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Product Description

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!

Additional Information

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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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.
D.R. N on Mar 16, 2012
Just wanted one
Robert D on Mar 8, 2012
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
A shopper on Feb 7, 2014
Best Answer: 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.
Reply · Report · Daniel D. C on Feb 7, 2014
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Do you know if this will fit my Gaggia Carezza?
A shopper on Jun 5, 2014
Best Answer: 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!
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Jun 5, 2014
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Will this portafilter fit saeco estrosa (hd8525/ gaggia carezza deluxe (ri8525)?
Dsofo on May 11, 2014
Best Answer: 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!
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on May 13, 2014
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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.
A shopper on 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
Best Answer: 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!
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Feb 7, 2014
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Does this portafilter need a flat or convex tamper?
Richard B on Jan 23, 2014
Best Answer: 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.
Reply · Report · Matthew H on Jan 25, 2014
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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.
A shopper on Mar 9, 2012
Best Answer: 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)
Reply · Report · D.R. N on Mar 16, 2012
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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?
theatrenut t on Mar 31, 2012
Best Answer: 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.
Reply · Report · Sam M on Apr 5, 2012
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I'm interested in a upgrade portafilter my Starbucks machine. Why would I choose the bottomless or the other?

thanks,
Bob
Bob L on Oct 24, 2014
Best Answer: I can't offer any compelling reason to chose bottomless but I can HIGHLY recommend Non-Pressurized portafilters in general, they are far better than those pressurized (cheater) portafilters. There was definitely a learning curve but it completely transformed the quality of espresso I was able to produce. Skip all the mistakes I made and make sure you source FRESH whole bean espresso, then get a good grinder. Pre-ground espresso never works for me. If you pull a shot and it runs right through in 5 seconds then it's probably the bean/grind, you have to have fresh bean and a fine grind, and of course dose and tamp properly. It sounds like a bunch of work but you get the hang of it and then it becomes automatic and you can do it half asleep, ask me how I know!
Reply · Report · H B L on Oct 24, 2014
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What are the advantages to using this portafilter vs a modified, non-pressurized Starbucks Barista portafilter?
A shopper on Mar 9, 2014
Best Answer: 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.
Reply · Report · Salvatore A on Mar 12, 2014
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Hi It is ok for Saeco Via veneto de Luxe version?
Mika M on Mar 3, 2013
Best Answer: 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
Reply · Report · Kevin R on Mar 4, 2013
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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?
A shopper on Jul 10, 2013
Best Answer: 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.
Reply · Report · Jon H on Jul 15, 2013
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Will this portafilter fit the Solis Crema SL70?

