How much difference can a filter basket actually make? According to some very well-respected baristas, a lot. We hear a lot of great things about the new VST baskets, so much so that getting hold of one is proving to be quite difficult.
These precision baskets were developed with an exact number and size of uniform holes. This may seem ridiculous, but I assure you, it’s not. Just hold up your current basket to the light. You will more than likely see some holes that are plugged with grind, as well as differently sized and shaped holes. What VST baskets do, as well as being very well made, is give uniformity to your extraction across the puck, and any consistency you can achieve anywhere is a good thing when pulling espresso shots.
When a World Barista Champion like Tim says “We have been using these for months. All I can say is GET THEM!” It would be silly not to give them a try. Ours is in the post, we’ll report back when we have more news.