said, do NOT use that with the pressurized portafilter, just the non-pressurized one.
Jan 27, 2014
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Steven R: The choice of a flat or convex tamper is not related to your choice of portafilter.

The topic is quite hotly debated. You can do a quick google search and find some quite differing opinions. Most people would tend to agree that your tamping method might affect your choice of flat or convex tamper.
Jan 25, 2014
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Kevin W: I don't think it matters either way. The basket is the same as the pressurized portafilter which would use a flat tamper. But you could use a convex tamper depending on how much coffee you fill as long as there is appropriate headspace for the coffee puck to expand. Jan 27, 2014
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Farrin A: Flat. I didn't even know there were convex? But the espresso in the non pressurized portafilter is soooooo much better!!! Definite upgrade recommendation. Jan 25, 2014
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William D: This portafilter uses a flat tamper. The original filter basket, which is inserted into the non - pressurized portafilter, has a flat bottom. Jan 25, 2014
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Catalin M: It needs at flat tamper. Although the portafilter is convex, you're going to put the original basket in it, which is flat. Jan 25, 2014
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Larry S: I use a flat Rattleware tamper which works very well. I think it's 53 mm. Ask SCC which size you need before you buy. Jan 25, 2014
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Ken Y: Richard,
I use a flat tamper with the portafilter, which works well. I haven't tried a convex tamper.
Jan 27, 2014
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Bikelink: I didn't know there were two different kinds. The surface of my tamper is flat and seems to work fine. Jan 25, 2014
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Anthony L: Yes, a 53mm tamper is required for this particular portafilter. Flat or convex is your choice. Feb 2, 2014
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Andrew C: I use a flat tamper (Rattleware 53-Milimeter Round-Handled Tamper) and it works well. Jan 28, 2014
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David K: Probably depends a bit on your brew head, but I recommend flat. Jan 25, 2014
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Gail S: Our tamper was purchased at Starbucks and is slightly convex. Jan 25, 2014
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Raymond M: I use a flat tamper and it works just fine. Jan 27, 2014
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justin g: I use a flat tamper with great results. Jan 25, 2014
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Adriana B: I use a flat tamper with it. Jan 25, 2014
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A shopper asked: Does this portafilter have spring inside the portafiler to hold basket n place?
I know the previous model did not have spring inside the portafilter, just making sure before I continue with the purchase.
Mar 9, 2012
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D.R. N: I have used this non-pressurized portafilter since last May and greatly prefer it to the one that came with my Saeco. Part of the beauty of it is it's simplicity. The basket is held in place with a spring-loaded lever-type mechanism that is part of the handle. It only comes into play when you are knocking the used grounds out of the basket. Though I have to say that the current photo doesn't look exactly like the one I purchased last year. (though I can still see a lever in the handle) Mar 16, 2012
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Ken R: I don't know the answer to your question, because I ended up going with another (more expensive) portafilter. It did have a spring to retain the filter basket:

http://www.seattlecoffeegear.com/Non-Pressurized-Portafilter-Upgrade-for-Saeco-Espr-p/scg10535-03.htm
Mar 16, 2012
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James C: I have not taken it apart to be sure, but it seems there is a spring in the handle itself that operates a simple lever on the handle which clamps the filter basket in place. I have never had any trouble with the basket falling out - even when banging on the knock box.

Hope this helps.
Mar 19, 2012
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Michael H: The model I have does not have a spring inside the portafilter. Mine has a lever and tab that will cover the edge of the filter when it is not in the machine, effectively keeping the filter in the handle. Mar 16, 2012
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Alexander A: On the handle close to the basket, there is a hinged piece of plastic that swings over to hold on to the edge of the basket, so you can use it when you're knocking out grounds. But there is no spring. Mar 16, 2012
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Neurobit: Yes, and it's a breeze to insert & remove. Much easier than the factory portafilter that comes with the machine, which needs to be pried with a screwdriver in order to be able to be removed! Dec 4, 2013
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Diane M: No spring. There is a lever that is part of the handle, that holds the basket in place, and you must push on lever to release basket. So the basket can not fall out by itself. Mar 16, 2012
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Todd N: This portafilter does not have a spring to hold the basket in place. My basket - still the original - fits really snuggly and has never been an issue. Mar 20, 2012
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Doug S: Greetings,
This portafilter does not have a spring inside it. This portafilter works very well with my Saeco.
Good luck.
Mar 16, 2012
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Kaylie KStaff: No, the Saeco non-pressurized portafilter does not have a spring inside it. Mar 16, 2012
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Matthew N: The portafilter has no spring. Mar 16, 2012
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Lawrence K: No Spring and not needed. Mar 16, 2012
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theatrenut t asked: When I use the single basket (that came with the Aroma) with this portafilter, do I still use the rubber insert as I do with the pressurized unit? Mar 31, 2012
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Sam M: I'm not sure what you mean about the rubber insert for the single basket -- i am only familiar with the o-ring at the bottom of the pressurized portafilter with the double-basket.

Are you talking about the rubber gasket sealing the portafilter+basket to the group head?? -- If so, the sealing functionality is identical against the brew head as the pressureized portafilter.

From a technical perspective, nothing additional is required to use the non-pressurized portafilter besides the basket.... oh, and maybe some ground coffee.
Apr 5, 2012
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Garry F: I didn't and have inconsistent results getting crema. I make double shots so have never used the single shot insert. I asked in the store and I was told it needs to be very finely ground coffee to yield good crema.
With or without crema think that the non-pressurized coffee tastes better. I have found that there is a sweet spot of fine grind and packing tightly, but not so tightly as to prevent the extraction.
Good luck
Garry
Apr 3, 2012
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Neurobit: No. The rubber insert you mention is for using with the pressurized portafilter only (with the single shot basket). Since the smaller basket is too short to touch the valve of the portafilter, you need the rubber insert to create pressure, which is a non-issue with the non-pressurized unit. Dec 4, 2013
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theatrenut t: I did try it (the single basket) with and without and it made a shot for a drinkable Americano.

I'm with you Garry - still experimenting with the new portafilter. But next I'm going to modify my Maestro grinder to get finer grind. Thanks all, for your help (all over this site).
Apr 4, 2012
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theatrenut t: The single basket comes with a thick gasket, pictured here: http://www.seattlecoffeegear.com/product-p/scgp145849762.htm

Thanks all, for your help.
Apr 6, 2012
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Store 4: Hello,

There is no need to use the rubber insert with the non pressurized portafilter. That insert is for the use of ESE pods and it is only compatible with the pressurized portafilter. Let me know if you have additional questions.
Apr 3, 2012
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Howard B: My portafilter looks different from the one pictured: it doesn't have the scalloped edges. But, no I don't use the rubber insert. Hope this helps.

