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Posted Fri May 11, 2012, 7:44pm
Subject: Are La Marzocco Strada baskets = VST, or VST baskets in Canada?
 

I'm considering buying a VST basket, but being in Canada shipping from VST is higher that the cost of the basket.

This Canadian site carries La Marzocco Strada baskets that I think are the same thing, is that correct?

Is there another retailer in Canada the carries VST baskets?

If this is the case, does anyone know if the  La Marzocco Strada 21g basket is the VST 20g or 22g?  (i.e. will it fit in an NS Oscar PF?)

Thanks!
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Posted Sat May 12, 2012, 11:10am
Subject: Re: Are La Marzocco Strada baskets = VST, or VST baskets in Canada?
 

You can buy VST from 49th parallel in Vancouver. Great service.

Click Here (www.49thparallelroasters.com)
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Posted Sat May 12, 2012, 12:50pm
Subject: Re: Are La Marzocco Strada baskets = VST, or VST baskets in Canada?
 

Great thanks!

What's the difference between ridged and ridgless?

Cna't seem to find that explained anywhere...
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Posted Sat May 12, 2012, 2:04pm
Subject: Re: Are La Marzocco Strada baskets = VST, or VST baskets in Canada?
 

Ridged have a groove which the porta-filter spring fits into. Ridgeless do not.

It is VERY difficult to remove a ridged basket. I always get ridgeless. They are generally a snug fit but not too snug.
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Posted Sat May 12, 2012, 2:52pm
Subject: Re: Are La Marzocco Strada baskets = VST, or VST baskets in Canada?
 

Perfect, thanks!
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Posted Sat May 12, 2012, 9:21pm
Subject: Re: Are La Marzocco Strada baskets = VST, or VST baskets in Canada?
 

I've used many of both the VST ridged and ridgeless baskets and would also recommend the ridgeless version unless a very strong connection with a sprung PF is important to you.

With a PF spring (maybe bent a little to increase or decrease its holding power) the ridgeless still provides a good snug fit.  Of course, if you're among those who prepare your baskets outside the PF and therefore leave your PF unsprung, then the ridgeless is the obvious answer.

The ridge itself forms a small concave ring on the inside just above the level of the tamped puck.  As such the puck itself is not directly affected, but after tamping, a small amount of loose coffee usually stays in the inside of the ridge, no matter how closely the tamper fits the sidewall dimensions. With the smooth interior of the ridgeless, however, a 58.4mm tamper will tamp "clean" with a ridgeless VST and will usually leave no coffee above the puck along the sidewalls. (Note: I am not taking any sides here whether or not any such small amounts of residual untamped coffee degrade the shot. This may be nothing more than a minor aesthetic annoyance for some, and no issue whatsoever for others).

I recall some threads here on CG and elsewhere discussing the differences between the VST-manufactured baskets and the ones made (by a different contractor) as OEM production for La Marzocco.  If you want to dig into all that, Google will serve nicely, but taking a short cut here, I would recommend you get the ones made by VST.
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