Saeco 53mm Portafilter - Replacement Options

 

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Overview

Which portafilter is right for you? Choose pressurized for easy espresso, non-pressurized for best flavor, or bottomless to take your shots to the next level! (and to get a little extra cup clearance.) You can even choose handle type from the basic round style or the Via Venzia's curvy grip. These portafilters will fit any of Saeco's semi-automatic line (well, except the Sirena).

Compatible Machines

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

Incompatible Machines

  • Saeco Sirena (58mm)
Pros

Pressurized Portafilter

  • Options Abound - If you use pre-ground coffee or have a less-than-espresso grinder, you'll still be able to pull tasty shots.
  • Quick Shot - In a rush? pressurized portafilters will consistently get you coffee in-hand without the minute fine-tuning required for non-pressurized portafilters.

Non-pressurized Portafilter

  • Tasty! - A well-tuned shot offers incomparable flavor! Advanced baristas can even focus their technique to emphasize specific flavor notes.
  • Less Mess - You'll minimize back pressure in your portafilter with a non-pressurized basket, and the used espresso pucks tend to come out cleaner.

Bottomless Portafilter

  • Best Barista - There's nothing quite like watching a perfect shot come through a bottomless portafilter. There is also no better tool for diagnosing problems with your technique. Plus, you get to use terms like tiger striping!
  • Cup Clearance - Without spouts, you'll be able to pull directly into taller cups and mugs.
Cons

Pressurized Portafilter

  • Messy - Pressurized portafilters mean wet, soupy pucks after every shot. And if your specific model lacks a solenoid valve you can get a 'sneeze' from removing the portafilter too quickly.
  • Flat Flavors - Pressurized portafilters tend to mask the subtle, tasty flavors you get from a true dialed-in shot.

Non-pressurized Portafilter

  • Upgrades - Going non-pressurized is possibly the fastest way to make your new coffee hobby twice as expensive. Beans need to be fresh ground. Grounds have to be brutally fine and consistent, dosing has to be on-point, and your tamp has to be flawless. Next thing you know, you're buying a new grinder, a portafilter scale, a fancy c-curved tamper, a tamping mat, a vacuum pot...
  • Practice required - You'll discover weak points in your technique that can be hard to overcome, and your overall consistency will take a nosedive (at first). Making a quick shot before work also now requires a more hands-on approach than before.

Bottomless Portafilter

  • Perfection Required - Nothing will test your Mocha-making mettle like a bottomless portafilter. Even the best baristas can struggle with channeling, even distribution and shot speed.
  • Back to Messy - With no spouts to direct your stream of espresso, a bad shot can (and will) sputter and make a mess all over your machine, your kitchen and (likely) your work clothes.
How Does it Compare? While any of these 53mm handles will fit a Saeco semi-automatic machine, the Via Venezia Handle features a soft-touch, curvy 'comfort' gip compared to the plain round of other portafilters.

Specs

Model Number Varied
Size 53mm
Material Chrome Plated Brass
Manufacturer No

Q&A

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Will this filter work with a la pavoni model ecn12?
bert g on Jan 11, 2017
Best Answer: Yes, it uses the same 53mm eared pressurized porta filter as the Saeco Aroma. Since that machine is also quite low under the brew head, I'd recommend considering the bottomless version of this unpressurized porta filter, to make room for taller cups, for cappuccinos and lattés, etc. cheers!
Reply · Report · Charles T on Jan 20, 2017
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Will the bottomless portafilter version work with the Breville 840XL. If yes, can I use my Breville filter basket or will I need to use Saeco's filter basket for this?
George M on Feb 3, 2017
Best Answer: Nope! The Infuser's portafilter is wider than these Saeco units, and has 3 arms instead of two.

Sorry I couldn't be of more help!
Reply · Report · Joshua SStaff on Feb 3, 2017
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I'd like to order the Via Venezia soft-grip *curved handle* but in bottomless. I can't seem to make that selection on the page - when I select bottomless, I only get the round handle option. Do you, or are you planning to, offer it in bottomless?
Ralpharista on Jan 12, 2017
Best Answer: Sorry! The curved Via Venezia handle is only available as a pressurized, spouted version.

Hope this helps!
Reply · Report · Joshua SStaff on Jan 14, 2017
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I'd like the Via Venezia soft-grip curved handle, but in bottomless. I can't seem to make that selection on the page - when I select bottomless, I only get the round handle option. Am I doing something wrong?
Ralpharista on Jan 10, 2017
Best Answer: Sorry! The Via Venizia handle is only available as a pressurized, spouted version.
Reply · Report · Joshua SStaff on Jan 14, 2017
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Will this portafilter use the same basket (double shot) and fit for a Saeco Rio Vapore SIN006? I want to go non-pressurized, but not wanting to disable the pressurized portafilter that came with the system
Todd D on Dec 1, 2016
Best Answer: Yep! The Saeco Rio is a varian on the Via Venezia.

