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Posted Thu Apr 26, 2012, 7:06pm
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Yeah...that's what my thinking is. Which portafilter are you swapping out the handles with for the wooden ones? The standard shiny black portafilter?
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Posted Thu Apr 26, 2012, 8:04pm
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actually, none.  Dave offers several options...send him a handle to retrofit, have him make the handle and change it out yourself, or have him order a brand new one and fit that.  I didn't want to change it out myself and I didn't want to part with my only bottomless while he was doiong the work, so I asked him to go aheasd and supply me with a brand new one fitted with his custom handle.  I figured it would be nice to keep all the handles I currently own, plus have one more really cool looking one.  He's doing custom water and steam knobs and a custom group paddle for me as well as a basket funnel.   I can't wait to get it all and install it.

 
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Posted Fri Apr 27, 2012, 4:57pm
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Being new to espresso making going on 3 yrs. What is the purpose of the bottomless pf? I know from some things I've read about helping you get your tamping, grinds down correctly, kind of like a training tool

 
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Posted Fri Apr 27, 2012, 7:30pm
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gbastiani1952 Said:

What is the purpose of the bottomless pf?

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S0me portafilters have very flat inner floors and moving then to the knock box makes a dribbly mess. It makes for a great show. Taller cups fit under the group. Stays flat when tamping. Easier to clean. Easier to remove basket, particularly with commercial-grade portafilters.

 
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Posted Sun Apr 29, 2012, 8:59pm
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gbastiani1952 Said:

Being new to espresso making going on 3 yrs. What is the purpose of the bottomless pf? I know from some things I've read about helping you get your tamping, grinds down correctly, kind of like a training tool

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Bottomless PF allows 1) diagnosis any uneven distribution/tamping by examining the pour, 2) more crema in the cup, and 3) you to pour double or triple shots directly into a single "tiny" espresso cup.  Just to name a few!
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Posted Mon Apr 30, 2012, 8:30am
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gbastiani1952 Said:

What is the purpose of the bottomless pf?

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+1 to the couple of responses you got.  

Also...it looks really cool when the shot is coming out!  

However, I think that unlike some training tools that help you get something down and then become obsolete, the bottomless PF is eternally helpful.  If you ever start drifting off the reservation, it'll let you know right away and force you to re-evaluate your technique.

 
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Posted Mon Apr 30, 2012, 11:25am
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I have many pfs but my naked one is used exclusively.

 
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Posted Mon Apr 30, 2012, 11:59am
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I have a Gaggia and I bought another, new, OEM Gaggia portafilter. Then headed out to the garage with a hole saw and a Dremel. Sounds ghetto but turned out fine. If you're not up for that, I'd still suggest OEM and having it cut open by a machinist with a lathe. There's a few shops that have advertised the service.

For me going w/ the OEM to start with guaranteed that it would fit properly. I have a friend and a dad both that bought bottomless PF's that were advertised to fit their machines, but did not. I didn't want to repeat that.
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Posted Wed May 2, 2012, 9:02am
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I just added this photo to my profile.  It's the set that Dave just finished for me.  I can't wait till it arrives and I get to put it to use!  Whoohoo!!!

emradguy: Duetto set.jpg
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Posted Thu May 3, 2012, 5:15pm
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Nice......

 
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