Al
Alfred H on Dec 5, 2014
Best Answer: Unforuntately, we don't have one to test, so I can't be for certain. I do not believe that this will fit in a Solis Crema SL 70 because the size and location of the tabs on the sides of the portafilter are not the right size/location to lock it properly into the brew head. Sorry!
Reply · Report · Stephanie AStaff on Dec 5, 2014
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Will this work for a La Pavoni Pisa?
A shopper on Mar 12, 2013
Best Answer: 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.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Mar 13, 2013
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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.
Rose W on Jan 31, 2014
Best Answer: 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.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Feb 1, 2014
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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!
William H on Jan 17, 2014
Best Answer: 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.
Reply · Report · Kevin W on Jan 27, 2014
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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 ?
Harvey on Jul 10, 2013
Best Answer: 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.
Reply · Report · Clay C on Jul 15, 2013
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I recently purchased an old saeco estro vapore- which is essentially a Starbucks barista with different branding. Can you verify that it will fit?
Prianka R on May 26, 2013
Best Answer: Yes, this Non-Pressurized Portafilter Upgrade for Saeco and Starbucks Espresso Machines will work fine in your Estro Vapore.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on May 27, 2013
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hello i am interested to buy this portafilter for my saeco poemia. can you send it to europe? if yes how much?
A shopper on Apr 9, 2015
Best Answer: I'm sorry, but currently we do not ship outside of the United States.
Reply · Report · Randee SStaff on Apr 18, 2015
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Hi. I'm not from the states so would love to know if back order and international shipping is possible? Thanks!
A shopper on Mar 19, 2015
Best Answer: I apologize, but we do not offer backorders, orders can only be placed when an item is in stock. At this time, we do not provide international shipping.
Reply · Report · Randee SStaff on Mar 28, 2015
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Will this portafilter fit my DeLonghi ECO310 ?
Junghoon K on Jan 3, 2015
Non-Pressurized Portafilter Upgrade for Saeco and Starbucks Espresso Machines
Non-Pressurized Portafilter Upgrade for Saeco and Starbucks Espresso Machines
Saeco Single Shot/Pod Filter Basket
Saeco Single Shot/Pod Filter Basket
Best Answer: Unfortunately, it will not fit on a Delonghi. The Delonghi ECO310 uses a smaller portafilter than the 53mm non-pressurized portafilter for Saeco machines, or the Saeco single shot filter basket.
Reply · Report · Stephanie AStaff on Jan 6, 2015
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Does this fit Delonghi Espresso Machine in particular model EC220?
I have tried depressurizing the portafilter but I do not think it'll work, I'm hoping this could save my machine which I got as a gift! Thanks
elle l on Nov 13, 2014
Best Answer: No, unfortunately this Non Pressurized Portafilter Upgrade for the Saecos is not compatible with the EC220 and we do not offer a bottomless that is compatible with any of the DeLonghi machines.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Nov 14, 2014
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Hi, I bought Venezia and non-pressurized portafilter. I am not getting good crema, actually, it is almost nothing...
I bought Rocky as well -- and grinding the beans at 10. Do I have to grind it more fine?
jin y on Nov 6, 2014
Best Answer: A Rocky with new burrs should not require a grind setting as fine as 10, so if you're not getting crema then the beans may be stale or old. Make sure the beans you are using are very fresh- within a month of the roast date- when using the Non Pressurized Portafilter Upgrade. For other tips dialing in your grinder, check out the video below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VLbbpM_ZxAU
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Nov 7, 2014
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I purchased this portafilter for my Saeco machine. For the life of me, I cannot figure out where I'm going wrong with my shots. I'm using the basket from the original portafilter, using 30 pounds of pressure, nothing out of the ordinary. My shots are coming out watery with little to no crema. The only thing I can think of is the grind I'm using. I purchased a fine espresso grind - I don't have a grinder currently. Is it possible that my portafilter is defected? Or do you have a suggestion as to what type of grind/espresso I should use instead? It's driving me crazy not being able to figure out where this is going wrong...
Brittne L on Oct 22, 2014
Best Answer: Unfortunately you need your own very high quality grinder when moving to this Non Pressurized Portafilter, as preground coffee will not work with this portafilter. A pressurized portafilter can utilize preground coffee since it slows down extraction, but this non pressurized upgrade will only produce better shots if you slow down extraction with a very fine grind and 30 pounds of pressure tamp. Using preground- even a very fine "espresso grind-" will not work, since you need to dial in the grind and use it immediately after it's ground. I have included a video below where we talk a bit more about this process. Until you invest in a very high level espresso grinder, unfortunately I would recommend sticking with your pressurized portafilter.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCTjtd8m8SA
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Oct 22, 2014
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Does this portafilter have the duel outputs or just single, or is it an attachment that comes with it?

