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    Will VST baskets improve my coffee?

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    Only uses an standard bottomless portafilter with double basket from my Rocket machine. Would changing to an VST ridgeless 18 gram improve my coffee shot quality?

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    If everything else isn't up to scratching getting a VST won't help you

    If you already get decent shots out of the other baskets then yes a VST might help to perfect it.

    Also like anything that involves a user, there are lots of pros and cons, people that like them, people that don't.

    The only way YOU will know if it will improve YOUR shot is to buy one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shapeshifter View Post
    The only way YOU will know if it will improve YOUR shot is to buy one.
    I agree totally. You may want to check out a related thread:

    http://coffeesnobs.com.au/brewing-eq...been-like.html

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    Thanks guys. I think I till be a great challenge !

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    Kyoto,

    I have an ECM Mechanika and I moved to the 18gm VST basket and noticed a massive difference – albeit, it comes down to technique and the basket you had to start with.
    You’re probably best off giving it a go.

    Cheers

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    Morning Kyoto, You will find Precision baskets Precision filter basket 58mm- Espresso parts equally as good, less than half the price of VST and nowhere near as finicky to use.

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    Kyoto,

    you've been using your machine for about a week or two, right? I'm not sure that chopping and changing filter baskets is a great idea....yet (assuming you existing basket is not defective). Leave the equipment as a 'constant' and learn how to use your machine would be my advice. When you get to a happy consistency, then go for your life.
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    I agree totally with Barry. Once you understand your current gear and what you can (and maybe can't) get from it, then you can make some judgments about what to do next.

    Regarding VST baskets, there's plenty to read (some of which is quite reasoned, a lot of which is not). If you can, find someone who has some and try them out for yourself, or if money is no object, just get some and do the same. I doubt asking about VST baskets here will turn up anything that hasn't been said many times before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yelta View Post
    Morning Kyoto, You will find Precision baskets Precision filter basket 58mm- Espresso parts equally as good, less than half the price of VST and nowhere near as finicky to use.


    +1 for the EP baskets , these are easy to use ,give good results and great value

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete39 View Post
    I agree totally with Barry. Once you understand your current gear and what you can (and maybe can't) get from it, then you can make some judgments about what to do next.

    Regarding VST baskets, there's plenty to read (some of which is quite reasoned, a lot of which is not). If you can, find someone who has some and try them out for yourself, or if money is no object, just get some and do the same. I doubt asking about VST baskets here will turn up anything that hasn't been said many times before.
    *grins* I think Yelta has some he might sell cheap... *innocent look*

    Get technique working first, (as above suggestion) THEN work on the extras. For me the path was get good and repeatable coffee from my equipment, then naked PF, then VST. With excellent coffee coming from the machine, the VST gave a noticeable kick in flavour complexity and extra strength without bitterness - probably due to being able to grind finer without choking the machine. Because i got my ducks in a row first the changeover was painless. (almost - few sink shots)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Journeyman View Post
    *grins* I think Yelta has some he might sell cheap... *innocent look*
    Afternoon JM, nope not for sale, who knows I may revisit them in the future.

    As I said, I'm open minded on the subject, who knows someone may come up with a previously untried method that completely changes the picture.

    The only coffee related gear I sell is (stuff that doesn't suit my taste) VST baskets don't fall into that category, yet.



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