Howard
Apr 4, 2012
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Robert S: I'd like to help, but I'm not aware of any rubber insert with either my pressurized or non-pressurized portafilters. Apr 6, 2012
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matt b: You shouldn't need to use any rubber insert, the Saeco basket should just drop right in Apr 3, 2012
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A shopper asked: What are the advantages to using this portafilter vs a modified, non-pressurized Starbucks Barista portafilter? Mar 9, 2014
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Salvatore A: The biggest difference is the materials used... the portafilter itself has a single-piece all brass construction, whereas the starbucks barista portafilters are half plastic, half brass. One could argue that the all-brass construction keeps the temperature more stable, resulting in a better shot.

I personally use this when making a double epresso for myself, and the starbucks one when making 2 singles. I find this one tends to distribute the espresso unevenly, no matter how balanced the tamp is, whereas the starbucks one is relatively even.
Mar 12, 2014
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Ted M: It makes a richer espresso, froth on coffee is better if you pack it correctly. I use it at least two times a day, sometimes more for wife and guest. I used the Portafilter that came with the Saeco once after using the non-pressurized for a while and went right back to the non-pressurized. Mar 10, 2014
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Tom O: Better crema and espresso; no spray of coffee muck when you disconnect portafilter from machine's head; machine's head stays cleaner. Disadvantage is you might find you will want a better grinder. $100 starbucks barista from craigslist + $70 portafilter + $300 Baratza Priciso = No regrets. Mar 9, 2014
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Kevin R: mostly aesthetic. I modified the original pressurised portafilter and it was a great improvement. I bought this one anyway because it is designed as an oem non-pressurised. It works great. Mar 9, 2014
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Martin S: If you have a modified, previously pressurized one, the only advantage would be the stainless steel seems to be heavier, so perhaps better temp stability. Mar 9, 2014
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David D: No advantage that I am aware of other than better materials so it should last longer. Mar 9, 2014
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Mika M asked: Hi It is ok for Saeco Via veneto de Luxe version? Mar 3, 2013
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Kevin R: Mika,
The machine I bought this portafilter for is a Via Venezia and it really makes a big difference in how you can grind and tamp your beans, and the result is way better than the pressurized portafilter that came with the machine. If you actually have a different model, then you should probably make sure it uses the same size before ordering it - you might have to contact Seattle Coffee directly. If it will fit your machine, I would definitely recommend it

Kevin
Mar 4, 2013
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I BARRY S: Hi Mika,
I'm sorry, but I'm not familiar with the Via Veneto version.
I have the standard Saeco model, and I actually find the coffee is much better with the pressurized portafilter even since I bought a good grinder and adjusted the grind to allow the correct brew time. I also tried a lot of good coffees but it didn't help. Good luck, Mika.
Barry
Mar 6, 2013
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Teri KStaff: Hi Mika,
After looking at some photos of the Saeco Via Venento online, I am inclined to say that this non pressurized portafilter will work with your machine, however since we do not have a Via Venento here to test, I cannot guarantee this will be compatible with your machine.
Mar 4, 2013
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Michael D: Mika, Via Veneto is supposed to have the same brew head as the Aroma which is what I use. I don't absolutely know if it will work or not as I haven't tried it. The same non-pressurized portafilter is sold for both machines. Hope that helps. Mar 4, 2013
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Jean S: I have a Saeco aroma that I bought two years ago. I bought a non-pressurized portafilter for it. The non-pressurized filter made a huge difference. The expresso is amazing from a $200 machine Mar 4, 2013
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Tom O: I have a Starbucks Barista. Sorry. But it works great for me! Mar 5, 2013
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A shopper asked: Is this chrome plated brass or aluminum? Also, can't you just take the pressurizer dingy out of the original one that comes with the Poemia? I saw a youtube video on that. What's the dif between using that or replacing it with this? Jul 10, 2013
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Jon H: First off, yes, you can remove all of the inner workings of the filter holder that came with the espresso maker. Mine was quite stained, and I don't fully recall, but there might have been some plastic parts still left inside. This is definitely the economy way to try out making espresso with a non pressurized filter holder. The non pressurized filter holder sold for $59 is not aluminum, but I'm not sure if it is chrome plated brass or stainless, but it is a work of art and machined out of a single block of metal. It is one of the most solid pieces of formed metal that I have ever seen. The finish is superb. That said, I don't think if functionally operates any differently than the original filter holder with the insides removed. Both make a shot of espresso with much better crema than the pressurized filter holder. Jul 15, 2013
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Michael D: This non-pressurized portafilter is made of heavy brass and is chrome plated. I have had mine for about six months now and it's wearing well: no chips, no scraping off of the chrome plating. Seems to be doing fine.

I suppose you could try to pry out the pressurization stuff at the bottom of the Saeco portafilters but it seems like a tough project. I have an Aroma which came with the pressurized variety and the guts of the mechanism were sealed under some kind of plastic "bottom" in the portafilter. Never tried to take it out but it doesn't look easy. Have a go at it. If you screw it up you can always get the non-pressurized upgrade which makes a much better espresso.

Good Luck!
Jul 15, 2013
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Ted M: Sorry been out of town for a while just now answering some emails. I'm also sorry but I can't answer any of your questions. I'm pretty sure it's not aluminum, couldn't tell you if is chrome plated brass or not. I can't tell you about taking the pressurizer dingy out, never hear of it. Doesn't sound like a good idea to me. I use the Non-Pressurized Portafilter all the time,. I like it a a lot better, easier clean up and works GREAT. Jul 30, 2013
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Envercpt: I had 2 pressurized chrome plated brass portafilters. The inner workings of the older of the 2 broke a year ago (I opened it!) so I bought a new one. After much deliberation, I decided to completely remove the plastic parts to create a non-pressurized portafiler this morning and was pleasantly surprised with the result. Jul 23, 2013
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Chris K: I think it's chrome plated brass. You can absolutely pull the guts out of the original and convert to non-pressurized. Which is what I did and used for a while. Bought this (which is a much nicer piece) when I broke the handle of the stock plastic one. Jul 15, 2013
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A shopper asked: Do you know if this will fit my Gaggia Carezza? Jun 5, 2014
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Teri KStaff: Unfortunately I am not sure if this Non-Pressurized Portafilter Upgrade for Saeco machines will fit your Gaggia, as we do not offer that brand and so we aren't able to test it. If your portafilter is 53mm you can give it a try, but portafilters are brand and machine specific because the tabs on the sides are fairly unique fits. Sorry I can't be better assistance on this for you! Jun 5, 2014
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TristamS: I have a Gaggia Carezza Deluxe and the P/F is 54mm (I bought a 58mm tamper without measuring and realised it was way off). I would like to swap in a non-pressurised P/F if available but haven't seen one. Anyone know more or one that would be compatible? Aug 12, 2014
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Teri KStaff: No, unfortunately we do not offer any Gaggia machines and so I am not sure where you may be able to find a compatible portafilter for your Carezza. Sorry I can't be of better assistance on this for you! Aug 12, 2014
Kevin W: It appears that the Carezza uses a 58 mm portafilter. The Saeco compatible portafilter is 53 mm so it will not fit. A google search should find a Gaggia 58 mm replacement portafilter. Jun 5, 2014
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Martin S: No. Gaggias have 58mm portafilters and Saeco 53mm. I'm not aware that Gaggia even made a pressurized portafilter for the Carezza, so you just need the regular Gaggia part. Jun 5, 2014
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A shopper asked: Will this work for a La Pavoni Pisa? Mar 12, 2013
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Teri KStaff: Unfortunately not all portafilters- even two that are both 53mm- have the same tabs and thickness of metal around the basket and top portion, and because we do not have a La Pavoni Pisa here to test, I cannot guarantee this Non-Pressurized portafilter for Saeco machines will work for your machine. Mar 13, 2013
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Steve A: I can't really answer the specific question because we have a Saeco Via Venezia expresso machine and not a La Pavoni Pisa . Ours came with a pressurized portafilter, and we did buy a non-pressurized portafilter for it.

