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Starbucks Athena

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Starbucks Model Athena is a traditional pump model with electronic dosing (CPU) system. The internal design is similar to Saeco's Magic Cappuccino. This model was discontinued in 1998. The information on this page is for guidance on repairs and parts orders only. If the cost of repair is high, trade-in option is available with adjustment of $100.00 towards the purchase of new espresso maker. We recommend an upgrade with a fully automatic model Vienna Plus. See Espresso Trade-in.

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 Pressurized Portafilter is a tool that allows pre-infusion delay and builds extraction pressure to 9 Bars. To pull classic shots of espresso, do not use powdery fine grind of press (no tamping please). Extraction time for maximum espresso averages between 8-10 seconds. This portafilter is not a commercial portafilter. Any suggestions seen or recommendations given over the internet are from someone who uses or knows only about commercial (non-pressurized portafilters). Burnt and bitter tasting over extracted coffee is not espresso.

 Special instructions for use of Saeco pressurized portafilters: When using ground coffee, use coarser grind like the size of table salt grain. Feel the ground coffee for adjustment. Do not grinder fine adjustment setting by number. Do not tamp. Just level the cup with coffee grounds and lock the Portafilter into the group ring. Pull the handle all the way to the right and hold. Turn espresso hot water switch on.  Hold the portafilter pulled all the way to the right for 5 seconds (pre-infusion pressure builds up to 9 bars). Release the handle at the end of 5 seconds. Espresso shots should be max. 2-Oz.  in the cup. For larger quantity, use two shots. For Americana watered espresso, add hot water instead of allowing 8-Oz. water to pump through the coffee grounds. Yummm.

Saeco Pressurized Portafilters


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226550850 - Gran Crema Portafilter

144650100 - Suction Filter with 12" Silicone Tube

 DCCCLBL - Descaler, Coffee Cleaning Liquid, Lube & Brush

 DCCCL - Descaler & Coffee Cleaning Liquid






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Guru's Choice (12 oz. bag): 95% Arabica blend, medium roast, non-oily espresso beans. Buy three bags, get one free. Free shipping in the USA.

Caffe Bella (2.2 lbs. bag) 100% Arabica blend. Free shipping in the USA.

Sampler Pack: includes one 2.2 lbs. bag of Caffe Bella and two 12 oz. bags of Guru's Choice espresso beans. Free shipping in the USA.

Caffe Bella (6 x 2.2 lbs. bag): 100% Arabica blend, buy six bags and get one free. Free shipping in the USA.

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Please note: CleanCaf, Purocaff and Cafiza are good coffee cleaners and not descaling chemicals.These products should not be used for descaling home espresso makers. Using wrong descalers damages the hydraulic system and may also void manufacturer's warranty   


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