Because some people can’t start the day without a little espresso porn, INeedCoffee.com published an primer article today on the phenomenon of the naked portafilter: The Naked Portafilter (INeedCoffee.com).
We mentioned the phenomenon of naked shots here a couple years ago. Before Clover brewers were all the trendy rage in coffee, a few years ago the folks at Zoka Coffee in Seattle decided that you could get a better look at your extraction — and you could avoid some of the temperature drop-off at the portafilter spouts — by removing the spouts entirely.
Only a select few cafés in the Bay Area offer naked shots, but that doesn’t necessarily mean we’re all missing out. IMHO, naked portafilters add a rather subtle change to most espresso shots — with just as many examples tasting slightly better with spouts.
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