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.
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