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  1. igm45

    Baskets

    Morning all, I have decided that I fancy a smaller basket. At present I have a 18g VST. Here is what I'm considering: 15g VST (range 14-16g) Fancy this for the challenge that it seems to offer. 15g Decent (range 12-18g) 18g Decent (range 15 - 21) Not heard much about decent baskets, anyone got experience of them? 14g IMS (range 14-18g) I am told IMS are more forgiving, do I go for this as the cheapest and easiest option. Thoughts please...
  2. Well I’ve been on the 15g basket for over a week now ,you will need perfect technique to get these to work . I am loving this as this is ironing out any bad habits that I’ve had . Results in the cup are good and I am really having to push the E8 and grind really fine , a lot finer than for my 18gram VST basket . This consequently has shown me how much of a good grinder I have and it hasn’t missed a beat . I am planning on travelling more down this road , just need to get an order of beans in so I can play more. If you want to push yourself i thoughrully recommend doing this ,
  3. I am new to the forum and in the process of placing an order for a decent machine and grinder, so in the meantime I am satisfying my lust for somewhere near the Holy Grail in scouring the forum, time permitting, in doing so I note several references to like minded people swapping out the machine manufacturers porta filters and baskets in favour of a VST replacement. What is so different that warrants such a change ?. Jon-Willy.
  4. Sold 18g ridgeless VST basket, minor marking where fitted into portafilter, £20 delivered
  5. Anyone have a VST, DTS meter for sale? Thanks in advance Mike
  6. 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!
  7. Hello everyone! I am moving from UK, and I won’t have any space to use all of my coffee equipment in my next apartment, therefore I am selling my beloved and well maintained items. (Sadly…) Please have a look, and let me know if you like to see in person, or buy anything. Pick up is available from Shoreditch, London. Everything can be posted at buyer’s responsibility. For espresso machine and grinder, I would like someone who can see the machine/grinder, agree and pickup in person, but can be posted. Please note, these items are all sold separately and not b
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Hi all I tried to make my first shot using the 18g VST basket in my Cherub using the standard Cherub portafilter. However adding 17g of beans into basket and tamping did not work as it would not lock into the group head. Was very tight to even try and close. Is this a known issue? I can max only use 15g of coffee currently. Thanks
  11. Hi all. I've finally given and and promised to reduce the space my coffee "stuff" takes up. I am willing to split, offers welcome if buyer multiples. I have included insured courier delivery prices for the big items and regular for the others, but will give preference to those able to collect from central Bristol. Here are the details: 2002 Gaggia Classic /w Rancilio Silvia steam wand (£130 collection, £150 delivered) I bought this refurbished from our very own MartinB here less than 18 months ago, so you know it's in decent shape! Never had an issue with it, still in perfect working
  12. I'm selling my VST Lab Coffee III refractometer as I'm not really using it and keen to release the funds. I've only used it about 10-15 times so the unit is practically new, with the protective cover for the screen/control area still on. It also comes with all microfilters (I think I used 1 or 2), 3 syringes and 5 pipettes and cleaning pads. I bought it for £750 (+shipping) from hasbean, and it has the windows/Mac software included too. I never emailed VST to ask for the software, so the license hasn't been used. You can email them and get the software too as if it was brand new. Anything
  13. As new condition - purchased from Hasbean earlier the year. I've already registered the software, so you will need to download the app or purchase the software. There are a few pipettes, a couple of syringes, and several filters (shown in photo). I will also include some alcohol wipes. £530 + postage - collection preferred.
  14. I'm looking to aquire a VST and had a few questions. I'll be using it for pour over. What equipment do I need besides these gadget itself? Filters? Syringers? Software? The VST shop got an unbundled version where you can add software, syringe/filter and chooses soft case color. Do you need the PC software? Do you need the app? Is it sturdy or should I get a hard case?
  15. Jony

