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Topic: La Pavoni portafilter spring (6 msgs / 92 lines)
1) From: Brian Zambrano
I recently picked up an older (70s?) La Pavoni Europiccola from eBay which
I'm still learning how to use.  But, the portafilter is missing the basket
retaining spring which makes knocking out coffee a bit of a challenge.  Does
anyone know where I may be able to find a replacement spring?  The closest I
found was espressoparts.com but they couldn't help me.

2) From: Mark Janello
On Sep 30, 2007, at 2:20 PM, Brian Zambrano wrote:
I don't think it is supposed to have one.  I have a newer La Pavoni  
Millenium, admittedly, but I believe the older ones are the same.   
Some people like to use a punch and make a little dent on the inside  
of the pf to help hold it in place.
I have never minded the loose filter.  It makes doing several shots  
quite easy as I just load several filters and just pop out old and in  
with the new.  You can't just bang out the coffee, though.  I usually  
let them cool and then either bang two together to get the puck out  
or just pick it out with a spoon.

3) From: Brian Zambrano
I saw the little groove in the portafilter so just assumed that the spring
was missing (especially after comparing with my Gaggia).  I can see the
advantage to lining up a few baskets for multiple shots in a row.  But, I
think I like the ease of knocking the puck out when the basket is "locked"
into place.  In any case...thanks for the help!  I may try that dent trick.
On 9/30/07, Mark Janello  wrote:

4) From: Alchemist John
It doesn't have a spring is why you can't find one.  Most levers 
don't have one.  You just need to keep your finger or thumb on the PF 
basket when you knock it.
At 11:20 9/30/2007, you wrote:
John Nanci
AlChemist at large
Zen Roasting , Blending & Espresso pulling by Gestalthttp://www.chocolatealchemy.com/

5) From: Brent - SC/TO Roasting
I have a Europiccola and teh basket does not have a retaining spring or
clip.  I have 3 baskets and just knock them into the sink as I finish.
Since the Europiccola's limit of good shots tends to be 3 max anyway, that
number works for me.
There is a site that lists La Pavoni repair places in the U.S.:http://www.pavonishop.com/lapavser.htmlI know Thomas Cara in SF is very good and normally has parts for all La
Pavonis in stock.
This is a link to a blowup of the Europiccola parts, showing the
portafilter/basket with no retaining clip/spring:http://www.espressoparts.com/category/03.02.lapavoni.lapavonipagetwo/Hope that's helpful.
On 9/30/07, Brian Zambrano  wrote:
My coffee is better than it tastes

6) From: Brian Zambrano
Thanks for all of the tips.  Obviously, I'm a newbie with the La Pavoni...I
guess I should expect it to be different than my Gaggia in more than the
obvious ways.  I'll just use the extra basket I have like everyone is
suggesting.  You all may see another message from me soon asking for help
with pulling shots from this thing!
Thanks again,
On 10/1/07, Brent - SC/TO Roasting  wrote:

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