emradguy Senior Member Joined: 31 Mar 2011 Posts: 1,692 Location: Houston Expertise: I live coffee
Espresso: Izzo Alex Duetto II Grinder: MacapM4T, Macap M4, OE Lido,... Drip: Espro press; Aeropress Roaster: internet
Posted Tue May 8, 2012, 5:50pm Subject: Re: Best bottomless portafilter?
My custom set arrived today, and looks gorgeous! The photo doesn't do the set justice. I still have to install the steam and water knobs, but I put the group lever knob on already and "christened" the pf handle before coming to work this afternoon.
Vagabond Senior Member Joined: 10 Mar 2012 Posts: 14 Location: Seattle, WA Expertise: Just starting
Posted Sat May 12, 2012, 8:39pm Subject: Re: Best bottomless portafilter?
Wow Ron, that set looks amazing!
So I ended up ordering the bottomless PF from 1st-Line, and when it arrived, it didn't fit my machine at all. I could not turn it in to lock it, which just didn't seem right. 1st-Line was nice enough to allow me to RMA the PF, even though it says non-refundable on the site, and mentioned that Rocket might be using a new gasket size or the distributer I received my Rocket from might've requested a different size, which explains why it wouldn't fit.
I then decided to give greatinfusions a try, since I had just ordered my set of ACF cappa and macchiato cups from them, and experienced great customer service. I gave them a call and mentioned my misfortune with my first attempt at finding a bottomless portafilter for my Rocket, and he then proceeded to test out each of their bottomless options on a Cellini they had in store to assure me they would fit. He recommended the La Marzocco one, and wow am I impressed with it. The slight angle of the handle is wonderful, the weight is much nicer as there was not as much stainless steel removed, and it altogether feels quite a bit sturdier while still matching the Rocket's style. Very impressed!
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