nyc_crema Senior Member Joined: 13 Oct 2004 Posts: 1,621 Location: New York City Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: Alexia (2010), Silvia (2004) Grinder: Mazzer Mini (2004)
Posted Sat Jan 22, 2005, 3:05pm Subject: Tamping when the PF is 1/2 full ....
I've read this before here and before I do some queries, I thought it would be better to bring up the subject fresh. I've noticed that I get richer tasteing shots when I fill up the PF about 1/2 way, tamp just a little (with the mazzer plast tamp attachment) and then fill up the PF all the way (then wipe off excess, tamp 5#, smack it, tamp 30#)...
I don't have a scale, so I can't say I'm totally consistant with this. Before I go out and spend more money, I'd like to hear some suggustions on your tamping style. I know that some Mazzer owners use that plastic tamp to press the grounds down a bit (I call that tamping though it really isnt).
The reason for this post is that the shots aren't always better when I tamp in this style. So, maybe it is just a coincidence...
Is there a definitive coffee geek form for this? SHould I try tamping with a real tamper and using maybe 30# of force? When I tried that, I choked my machine... so in that case, should I grind finer?
Right now there is a big snow storm and I have like 3 doubles at most left in fresh beans. So I'm too scared to pull out the Scientific Method hat and bang shots out (when I do, I'll bang out up to 10 shots doing a one variable change for most of the shots). You would conserve your espresso beans too in a snow storm!!!
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