Naked and Dangerous: The Bottomless Portafilter

The spout of a regular portafilter sure makes it look like your espresso is coming out in a nice neat stream, doesn’t it? It gives you the impression that everything inside the basket is as it should be. How nice. Isn’t coffee wonderful and easy? La la la.

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Once you take the bottom off your portafilter you may discover that it’s an absolute shambles in there. Coffee may shoot every which way and land anywhere but in your cup. I’m sorry to report it’s not the naked portafilter that’s letting you down – you have some homework to do.

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Knocking with your ROK

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Before I got a Knock tube, I used to bang my portafilter against the garbage bin. I nearly broke it, so I started just scraping out the coffee with a teaspoon. I did this for about a year and no time did I ever notice scratches on the portafilter basket because of the spoon scraping.

A great idea Scout came up with, is to simply remove the wire from around the inner casing of the portafilter. This allows you to put in and pull out the basket with ease, and is also handy for dosing and measuring, as well as cleaning.

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