Depressurizing the Saeco pressurized portafilterby Kurt_H on Nov 12, 2010, 1:35 amI have been lurking in these forums for ...
Then what you have left is the rubber stopper (if you wanna call it that) which the filter hits against.Just push down unt...
Walla!!! You have just depressurized your PF, for the most part Still wonder if the hole that is left isstill to small and...
And the finished product:Depressurizing the Saeco pressurized portafilter - Espresso Machines •... http://www.home-barista...
I had time before work to pull a double shot. I was getting 10 Seconds with the pressurized mechinstalled the day before. ...
Thanks everyone for sharing. I am enjoying learning about the fine craft of espresso.Topby peacecup on Nov 12, 2010, 9:30 ...
I have a Via Venetzia and figured that the portafilter could be disassembled- it takes about two minutes,and the crema was...
Add meat a thermometer for temp information. Beats surfing by time. On my machine temp kept rising30F afterthermostat turn...
My machine only has one thermostat so I used the empty clip to hold the prob in place on top of theboiler.My next mod was ...
The Red wire that went to the thermostat I cut and put a connecter on. and ran the circuit thru theswitch. I did remove th...
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  1. 1. Depressurizing the Saeco pressurized portafilterby Kurt_H on Nov 12, 2010, 1:35 amI have been lurking in these forums for a few weeks and have finally joined this forum. I have recentlybought a Saeco Aroma, refurbished, and a Ascaso i3-mini grinder. I have read many posts on theinternet about depressurizing the Saeco PPF, yet nothing was very detailed. So, since I did thedepressurizing procedure this afternoon I thought I would post some pictures so others who are wantingto tackle this mod could have some visual help. I figure this is a proper thread to attach it to.Here we go:Unscrew the three screws that attach the PF handle to the brew head and you should have the followingimage after removing the plastic handle.Remove the white plastic piece from the metal portion of the brew head. To do this I was not sure howit came off, I just gently pried up with a small flat head screw driver and it easily popped off.Depressurizing the Saeco pressurized portafilter - Espresso Machines •... http://www.home-barista.com/espresso-machines/depressurizing-saeco...1 de 10 22/10/2012 11:13
  2. 2. Then what you have left is the rubber stopper (if you wanna call it that) which the filter hits against.Just push down until it pops out through the other side as seen in the following shots:Depressurizing the Saeco pressurized portafilter - Espresso Machines •... http://www.home-barista.com/espresso-machines/depressurizing-saeco...2 de 10 22/10/2012 11:13
  3. 3. Walla!!! You have just depressurized your PF, for the most part Still wonder if the hole that is left isstill to small and yet allows some pressure to build up. Even so it is better than what it once was.Depressurizing the Saeco pressurized portafilter - Espresso Machines •... http://www.home-barista.com/espresso-machines/depressurizing-saeco...3 de 10 22/10/2012 11:13
  4. 4. And the finished product:Depressurizing the Saeco pressurized portafilter - Espresso Machines •... http://www.home-barista.com/espresso-machines/depressurizing-saeco...4 de 10 22/10/2012 11:13
  5. 5. I had time before work to pull a double shot. I was getting 10 Seconds with the pressurized mechinstalled the day before. I fine tuned my grind a bit more and packed it in at about 30lbs and was able topull my first 21 sec shot with nice thick crema, but I still have a lot of fine tuning to do and will post aresult later on if my efforts are more successful. It took some time before the espresso came throughthe brew head, it really made the machine work hard but once it started it was dreamy!! though I thinkit was either packed to hard or the grind was a bit to fine. EDIT: I forgot to mention that I was using alocal roasters beans called "Red Eye Espresso Blend" It was roaster about 1 and a half weeks ago. I mightpick up some "City" roast he has this weekend. The roaster label is called Grand Rapids Coffee Roastershttp://www.grandrapidscoffee.com/ (http://www.grandrapidscoffee.com/)I am also thinking of locating a rubber O-ring to replace the reddish O-ring that sat on the outside of theexisting rubber "stopper" to lift the filter basket up a touch. There is a small groove on the outsidediameter of the inner portion of the brew head that looks like a O-ring would fit. So as i was writing thisI thought why not see if I can take the reddish O-ring off of the plastic stopper and use that. Sureenough it come off and fit right in the groove like it originally was designed to do.Depressurizing the Saeco pressurized portafilter - Espresso Machines •... http://www.home-barista.com/espresso-machines/depressurizing-saeco...5 de 10 22/10/2012 11:13
