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Filter Basket Press- VST

Filter Basket Press

It’s been a very busy few weeks in SCAA Houston. Happily we are delighted to see our new filter baskets making it out around the world, and getting a hugely positive response.

The first place to start is probably in Barista Magazine (starting on page 74). If you want to learn about the theory and research behind the baskets this is where to go.

Mark Prince, CoffeeGeek, asks Can These Filters Change The World Of Espresso?

James Hoffman shares his experiences, and goes into significant detail here.

Tim Wendelboe announces a new Espsresso Blend and shares his espresso videos and VST Filter recommendations here.

Mike White says “You can continue using the same espresso baskets you’ve always used, or you can finally get some good ones.” We like that.

Dan Yee shares a lot of very nice shots of his set of baskets via flickr.

RM from Ministry Grounds near Sydney Australia shares comments and photos on their excellent blog.

Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, from regional and world champion baristas, top cafes and specialty roasters from around the world and individual enthusiasts alike. Looking forward to hearing more reports as the new VST Precision Filter Baskets continue to make it out to new users! Below we’ve posted a few short messages, eMails and tweets.



We have been using these for months. All I can say is GET THEM!–Tim Wendelboe 5 May 2011   WBC World Champion 2004, Nordic Roaster 2008, 2009, 2010  Tim Wendelboe Coffee OSLO

I’ve had great results with the VST baskets with a fair range (17-19g in the 17g and 19-22g in the 21g). I’m generally keeping the brew ratio the same (brew weight is approx 1.5 that of dose). Brew time is usually 27-29s, using a normal 9 bar profile with flow restricted preinfusion.  Grinding finer than other baskets which generally helps up the extraction yield to high levels of tastiness when dealing with shots that short.–James Hoffmann WBC World Champion 2007, Square Mile Coffee Roasters, LONDON  08 May, 2011

….We’ve done some basic testing of the new VST Precision Filters side by side with Synesso baskets. …. blind tasting has always put the VST ones with the comments, “More clarity of flavours, a lot more even pour and a really even coloured, efficient extraction.”  Flavours are less muddied and more definitive … Exact same doses, exact same brew time. They’re also cleaning really well. So initial impressions are obviously positive. We do not plan to change our filters back over to the Synesso ones, the VST are here to stay.–Daniel Yee, 11 May, 2011   AIR Roasters, Castle Hill, NSW Australia

I’ve been using the VST Precision Filter baskets and they seem to be paradigm shifting our extraction protocols. It seems to me that you can pull a ‘decent’ well balanced shot at a wide range of grind sizes. We’re using a Robur E and have decided to deploy them with our strada EP today. We intend to roll out the baskets to our other outlets, and after that we’re going to recommend our trade customers switch to the new VST precision filters (hence my additional purchase)–Keith Loh Singapore National Barista Champion

We’ve done some blind taste tests here.……three seasoned local baristas and two consumers over three testing sessions. It was a lock for the VST baskets and a serious eye-opener on how important the filter basket is to the brewing process…….And the taste? In a word: improved. In two words: major improvement. In another two words: consistently improved.–Mark Prince 29 April, 2011 Vancouver BC    CoffeeGeek.com

The VST baskets have a feel and look of superior quality, far better than any other baskets I have ever seen (and I do have other microfine machined baskets).  … For my morning’s shots I did notice that they tended to build flow VERY uniformly across the face and also that they ran longer without blonding.  … Also, pucks knocked out very easily, cleanly, and whole. …. for the moment I will say that my initial impression is quite positive.  After just a few days with the new baskets I feel like my shots are overall fuller and rounder with smoother edges (i.e. reduced “edginess”).–Jon Rosenthal 13-16 May, 2011 Houston, TX   CoffeeGeek.com

The company I work for just received your baskets and after only a few days of making espresso with them I am thoroughly impressed: Better mouth feel, more gradual blonding, higher quality acidity, and more balanced shots.–Benjamin Put

Bought this based on a review at CoffeeGeek.com. Thought that expecting a big difference was a little far fetched; boy was I wrong. This wonderful little basket makes a huge difference. Decided I needed to order the triple basket as well :-)Telly Stroumbis

The [VST Precision Filter] baskets are wonderful. They make my life easier as they aren’t as picky making my efforts less important and giving me more consistency. Using with a LM GS/3.–Dave Howe

68 Responses to “Filter Basket Press”

  1. Gery Bastiani says:

    I have a Gaggia Baby which uses 58mm baskets. Will your new designs fit into the holder on the Gaggia. Thanks for your time.

  2. yves says:

    Yes these basket fit any 58mm basket size, that includes Gaggia, Rancillo and any E61 group.

  3. yves says:

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  4. Randy says:

    Was it foolish of me to think that I can get a similar product from the 15g VST basket when compared to the standard LM double basket? Also, Has anyone had any issues with pairing these baskets with Anfim grinders (ie., step adjustment issues)?
    I bought 3 of them for my coffee shop hoping to make the switch to lower dosing baskets while still having a similar flavor profile. I can’t get any consistency with my Anfim, but can get consistency with my Super Jolly. I have a relatively high volume coffee shop. We care very much about quality and taste. We must be able to get drinks out very quickly while maintaining that quality. Any Ideas?