The results from the non-pressurized portafilter were disappointing compared to the pressurized portafilter. We tried a variety of tamping pressures and grinds. The pressurized portafilter always produced a better shot. Since the experts seem to agree that non-pressurized is better, my only conclusion is that our burr grinder (BrAun) could not go fine enough (although it was set to espresso and the coffee looked like flour consistency).

So, if you don’t have a really good grinder you may be wasting your money with the non-pressurized portafilter. A non-pressurized portafilter takes skill and good equipment. Anybody can pull a good shot with a pressurized unit.
Mar 13, 2013
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Jon H: I can only vouch for the amazingly beautiful construction and finish of this non-pressureized portafilter and to the fact that it works perfectly on my used Starbucks Barista espresso Machine which is made by Saeco and thus should work just as well on the Saeco branded espresso machines. I really can't say enough of how beautifully made this portafilter is. It is a work of manufacturing art, something the likes of which used to be commonly made but is almost a lost art to today's cheaply made products. As a person who has had some machining experience and training, I have more than once have just picked up this portafilter and marveled at it's beauty. Enough said. Unfortunately, I can not say whether it would fit on a La Pavoni Pisa espresso machine. Mar 13, 2013
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Rose W asked: Do you know anyone who makes a non-pressurized ESE portafilter for the Saeco Aroma?
I hate the pressurized one that comes with it.
I wouldn't mind grinding and tamping my own, but I'd like to use this machine in my office, where dealing with messy grounds, etc. would be frowned upon.
Jan 31, 2014
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Teri KStaff: There is not a non pressurized portafilter that can accept ESE pods for the Aroma, unfortunately. You would need to use the pressurized portafilter with the single basket and the pod gasket for this application. Feb 1, 2014
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Rose W: Well, it wasn't the answer I wanted, but thanks for answering! :~) Feb 1, 2014
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William H asked: Will this Portafilter work with a Starbucks Barista Athena SIN017H? I know the description indicates compatible with a Starbucks Barista, just wanted to make sure it means the Barista Athena. Thank you! Jan 17, 2014
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Kevin W: from looking at pictures of the machine you are referring to, it appears to be the same 53mm pressurized portafilter. I'd say that it is very likely that the non-pressurized portafilter will work. Jan 27, 2014
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Rick P: I'm only familiar with the Saeco Aroma and Via Venecia. Non-pressurized portafilter works well on both machines. Good luck Jan 18, 2014
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Harvey asked: Will this non-pressurized portafilter fit my ESTRO 410 ? I guess my portafilter is pressurized because it has a spring loaded white plastic peg off to the side in the bottom ? This also came with just one basket which is just less than 1" deep. If this is the right non-pressurized PF for my machine, will I need an additional basket ? Jul 10, 2013
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Clay C: Yep, same basket fits fine. You are changing how the shot is pulled (or rather how you set up the shot, I guess...), but the amount you use stays the same.

The basket fits perfectly and is made for the non pressurized version.
Jul 15, 2013
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Jon H: I am not familiar with an ESTERO 410. I bought the non pressurized filter holder for my Starbucks (Saeco) Barista espresso machine. Jul 15, 2013
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Prianka R asked: I recently purchased an old saeco estro vapore- which is essentially a Starbucks barista with different branding. Can you verify that it will fit? May 26, 2013
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Teri KStaff: Yes, this Non-Pressurized Portafilter Upgrade for Saeco and Starbucks Espresso Machines will work fine in your Estro Vapore. May 27, 2013
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Prianka R: Thanks. May 31, 2013
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A shopper asked: Hello, will this portafilter fit the Gaggia Carezza Deluxe RI8525/08 and do you ship to the UK? Slante. Jul 27, 2014
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Teri KStaff: Since we don't have any Gaggia machines here to test, I can't say for certain that this Non-Pressurized Portafilter for Saeco machines will work with your unit and no, unfortunately we do not ship to the UK. Sorry I can't be of better assistance on this! Jul 29, 2014
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Ken W asked: Does this work on the Aroma machine and will it take espresso pods? Jul 16, 2014
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Teri KStaff: Yes, this Non Pressurized portafilter will work with the Aroma, however it is not a portafilter for pod usage. This Non Pressurized portafilter is for ground coffee only, and if you are looking for a pod basket then the pressurized portafilter at the link below is your best bet.

