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  1. Is it possible to put a 18 or 20G basket into my double portafilter holder instead of the 14g basket
  2. I have not been having much luck with my machine its got a 14g basket and i have been loading it with 17-18g should i be using less around the 14g mark?
  3. I have a newly acquired Gaggia Classic, so looking at baskets. I may go down the VST route at some point, but I have a general question. Simply put, what's the point in different size baskets when you can just fill up a standard double basket half way, third of the way or whatever? Is there any advantage in having a smaller basket, and if so what? I know there are disadvantages as well, because the VST 15mm basket is harder to work with than the 18mm. Fill me in on the theory and practice here please!
  4. Hey, I am wondering if anyone has a VST 18g basket (mine is ridgeless) and Silvia combination? I just got mine and struggling a bit. Flow in VST is faster than in the stock pf which means I should either grind finer or updose. What I see if I go for the nominal dosage (18g) then I have to grind really fine (3 on my Rocky) + it is a bit awkward to level it off (cannot really sweep with a finger). Also, the coffee ends up certainly not bad but a bit blander than I was getting with the stock pf. Another option is to updose. That's what I am doing and like the results tastewise (I dose
  5. As title, does anyone know what the doses are for these? I cant find any info on them apart from 1 cup / 2 cup :/ I run 18g on the double, but even 10g on the single doesnt seem to tamp very well leaving a soggy puck. Thanks Craig
  6. Im not sure if this has been covered, I did a search but couldn't find anything. Being the 22nd December, everything seems pretty far from me and posing has become a bit of a nightmare. Im trying to find a local stockist of VST baskets. Anyone know somewhere in Berkshire that stocks them? Im thinking of going to pick up a couple today if possible. Thanks.
  7. All, after years of using a VST 15gr basket without investigating further .... am i the only one to put 18gr on the 15gr VST basket?!?! Using a Rocket Giotto i couldn't get anything decent from 15gr on it while with the normal 18gr basket I was less happy At the end the 15gr one I am getting a non soggy puck with enough room for water during the extraction, looks perfect post brewing and coffee is quite decent ... But i can't get my head around, assuming the VST guys are v nerdy how on earth is that possible for me to do a 18gr coffee in a 15gr basket? - grinding too fine? - not
  8. Morning, I've just noticed that sage are now selling single baskets as well as the double that come with the machine new and wondered if anybody has experienced using one specifically with an Oracle and maybe give some feedback on your results? It normally doses around the 22g mark +- 1g with the standard double basket. I'm guessing that it would dose less and cut out grinding as it registers pressure with its auto tamp mechanism ? kind regards Leigh
  9. Like many I decant from my grinder into a receptacle and then weigh it and then tip into the basket which is in the PF holder. I would like to speed up the process and decant directly into the basket, in the PF, probably using one of those funnel things (any recommendation on these funnel things appreciated please). But how do I weigh it? Not many scales are big enough for the PF to sit on. cheers
  10. I this a good deal for a blind basket and cleaning tablets? https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F272072321343
  11. Hi, Just wanted to ask (as I am a newbie) if I should expect condensation & grounds to be in my basket when I am leaving the portafilter in the machine to warm up before I pull my shot? The basket (14g double for Gaggia Classic) is clean & dry when I put it in, but when I pull it out to put the grounds in, I have to wipe it down & clean out some grounds which have appeared. I think the grounds are coming from some which have collected around the group head which I’m struggling to clean out, however I have ordered a brush to do this. I’m more worried about whether the wate
  12. I have to laugh - I realised in the middle of the night I have been using the wrong basket (pressurised) in my new Gaggia Classic for 2 weeks - no wonder it wasn't quite what I thought All that tamping and weighing... I should have realised immediately, I took the spout off the portafilter and the coffee was coming out in a tiny stream - not a chance of a tiger stripe!! Anyway I mention it for the illumination of any others in my position and a little weekend humour for the veterans All the best J
  13. It's time for the yearly maintenance of replacing my shower screen and gasket and was thinking of ordering a new basket as well so I can get free shipping from vendor. For the IMS nanoquartz baskets they have 2 sizes which are labeled as 16/18 and 18/20. If I do 18g shots which one should I go for? Not sure if I should go for the smaller or larger. My machine is an e61 group and I use a bottomless portafilter is that matters.
