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Posted Mon Apr 7, 2014, 12:00am
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Cafelat XT Portafilter

We take a detailed look at one of the most intriguing aftermarket portafilters to ever come to market - convertible, beautiful, and 11 different versions!
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Posted Fri Apr 18, 2014, 5:54am
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Surprised there is no commentary on this at all from the CG forum community. ?

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Posted Fri Apr 18, 2014, 10:06am
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Mark - this does look like a great portafilter innovation. I have been using a chopped (when did the "bottomless" moniker go away? Not that I miss it - I did see it as mildly sexist) portafilter for so long, I haven't thought about the utility of a spouted portafilter. Aside from the "mixing" aspect you mention, and the obvious use of splitting a double into two single cups, are there other benefits to a spouted over chopped portafilter?

It might be time to get one of these and do some experimentation.

 
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Posted Fri Apr 18, 2014, 7:12pm
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dana_leighton Said:

Mark - this does look like a great portafilter innovation. I have been using a chopped (when did the "bottomless" moniker go away? Not that I miss it - I did see it as mildly sexist) portafilter for so long, I haven't thought about the utility of a spouted portafilter. Aside from the "mixing" aspect you mention, and the obvious use of splitting a double into two single cups, are there other benefits to a spouted over chopped portafilter?

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I can't say there is or not, simply because I like the ritual of stirring my espresso in the cup regardless of a chopped or normal portafilter being used. I was essentially parroting some discussion that came out of James Hoffmann's post many years back re, "crema sucks" - the whole crema tastes bad discussion. There was a lot of discussion that a mixing, which occurs in the bottom of a traditional portafilter, doesn't happen in a chopped one, so the espresso in the cup tastes different (surely it mixes somewhat as it falls into the cup!). I'm quite neutral on that subject, but figured I would mention it in the review.

What I really like about this portafilter is that you now have a super quick option - if you do chopped PF shots almost all the time, no problem - use it with bottom off. But for those rare occasions where you want to split the double into two cups... well, 2 seconds to put the thing on, 5 seconds to rinse it with blazing hot water, bob's your uncle, you're off. No need to own two portafilters (one chopped, one not) at $65-$95 x2 prices. Own this one for $115.

Second most liked thing - seriously the easiest portafilter I've ever owned for cleaning. You can get every single nook and cranny. You should see the efforts I go through to clean my spouted Speedster portafilters, esp. in the spouts, neck, etc.

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