http://www.seattlecoffeegear.com/saeco-aroma-pressurized-portafilter-53mm
Jul 16, 2014
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Dsofo asked: Will this portafilter fit saeco estrosa (hd8525/ gaggia carezza deluxe (ri8525)? May 11, 2014
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Teri KStaff: Unfortunately we don't offer the Saeco Estrosa, and so I am not sure if this portafilter is compatible with your machine. If your machine uses the same portafilter style as the Aroma, Poemia, and Via Venezia then this Non-Pressurized Portafilter will work, however without one here to test I can't say for certain. Sorry I can't be of greater assistance on this for you! May 13, 2014
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A shopper asked: can you still use pods with the non pressurized portafilter? thanks Mar 25, 2014
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Teri KStaff: No, for using ESE pods you will need to use the pressurized portafilter only and cannot use this Non-Pressurized Portafilter Upgrade. Mar 25, 2014
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KayaCole asked: will this work for the Saeco Poemia? and do I need a new basket if it does? Mar 15, 2014
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Teri KStaff: Yes, you can use this Non-Pressurized Portafilter with your Saeco Poemia. You do not need a new basket and can just use the basket that came with your machine. Keep in mind, though, that moving to this non-pressurized system will require a finer, more consistently-sized grind and an even 30 pounds of pressure tamp. To achieve this you will need your own grinder (at the level of the Baratza Virtuoso or above) along with a 53mm tamper. Hope this helps! Mar 17, 2014
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A shopper asked: ¿ts ok for Via Veneto de Luxe?
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Mar 13, 2014
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Teri KStaff: If your Via Veneto uses the same portafilter as the Via Venezia, then it will work, but unfortunately we do not offer your model of machine and so I can't say for certain. Sorry I can't be of greater assistance on this for you! Mar 13, 2014
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A shopper asked: Hi, do you know if this woudl work with a Solis SL70? If you don't know, do you have the precise measurements in mm of locking tabs? Many thanks. JW Feb 7, 2014
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Daniel D. C: sorry, i gave the portafilter away when my machine stopped working. i can say it raises the saeco/starbuck/estro machines to a whole new level. unlike the pressurized handles, it pulls really, really good shots. well worth the high price. Feb 7, 2014
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A shopper asked: What is the different between this one with the other Non-Pressurized Portafilter from this size? I want to upgrade my portafilter, but don't know which I should choose. Feb 7, 2014
Non-Pressurized Portafilter Upgrade for Saeco and Starbucks Espresso Machines
Non-Pressurized Portafilter Upgrade for Saeco and Starbucks Espresso Machines
Bottomless Portafilter 53mm for Saeco and Starbucks Espresso Machines
Bottomless Portafilter 53mm for Saeco and Starbucks Espresso Machines
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Teri KStaff: Either the Bottomless Portafilter or the Non Pressurized Portafilter for Saeco 53mm Machines will yield similar results. The differences are that the bottomless allows you to see your extraction better, as the stream of espresso should come from one point in the center and shows that your tamp was even. The downside to the bottomless is that sometimes it can spray a bit and create a little mess, while the spouted version retains overspray. Finally, some argue that the bottomless results in better flavor, as there is less metal for the espresso to travel through. Either version will require a very good quality grinder, fresh beans, and a 53mm tamper. Hope this helps! Feb 7, 2014
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A shopper asked: I used this non-pressurized Portafilter with my Saeco Aroma, but I was unable to create any crema. However, I do get excellent crema using the Saeco pressurized Portafilter that came with the Aroma. I used the same coffee in both cases; I ground the beans with an Encore grinder (by Baratza), with a setting of 2 to 3 for espresso. I tamped the coffee in the non-pressurized Portafilter with 30 pounds of pressure, using a bathroom scale.

Can someone explain how I can get crema using the non-pressurized Portafilter with my Saeco Aroma?

If it makes a difference, the coffee is dispensed in both cases at a temperature of 160 degrees F.

Thank you. Bob
Feb 3, 2014
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Teri KStaff: Moving from a pressurized portafilter to a non pressurized portafilter will require a finer grind setting and very fresh beans for proper results. The pressurization of a portafilter restricts flow and acts as a helper tool if your grind and beans are not quite dialed in. It sounds as though if you use a grind setting of 2-3 for your non pressurized portafilter you are already about as fine as your Encore can grind, so you would need to upgrade the grinder in order to go as fine as the non pressurized portafilter requires. Unfortunately we have found that the Encore is not capable of grinding fine enough for a non pressurized portafilter and so you would likely need to recalibrate or move to something like the Baratza Virtuoso.

http://www.seattlecoffeegear.com/baratza-virtuoso-burr-espresso-grinder-with-preciso-burrs-redesign-586
Feb 4, 2014
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t c asked: will this portafilter fit a Saeco Sirena? Jan 12, 2014
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Teri KStaff: No, this Non Pressurized Portafilter for Saeco and Starbucks Machines is for their 53mm machines, and will not fit the 58mm Sirena. Jan 13, 2014
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A shopper asked: Does this work with a DeLonghi EC-155 machine? Jan 2, 2014
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Teri KStaff: No, unfortunately this Non Pressurized Portafilter for Saeco machines is not the right fit for the DeLonghi EC155 machines, as the tabs are thicker and sized differently than what your machine requires. Jan 2, 2014
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Julien S asked: Is this portafilter compatible with the Saeco Nina ? I believe the basket for the Nina is 58 mm, so this portafilter is maybe too small ? Dec 4, 2013
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Teri KStaff: Unfortunately I am not familiar with the Saeco Nina, and so I do not know it's portafilter size. If the portafilter on your Nina is 58mm, however, this Non Pressurized Portafilter Upgrade will not be a compatible portafilter. Sorry I can't be of greater assistance! Dec 4, 2013
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A shopper asked: Is it possible to use this non-pressurized portafilter with ESE pods and the pod adapter basket? Jul 23, 2013
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Teri KStaff: No, you need to use the pressurized portafilter to brew with ESE pods, and would not find good results using this Non-Pressurized Upgrade with the pod gasket or any pod adapter basket. Jul 23, 2013
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Rebekah H asked: Can you recommend one of your tampers that will fit the via Venezia basket well? Am keen to buy the non pressurised portafilter, but am buying from Australia & want to get it right the first time! Jul 2, 2013
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Teri KStaff: Any tamper that is sized 53mm will work, and we find that the Rattleware tampers are great choices. You really just need to choose a handle that looks comfortable to you, and the Rattleware comes in a tall or short option. Check out the links below:

http://www.seattlecoffeegear.com/rattleware-stainless-steel-tamper-with-tall-handle

http://www.seattlecoffeegear.com/rattleware-stainless-steel-tamper-with-short-handle
Jul 2, 2013
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A shopper asked: I recently bought the Saeco Arome and also the non-pressurized upgrade portafilter. First, I assume I must remove the basket from the pressurized portafilter and use it in the non-pressurized unit, is that correct? Also, I see references to single and double baskets with the pressurized portafilter but I only received the basket that was preinstalled in the pressurized portafilter. Was I supposed to receive two baskets? And how do I know whether the basket I received is the single or double one? I'm assuming it's the double one but is there a way to tell which is which just by looking at it? Jun 28, 2013
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Teri KStaff: Yes, it is correct that you will not get a basket with this Non-Pressurized portafilter and need to use the basket from your pressurized Aroma. You should have received a deeper double basket, plus a shallower single basket and rubber pod gasket with your machine. The deeper double basket has straight sides that lead to the bottom, while the single has a small step down that leads to the bottom of the basket. Check out the links below for pictures of both, or to purchase a single or double basket if your machine is missing one or the other:

