Monday, October 19, 2015

Getting to the Bottom of Bottomless Portafilters

Article Written by:
MacKenzie Nachtrieb

When it comes to making espresso the only thing that really matters is that your drinks taste good, right? Yes. However, like any hobby enthusiast this one comes with plenty of fun gadgets and upgrades which make your brewing experience much more rewarding.

A bottomless portafilter is a great example of one of those toys. Some people are still left scratching their heads when they hear the term bottomless, or naked portafilter. What exactly is this mysterious tool and why is it walking around in the nude?

5 Reasons why we highly recommend getting yourself one whether you're new to the game, or have been brewing espresso your entire life:

1. Consistency in your shots

2. Less heat loss from the portafilter to the cup

3. More crema

4. Better tasting shots

5. Great learning tool

In regards to #5 on our list a bottomless will show you exactly what you're doing wrong (or right)! Whether your grind is slightly off, you're tamping too hard on one side, or your beans are a little too fresh. By exposing the base of the insert basket any of those imperfections that were once hidden beneath a spouted portafilter will now be visible.

Although somewhat frustrating and messy at first, you will find yourself becoming obsessed with perfecting your technique... which isn't necessarily a bad thing!

Just try to remember one thing. If you're happy with how your cappuccinos, lattes or espresso shots taste, than you're doing a good job!

Bottomless Portafilter on the La Marzocco Linea Mini

Bottomless Portafilter using a 10 gram Precision Insert Basket

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