I'd pick up extra piston seals and a screen and maybe some filter papers.sam_d wrote:Hi all, I'm thinking about buying a Robot soon, my original plan was to just purchase a Robot only, before making a second order with any extras (e.g. a 2nd basket) once I'd had some time to get used to making coffee with it.
However with the higher COVID related shipping costs that isn't looking too great at the moment, so... my question to all of you much more experienced users, is what extras to get?
I don't have the hands or the leveling tamper and don't find a need for them, but I did pick up a pressurized basket later when I accidentally picked up some pre-ground Italian coffee from Amazon. I still use the pressurized basket, but only to pre-heat the piston by filling it with hot water and putting the tamper in the hand to slowly pull a warming shot while I prep my basket. There's other, more effective ways to pre-heat the piston but I don't pull ultra light roasts and usually don't need to worry too much about it.
For just two shots, I don't think that two regular baskets are necessary, the puck usually drops right out and I find it takes little time to prep a second shot with just one but I am usually only pulling for myself so I also usually drink the first shot before I consider pulling a second, unless I'm making an Americano for my Wife when she finds out I'm making coffee.
YMMV, I know some people like the ergonomics of the hands and want the leveling tamper, but since the basket is so deep I find it pretty easy to visually check that the tamper is centered without need for the guides.