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    I've had tamper and filter basket combinations that made it very difficult to achieve a level tamp any time let alone consistently. I've also had the opposite where the tamper is such a great fit for the basket that it's obvious that the coffee bed is quite level.
    Also I'd argue that there's plenty of people who think that they're tamping level and actually aren't, although they won't be off by much (I've seen it plenty). There's definitely a place for levelers and leveling type tampers, especially in a commercial environment if it can be successful worked into the workflow.
    If you tamp freehand and want to know how level your bed is, run some sort of depth gauge around the edge of the filter basket after tamping. This is a quick and easy way to check your results and will give you a truer indication than just eyeing your tamper post tamp. This can be quite deceptive I've found.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yelta View Post
    Pretty broad statement Logga, I don't find leveling the dose challenging in the least, it's a skill most people acquire very quickly.

    Just trying an edit!
    You must of read the piece when I was trying to edit my first post, I copied and pasted the whole of the link, as you read the first part of the link it says what you thought I said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeroyC View Post
    If you tamp freehand and want to know how level your bed is....
    ....leave the tamper in there and look/feel the height it protrudes above the basket is consistent all the way around. It isn't that hard......

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrFreddofrog View Post
    ....leave the tamper in there and look/feel the height it protrudes above the basket is consistent all the way around. It isn't that hard......

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    Yes that's the ideal way to do it. What I'm saying is I've had tamper/basket combinations where this wasn't possible. Also you'll find that unless you get down and really eyeball it you won't get it perfectly level each time using this method.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LeroyC View Post
    Yes that's the ideal way to do it. What I'm saying is I've had tamper/basket combinations where this wasn't possible. Also you'll find that unless you get down and really eyeball it you won't get it perfectly level each time using this method.
    No not PERFECTLY level but I'd hazard a guess there would be very few people on this planet who could taste the difference.
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    Mr FF has nailed it,

    "just spread your fingers around the edge of the basket/tamper while pressing down to gauge it's level? That's all I do. Seems to work fine."

    Works a treat.
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    The coffee shops I've visited all seem to use this method pictured. (like a bench drill )

    Wouldn't it take the guesswork out of tamping? It should be consistent.


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    Behmor Brazen - $249 - Free Freight
    Quote Originally Posted by MrFreddofrog View Post
    No not PERFECTLY level but I'd hazard a guess there would be very few people on this planet who could taste the difference.
    True, half a mm each way isn't going to make any difference, especially when you consider that it's unlikely that any other part of the equation is perfect. So as long as you can work consistently within small tolerances you'll be good as gold.
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