Double Basket:

http://www.seattlecoffeegear.com/saeco-double-filter-basket-replacement

Single Basket:

http://www.seattlecoffeegear.com/saeco-single-shot-pod-filter-basket

Rubber Pod Gasket:

http://www.seattlecoffeegear.com/saeco-single-shot-pod-filter-basket-gasket
Jun 30, 2013
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Albert asked: Is it single o double stream? May 30, 2013
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Teri KStaff: The spout on this Non-Pressurized Portafilter for Saeco machines has a double spout. Keep in mind it does not come with any baskets, so you'll want to use the single or double basket from your machine with this upgraded handle. May 30, 2013
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A shopper asked: Can this be purchased with the single spout instead? Mar 10, 2013
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Teri KStaff: Unfortunately we do not offer this 53mm Non-Pressurized portafilter upgrade for Saeco and Starbucks machines with a single spout. Mar 11, 2013
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Michael J asked: When the double drip spout is removed, does it still function OK pulling a single shot, or does it get messy without the screw on spout? Thank you! Mar 9, 2013
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Teri KStaff: Though very tightly screwed onto the portafilter, you can use a thin screwdriver to thread through the portafilter spouts on the Non-Pressurized Portafilter for Saeco machines in order to turn the double spouts and remove them. You are left with a treaded portion that functions just fine as a single spout. Mar 11, 2013
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Dan T asked: Can Cafiza be used on this upgrade non pressurized portafilter for cleaning? Feb 19, 2013
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Kaylie KStaff: Yes! Cafiza is safe for the metal, just rinse well. Feb 19, 2013
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A shopper asked: I have expresso ground coffee and am packing as hard as I can yet no crema. I am using the Starbucks Barista and the green light will go out much quicker than with the pressurized one. Any advice on how to do this? Jan 23, 2013
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Teri KStaff: This non-pressurized portafilter is only going to brew great shots with lots of crema if your tamp is correct and you grind beans fresh just before using with your own, good-quality grinder. The shots should time at 20-30 seconds for a double shot (which is 2 ounces of liquid) when tamped with 30# of pressure. Use fresh beans, and try testing your tamp on a bathroom scale- many folks feel like they're tamping firmly, but are surprised at what 30# actually feels like. Jan 28, 2013
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Amelia asked: Will this non pressurized portafilter work on the SAECO POEMIA? Just want to confirm before purchasing. Thank you. Sep 16, 2012
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Teri KStaff: Yes, this non-pressurized portafilter will work with the Poemia. Sep 21, 2012
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Sami P asked: Is this Non-Pressurized portafilter for Saeco and Starbucks espresso machines compatible with Francis francis X1 (aluminium boiler)? Sep 5, 2012
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Teri KStaff: Unfortunately this portafilter is not compatible with the Francis Francis machines. Sep 10, 2012
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A shopper asked: Hi, does this work with the new Philips Saeco Poemia? Jun 5, 2012
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Kaylie KStaff: Yes, the non-pressurized portafilter will work on the Saeco Poemia. Jun 12, 2012
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John D asked: What size Tamper for this portafilter? Jun 5, 2012
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Kaylie KStaff: The non-pressurized portafilter upgrade for Saeco machines uses a 53mm tamper. Jun 12, 2012
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A shopper asked: What does this portafilter look like? It appears that there are three separate images being used for this product. One has a single hole on the bottom, the second the nice chrome dual spout and the last image is to the left which looks kinda strange. Mar 13, 2012
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Kaylie KStaff: The non-pressurized Saeco portafilter has dual spouts. Mar 16, 2012
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A shopper asked: Does anyone out there know if this will fit on a Starbuck's Barista Zia machine? Thanks for the help. Feb 6, 2012
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Todd H: I believe the group head is the same on Starbucks Barista machine and the Starbucks Barista Zia machine are the same - so, yes, I believe it will fit. Feb 7, 2012
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A shopper asked: What size of a portafilter does the saeco aroma take? Feb 4, 2012
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Kaylie KStaff: The Saeco Aroma takes a 53mm portafilter. Feb 7, 2012
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A shopper asked: Does anyone know if this is compatible with the Cuisinart EM-200? Aug 19, 2013
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Tony D asked: When dialing in my grinder today I had a shot barely pour so I ground a bit coarser and when I pulled that shot the same thing happened - slow drips - then the portafilter handle started moving back to the middle(loosening) and the flow increased to too fast. Should I be grinding coarser and tightening the portafilter to the grouphead more so it doesn't move or grinding finer and leaving the handle pointing to the middle ie not tightening? Tamp was 30lb dose 15g. Thanks. May 15, 2013
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Michael D: First of all, I have a Saeco Aroma but its grouphead, pump and boiler are essentially the same as the Via Venezia and the Starbucks Barista.

I am constantly adjusting everything, both tamp pressure and grind fineness when I'm using the non-pressurized portafilter. I think it's just the nature of how it works. I go through a series of grinder (Rocky) adjustments every time I change to a new bag of coffee, even from one bag to the next of the same brand and roast.

Your "tight" position on the grouphead shouldn't change at all based on the coarseness of the coffee grind. I usually just snug it down gently and the portafilter handle stops in approximately the same position each time. It's simply stopping against a rubber gasket on the underside of the grouphead and as long as it doesn't leak, it's tight enough. As your espresso machine gets older, this gasket gradually wears and you'll find over time the handle will naturally seek a position farther over to the right when you snug it down. The gaskets are replaceable.

One thing that might be happening is that you're filling the coffee basket too full and it's actually touching (and maybe stopping up, creating back-pressure against) the underside of the grouphead. I've done that occasionally and that can also affect what position the portafilter handle stops at when you're snugging it down. Just a thought.

Hope this helps. I wish it were easier.
May 18, 2013
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J O: First of all, don't overdose.The top of the tamper should end up flush with the rim of the portafilter after the tamp. If your filter loosens while pulling you might have a worn out brewhead gasket. Or just hold it in place till the pressure builds and then it should stay still. I just got a new aroma and the porta filter only tightens a wee bit. It is 20 degrees away from the tight mark on the brewhead as the gasket is new. It will move closer with time as the gasket compresses. The coffee and the roast all affect how it pulls on these guys. It is the grind that counts in the end. How tight the filter is in the brewhead doesnt matter as long as there are no pressure leaks around the gasket. Good luck! May 17, 2013
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Jon H: Tony, I sometimes also experience what you wrote about, and yes, your grind may be a little too fine, or you might have tamped it down too much for the particular coffee bean you are currently using. It may also be affected by the phase of the Moon or maybe the time of day, who knows? If you just tighten the portafilter further you risk damaging the gasket. And whatever happens, don't allow the portafilter to rotate to the left so as to come off the espresso machine. That actually happened to me once and the extreme force broke the glass carafe beneath it! I have found that every different batch of coffee, even from the same roaster, may very well need a different grind setting. Good luck. May 17, 2013
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Tony D: Thanks Jon, glad to hear I'm not the only one who's beans have a quantum good/bad spin that sets when hit by water( lol ). May 18, 2013
Ted M: I would try NOT filling the coffee completely level with the top of the portafilter after tamping, leave about 1/8 of an inch or so from top. Always be sure to have the handle tighten, if it's past center that's fine just be sure it's tight.. Also try not to tamp at exactly 30 lb. I have done my mine just by feel and sight (it may be a little lighter than 30 but no problem getting a good cup). I haven't had any trouble with mine.
If you still have trouble, try a coarser grind. It may take a little time for the espresso to start running out but it should run freely once it's started.
Hope this helps,
Ted M
May 17, 2013
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David K: So I found there are two things that cause me to get a very slow flow. One is the amount of coffee in the portafilter and the other is how fine the grind. I find that if I have to turn the handle with a lot of force when rotating it into place that means I have to much coffee in the device. So I try to put just enough in so it requires a little force in the last portion of the rotation. Then I adjust the grind to provide roughly 20 to 25 seconds to fill the two shot glasses. I also find that the type of coffee bean can vary how fine the grind should be.