    VST Ridgeless

    If I have used this it was once. £18 posted. Jony
  16. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Eureka-Mignon-Perfetto-Kaffeem%C3%BChle-Chrom/dp/B07G4FC61Q The grinder integrated in the oracle touch (same as Sage Smart Grinder Pro) is not the best grinder making top reproducible results. So what i am looking for to train my skills and maybe get better results is a grinder that: - make constant and reproducible results - grind fine and good enough for the VST 15g - is just great Is that Eureka good for that or do i have to get another? Must be definitive MUCH better than the Sage because otherwise it surely makes no sense to upgrade. I wan
  17. Push Tamper - Black SOLD £100 + £7 Royal Mail Special Delivery Rocket Espresso Bottomless Portafilter - SOLD £25 Delivered (Box is water damaged) VST 18g Ridgeless Basket - SOLD £15 Delivered La Marzocco 14 & 17g Ridged Basket - SOLD £10 for both Delivered IMS Competition E61 Shower Screen - SOLD £10 Delivered Unbranded Black Grounds Distributor - SOLD £10 Delivered Tidaka 58mm+ Portafilter Funnel - SOLD £25 Delivered
  18. Looking for a 15gm ridgless. Used or new. The 20 is used.
  19. As per title - up for grabs is my VST 15g ridged basket. Comes with all original packaging and documentation. Condition is as new, only used twice. Will also be advertising this elsewhere. £20 posted (UK).
  20. Hi All, I was after some advice if I may. I’m running a Gaggia Classic (Rancilio wand and OPV mod) and Mazzer Super Jolly (had it for about a year). I make 2-4 drinks on a weekend day, usually cappuccino / cortado and the odd mid week drink. Would upgrading to an IMS or VST basket make a difference over the stock (non pressurised) double baskets? Or since I’m mostly going milk based is it not a material difference? Also I can’t seem to find a sensible answer on whether IMS or VST is better, only the one direct comparison (from perfect daily grind) which says any difference is ma
  21. Hi All have been looking around here for a few weeks now. Lot of interesting snippets of information on here. Who would know making a cup of coffee was such a science, or is it an artform. Eitherway im hoping to find out soon! We started out with Tassimo and Dolce gustos many years ago, moving on to 2 different nespresso machines. Swiftly followed by a bean to cup delonghi for 2 years and another bean to cup Krups for another 2 years. That brings us to Christmas 2018 and i got to thinking wouldnt it be great to do it properly, it looks easy! So 5000 hours on youtube later and we
  22. I decided to take the plunge and invest in a 15g VST Ridgeless. My current 18g VST is great but wanted a slightly smaller yield to suit my palette. The first shot was a bit too fast even though I had made the grind finer and along with a dose of 15.3g - ending with 29g in 22s Second - 15.5g - not much different to above Both the above shots were quite good to taste but I think the Vesuvius is quite forgiving! I then tried a search on the forum with pretty poor results, followed by google which led me back to here...which took me to: https://colonnacoffee.com/blogs/maxw
  23. Just bought a plumbed original L1 on this forum to add to my Vesuvius and Ponte Vecchio Lusso and am in the process of getting to the best basket / dose combination. On my Vesuvius, I dose 18g in an 18g VST basket. When I do the nickel test (or 5p) the dose leaves the correct impression at between 17.5g and 18g with the beans I am using -perfect. However, when I do the same test on the L1, in the 18g VST I only get 15.5g before it leaves an impression whilst in the 20g VST I get 17g. This is with both the Londinium IMS 35 screen and the KVW screen I have on the Vesuvius when used on both.
  24. 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!
  25. Continuing the quest for better coffee, i'm interested in a stainless steel portafilter for my Synchronika, or E61 group heads. Reasons are: - Deeper VST baskets (22g+) - Easier to clean and maintain - Not worrying about chrome plating, teflon coatings, etc After investigation, options are: - La Marzocco (needs grinding to fit E61 group head) - Pesado (Where can i get them in Europe?) - Decent (Where can i get them in Europe?) - Cafelat (i think they don't make them anymore) Anyone knows of more options available, or how to get the Pesado or Decent ones hre in
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