  6. 6. Thanks everyone for sharing. I am enjoying learning about the fine craft of espresso.Topby peacecup on Nov 12, 2010, 9:30 amI used one of those for a few years, first de-pressurized, then I sprung for a new PF without thepressurized parts.They are capable of making great espresso really - better than one finds in most cafes.Topby AlexFWD on Jan 18, 2011, 10:48 pmHi,Just wondering if you could update us on the long term appreciation of your mod.I have the La Pavoni Eurobar which is a hyped up version of this machine and am looking to depressurizethe PF also but would like more info on what you think of the quality of your shots after the mod.Also, are you able to put the pressurizing system back in place after you removed it (should the mod notwork out for me...)Thanks for your help!AlexTopby guyd on Aug 14, 2011, 11:51 amMáquinas de Nespresso®Hermosos Diseños y Simples de Usar. Prepárate la Taza de Café Perfecta!Nespresso.com/EspressoMaquinaDepressurizing the Saeco pressurized portafilter - Espresso Machines •... http://www.home-barista.com/espresso-machines/depressurizing-saeco...6 de 10 22/10/2012 11:13
  7. 7. I have a Via Venetzia and figured that the portafilter could be disassembled- it takes about two minutes,and the crema was noticeably better on the first shot. If you own a Saeco make this change!!! I use aBaratza burr grinder. Only problem is I am drinking espresso all day!!Topby spiffdude on Aug 14, 2011, 12:52 pmthanks for the detailed instructions. Very nice.It seems to me that the hole you are left with seems big enough to prevent any kind of pressure builduppast the filter. EnjoyTopby sugaroast on Sep 25, 2011, 10:00 pmkurt_H: awesome detailed pics! thank you!im interested in an update on this projectthe reason i want to go non pressurized is to get away from the "soup" and get back to the puckand from what ive read, the flavor improves tooam i on the right track?anyone?Topby erics on Sep 26, 2011, 12:27 amNo . . . although I do believe opinions will vary .This espresso machine was designed to function well with a wide variety of coffee grinds, including thoseyou might purchase preground, e.g. Illy, LaVazza (sp?) and others.Should you really desire to experiment, a "standard" portafilter is available from this source:http://www.partsguru.com/SaecoPortafilters.html (http://www.partsguru.com/SaecoPortafilters.html)rather than modify your existing equipment.Now, take some of this with a "baby grain of salt" - operating this machine with a standard portafilterwill typically drive brew pressures into the neighborhood of ~13 bar in order to obtain the output youdesire. This high pressure, in and by itself, has been shown to lessen the quality of the product.Topby dawnpatrol on Oct 06, 2011, 10:08 pmhow would you correct the pressure problem? i de-pressureized my Saeco Aroma portafilter. will thismess the machine up?Topby XCman on Oct 07, 2011, 2:22 amNow that youve depressurized your portafilter here are a couple other mods you can do to your machinethat will help you make the best espresso your machine can. I did them last year and Im still amazed atthe shots Ive pulled on my Seaco classico. Theyre fun and inexpensive to do.am i on the right track?Depressurizing the Saeco pressurized portafilter - Espresso Machines •... http://www.home-barista.com/espresso-machines/depressurizing-saeco...7 de 10 22/10/2012 11:13
  8. 8. Add meat a thermometer for temp information. Beats surfing by time. On my machine temp kept rising30F afterthermostat turned off. For 15.00 the best mod you can do.The temp prob had to be cut down to get it to fit. Easy to do. Just pull wire out of prob,cut down withsaw or dremel tool,put wire back in, seal with heat shrink.Depressurizing the Saeco pressurized portafilter - Espresso Machines •... http://www.home-barista.com/espresso-machines/depressurizing-saeco...8 de 10 22/10/2012 11:13
  9. 9. My machine only has one thermostat so I used the empty clip to hold the prob in place on top of theboiler.My next mod was this switch.I found that after putting the thermometer on and pulling to a temp that the cooler I went the betterthe shots tasted. At about 230F thermostat would kick the boiler back on so I put this toggle switch in soI could turn power off to the boiler and still have power to the pump. Best temp for me have beenbetween 223F-217F. Cost about 5.00$ a well worth it mod.Depressurizing the Saeco pressurized portafilter - Espresso Machines •... http://www.home-barista.com/espresso-machines/depressurizing-saeco...9 de 10 22/10/2012 11:13
  10. 10. The Red wire that went to the thermostat I cut and put a connecter on. and ran the circuit thru theswitch. I did remove the boiler to make drilling and cleaning up the shaving easier. It took me less thenan hour to do.A people keep saying even with an inexpensive machine you can make better espresso then 90% of thecoffee shops. With these mods and a good grinder I think you can do better then 97%.Topby dawnpatrol on Oct 07, 2011, 10:41 amWow! Are you and electrician? I will give it a try this weekend!TopReturn to Espresso MachinesLegal disclaimer and copyright: This content and all its parts are copyrighted, all rights reserved. Content including all text andimages in part or in whole may not be reproduced in any electronic or printed medium without prior permission. Home-Barista,Home-Barista.com and related logos are trademarks of Home-Barista.com, LLC. Other trademarks are the property of theirrespective owners. By accessing this site, you agree to the terms of service.Overall: OK, server: 0.2s, current page: 1.8s, avg page: 1.7s, max page: 5.1s, fast pages: 57%ContactUsDepressurizing the Saeco pressurized portafilter - Espresso Machines •... http://www.home-barista.com/espresso-machines/depressurizing-saeco...10 de 10 22/10/2012 11:13

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