Why didn’t you use a stainless mesh style basket? 

We did not find any differences in performance with the mesh. We did find some disadvantages however. The mesh is far more difficult to get clean. The mesh can tear and will eventually wear out as opposed to the stainless basket which will never wear out. The mesh also doesn’t direct the flow of the draining. When lifting the basket the liquid will drain out from all side and can splash outside of the kettle. The stainless basket will only drain down into the kettle reducing possible messes.