Good question. This is a non pressurized basket. If you have the correct grind a traditional basket like this can give you a better shot. You do need to make sure you have a grinder that will give you the ability to follow the golden rule ( http://www.wholelattelove.com/articles/the_golden_rule.cfm ). Generally speaking a grinder that is in the 200 dollar and above range. The nice thing about a pressurized basket is it can help you get a good shot where the grind may not be just right. I hope this helps.