Hope this helps
May 24, 2013
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deena s: I have a Saeco Aroma . When that happens to me, I think it is because I put too much coffee in the filter. (assuming same coffee beans & grind that has worked previously). The drip is slow, pressure builds up and the filter starts to move & if I don't shut it off, coffee starts shooting out of other parts of the filter & the filter will explode off the machine & then there is coffee mess everywhere. May 18, 2013
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Burt B: I have had the same thing happen. The portafilter coming loose is probably due to it not being tightened down. That is clear. The sloooooow shot or nothing coming out at all I would surmise is due to overtamping or too fine a grind. it is frustrating but when right the results are clearly better than the pressurized portafilter.
Good luck
Burt
May 17, 2013
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Chris K: I've played a bunch with the grind and dose - gotten close. The loosening you mention seems to be unrelated - I see it occasionally. I've been meaning to replace the grouphead gasket. May 17, 2013
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LeeeK asked: Is the spout removable and if so what is the thread size? Jan 10, 2013
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Lawrence M: The spout is indeed removable. The thread diameter is 9/16" measuring across the non threaded portion. The thread length is about 5/16" of an inch. There are 5 thread tips in that 5/16" of an inch, so the threads occur at about ever 1/16th of an inch. I hope that helps and is precise enough for you. I like my non-pressurized portafilter for what it's worth. I need a better grinder to get good consistency, but I can pull better shots with this portafilter. Jan 11, 2013
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Roy A: I do not understand, my portafilter has 2 dispensers, I took the preserized one out of the basket that came with it and put the one you sold me in and I never looked back, I had to play with grind a bit and a good $200.00 grinder is nessasary. Jan 11, 2013
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Jason S: I no longer own the machine, but as I remember the head of the portafilter was a solid piece except the basket. No removable spout. Performed very well, though. Jan 11, 2013
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Todd N: No, the spout is not removable. The entire cup is a single, solid piece of metal. The black, plastic handle screws onto the heavy metal cup. Jan 12, 2013
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James C: The one pictured here appears different from the one I purchased years ago, which did not have a removeable spout. Jan 12, 2013
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Crew Review: Non-Pressurized and Bottomless Portafilters for Saeco

Great addition!

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I purchased this non-pressurized portafilter with the Saeco Aroma (as a birthday present to myself). If you’re interested in making a superior shot of espresso this is an addition that I would whole-heartily recommend if the 53mm size is right for your machine. I use it 2 – 3 times per day and I’ve never been happier with anything that cost this little. For the small price you’re making a huge upgrade to a pressurized portafilter machine.

(Posted on 7/19/14)

Decent upgrade for Starbucks Barista

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Beautifully crafted and feel hefty like the other good portafilter. Produce much better result of espresso (not so blond) than the pressurized one. Good value to upgrade this relatively inexpensive machine to produce much better result.

Just couple of nit picking thing. Do not try to use this thing in your machine without the filter basket. I did that trying to warm up the portafilter and end up spraying hot water on both side of the sprouts. Also the exit holes at the sprouts were not fully at the bottom of the portafilter tube (may be 1/16 inch above) so there will be some espresso left on the bottom if I don't tilt it well while temporary cleaning without removing the basket..

(Posted on 5/16/14)

Good upgrade

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While the bottomless portafilter allows for constant observation, I felt this was the better choice for a beginner like myself. The bottomless helped me to understand what happens when the ground or tamp isn't perfect, but this one gets more espresso in my cup and less on my counter. As a beginner, this were not perfect more often than not which led to many messy shots and lots of cleanup. The item is very solid and feels better quality than the included pressurized portafilter included with the machine.

(Posted on 4/12/14)

Nice upgrade

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Great improvement in taste over the pressurized portafilter. The basket from the original fits perfect. I get a much better crema.

(Posted on 3/2/14)

wow

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Just received the non-pressurized Porta filter..and it has totally produced amazing results on my Saeco Aroma.At first I did not preheat the porta filter to the degree I should have..little crema produced and so so thin taste. I then preheated the unit thoroughly and the richness and abundant crema just blew my mind. The Quality of the filter overshadows the original equipment as well. Im impressed!! I never ever expected such espresso quality to come from an entry level machine.

(Posted on 2/26/14)

Nice improvement!

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Purchased a Via Venezia used not long ago, and picked this up to get a better, more accurate espresso out of it. It works great, but it could use a cover over the outlets. If you run water through to heat up the portafilter, water goes everywhere. The handle is not NEARLY as nice as the one that came with the Via either.

But, at the end of the day, I've stopped using the pressurized filter altogether, because this gives me a challenge, and makes me happy when I get the brew perfect.

(Posted on 2/18/14)

Great product, but you need skills and a good grinder

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I recently upgraded to this non-pressurized portafilter and its great. Very good quality. It was also good motivation to upgrade my grinder. As they do mention in the review of this product, it takes a bit to figure out the grind and tamping pressure, since I was new to this. The first few baskets I tamped water wouldn't even go through! But once you figure it out, you'll appreciate the real crema not faux crema produced by the pressurized portafilter. Its much silkier...you know the little things! Flavor is also much improved. If you like hands on, get it. You won't be disappointed.

(Posted on 2/14/14)

Functional and very pretty!

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Definitely a great heavy feeling as compared to the stock Saeco Poemia pressurized portafilter. As the brew basket comes out much easier, I find this much easier to clean, and I finally get some real crema out of my shots!

However, I am noticing that my shots are coming out crooked. I believe this to be my machine's fault. I have to tamp purposefully crooked to somewhat compensate for this. (I determined this by just putting water in the portafilter, and having it drip into two shot glasses, both glasses have the same volume of water).

(Posted on 2/4/14)

great quality..

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moving up to an non pressurized portafilter was the best thing i've done in my pursuit for great coffee . this component adds a great deal of quality and class to my saeco aroma.
haven't used pressurized portafilter since and i've been getting great results . taste and crema. an occasional sour shot here and there.
still a great product..

(Posted on 10/29/13)

Great shots!

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I gutted the stock pressurized portafilter a long time ago, and had gotten pretty good a pulling shots with it. Still it was hard to get the grind and tamp dialed in for a 23 second pull without it clogging up. So far with this new portafilter every shot has been right in the sweet spot. I had not idea it would make that much difference. Yes it's a little pricey but well worth it if you're in general happy with your little Saeco as I am.

(Posted on 9/12/13)

Great Value, But the Start of a Slippery Slope

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I bought a Starbucks Barista on a super sale and then got my daughter's partner discount on top of it. After getting tired of soggy pucks and inconsistent pulls, I decided to order the non-pressurized portafilter. It is a major improvement. After a bit of experimentation with grind adjustment and tamping pressure, I am now pulling better, consistent shots. Also, it leaves dry pucks, so much less mess.

