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  • New portafilter basket.

    After many years of use I had a feeling my Espresso Parts 18 gram basket was getting a little tired, so shouted myself a new one.

    The difference was instant and quite remarkable, vast improvement of flavour, viscosity, crema and mouth feel, interestingly I had to open the grinder a couple of notches to get the result I was looking for.

    If your feeling your shots are not quite what they used to be, and your basket has had a lot of use, could be well worth looking at a new one.

  • #2
    Just curious: while you were using your old basket, what made you think it needed replacing? Inconsistent pours, channeling, specific taste defects?

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    • #3
      Originally posted by degaulle View Post
      Just curious: while you were using your old basket, what made you think it needed replacing? Inconsistent pours, channeling, specific taste defects?
      Nope, none of those, the old basket was still making acceptable coffee, I just felt a new one may make a difference, and it did.

      Like most things I guess they have a life span.

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      • #4
        In a cafe baskets have a lifespan of around 12 months.

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        • #5
          Interesting. I wouldn’t have thought a basket would wear out in domestic use? Have you tried going back to the old to confirm ?

          I guess if at the edges of the holes the metal is very thin then with time it could be abraded and create a bigger hole.

          Cheers

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          • #6
            Originally posted by artman View Post
            Interesting. I wouldn’t have thought a basket would wear out in domestic use? Have you tried going back to the old to confirm ?

            I guess if at the edges of the holes the metal is very thin then with time it could be abraded and create a bigger hole.

            Cheers
            No, haven't gone back to the old basket, the improvement was immediate and quite dramatic, the fact that I had to open the burrs a couple of graduations to achieve my usual extraction indicated there was quite a change.

            Bear in mind the basket has been in constant use for about 9 years, that's approaching 10000 shots.

            The only visual sign of any change was the old basket had a noticeable degree of bulge on the base.

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