The new Reneka Micro Sieve basket - gear or garment

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fransg

#1: Post by fransg »

Today I found the Micro Sieve on my door mat. It was quite a search to find a dealer but now it's here and I hope to try it out soon on my LONDINIUM and on the Rocket!













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FotonDrv

#2: Post by FotonDrv »

That will be interesting to see how quickly it clogs, or IF it clogs. Keep the photos post-use in the thread.
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fransg

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another_jim
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#4: Post by another_jim »

Very cool looking basket.

May I make a suggestion, not just for you, but for all of us. Espresso porn videos are amusing; but I think they are only useful for diagnosing technique, and not much else.

My questions is about the dose/grind characteristics of the basket. A standard double basket, say for a Cimbali or E61 machines, takes a pretty fine grind at its nominal 14 to 15 grams. You use the same grind at around 18 grams in a Strada or VST-18 basket. What about this one? It seems most people dislike dosing double baskets at 14 to 15 grams, and prefer the VST and Strada baskets that can be updosed with finely ground coffee.
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fransg

#5: Post by fransg »

Thanks for your suggestion Jim. I could have merely stated that each basket had the exact same grind and dose and added that the visuals & taste were identical to me, but I prefer to document it as much as possible. Sometimes I regret that others who say they have done stuff can't actually show it. The day before, I'd filmed it quick but the phone focused on drops of water on a mirror instead of on the mirorred image of extraction. If I use light and focus correctly and the picture comes out actually showing stuff, this might be considered "looking too good for the purpose" of course. The video was still just done with the phone.

This tapered basket has a similar outside design as my standard basket, as shown in one of the pictures early in the video clip. It performed about the same too, regardless of the sieve holes being different.

I could try compare it to a VST basket next, although I would probably need to use different grinder settings for each with the same beans/freshness.

There must surely be others who have the same micro sieve baskets which have been on the market more than 6 months I think. So maybe they could join in.

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indend007

#6: Post by indend007 »





Impressive -

I had that one a few month ago, I pulled shot with RMS(Reneka Micro Sieve), and also compare VST 18g.
Yeh, IMHO, RMS is made to aim to 16g dose.
If use same grind, (proper dose of each basket) both flowrate are looked quite similar; at RMS with 16g, and VST 18g with 18g dose.

Both shots have similar flavors(but not cloned, cause have different dose).
But RMS shot texture is really differ from VST ones. More silky and metalic, and totally have dark tone on it's crema.

I think that it's a good choice for alternative VST to use 16g dose, but it's micro holes is frequently clogged by fine grinds. You may use tooth brush to remove the fines on it. i0i
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fransg

#7: Post by fransg »

Thankyou! Also for your photos.

I just pulled an 18g shot from the VST and from the same beans (the very last beans) 17g in the Reneka.

This time on the LONDINIUM I lever machine.

Again, both worked fine, tasted very good and looked the part too.

I made a video, will process and post when ready. Remember it's just to allow you to see for yourself if I'm making it up like some fishermen describe their catch or some espresso guy once described his magnificently undocumented cold feed.

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fransg

#8: Post by fransg »

Video. My LONDINIUM is sittting on a wheeled cart so I can move it around a bit and it does, as you can see in the video. I add this because some viewers tend to see flexing and get all worked up, when it is the wheels of the cart that are flexing here. During one pull, I had the H4N external microphone on standby but not actually recording so there the sound from the camera is not so good, also there's a sound like a container of glass is emptied somewhere near by on the street. That was indeed what was happening, it was not part of the coffee extraction or boiler / bowel activity.

Beans were from Dominican Republic. For me they tasted pleasantly like Brazil meets Indonesia.

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fransg

#9: Post by fransg »

On a Dutch forum, a Strega owner who has one of my two Micro Sieves has found that for the Strega it seems the best basket to alleviate the high brew pressure. It allows a less fine grind and yields a better taste, also in comparison to the new HQ14 basket:

http://www.koffiepraat.nl/forum/viewtop ... =10#p52546

I suggested he keeps the basket a few more days to see if this is consistently so.

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#10: Post by another_jim »

If that turns out to be true; there'll be one in my future.
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