Saeco pressurized filter holder with 2-cup filter basket. Use for Saeco semiautomatic models Poemia, Nina, Espresso Classico, Gran Crema, Super Idea, Via Venezia, Magic Cappuccino, Athena, Barista, SIN006 . It is light weight and also used in all Saeco and Spidem semi-automatic pump models, LaPavoni pump models Pisa, Club Combo, PL-16 and SI Family Espresso.
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For best results, use coarse coffee grounds (like the table salt grain). Check the fineness between finger and thumb and not the adjustment setting on the grinder. Fill the filter basket with grounds and level it by running small finger across and lock it in the machine. No tamping is required. Pull the handle to the right all the way and hold it as you turn the switch on for pump to operate. Initially the water will not pass through coffee as the grip is on hold pulled to the right. This blocked flow of water builds pressure to 9 bars in 6 to 8 seconds.
Release the handle grip in 6 to 8 seconds or earlier if drops of coffee start to drip in the cup (whichever occurs first). This process is called pre infusion time delay. It allows coffee to soak, swell and dissolve essential elements that make classic shot of espresso. A classic shot of espresso is never more than 2-Oz. For larger 8 to 10 Oz. Americana coffee, add hot water to the 2-Oz. espresso from the same machine.It does not make sense to pass 8 to 10 Oz. hot water from the same coffee to collect burnt tasting and bitter coffee.
Make it a habit to make one last espresso without coffee to clean the internal valve, before putting it away for the next espresso. This simple procedure extends the life of this filter holder. Do not disassemble by removing the three screws in the bottom for internal cleaning. It will not be easy to reassemble correctly.
For exploded diagram, proper use and instructions for care of filter holder, visit our web site page http://www.partsguru.com/SaecoPortafilters.html
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For routine maintenance of espresso machine: CLICK HERE for Espresso maintenance DOs & DON'Ts
1- Descale the machine every two or three months, for optimum water temperature and full jet of steam. Regular descaling helps to eliminate 70% of malfunctions and extends the life of the machine. It is the single most important maintenance for all espresso machines. Cleancaf, Cafiza, Joe Glow, Brew Rite, Pulycaff are products sold as descaler but they contain only Baking soda which is totally ineffective. Click Here to order Guru's choice Best descaler #DSC-6, available on this Internet store. Make sure the espresso side of the machine is descaled. Automated electronic descaling does not clean espresso side of the machine.
Use of Vinegar, R.O water or Distilled water does not eliminate descaling. It damages the boiler wall and gaskets.
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2- Avoid using dark roast oily beans. Oily beans and fine powdery grind setting makes over extracted coffee and clogs coffee grinder, cause malfunctions and damage to grinder. Strong Coffee is made with less water (2-Oz or less).
3- Do not refrigerate beans. They absorb moisture and clog and rust the grinder burrs. Clean coffee grinder (Built in or stand alone) every three months.
4- Lubricate Brew group every month (Automatic models only), for smooth and quiet working. Click Here for instructions.
5- Calibrate the quality of espresso every day by making espresso in a Shot glass. A shot glass limits the coffee size and allows visual check of espresso quality, showing the color of espresso and the thickness of Crema. Get a free shot glass with purchase of a bag of Caffe Bella 100% Arabica blend medium roast beans.