NS can do no wrong. It disappoints me when I hear things about inconsistency with LM because I'd really love to use them in a store one day.
Thank god for modifications, amiright?
Cool, thanks guys. We're wanting to play with grinding a little finer and dosing a little less, but with the baskets we currently have, this just results in muddy pucks.
The new Strada baskets are game-changing. With the experience I've had, there's been nothing but cleaner, more efficient extractions. The hole pattern is pretty exact. This is partially because each basket is scanned to make sure the hole are correct.
Most other baskets have serious inconsistency in hole size and spacing... So, we've been using more coffee with a coarser grind to get the extraction rates we're used to.
With the Strada baskets you can grind finer, and dose a little lower to get a cleaner extraction. At this point, I can think of little reason to use anything else...
I agree with Ryan,
Using the Strada basket I was able to adjust the grind, similar to Ryan's grind setting, to cure a watery puck. I now have shot time consistency that I never experienced before. Using the 15+ gram basket the espresso streams from the double spout now drop straight down without moving in and out as it did with two other types of baskets.
When wiping the Strada basket dry for another draw I have never seen the holes stopped up with coffee grounds when the basket is removed and held up to light. I sure can't say that about the previous baskets. In addition to the shot time consistency, the coffee is tasty, full flavored and smooth using volume and time as a base draw instead of weight ratio. Maybe the weight ratio is right on, but I just don't know it.