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Posted Tue Mar 26, 2013, 10:41am
Subject: Simple question - back to back shots
 

This question will surely tell how new I am to this whole espressothingy...
When you do back to back shots, do you then clean the pf nice and tidy, just rinse it with water, just leave et be (knock the puck out of course) or what?
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Posted Tue Mar 26, 2013, 10:45am
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Wipe with a paper towel to get the last grinds out then add grinds and tamp .  If it is just me and it will be a while before my second cup I will rise with water and lock it in or put it on top to get warm.  If I place it over the vent it gets really warm and drys fast.

 
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Posted Tue Mar 26, 2013, 11:45am
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Clean and dry between every shot. A wet PF will channel water easier than a dry one. That is a bad thing.
I knock out the grounds then wipe dry and clean with a paper towel regardless of if I am making another shot or not. It stays locked in the GH when not in use.

 
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Posted Tue Mar 26, 2013, 3:53pm
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^ +1...though I have a small arsenal of cloth kitchen towels - but the concept is the same.

 
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Posted Tue Mar 26, 2013, 4:51pm
Subject: Re: Simple question - back to back shots
 

There are always cleaning chores around the prep area. I keep a supply of towels (brown preferred) in the coffee cart. As I begin a session I wet one corner of the towel (about a 6-8" equilateral triangle), and throw the towel over my shoulder. After an extraction I knock the puck, "finger" out any remaining coffee then wipe the portafilter out with a DRY portion of the towel. The wet portion is for wiping off the steam wand after steaming milk and other cleaning chores requiring a damp wipe.

 
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Posted Tue Mar 26, 2013, 7:28pm
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Knock, rinse, dry after each shot, and don't forget to drop the basket out of the portafilter regularly and clean the area of the PF below the basket (or get a bottomless PF).
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Posted Wed Mar 27, 2013, 7:40am
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Knock, rinse, wipe dry, brush the grouphead gasket, load and pull for back to back. If it's going to be a while before the next shot, it's knock rinse, flush the head while doing a quick brush, then lock the pf back in to keep it warm. Then I dry it just before pulling the next shot (though if it's longer than 10 minutes, the head from the grouphead has dried the basket pretty thoroughly).
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Posted Thu Mar 28, 2013, 6:08pm
Subject: Re: Simple question - back to back shots
 

Diddo for me on that.

calblacksmith Said:

Clean and dry between every shot. A wet PF will channel water easier than a dry one. That is a bad thing.
I knock out the grounds then wipe dry and clean with a paper towel regardless of if I am making another shot or not. It stays locked in the GH when not in use.

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Posted Tue Apr 23, 2013, 11:14am
Subject: Re: Simple question - back to back shots
 

I'll dissent:

I have two double baskets, so for back-to-back shots I don't do anything other than just swap baskets. If, for some reason, I need a third double shot (or more, if I have guests who want espresso rather than drip), I simply wipe out the baskets with my pre-wet washcloth & refill with more grounds for the next shot(s). I don't rinse, scrub, flush, or anything else.

However, since I have a Quick Mill thermoblock machine, I do reheat the block inbetween shots by running steam for a short bit. This pushes the steam out of the grouphead, so I suppose it is doing a slight amount of flushing. But I'm only doing this for reheating, not cleaning. If the thermoblock stayed hot enough between shots, I wouldn't do anything more than reload & brew again.

Once I'm done with all of my brewing, I'll run some water thru the grouphead & remove any leftover debris with a brush, then rinse all of my equipment off.

As for the idea that a wet portafilter channels, I respectfully disagree. The pf is only a shell that collects & directs the brewed coffee into your cup. It contains the filter basket, which contains the grounds. It's with the grounds that you want to worry about channeling, not the metal shell of the pf outside of the filter basket.

 
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Posted Tue Apr 23, 2013, 12:41pm
Subject: Re: Simple question - back to back shots
 

All responses above, especially this one (for me).

calblacksmith Said:

Clean and dry between every shot. A wet PF will channel water easier than a dry one. That is a bad thing.
I knock out the grounds then wipe dry and clean with a paper towel regardless of if I am making another shot or not. It stays locked in the GH when not in use.

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