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Date: 12 Feb 2007 14:02:44
From: Flasherly
Subject: Moka Express for less, Bialetti
Moka Express stove-top espresso maker - 6 (demitasse) cup capacity.
Cast aluminum. Italian.

http://www.amazon.com/Espresso-Maker-Stove-top-6-cup/dp/B0000CFSS0/sr=8-1/qid=1171313203/ref=pd_bbs_1/105-4617464-4234817?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden

Stopped by a Bit Lots discounted surplus outlet, and remembered to ask
if a hotplate was in their inventory. Clerk checked, and luckily
came back with a 1000W single burner for $8 (w/ shipping, the lowest
hotplates I found online start at $20 -- 750W units may not
efficiently boil water).

Used an enjoyable preroast of Kenya AA. Ground enough for a
doubleshot espresso PF basket, added preheated water from the
microwave into the bottom of the Bialetti, (enough that 4 oz. made it
through), and went for as slow a boil through as slow an influsion as
possible with the hotplate.

Rich flavor, thick and delicious, considering an excess of water and
half an amount of grounds the Bialetti is capble of carrying. (Crema
with these things is shooting longrail bankshots.) A double-cup
serving as good as this single, is going to be outstanding. I'd hoped
for something nice, but, not knowing, didn't expect it to be *that*
nice. Add another positive to Amazon customers satisfied with
Bialetti's $20 answer to stovetop coffee. Bialetti deserves those
accolades. Five-star product.





 
Date: 12 Feb 2007 19:45:16
From: Craig Andrews
Subject: Silvia's Old Portafilter
Does anyone here please know what the size of the Silvia's old
portafliter threaded stub is after the double spout is removed? Pipe
thread? 5/8's x 18tpi? With a thread pitch gauge, I measured 18 tpi, but
there's only about 4 threads there & .650" That's 16.5mm, or 6 thou
under 21/32"
I'm using my 5 year 9 month old portafilter to measure my OPV with a
pressure gauge & need the right size so I can find a fitting/adapter.
TIA,
Craig.



  
Date: 12 Feb 2007 20:32:35
From: Andy Schecter
Subject: Re: Silvia's Old Portafilter
Craig Andrews wrote:
> Does anyone here please know what the size of the Silvia's old
> portafliter threaded stub is after the double spout is removed? Pipe
> thread? 5/8's x 18tpi?

Typically it would be 3/8" British Parallel Pipe Thread, approx 0.656" dia x
19 tpi.

3/8" NPT fittings seal up OK to the portafilter if you use lots of teflon tape.

--


-Andy S.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/andy_s/sets/


   
Date: 12 Feb 2007 22:19:38
From: Craig Andrews
Subject: Re: Silvia's Old Portafilter

"Andy Schecter" <schecter@remove.me.rochester.rr.com > wrote in message
news:45d1152c$0$28142$4c368faf@roadrunner.com...
> Craig Andrews wrote:
>> Does anyone here please know what the size of the Silvia's old
>> portafliter threaded stub is after the double spout is removed? Pipe
>> thread? 5/8's x 18tpi?
>
> Typically it would be 3/8" British Parallel Pipe Thread, approx 0.656"
> dia x 19 tpi.
>
> 3/8" NPT fittings seal up OK to the portafilter if you use lots of
> teflon tape.
>
> --
>
>
> -Andy S.
>
> http://www.flickr.com/photos/andy_s/sets/

Hey thanks Andy. I just went ahead after I posted, to go over to Home
Depot with portafilter in hand & went to plumbing fittings & straight to
the 3/8" "T" fitting/all fittings & no sweat. I must of had a brain fart
if I couldn't of remembered it {;-), as it's been mentioned here before
as I believe the commercial 58mm portafilters all are the same size.

Good to go now!
Cheers,
Craig.



  
Date: 12 Feb 2007 19:47:12
From: Craig Andrews
Subject: Re: Silvia's Old Portafilter

"Craig Andrews" <alt.coffee@deletethis.rogers.com > wrote in message
news:53cg0tF1rhudcU1@mid.individual.net...
> Does anyone here please know what the size of the Silvia's old
> portafliter threaded stub is after the double spout is removed? Pipe
> thread? 5/8's x 18tpi? With a thread pitch gauge, I measured 18 tpi,
> but there's only about 4 threads there & .650" That's 16.5mm, or 6
> thou under 21/32"
> I'm using my 5 year 9 month old portafilter to measure my OPV with a
> pressure gauge & need the right size so I can find a fitting/adapter.
> TIA,
> Craig.

Sorry, I forgot the pic of the old one..
http://www.1st-line.net/mas_assets/full/10-070-100.jpg
Craig.