Got out the hacksaw today. Made myself a naked portafilter and modified the steam wand to remove the easy steaming additions.
The portafilter was quite easy to alter – 4 screws on the underside, take it apart and cut off the plastic part that contains the spout, then reassemble. Only took a few minutes, but leaves a screw hole sticking out the bottom annoyingly – will have to see if it’s necessary when I fit the filter in it on Thursday.
The steam wand was slightly harder, but not much. That involved melting some plastic to fill in the air inlet on the side, and cutting out all the plastic from the central division inside. But now there’s no obstruction to the steam coming out, so hopefully I’ll be able to make a bit more microfoam from now on! Pictures below: