WORLD'S FIRST Titanium Espresso Basket!!!
Who else would be crazy enough to make a billet titanium basket!? After making the highest strength baskets from hardened 17-4 stainless steel, I turned to titanium for the next challenge. This high strength/lightweight titanium is typically used for implants, aerospace structure and engine components to name a few.
I've written before that the raw material alone to produce a Billet Basket cost more than a high end stamped basket. Well the raw titanium material cost is almost the same as a Billet Basket… Unlike the 17-4 counterpart, titanium did not react well to laser cutting (holes) so each hole was painstakingly drilled - a 12 hour operation for just the holes on this Standard Flow pattern. Don't even ask about the High Flow pattern…
The end result is a 30% lighter basket (or the same weight as a thin stamped basket) but still strong enough to NOT deform permanently under 9 bars of pressure. No sacrifices were made to the hole coverage in order to achieve the same strength.
Why would you want this? You shouldn't want it unless you are a bit crazy about this stuff like I am! Only one available at this time.
Visit the Billet Basket page for specs on hole count, dimensions, etc.