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daltongreene
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Posted Thu Oct 24, 2013, 10:47am
Subject: Help on portafilter baskets!
 

I am buying an espresso machine soon and will want a choice of different size baskets and vst baskets etc. Will I have to try find baskets particular to the espresso machine brand or is it a lot more general than that? I'm finding it quite difficult getting information on this area. Any help will as always be greatly appreciated!
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Posted Thu Oct 24, 2013, 11:25am
Subject: Re: Help on portafilter baskets!
 

Staying brand specific is generally unnecessary but, you need baskets that fit the machine, for sure.  Most non-lever machines are 58mm.  You haven't mentioned what machine(s) you are interested in, so it's impossible to tell you what you need.  Most machines come with one single and one double basket.  If you are interested in a triple basket (aka over-sized double), you need a bottomless/naked portafilter.  If you're going to buy VSTs, you need to decide if you want ridged or ridgeless ones.  If you're going to buy VSTs, you probably will be throwing the stock baskets in a drawer, saving them only for when (if ever) you sell the machine.

 
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daltongreene
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Posted Thu Oct 24, 2013, 12:19pm
Subject: Re: Help on portafilter baskets!
 

I'm hoping to get a 2group La Morzocco FB/70 I have found for a good price. I don't know what  is already on the machine but I'd like to have an array of baskets for my own 'research' with different weight capacities i.e 16g-18g baskets I'm not overly interested in triple baskets but to have one couldn't hurt. I'm not sure if I'll be going ridged or ridgless with the VST.
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Posted Thu Oct 24, 2013, 1:26pm
Subject: Re: Help on portafilter baskets!
 

LM makes a basket very similar to the VSTs...LM Strada baskets.  I have a pair of 17g and 21g of those and like them very much.  I've found that with my setup, I prefer some coffees at 18g (I use the 17s for that) and some coffees at 20g (I use the 21s for that).  So, I fully support your idea to get a few different ones and see what you like at what doses.  Just maintain an open mind that you may not prefer every coffee at the same dose.

 
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daltongreene
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Posted Thu Oct 24, 2013, 1:54pm
Subject: Re: Help on portafilter baskets!
 

LM Strada baskets looks good, I hope I get the machine now! That sounds like what I want, I'll be opening a small cafe soon and that's one of the reasons I'd like diff sizes so I can have guest coffee and as you said most coffees are better at diff weights.
Okay I think I have it now, basically as long as I know the specs on the machine(58mm or otherwise stated) any basket at that size should be fine.
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