Hope this helps!
Reply · Report · Joshua SStaff on Dec 1, 2016
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will this work with my aroma expresso machine?
James C on Nov 30, 2016
Best Answer: Yep! any of these 53mm options will work.
Reply · Report · Joshua SStaff on Dec 1, 2016
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Would you be willing to take some measurements of this non-pressurized PF for me? I have a Melitta machine that I believe was manufactured by Saeco (because I don't think Melitta actually makes anything) and I believe will take a Saeco 53mm portafilter, but I'm not positive.

I know this is a 53mm basket, but I would like to know the outside diameter as well as the height and width of the "ears" that lock in to the brew head.

This is the right internal diameter and it sure looks right, but I'd like to be sure before I hit "Buy".

Thank you.

-Dan
Daniel B on Oct 25, 2016
Best Answer: Hey Dan!

Absolutely!

Outside diameter: 60.25 mm
'Ear' tab width: 25.4 mm
Tab height: 5.9 mm

Also, do you have any model information for your Melitta machine? We get in a lot of of different machines and our repair team may be able to give firsthand knowledge!

Hope this helps!
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can I put ese pods coffee in this portafilter? Saeco Aroma Pressurized Portafilter - 53mm
Marie W on Oct 14, 2016
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Reviews

Don't hesitate, just buy it!!!Review by Chuck
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Many year ago, I had the Starbucks Barista (Saeco) espresso machine which I was very happy with. For the last 10 years I have been using a very expensive Jura superautomatic, which was very convenient, but I never felt like the espresso was quite as good and strong as my old Saeco Starbucks machine. Now that my superautomatic finally died, I picked up the Saeco Poemia, which pulls shots exactly like the old Starbucks machine, as it uses the same internal components and pressurized portafilter. I guess ignorance is bliss as I didn't know what I was missing until I got this beautifully made non-pressurized portafilter from SCG. The difference in the quality of the espresso shots is not subtle. Espresso shots are now much more full bodied with more complex flavors, as well as have "real" crema, which is richer and creamier than the crema on the shots made with the pressurized portafilter. Note, I am using a Baratza Encore burr grinder and getting great results with this espresso machine and portafilter. Now I leave the original pressurized portafilter set up for ESE pods for my wife, who can't be bothered with grinding and tamping, and I have the wonderful SCG non-pressurized portafilter permanently set up for double shots for my indulgence and enjoyment. If you want to take your espresso skills (and enjoyment) to the next level, you should definitely by this portafilter...you and your tastebuds will be glad you did! (Posted on 9/9/2017)
Just... awesomeReview by Federico
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ive installed a pid with a hand made thermocouple in my poemia, this, paired with this beautiful portafilter and a breville smart grinder pro its just awesome, i get wonderful shots, the portafilter is top quality, i highly recommend it to anyone that wants jump into entry level espresso brewing before buying more expensive gear, now im ready to jump to a breville or a rancilio (Posted on 5/16/2017)
Beautifully made and a big improvement, MIGHT not fit your Saeco basketReview by James
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I have a 15 year old Saeco Espresso Classico that has been treating me well so I finally got the decent grinder it deserved (Ascaso I-2) and ordered this non-pressurized portafilter. When it arrived much to my dismay my Saeco double basket would not fit fully into the portafilter, no matter how much force I applied, and stuck out half a centimeter above the portafilter. Since Seattle Coffee Co did no have replacement Saeco baskets in stock I ordered one elsewhere, and when it arrived it fit perfectly into the portafilter.

I reduced the grind size considerably to compensate for the non-pressurized portafilter and the results have been fantastic. With a firm tamp I was pulling 20 second double shots in no time, and the espresso has much more flavor and a creamy mouthfeel like what I would expect from a serious machine, which I was never able to achieve with the pressurized portafilter before.

It can seem like a pricey upgrade for an inexpensive machine but if your grinder is up for the task I highly recommend it. (Posted on 4/7/2017)
Looks like good quality; doesn't quite workReview by HQ
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I bought this for my Saeco Poemia, which should have worked well with this portafilter (PF). But the coffee grinds would explode out of the pour spouts no matter how coarse or fine my grind. I called customer service and we could not figure out why this was happening.

Prior to buying this PF, I was using the pressurized PF that came with the machine, but with the pressurizing component removed so that I had a makeshift non-pressurized PF. I am still using my makeshift non-pressurized PF.

(Posted on 1/14/2017)

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