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VST 18g vs. IMS 18g

I need help with deciding which basket I should pick. I would appreciate if you could share your experience with either.
Is it worth to upgrade from the stock basket to either one?
Any thoughts on upgrading the shower screen?
Has anyone done any customization to the machine?
Thank you


  • Hello,

    I have the IMS large basket and from my testing it's harder to dial in your espresso compared to the stock basket. You also have to use quite a bit of coffee depending on the roast level with the larger basket, unless your grinding much finer. So some depends on how much output of liquid espresso you want.

    I also have the newer IMS shower screen and I do like it. I think it has a softer water blast than the stock screen.

    I put some insulation between the water tank and boiler to keep the water cooler.

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