    • Dose matters, perhaps more so with the VST baskets. I’ve been using the 18g VST and think it’s a good dose for a single drink. The 22g could be useful if you have spouts on your portafilter, although if you have spouts it may not fit, depending on how deep your portafilter is.

      When i want a longer shot, i reach for the 22g VST.

  5. Susan says:

    Any chance these marvelous baskets will be produced in a 53mm size for my La Spaziale ? Seems unfair not so ;-)

  6. Great to see so many positive write-ups on the VST baskets. I’ve also posted a few thoughts on why anyone should try them, to my blog:


  7. Vicki Parrish says:

    I bought the 18 gr and the 22 gr baskets but only the 18 gr would fit in my Expobar bottomless portafilter so I bought a Marzocco portafilter. Unfortunately the Marzocco portafilter doesn’t fit my Expobar
    Office Control. Anyone else have this experience and what did you do about it?

  8. Rex says:

    Vicki, a suggestion would be to sell the expobar

  9. David J. Clarke says:

    I’ve checked the pages here as well as most of the referenced links, but not seen anything explicitly referring to the Rancilio Silvia. Any readers have experience / success with it?

    • Ian Payne says:

      Hi David,
      Just got the 18m for use with my Silvia, and it fits both the standard and bottomless Rancilio portafilters perfectly. Had some of my best shots in ages from this setup. No regrets here!Reg Barber 58m tamper a good fit too.

