calblacksmith Moderator Joined: 25 Nov 2007 Posts: 8,215 Location: Riverside, Ca, U.S.A. Expertise: I live coffee
Espresso: ECM Vene. A1, La Cimbali M32 Grinder: Azkoyen Capriccio, Major Vac Pot: 40s era Silex Drip: Msl. Com. brewers Roaster: gave it a try, decided no
Posted Fri Sep 6, 2013, 8:29am Subject: Re: Help on dosing and distribution technique!
The grounds never fill my basket, I simply use a curved tool to sweep the grinds. In my case, I use the handle of a 1 inch paint brush as a tool. It has a nice curved line to it. I groom the grounds with the handle, this gives me a bowl shaped dispersion of grounds in the basket. I then tamp with a flat tamper, this gives more compression on the sides of the basket than in the center. This avoids a doughnut shaped fault in extraction. There isn't really a right or wrong way to do it, just what works. OH, btw, I use the brush end of the paint brush to clean the rim of the PF after tamping to prevent getting grounds in the gasket area of the group head. I have been using it for years and have never used a WDT, for me, it is too much bother but do whatever makes you comfortable and works. Enjoy!
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emradguy Senior Member Joined: 31 Mar 2011 Posts: 3,630 Location: Houston Expertise: I live coffee
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Posted Fri Sep 6, 2013, 11:07am Subject: Re: Help on dosing and distribution technique!
Like Wayne, I don't use WDT - and for the similar reasons. However, I have tried it, and that's why I felt comfortable chiming in about it above. My daily method is something somewhat similar to yours, although I do a back and forth sweep, with a component of Stockfleth's maneuver. I was using a flat tamper, but have recently switched to the Reg Barber "American Curve" with better results of late.
What's most important is that you figure out what works for you, then do it the same every time. Of course, you're now in the figuring out stage, so getting tips is a great idea. In addition to the replies you have gotten and will continue to get, I highly recommend reading through article 12, Easy guide to better espresso at home under "how to" on www.espressomyespresso.com
. Always remember the most important thing is what ends up in your cup!
Posted Fri Sep 6, 2013, 1:16pm Subject: Re: Help on dosing and distribution technique!
Thanks very much guys I'm delighted I finally made an account after looking at the site for about two years. I shall experiment until I find something I'm comfortable with and can become more consistent.
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