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PRECISION FILTER BASKETS FOR BETTER TASTING COFFEE

The simple filter basket has become a hot space in the last few years, with brands such as VST, IMS, Pesado and Decent competing heavlity to produce the ultimate espresso filter baskets. This has resulted in increased consistency, especially in multi-group setups. Loving innovation, and we will always support and push new ideas and better quality in the chase for the untimate espresso!

A portafilter basket’s job seems relatively simple right, filter hot water through extremely fine ground coffee particles within a high pressure environment. Well easier said than done, now from the naked eye the coffee particles all look identical in size when ground so fine. When in actual fact from a microscopic level all these particles are of many different shapes and sizes.

Small particles make their way through and into our cup giving us a rich espresso taste. Some other stubborn particles which are a little bigger clog up the holes which creates problems if a few holes get clogged.

It's just like being in a long line up in traffic, if one lane is blocked it only delays those in that lane but if it's two or three lanes it has a knock on effect slowing the complete flow of traffic.

Just like traffic, our grounds in the basket work the same. Having partial or multiple occlusions with a basket from these ‘chunkier’ particles means that the domino effect results in under extraction to that localised area. This will lead to less extraction and depending on how well trained your taste buds are you’ll notice the deficiency in flavour.

Each standard basket is different from the next. Shape and precision of the holes have a big impact on the chances of blockage. These baskets can be sharp, jagged, uneven and inconsistent in circumference. Opposingly if the holes are the complete opposite of what we’ve just described, there is a notable decrease in opportunity for blockage.

Precision accessories such as the ims espresso basket or vst basket are designed in a way that they all have identical variability in hole dimension. With this in mind, across group heads you’ll have consistent flow rates and won’t be questioning your poor grinder. If you’re a coffee enthusiast brewing from home on your single group head you won’t be seeing a difference in flow rates.

Time to give your machine the best possible chance to extract the thousands of compounds in your grounds, in a consistent manner.