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Posted Wed May 23, 2012, 9:16pm
Subject: Naked Portafilter VS Spouts
 

Im beginning to see lots of high end coffee shops who used to have bottomless portafilters go back to the spouts.  The bottomless portafilter was like a phenomenon that allowed you to see everything.  Is the consensus changing? If so, why?
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Posted Wed May 23, 2012, 9:40pm
Subject: Re: Naked Portafilter VS Spouts
 

It's my understanding that while the naked offers some nifty training features, it really doesn't improve the cup. The problem with the naked is that eye-cupping is a bad practice, and they can be a little messy even when the pour isn't so bad. So there really is very little benefit for a cafe to be using bottomless, as they should have at least one person there who doesn't need a bottomless portafilter to diagnose shots.

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Posted Wed May 23, 2012, 10:29pm
Subject: Re: Naked Portafilter VS Spouts
 

Sad to say, another reason is that, due to the economy, some cafe's can't afford professionally trained baristas, so lesser skilled PBTC are doing the shot pulling. As 80%...or more of all shots pulled go into milk, there is little need for the "show", and in fact any less than perfect shots are never visible to the customer from shots dribbling out of spouts.

 
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Posted Thu May 24, 2012, 12:55am
Subject: Re: Naked Portafilter VS Spouts
 

A naked portafilter is very handy for diagnosing extraction problems, because any faults in distributing or tamping that might lead to channeling, for example, will show by splattering. Also it looks very cool, when you see the tiger striped stream pouring into the cup. Some say there's a more voluminous crema. But it does not improve taste in the cup.

 
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Posted Thu May 24, 2012, 2:16am
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A double spouted portafilter lets you share the same shot with someone - this is a pleasant social aspect that can also serve as a diagnostic tool.

 
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Posted Thu May 24, 2012, 6:43am
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+1 for naked.  easier to clean.
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Posted Thu May 24, 2012, 8:35am
Subject: Re: Naked Portafilter VS Spouts
 

I suspect Rob is right on the money on this one.

Also, but not quite to the point re cafes, for the reasons mentioned previously (diagnostic purposes and it looking cool), I don't see myself ever using the spouted pfs again, except when I need to split the shot for two drinks.

 
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Posted Thu May 24, 2012, 8:45am
Subject: Re: Naked Portafilter VS Spouts
 

IMAWriter Said:

Sad to say, another reason is that, due to the economy, some cafe's can't afford professionally trained baristas, so lesser skilled PBTC are doing the shot pulling. As 80%...or more of all shots pulled go into milk, there is little need for the "show", and in fact any less than perfect shots are never visible to the customer from shots dribbling out of spouts.

Posted May 23, 2012 link

That would be my guess.  

I've also heard, but never tested, that the shot will be warmer from the spouted portafilter since it doesn't have to travel as far through the air before reaching the cup.  Of course, I doubt that figures into the reasoning.

 
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Posted Thu May 24, 2012, 8:53am
Subject: Re: Naked Portafilter VS Spouts
 

A wild guess is that Rob is closer to the truth.
As to taste, yes I find a difference and I like a shot from a bottomless more than a shot from a spouted PF. There is a MUCH thicker cremma on the shot and I really like it. YMMV though as this is a personal taste thing. Some taste a difference others perhaps do not, personal preference.

 
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Posted Fri Jun 8, 2012, 4:18pm
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I was curious and went down to Intelligentsia (silverlake) and yes, they're still using nakeds. And mustaches. And hats. Apparently you need all three of those items to get a truly great coffee.
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