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  1. portafilternoun

    A holder for ground espresso coffee that is attached to a group in an espresso machine to produce espresso.

  2. portafilternoun

    A similar-shaped device but without a bottom opening, used to backflush or clean an espresso machine.


  1. portafilter

    An espresso machine brews coffee by forcing pressurized water near boiling point through a "puck" of ground coffee and a filter in order to produce a thick, concentrated coffee called espresso. The first machine for making espresso was built in the early 1900s by Luigi Bezzera. The founder of the La Pavoni company bought the patent and from 1905 produced espresso machines commercially on a small scale in Milan. Multiple machine designs have been created to produce espresso. Several machines share some common elements, such as a grouphead and a portafilter. An espresso machine may also have a steam wand which is used to steam and froth liquids (such as milk) for coffee drinks such as cappuccino and caffe latte. Espresso machines may be steam-driven, piston-driven, pump-driven, or air-pump-driven. Machines may also be manual or automatic.


  1. Portafilter

    A portafilter attaches to the group head of semi-automatic and piston-driven espresso machines, and carries a tamped puck of coffee grounds within its basket. It is usually made of brass, and is attached by a plastic or wooden handle. The portafilter forms a seal with the espresso machine's gasket, and directs high-pressure hot water through the coffee puck. After-market retailers also sell bottomless portafilters that minimize the espresso's contact with any metal. A bottomless portafilter is one tool baristas use to analyze the quality of the coffee grind and the evenness of the extraction. Often baristas use knockboxes to store their spent espresso grounds after they have pulled a shot. Some home espresso machines come with a pressurized portafilter that is designed to make it easier to brew espresso with crema for novice users. The drawback of these portafilters is that the barista does not have much control over the quality of the shot.

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  1. portafilter

    If you have ever seen an espresso machine, then you’ve probably noticed an interesting handle that sticks out where the coffee comes out of the device. This handle contains a filter that holds and traps the coffee grounds when the machine is extracting an espresso shot to guarantee that you’ll have nothing in your cup except your precious espresso that you love so much. When the hot water covers the ground coffee, the flavor and aroma are extracted, while the filter guarantees that the grounds won’t find their way into your cup. The extracted espresso drops from the bottom of the portafilter and passes through a chute at the bottom into your cup. The handle keeps the filter in place while you’re brewing your espresso, so it locks into the machine to keep the group head in place. The main part of the portafilter is the filter basket. It’s made of metal and has tiny holes that allow only the liquid to pass through. If you have a coffee maker, the portafilter is equivalent to the filter basket that holds the paper filters that you use to enjoy a tasty coffee cup. The metal filter basket is equivalent to the paper filters.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of portafilter in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of portafilter in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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