ntouch Senior Member Joined: 15 Dec 2011 Posts: 14 Location: Houston Expertise: I love coffee
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Posted Sat Jun 29, 2013, 11:42pm Subject: Re: I just got my first machine and need a portafilter....is this the right one?
Yes all e61 groupheads can take the same portafilter. You do not need to buy one that is manufacturer specific. I would suggest that you look into buying a bottomless portafilter. Just an opinion, but most people end up going that route, save your money and just buy one from the get go. There are a couple of places that you can get a bottomless portafilter at a better price than what you have in your cart that you posted. I would use some of the savings to buy a good VST basket, and a tamper that goes with it. Yes, the 58mm tamper will also be what you are looking for with that portafilter. Hope that helps.
Your tamper should match your basket as closely as possible. The VST baskets are best used with a 58.35mm tamper. There are a couple of places to get one that specific, one is Reg Barber, but his are expensive, and though very beautiful and extremely functional with many options to chose from (even customization), there are at least a couple of much cheaper options - though I can't think of them off hand (probably since I have a custom Reg). If you don't get a VST basket (or more than one), Reg Barber has the option of sending in exact measurements of your basket or even sending in your basket to get an exact match.
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