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  1. Barista Skills for the home enthusiast
    I've been using an adjustable palm tamper recently. My question is how do you go about making the decision to set the depth? I have a Sage Dual Boiler which comes with a little dosing tool so should I just set the depth the same as the tool? Which brings me to the next question: should I just be...
  2. Coffee Lounge
    Hello folks, Today, as an experiment, I tamped a bit harder than usual because my coffee was tasting a bit sour, and the different was VAST... the machine could hardly dribble out my coffee, and I had not applied enormous force at all, probably not enough to lift a 20kg suitcase... so it seems...
  3. Coffee Lounge
    For the last few weeks I have been having consistently not-sweet coffee. I don't tamp hard because when I do it seems to clog the machine. Lately I started tamping hard. REALLY hard. And this has brought out all the sweetness in my coffee. I actually look forward to cups now. It is the only...
  4. Rancilio Forum
    OK I'm getting on reasonably well with the Silvia and have now bought some cups which are ideal for my favourite drink the flat white. My ascaso grinder is also working OK though I'd sooner have one with a grind size scale. Getting consistency is what I'm finding most difficult. Most of my...
  5. Coffee Accessories
    So I found this tamper and distribution tool on an American website its $200 so it's no bargain. It is fully adjustable however and there's 3 YouTube videos on it I have put 1 photo to let you guys see it.
  6. Coffee Accessories
    Hi there, is there a scientific way to measure the pressure of the tamp so as to produce perfect pressure every time or is this less importunity than other factors? i was told by a friend that you can use a small set of scales and press down to desired value i cannot remember the value? any...
  7. Barista Skills for the home enthusiast
    Hi all, So this morning I made a video of my current technique/routine, it'd be great to get some thoughts on this and what you'd do differently. This is by far one of the better extractions that I've had recently (18g in - 36g out - 35 seconds - tasted nice and balanced, perhaps a slight hint...
  8. Barista Skills for the home enthusiast
    Ello folks, THIS helped me understand tamping a little bit better. It's not technical just simple. Hope it helps you too. Cheers Phil
  9. Gaggia Forum
    Hi All, I'm interest in gaggia tamping methods. It seems if I tamp the basket and then I place the basket in the portafilter as it is quite a tight fit (clicks into place) the puck can become dislodged or breaks up a bit which could cause channeling? On the other hand if I tamp with the basket...
  10. Coffee Lounge
    I am new to coffee machines and grinders but keen to learn. I have a DeLonghi Dedica espresso machine and a coffee grinder. I have noticed that the coffee in the filter holder after making coffee is quite sodden with my coffee made in my grinder, whereas with pre-ground coffee it is always...
  11. Coffee Accessories
    I am looking for a good solution for tamping and I am hoping to get some insight from people's experiences. I am using a Londinium L1, which comes with a naked/bottomless portafilter, so I cannot use the various tamping stands/stations that use the spout as a point of connection. I could...
  12. Coffee Accessories
    Anyone tried one of these? http://www.bellabarista.co.uk/concept-art-technic-dynamometric-tamper.html The idea of having some calibrated control over tamping pressure is attractive...
  13. Barista Skills for the home enthusiast
    Despite having no majorly discerning taste buds, I felt that maybe I needed to get a little nutation going on as my pucks looked a little spacey on the edges. But my basket is too tight to nutate the tamper easily and now I'm thinking I need something like one of these Pertamp/Torr creations...
  14. Coffee Lounge
    Right I am just wondering if anyone has ever done this and or if my thinking is completely of track........ In the constant quest to get a more consistent AND level tamp of the coffee within the PF I can't help but get the feeling that the length of the handle could be critical to helping this...
  15. Coffee Lounge
    Yo yo, Iv got a double gaggia basket but haven't a clue how much coffee is supposed to go in it??? Iv been doing 28g of beans but haven't weighed out. Coffees been nice but wandering what others do?? Read on rave they do 21g's into a 21g VST and 42ish out I think Thoughts please...
  16. Barista Skills for the home enthusiast
    I only try to alter one variable at a time that way if it goes wrong at least I am aware of what caused it. Weigh my dose in at 18g and weigh my output at 28g, same grind. I use an Espro so tamping weight is usually constant BUT I've tried nutating instead of tamping. 3 circles and a final...
  17. Barista Skills for the home enthusiast
    Hello all I struggled with distribution and tamping for a long while and still sometimes get uneven pours. I had put it down to the slight clumping that can sometimes occur with my MC2, but generally my technique was okay. For those of you who know London, I quite often have meetings around...
  18. Barista Skills for the home enthusiast
    Slightly OT I guess but when using a conical filter machine do you still tamp the coffee? I also read somewhere that some people add a small amount of water on top of the coffee so that it can be pressed down, ie tamped. Presumably this would reduce the speed of filtering and improve the...
  19. Gaggia Forum
    Is this supposed to happen? I get always some sort of damage to the puck when inspecting it after the shot has been extracted. Either a 2mm deep channel 3mm wide from the edge of the portafilter thing. OR I get some sort of slight crators in the puck. NEVER have I got a perfect puck out. Is this...
  20. Coffee Lounge
    I am trying to hone my coffee making skills on my newly purchased gaagia baby dose. I am no expert but I am not impressed with the results thus far and am not sure if the fault is something I am doing wrong or not. I don't think its any better than the cafetiere I am used to.. My problem is...
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