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Posted Thu Feb 6, 2014, 2:17pm
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Posted Fri Feb 7, 2014, 3:37pm
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Machine: Expobar Brewtus IV.

I'm a big fan of the "Espro" tamper (I got from WholeLatteLove). It "breaks away," or clicks, when the pressure reaches 30 pounds.

And with a bottomless portafilter, watching the coffee as it forms on the screen in the bottom of the basket - you can take your packing / tamping troubleshooting skills to a whole new level. Occasionally I'll see the coffee appearing on all the wholes in the basket at the exact same time. That shot is always money.
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Posted Fri Feb 7, 2014, 3:55pm
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I use a RB 58mm C-ripple. I like the feel of it, whether or not it makes a significant difference is debatable. I do notice my extraction is very even on a bottomless., and my pucks retain the ripple shape after knock-out.

Also, it looks cooler

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Posted Sat Feb 8, 2014, 11:21am
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I read somewhere one guy was raving about the c ripple shots tasting sweeter wherever he tried it.. at home at a couple of coffee shops.. swears by it.

I'm very interested if you or anyone has done a blind taste test with it and can tell the difference. Can't help but be skeptical about any of these...
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Posted Sat Feb 8, 2014, 3:07pm
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z0mbie Said:

I read somewhere one guy was raving about the c ripple shots tasting sweeter wherever he tried it.. at home at a couple of coffee shops.. swears by it.

I'm very interested if you or anyone has done a blind taste test with it and can tell the difference. Can't help but be skeptical about any of these...

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I cant say the shots taste "sweeter." The advantage is that the c-ripple tamper gives you more room for error. If the tamp isnt perfectly level the extraction is still quite even. I dont know if this is significantly better than a convex, but I do notice its easier to get consistent shots with my c-ripple, than with my flat.

Now, since the shots are more evenly pulled, all other factors aside they should taste great, consistently. Compared to less consistent pulls with a flat tamper, maybe you could argue they do on average taste sweeter... but that would be an issue of human error, and not that the tamper is better a priori.

 
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