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  19. مرحبا بجميع عملاءنا الكرام مع افضل خدمات مراكزتصليح ميكروويف شارب ،نحن باعتبارنا ارخص و اسرع اصلاح ميكرويف
    تبحث عنها فى القاهرة و المحافظات حيث اننا نصل اليك فى نفس يوم تقديم طلبات التصليح اينما كان
    مكان سكنك فى اى منطقة فى القاهرة و المحافظاتلآن المراكز متخصص فى تقديم اعمال اصلاح مشاكل
    الميكرويف شارب لما يقرب من خمسة و
    عشرون سنة و خبرتنا الطويلة تتحدث عنا
    لاننا نملك من الخبرة فى جميع موديلات ميكروويف شارب مما يجعلنا نتميز عن من مركز الاصلاح الاخرى ما عليك سوى الاتصال على تليفون تصليح ميكروويف شارب وهو وسيلة التواصل الاولى و طريقة
    طلب خدمة مراكز تصليح ميكروويف شارب
    من خلاله يمكنك الحصول على ال خدمات المميزة فى شارب والاصلاح
    الفورية فى اعطال الميكرويف التى تصلك
    فى اقصر مدة و فى مكان اقامتك فى القاهرة و نقدم لك
    الصيانة المميزة فى جميع
    اجهزة شارب الكهربائية و لكل انواع الميكرويف لا
    تتأخر فى الاتصال بنا اذا صادفك عطل فى جهاز الميكروويف فنحن
    مستعدون دائما للصيانة الفورية ب مكان فى اى مكان
    و لآى موديل من موديلات شارب كما من واجبنا ان نحذر من كثيرمن مركز التصليح التى تدعى انها تنفذ التصليح بمنزلك\مكانك ولكنها فى الواقع بمجرد ان تصل لمنزلك\مكانك تتحجج بأى سبب و توهمك انه لا يصلح الاصلاح بالمنزل و يجب ان يتم
    نقله و هذه المركز وهمية و هى فى
    الاساس لا تمتلك فنيين مدربين على التصليح
    ببيتك و كل هدفهم هو نقل الجهاز بعيد
    عن متابعة العميل لجعله حقل تجارب و
    لفرض تكلفة صيانة مبالغ فيها على العميل
    نحن الوحيدون الذين يوفروا صيانة بالمنزل فعلا لذا نختلف عن اى مراكز شارب اخر
    ، يقوم مراكز صيانة ميكروويف شارب ببتوفير ارشادات ما قبل الاصلاح لاجهزة شارب , فيمكنك تعلم استعمال منتجات شارب من البداية , والتعرف علي الطرق الصحيحة للمحافظة علي سلامة منتجات شارب الكهربائية, كما نقوم بتدريب فيين تصليح شارب
    على احدث اساليب تكنولوجيا تصليح
    شارب والتدريب على احدث اجهزة كشف الاعطال الحديثة
    الخاصة فى منتجات شارب الالكترونية ،معنا تستطيع الحصول على نصائح و ارشادات للمحافظة على ميكرويف شارب من الاعطال
    و ايضا لزيادة العمر التشغيلى لفرن
    الميكروويف و ذلك عن طريق التواصل معنا اما عبر موقعنا لاصلاح الميكروويف شارب
    او عن طريف الاتصال عبر التليفون على الرقم الموحد و التى تتم
    على جميع افران ميكروويف شارب المحلية و المستورده و نحن بحرصنا على تركيب قطع غيار
    اصلية نضمن تقديم خدمة بجودة عالية و بارخص الاسعار حيث اننا نوفر على العميل مصاريف نقل الجهاز من و الى المركز
    لآننا لا ننقل جهاز شارب ابدا من منزل العميل ما عليك سوى ان تتصل بنا نصلك
    اينما كنت وفى نفس اليوم و الصيانة فورى مهما كان صعوبة عطل ميكرويف شارب لاننا لدينا المهندسين و الفنيين
    القادرين على تحديد العطل و الاصلاح بجودة فى
    اى جهاز شارب كما اننا نقدر وقت العميل من حيث الوصول اليه فى نفس
    اليوم و القيام بالخدمة
    كاملة فى منزله دون تعطيل لذا نحن مركز الاصلاح
    الاول لميكرويف شارب و المتخصص الوحيد فى تقديم ال خدمة المنفردة فى تصليح شارب بمكانك بافضل الاسعار خبراء الصيانة المتخصصون مهندسون خبراء فى مجال عملهم
    اكتسبوا الخبرة اللازمة في مراكزنا مدربون على فنون الاصلاح الحديثةبشهاده خبرة وجودة اكفاء
    في عملهم ، مهندسون وفنيون لاصلاح
    افران الميكرويف وهم مهارة
    في كشف الاعطال بالمنتجات لاننا نستخدم
    احدث الامكانيات الموجوده بالاسواق
    والتكنولوجيا العاليه في مجالنا مما يجعلنا نتميز عن غيرنا لاننا اول من عمل فى مجال اصلاح الميكروويف فى
    مصر تتم الخدمة بنركيب قطع الغيار الاصلية
    التى تضمن جودة مستوى الاصلاح المقدم من مركز تصليح
    شارب اجهزة المنزلية و افران الميكروويف
    لذا نحن نعتبر المتخصصون الاوائل في مصر
    فقط اتصل على علي الرقم المخصص فى خدمة عملاء ميكروويف شارب مصر تجد لدينا
    مفهوم الخدمة المثالبة المدعوم بقطع الغيار الاصلية و المقدم بفريق
    عمل مهندسين المركز المدربيت على تنفيد طلب التصليح اللازمة لأجهزتكم المنزلية على اعلى مستوى يزيد من الكفاءة العالية لميكروويف شارب و يطيل العمر التشعيلى لجهاز , تحقيق
    ما يتمناه العميل من مهارة و تميز وارضاء
    العميل عن طريق فريق عمل من الفنيين من هم علي درجة
    عاليه من المهارة ويدركوا جميع التفاصيل الفنية المدربين على
    الاصلاح الفورى ومعنا الدعم الفنى من
    المراكز الى العميل مباشرةً من الجمعة الى الخميس طوال اليوم نصلك
    اينما كنت بالخدمة الفورية
    المميزة و الكفاءة العالية فى
    اصلاح شارب و باقل التكلفة مما يحقق لك شيئا مميزا يعانى منها العملاء
    من سوء أختيار ” المهندس او المراكز ” الغير مناسبة لتصليح ميكروويف شارب نحن الاقوى ،
    الافضل ،المتميزون ،رقى الفنى فى التعامل مع عملاء ميكروويف
    شارب الاعزاء خدمة فورية وسريعة بالمنزل بدون ازعاج فى جميع طلبات خدمات الاصلاح المنزلية تتوفر تلك قطع الغيار
    مع مندوب المركز الذى يقوم بتقديم خدمة صيانة ميكرويف شارب لعملاء المركز الكرام مما يعنى اسرع خدمة تصلك و
    الاصلاح فورى فى نفس اليوم و
    هذا لا يتحقق مطلقا فى اى مراكز صيانة
    منافس اخر
    مساكن شيراتون – مدينة نصر
    – العباسية – جسر السويس – عين شمس – السواح – الاميرية – سراى القبة –
    مصر القديمة – جامع عمرو – البساتين – شبرا مصر – وسط البلد – شبرا الخيمة – حدائق القبة – شارع بورسعيد – الوايلى – مسطرد – المطرية – الزاوية –
    السواح – السيدة زينب -الامام الشافعى– السيدة عائشة – بولاق الدكرور –
    الوراق – امبابة – الدقى – المهندسن – العجوزة – المقطم – الهضبة الوسطى – القطامية – عزبة النخل – المرج –
    مدينة 6 اكتوبر – مدينة الشيخ زايد-
    زايد 2000- الفردوس – حدائق اكتوبر – الحوامدية -البدرشين – العياط
    – الجيزة – ام المصريين – المنيب – ترسا –
    الهرم – فيصل – حدائق الاهرام – المريوطية
    – المعادى – دجلة – ثكنات المعادى
    – حلوان – التبين- المعصرة – 15 مايو –
    منشية ناصر – الدويقة – السيدة عائشة – التجمع الخامس – القاهرة الجديدة – الرحاب – مدينتى – الشروق – العبور – مصر الجديدة – النزهة الجديدة – زهراء المعادى –
    مدينة المعراج – القطامية – الماظة – الجلاء – المطار – ارض الجولف
    - شارع الثورة – عمارات العبور – الالف مسكن – منشية البكرى – روكسى
    – الزيتون -حدائق الزيتون– منشية
    الصدر – دير الملاك – حمامات القبة – المطرية

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