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    Filed at 3:53 pm under by dcobranchi

    I’m really enjoying my new espresso machine, but I had a problem. Most of the holes in the filter basket had become plugged due to my having ground the coffee too finely. Googling around did not come up with any solution, and ordering a new basket from Italy didn’t seem very practical. So I stuck the filter basket in my oven and turned it to self-clean. Two hours later the basket came out with every hole wide open.

    So if anyone else ever Googles around looking for how to clean the holes in a plugged portafilter basket perhaps this post will help.

    7 Responses to “TRIVIA THAT MAY INTEREST ONLY ME”


    Comment by
    JJ Ross
    July 19th, 2008
    at 6:02 pm

    You BAKED it out?? Brilliant.


    Comment by
    Daryl Cobranchi
    July 19th, 2008
    at 6:14 pm

    Cs + O2 (g) + heat —> CO2 (g)

    Chem 101 🙂


    Comment by
    Stephanie O
    July 19th, 2008
    at 10:18 pm

    Daryl! That’s a GREENHOUSE gas!


    Comment by
    speedwell
    July 19th, 2008
    at 11:25 pm

    Daryl, try biology rather than chemistry… when the filter in my older soymilk maker clogs (the holes are as small or smaller than a metal coffee filter), I soak it overnight in an enzyme solution. You can find it as enzyme dishwashing powder, or as non-toxic, natural enzyme drain cleaner. This is probably easier on the poor thing. 🙂


    Comment by
    Nance Confer
    July 20th, 2008
    at 9:36 am

    You can’t just put it in the dishwasher?

    Nance


    Comment by
    Lisa Giebitz
    July 21st, 2008
    at 11:44 am

    Hmm… I’ll have to ask my dad what they use in the shop to tackle that problem. I apologize for the imminent double post. 🙂


    Comment by
    Lisa Giebitz
    July 21st, 2008
    at 12:05 pm

    Ah, they use Portacafe Purecafe (espresso machine cleaner – there are several brands) and soak them 20-30 minutes. Now you probably don’t make as many shots as any of their machines, but yours also don’t have the pressure than theirs does. You could probably get away with cleaning it once a week or even 1-2 a month.