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Posted Sat Jan 22, 2005, 4:05pm
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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