  14. Does anyone have an idea from where we can buy a filter like used in this video? Thank you!
  15. Hi all, I use an 18g VST basket for my double shots and it works wonderfully, but Mrs Nuuutz likes her coffee weak so only likes a single shot of her decaf. I’ve been trying in vain to use the single basket on my DB but it makes such a mess on the group head for one, plus tamping seems a bit of a faff too. Sometimes the tamper sucks the dose out the basket. Sometimes the puck gets stuck to the grouphead. I’m having real grief. What i’ve been doing is dosing 12g into the single basket (to get the headroom) and tamping with my Torr 58.4mm, but only extracting for 20secs including
  16. https://decentespresso.com/basket https://decentespresso.com/img/basket_10g.jpg As known many are not really happy with the default single basket coming with the Oracle and DB. This 10g basket is not skewed and so maybe provide better flavour more like a double.
  17. Good day all. I'm thinking a new basket is in order as the one I have with my Classic is the original and now 12 years old so I'm sure it has seen better days. It will be a double basket to hold between 16-18grams if possible. From my basic understanding am I right thinking that a VMS basket is a bit more forgiving? Has anyone had both and noticed wild differences? And any recommendations on a particular model. Thanks all!
  18. Hey guys! I have a Gaggia Classic bought in 2016 from the UK. It should be 9403/11. I have a double basket but I don't know whether it is a 14g or 16g basket. Mine has a ridge on the vertical side. I have been dosing 17-18g and flow seems okay, but the taste is bitter. The following video at 4:10 shows of the two baskets. Some images of the basket I have. From left, Gaggia Pressurized Single, Gaggia Pressurized Double, and Gaggia Commercial non-pressurized double Coffee that comes out with the lack of crema. Looks like overextract
  19. What I'm about to say should be obvious to everyone, but although I have owned a Verona for over four years now and used it daily, it has only just occurred to me. I’ve been experiencing quite a lot lately the spent puck sticking to the screen and the basket coming away empty. It varies, with some beans more inclined than others, but my current batch (Columbia La Crystalina from Rave) is particularly bad in this respect. Releasing the portafilter gently and finding it empty, I have carefully hooked it back on again with the best positional accuracy I can manage then partially released and
  20. Hi silly quick question please should the portafilter be stored in the machine Should the filter basket be left in or out of the portafilter when not in use sorry for so basic questions
  21. Hi fellow coffee chums can you help when I use my traditional basket on my oracle, I have no problem knocking my puck out at all . When I use my naked portafilter when I come to knock my puck out it stick. Why is this coffee fresh and perfect recipe
  22. Just thinking out loud here, does anyone produce or has anyone tried to see if a basket with ripped or ridged side walls would help with chaneling down side walls? I'm thinking by creating a more torturous path along the walls of a basket would reduce the likelihood of chaneling occurring. to ensure the ridges are nicely filled with grinds would require some experimentation, possibly using a domed tamper to help force grinds sideways into the ripples. steve
  23. So in a cafe you want to do this quite regularly, but how often is it necessary in a home setting? I regularly soak them in puly caff but they're getting on for 3 years old now. Should I be changing the basket or is it simply not possible to deteriorate that quickly in a home environment?
  24. So I was in dire straits today with only 10g of coffee left and replacement order probably not here until tomorrow so I decided to throw caution to the wind and try out the much maligned single-shot basket. So I took my 10g of coffee, adjusted the grind on the EK maybe 3 notches tighter and ground it throw my little Tama flour sifter into the basket and then levelled and tamped with the Chinese set. I have the machine set to do a 90s pre-infusion at I think 65% so a solid 6-7 bar throughout and stopped the pour at 18g. Was a lovely gradual (naked) pour which came straight down the mi
  25. My v3 will be with me on Wednesday/Thursday and I will need to get myself a tamper and maybe a basket. I would like to get something that is going to last me and not something that I am going to need to upgrade in 6 months. I was thinking of an 18g VST or basket or an IMS. Would I need a 58.4m tamper for these? I am after a knock box too, nothing too big, as I will only be making 4 coffees (max) a day.
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