The one problem is that I am now eyeballing grinder upgrades. This is how it starts.

(Posted on 9/1/13)

Can you love something more? why yes you can!

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I have always loved my Saeco Aroma, the pressurized portafilter worked fine... got great cups of espresso... but after watching the videos... I decided to go for the gusto... I got the unpressurized portafilter... and the results were amazing... once you work out the tamp pressure... it pulls a great cup! Now I solely use my pressurized portafilter for ESE pods (when I'm super lazy, or in a rush) ..

(Posted on 7/8/13)

Love it.

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I had started noticing an odd taste/smell to my coffee, especially if I made iced coffee. (?) Can't quite describe it. "Rancid" is closest I can come up with. From fresh bought, fresh ground coffee. I suppose I was becoming sensitive to the difference between pressurized and non-pressurized. I bought the non-pressurized just to see and it's a world of difference once you actually pull a good shot.

I'm struggling with consistency because I'm trying to find a reasonably priced substitute for my local roaster's delicious but expensive beans. Cycling through different coffees. When I do get a nice 25-30 second shot, it's heaven in a cup. My "Americanos" are especially amazing. Never had coffee like that in my life. Now to find the coffee of my dreams that doesn't wipe out our retirement savings.

I thought I'd use the pressurized filter now and then just to save time and bought an extra basket. Got up one morning and made an Americano with the old pressurized. Bleah! A few months ago you could not have convinced me that there was that much difference and I'd have told you that coffee fanatics were exaggerating.

If you like what you've got, and the pressurized is good for you, stick with it. It's faster and it uses less coffee. But if you find it isn't quite right like I did...

(Posted on 4/21/13)

Huge improvement

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After several years of debating whether to hack my pressurized PF, I caved in and bought this, along with the Vario Preciso grinder (after my decades-old Braun grinder croaked). The two make a terrific enhancement to our humble Craigslist Starbucks Barista. We are buying good fresh roasted beans again as they make a huge difference with the better grinder and PF. It was fairly easy to learn the proper grind and tamp. Friends are amazed!

I unscrewed the double spout from the upgraded PF making it easier to hit the shot glass. (But I just ordered a Rattleware 3 oz pitcher anyway).

(Posted on 3/27/13)

Great Piece, with one issue for me

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As everyone else seems to be testifying to: this is a great portafilter, and I'm pretty much thrilled to have it--in what appears at the inner workings of it, one solid cast piece that won't break as my original Starbuck's Barista one did in my hand upon snugging it up to the machine.

However, I have to report that the original basket that we're told will fit / work with this is "mostly" correct. It fits in nicely--fairly snug. This issue is, is that it's too darn snug of a fit. Once I got it in, seated properly and made a cappuccino, I could not get the little basket filter out of the portafilter for cleaning. It was even very tough to pry it out with a delicate screwdriver tip--bending the edge of that inner (original) basket. So my answer was to leave it intact and only deal with prying it apart every now and then for a more thorough cleaning.

Happy with the portafilter. Not happy with that situation. So that's why I could only give it 4 stars for "Value" instead of 5. Otherwise it's great.

(Posted on 3/7/13)

Great quality for competitive price!

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When I needed to replace my original portafilter, because the plastic handle eventually broke, I began looking for a replacement. I was pleased to find this portafilter. I had modified my original to be unpressurized, and this looked like a good replacement. The metal build, especially at the handle joint is of great quality and the most sturdy replacement I could find. The price of this was also lower than other replacements I had researched! Thanks!!!

(Posted on 10/9/12)

nice upgrade to a good little machine

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This portafilter handle is great. Looks much nicer than the stock pressurized portafilter and also performs well. Looks like a smaller version of the typical 58mm double spout commercial portafilter.

Despite what one of the pictures show there is a double spout on this unit. There are other non pressurized portafilters for this machine around the net and I assure you they are not nearly as nice as this, they appear to be cheap aluminum. This one seems to be chrome plated brass.

A steal at $60. Thanks SCG!

(Posted on 8/31/12)

Way Better Than Pressurized!

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This is way better than the pressurized portafilter that came with my Saeco Aroma but it was 1/4 of the price of the entire espresso machine! Huh? Holy Smoke! Only the finest and made in Italy. I have to say, it works very well.

(Posted on 8/30/12)

Excellent upgrade to the stock pf

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Looking to get the most out of my barista, I'd tried hacking the pressurized portafilter, and while it got the job done, it was sloppy and sometimes leaked. This is a great replacement and is very well built. It is very well constructed and has a solid feel to it like that of a commercial portafilter. If you're not quite ready to make the jump to a silvia, matching this with a saeco machine is a great starter set up for the in home barista

(Posted on 6/29/12)

excellent upgrade

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This is a terrific upgrade. Worth every penny if you have a Saeco. Get a Baratza Encore and 53 mm Tamp and you're set for very little. Thanks!

(Posted on 6/28/12)

Solid product

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I purchased two of these. One I left original and the other I cut out the bottom for a naked portafilter. Both lock into the machine nicely. Both have a heavy commercial feel. The chrome finish was/is gorgeous and they hold the filter basket very well. Nice upgrade to a decent little machine.

Pros:
Easy To Use, Easy To Clean

Cons:
None

(Posted on 4/25/12)

Lovely

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A real portafilter, for your Aroma Saeco. Works just as described.

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Easy To Use, Easy To Clean

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(Posted on 4/5/12)

beautiful ss piece

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fantastic quality compared to the original Saeco pressurized portafilter, but getting the shot right is not easy

Pros:
Easy To Use, Commercial Grade, Great Taste, Easy To Clean

Cons:
Not for the lazy

(Posted on 4/2/12)

Good to Great

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As long as the correct grind is used, this portafilter makes a great cup of espresso using my Via Venezia machine. Superior taste to pressurized portafilter, although the latter does well for beginners. Truly a great attachment to a good machine.

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Great Taste, Easy To Use, Easy To Clean, Makes a great cup of espr

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(Posted on 3/25/12)

Gets the job done.

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Far better to replace with this than with the cheap aluminum junk
that is actually more expensive!

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Commercial Grade

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(Posted on 3/18/12)

Beautiful Crema, At Last!

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"This is the portafilter you've been looking for..."

I've always been happy with my Saeco Aroma. I looks fantastic in stainless steel and I was able to pull a good shot but as I grew more experienced I grew the less satisfied I was with the stock, pressurized portafilter. Yes, it was easy to get a shot but it didn't look quite right.

Eventually I hacked the stock, pressurized portafilter to function as a non-pressurized one by taking out the springs, gaskets and plastic bits inside. It worked well but, man, was it ugly and virtually impossible to keep clean.

Once I saw the new non-pressurized portafilter from Saeco I knew I had to have it. It fits perfectly, unlike other aftermarket filters and looks great with a nice black handle and shiny chromed steel. It's super easy to clean, to boot!

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Professional Look, Easy To Clean

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(Posted on 2/8/12)

Works fine, but has a problem...

