Can anyone recommend a good source for a 53mm, straight-sided, flat
bottomed espresso filter/basket? The aluminum portafilter I'm using (from
a Buon Caffe Model 330) will easily accept a flat bottomed filter, but
$tarbucks, in their infinite wisdom, included both single and double
espresso baskets that have sides which angle in towards the center,
shrinking the surface area where the output holes are. The angled sides
lead down to a filter area that's probably 40-50% smaller than it needs to be.
I compared this to my Saeco's basket, which is also 53mm and has completely
vertical sides, yielding the same amount of surface area on the bottom as
there is on the top, where the water comes out. I figured that since the
Saeco does a top notch job with a grind that is 4 Rocky clicks finer than I
can use in the Buon Caffe (and I can tamp it harder), maybe I need to use a
different basket to drive out better performance from the $tarbucks machine.
Thoughts? Recommendations? Thank you!
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