Shower screens diffuse the water from the group head to ensure that it is spread evenly over the coffee in the filter baskets. This plays a pivotal role for baristas in brewing coffees of consistent strength and consistency. A high-quality shower screen can make all the difference between an average and an excellent cup of coffee.
Over time, shower screens can become loose or blocked and warrant regular cleaning and replacement. Screens can be cleaned relatively easily using a nylon brush and a clean rag. It is also common to change the shower screen every 3-6 months in busy cafe settings to ensure that the distribution of water remains optimal and the coffee brew remains top notch.
The Importance of Shower Screens
In recent years, high-end coffee machine companies have been focusing much attention on developing shower screens. These do not come cheap, but they do make a significant difference to the quality of your coffee brew. The use of a shower screen allows for a better quality coffee brew given that an equal amount of water will pass through the entire coffee puck.
It may be worth noting that it can be easier to back-flush the coffee machine (using the appropriate back-flushing detergents) prior to the removal of the shower screen. This will remove much of the coffee oil that can clog the screen and hamper its function.
Relevant Categories To Shower Screens
Filter baskets also require replacement on a regular basis. Barista Warehouse stocks a large range of filter baskets, making it easy to find the perfect match for your coffee machine.
Every espresso machine, be it manual, automatic, or semi-automatic, must have a portafilter. The Barista Warehouse Portafilter Collection offers a good range of pressurised, non-pressurised and naked portafilters to suit your needs.
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