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PORTAFILTERS FOR YOUR ESPRESSO MACHINE

For any espresso machine a portafilter is one of the most essential tools required to brew a delicious coffee. The portafilter is where your basket sits to hold freshly ground coffee before beginning the extraction process.

It's concept is quite simple but essential to brewing espresso. It's the component of the coffee machine where hot water passes through the basket where the ground coffee sit. The espresso flavours are extracted and result in a rich viscous syrup, usually roughly 30 ml. If you've got a naked portafilter you'll be able to watch those delicious flavours be extracted which, one of my favourite views.

The portafilter itself is comprised of only a few components, mostly non-mechanical, including the handle. This handle can be a stainless steel body like the pesado portafilter or you can spice it up with a wooden portafilter handle.

The group handle is usually made from different materials depending on the manufacturer and style you prefer. Mostly constructed of stainless steel from the spout to the body for increased strength and performance. You will find most high end espresso machines have either hardwood but aluminum, stainless steel and plastic models are also popular.