Thanks
TJB23 on Oct 7, 2014
Best Answer: The Non-Pressurized Portafilter Upgrade for Saeco and Starbucks Espresso Machines offers a dual spout only.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Oct 8, 2014
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Hello, will this portafilter fit the Gaggia Carezza Deluxe RI8525/08 and do you ship to the UK? Slante.
A shopper on Jul 27, 2014
Best Answer: 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!
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Jul 29, 2014
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Does this work on the Aroma machine and will it take espresso pods?
Ken W on Jul 16, 2014
Best Answer: 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
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Jul 16, 2014
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can you still use pods with the non pressurized portafilter? thanks
A shopper on Mar 25, 2014
Best Answer: No, for using ESE pods you will need to use the pressurized portafilter only and cannot use this Non-Pressurized Portafilter Upgrade.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Mar 25, 2014
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will this work for the Saeco Poemia? and do I need a new basket if it does?
KayaCole on Mar 15, 2014
Best Answer: 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!
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Mar 17, 2014
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¿ts ok for Via Veneto de Luxe?
Thanks
Ivan M.
A shopper on Mar 13, 2014
Best Answer: 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!
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Mar 13, 2014
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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
A shopper on Feb 3, 2014
Best Answer: 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
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Feb 4, 2014
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will this portafilter fit a Saeco Sirena?
t c on Jan 12, 2014
Best Answer: No, this Non Pressurized Portafilter for Saeco and Starbucks Machines is for their 53mm machines, and will not fit the 58mm Sirena.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Jan 13, 2014
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Does this work with a DeLonghi EC-155 machine?
A shopper on Jan 2, 2014
Best Answer: 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.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Jan 2, 2014
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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 ?
Julien S on Dec 4, 2013
Best Answer: 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!
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Dec 4, 2013
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Is it possible to use this non-pressurized portafilter with ESE pods and the pod adapter basket?
A shopper on Jul 23, 2013
Best Answer: 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.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Jul 23, 2013
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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!
Rebekah H on Jul 2, 2013
Best Answer: 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
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Jul 2, 2013
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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?
A shopper on Jun 28, 2013
Best Answer: 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
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Jun 30, 2013
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Is it single o double stream?
Albert on May 30, 2013
Best Answer: 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.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on May 30, 2013
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Can this be purchased with the single spout instead?
A shopper on Mar 10, 2013
Best Answer: Unfortunately we do not offer this 53mm Non-Pressurized portafilter upgrade for Saeco and Starbucks machines with a single spout.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Mar 11, 2013
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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!
Michael J on Mar 9, 2013
Best Answer: 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.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Mar 11, 2013
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Can Cafiza be used on this upgrade non pressurized portafilter for cleaning?
Dan T on Feb 19, 2013
Best Answer: Yes! Cafiza is safe for the metal, just rinse well.
Reply · Report · Kaylie KStaff on Feb 19, 2013
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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?
A shopper on Jan 23, 2013
Best Answer: 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.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Jan 28, 2013
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Will this non pressurized portafilter work on the SAECO POEMIA? Just want to confirm before purchasing. Thank you.
Amelia on Sep 16, 2012
Best Answer: Yes, this non-pressurized portafilter will work with the Poemia.
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Is this Non-Pressurized portafilter for Saeco and Starbucks espresso machines compatible with Francis francis X1 (aluminium boiler)?
Sami P on Sep 5, 2012
Best Answer: Unfortunately this portafilter is not compatible with the Francis Francis machines.
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Hi, does this work with the new Philips Saeco Poemia?
A shopper on Jun 5, 2012
Best Answer: Yes, the non-pressurized portafilter will work on the Saeco Poemia.
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What size Tamper for this portafilter?
John D on Jun 5, 2012
Best Answer: The non-pressurized portafilter upgrade for Saeco machines uses a 53mm tamper.
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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.
A shopper on Mar 13, 2012
Best Answer: The non-pressurized Saeco portafilter has dual spouts.
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Does anyone out there know if this will fit on a Starbuck's Barista Zia machine? Thanks for the help.
A shopper on Feb 6, 2012
Best Answer: 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.
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What size of a portafilter does the saeco aroma take?
A shopper on Feb 4, 2012
Best Answer: The Saeco Aroma takes a 53mm portafilter.
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Does anyone know if this is compatible with the Cuisinart EM-200?
A shopper on Aug 19, 2013
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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.
Tony D on May 15, 2013
Best Answer: 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.
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Is the spout removable and if so what is the thread size?
LeeeK on Jan 10, 2013
Best Answer: 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.
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Crew Review: Non-Pressurized and Bottomless Portafilters for Saeco