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Sturdy, well-made device. Filter baskets fit too loosely in portafilter, and fall out during cleaning. Item should be shipped with its own filter baskets.

Pros:
Great Taste, Easy To Clean, Easy To Use

Cons:
Messy

(Posted on 1/29/12)

Good product with learning curve

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To use this product be prepared to grind and pack a lot of coffee before you get to a point were you are satisfied with the final product

Pros:
Commercial Grade, Easy To Clean

Cons:
Not easy to use, Learning curve required

(Posted on 1/25/12)

Well worth the money

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I own two espresso systems - Rancilio Silvia and Rocky at home, and a 15-year old Starbucks Barista with a Gaggia MDF at my weekend cottage. When the rubber ring in the Barista pressurized portafilter started to wear down, I was debating whether to get a new machine or replace it with a nonpressurized filter. Aside from the coffee not tasting as good as the Siliva, the pressurized filter would not fit in the MDF doser so I had to grind into a pinch bowl to transfer to the filter. The filter was also messy to clean.

I am glad I bought the nonpressurized filter. It fits under the MDF doser. My spent coffee knocks out as a puck instead of a sloshy mess. Best of all, my coffee from the Barista now tastes as good as the one from the Silvia. And I spent only a fraction of what it would have cost for a new espresso maker.

The construction quality is very good as well.

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Easy To Use, Great Taste, Easy To Clean

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(Posted on 1/13/12)

The golden ticket to Crema!

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Combination of a good grinder and this portafilter, you'll be making espresso coffee houses dream of. After 30 minutes of fiddling with my grinder, tamp pressure and pulling shots, one can find the sweet spot. Don't be afraid of the big step to a non-pressureized portafilter, its worth every penny. Be pro!

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Easy To Clean, Great Taste

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(Posted on 1/2/12)

Big improvement over the older design

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This portafilter is a big improvement over the pressurized one the machine comes with and the original non-pressurized one with the scalloped internal edges. This is how the SAECO should have been equipped with from the beginning. I had to wait a while for the new one to be stocked but it was worth the wait. As with all non-pressurized portafilters there ia a small learning curve in learning how fine to grind and tamping pressure. Suggest getting a good quality tamper to keep this baby company.

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Easy To Use, Commercial Grade, Easy To Clean

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(Posted on 12/30/11)

Naked portafilter on your Saeco!

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This portafilter is very easily converted to bottomless with a Dremel and about a half hour of work. Since brass is a relatively soft metal, you will not have a lot of trouble cutting the bottom out. I have removed the plastic handle, as it is very cheaply made, but I can get enough leverage onto the brew head from the metal extension the plastic handle connects to. With a little bit of experimenting with the boiler (I fully purge immediately before brewing), a very fine and uniform grind (I use the finest setting on a Capresso Infinity - saving for that Virtuoso Preciso...), about a 20g dose (a little heavy but if you can't grind any finer, this will slow your pull down a bit), and a proper tamp, you can pull some seriously tasty and beautiful shots out of your Saeco (photo: [@]). Spend $50 on a new portafilter before you even think about upgrading your machine. Your grind should be top notch before your machine anyways :)

Pros:
Great Taste, Easy To Clean, Easy To Use

Cons:
Handle is very "cheap"

(Posted on 4/14/11)

Would I purchase it over again?

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With practice, the non-pressurized portafilter upgrade performs as this website professes. It is entirely compatible with our 10 year old Starbucks Barista and our new Saeco Via Venezia Espresso Makers. The non-pressurized portafilter requires a finer grind (#7); whereas the pressurized does best with a coarser grind (#10) with our burr grinder. In all honestly, the Saeco machines do justice to our morning Caf

(Posted on 4/6/11)

It works well enough

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I was thrilled to get the non-pressurized portafilter upgrade for my Starbucks Barista machine. A couple of things I want to note--1.The handle was black, though the one pictured online was grey. I was happy about this, because my machine is black. So, it matches better. 2. The handle doesn't feel very sturdy. I'm a little concerned that if I jarred it on a particularly hard tamp, it might snap the handle off. [...]By the way, it pulls fantastic shots! It's so worth it to use the non-pressurized filter.

Pros:
Pulls excellent shots

Cons:
Handle could be sturdier

(Posted on 2/22/11)

Very Nice Upgrade

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I purchased this excellent product upgrade, as soon as I found the Saeco Via Venezia available at an irresistible promotion at a nearby retailer. I used the machine the first week with the pressurized portafilter and found the product to be consistent and very acceptable. After the SCG np portafilter came, I've never looked back. It provides me with pull after pull of excellent espresso! The only (very minor, more for my partner's aesthetic demands) issue I have with it is that the handle shape and color (grey) don't match the Saeco unit's scheme (black, SS and brushed aluminum trim).

Pros:
Easy To Use, Easy To Clean, Commercial Grade, Good Upgrade

Cons:
Handle Color Doesn't Matc

(Posted on 1/12/11)

Requires Practice to Use

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I get mixed results using this non-pressurized portafilter. Yes, I realize that it takes practice and I am working on it. Overall, I would recommend this but I would caution that it will take practice. I have the Virtuoso Grinder set all the way to the finest setting and I'm not certain if that is the issue but I get mediocre crema results that are inconsistent.

Pros:
Great Taste, Quick Brewing

Cons:
Unreliable

(Posted on 11/17/10)

Making coffee when the pressure is off!

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You have to get the grind, amount of coffee, and the manually applied pressure right. When you do, the shot is very good. I have already had several compliments on how the coffee tastes better than before (using the pressurized portafilter).

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Easy To Use, Great Taste, Easy To Clean

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(Posted on 11/11/10)

Big difference

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I read some good things about the non-pressurized portafilter for my Barista (Saeco) machine but was still skeptical. I finally decided to buy one. The extraction on my first shot was too fast so I ground a little finer and tamped a tad harder. The second shot extraction was the best I have ever had from this machine in over 5 years of using the pressurized portafilter. I was happily surprised by the difference. This has breathed new life into this machine. Highly recommended.

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Easy To Use, Easy To Clean

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(Posted on 8/11/10)

Great Portafilter

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Great Portafilter [...]

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(Posted on 7/16/10)

Better Espresso and More Fun

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I was a little skeptical about whether using a non-pressurized portafilter would make any difference in the end product. I am so happy that I decided to try the NPP. It's fun to use and it makes better espresso.

I used the pressurized portafilter that came with my Saeco Aroma for several weeks and I found the results to be very good. No tamping and no problems. So why change? Pursuit of the perfect cup of espresso, that's why. Plus I wanted to tamp with the big kids.

I got the NPP and a Rattleware stainless steel tamper (53mm). I love the espresso and I love the whole procedure. The espresso is stronger and more syrupy and the crema is finer. The experience is more fun for the tamping! It's not hard to do, so give it a try.

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Easy To Use, Easy To Clean, Great Taste

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(Posted on 6/18/10)

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