Reviews

Well worth itReview by BDill
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This portafilter is commercial grade and worth buying even if you've already gutted your pressurized portafilter into a non-pressurized. Shots are more consistent and predictable with this upgrade. (Posted on 2/16/2015)
Perfect upgradeReview by Douglas Helms
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I have 3 children attending college and bought each a Saeco espresso maker. All three wanted to move beyond the pressurized portafilter and this was the perfect upgrade. The price was very good for a niche market item. They are all very happy with this portafilter and Seattle Coffee Gear was the only vender that carried it. Thank you so much. (Posted on 10/22/2014)
Dramatically increases quality of shotReview by BC
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I have been using the Saeco Via Venezia for about 5 years now and recently purchased the portafilter upgrade. I am using a rocky grinder which is somewhat inconsistent but the shot quality out of this portfiler vs the pressurized one is definitely worth the money. Great value for the money. Makes the espresso taste so much better. (Posted on 10/21/2014)
Finally! A proper portafilter for these machines.Review by Karl H
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Finally! A proper portafilter for these machines. Thank you to whom ever brought this to the market I've been waiting for years. (Posted on 10/19/2014)
Learning experienceReview by Alchik
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I got this for my Barista. The existing pressurized does fairly well but I wanted to learn to do great shots. Not there yet but they taste far better than the pressurized portafilter. Great quality too! (Posted on 10/17/2014)
Great addition!Review by Dave in Chicago
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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 7/19/2014)
Decent upgrade for Starbucks BaristaReview by Som
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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 5/16/2014)
Good upgradeReview by Rick
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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 4/12/2014)
Nice upgradeReview by Tom
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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 3/2/2014)
wowReview by Rodbc
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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 2/26/2014)
Nice improvement!Review by Doug
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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 2/18/2014)
Great product, but you need skills and a good grinderReview by Ben
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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 2/14/2014)
Functional and very pretty!Review by Wheeler
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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 2/4/2014)
great quality..Review by Anthony N.
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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 10/29/2013)
Great shots!Review by eljefe829
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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 9/12/2013)
Great Value, But the Start of a Slippery SlopeReview by Heyref
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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 9/1/2013)
Can you love something more? why yes you can!Review by John
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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 7/8/2013)
Love it.Review by KC
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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 4/21/2013)
Huge improvementReview by Tom
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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 3/27/2013)
Great Piece, with one issue for meReview by Tony
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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 3/7/2013)
Great quality for competitive price!Review by Jared
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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 10/9/2012)
nice upgrade to a good little machineReview by Kevin
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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 8/31/2012)
Way Better Than Pressurized!Review by Rockin' Oldie
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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 8/30/2012)
Excellent upgrade to the stock pfReview by Hoosierlawyer
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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 6/29/2012)
excellent upgradeReview by Ldog
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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 6/28/2012)
Solid productReview by Bill the Barista
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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.

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Easy To Use, Easy To Clean

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None (Posted on 4/25/2012)
LovelyReview by RBS
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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 4/5/2012)
beautiful ss pieceReview by Boneman
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fantastic quality compared to the original Saeco pressurized portafilter, but getting the shot right is not easy

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

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Not for the lazy (Posted on 4/2/2012)
Good to GreatReview by no nickname
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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 3/25/2012)
Gets the job done.Review by coffee aficionado
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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 3/18/2012)
Beautiful Crema, At Last!Review by Todd
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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 2/8/2012)
Works fine, but has a problem...Review by Peter
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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.

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Great Taste, Easy To Clean, Easy To Use

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Messy (Posted on 1/29/2012)
Good product with learning curveReview by Rob
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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

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Commercial Grade, Easy To Clean

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Not easy to use, Learning curve required (Posted on 1/25/2012)
Well worth the moneyReview by Coffee For Health
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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 1/13/2012)
The golden ticket to Crema!Review by An Actual Food Process Engineer
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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 1/2/2012)
Big improvement over the older designReview by Laslo
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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 12/30/2011)
Naked portafilter on your Saeco!Review by jeffreymolsen
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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 :)

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Great Taste, Easy To Clean, Easy To Use

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Handle is very "cheap" (Posted on 4/14/2011)
Would I purchase it over again?Review by Airstreamer Jim
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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 4/6/2011)
It works well enoughReview by Jason @ Blac Coffee Roasters
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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 2/22/2011)
Very Nice UpgradeReview by flyerdavid
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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).

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

Cons:
Handle Color Doesn't Matc (Posted on 1/12/2011)
Requires Practice to UseReview by Michael P
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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.

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Great Taste, Quick Brewing

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Unreliable (Posted on 11/17/2010)
Making coffee when the pressure is off!Review by Lance
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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 11/12/2010)
Big differenceReview by Todd
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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 8/11/2010)
Great PortafilterReview by Never again
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Great Portafilter [...]

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Better Espresso and More FunReview by Robert
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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 6/18/2010)

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