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    Designing a new tamp, tell me what you think

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    Depending on your espresso machine there are some physical constraints on the total size of the puck, namely, the dimensions of the basket and how deep the shower head extends into it.

    For consistency in tamping, I think the fewer variables the better. Usually people dose and tamp in combination to get their result. *I think it would be easier to tamp to the same depth each time (set by the geometry of the basket and shower head) and adjust only the dose. *

    So a cross-section view of the design is attached (complete with naked portafilter), please help me out with feedback. *(I was just going to use a bolt and an eight-ball as the handle, which is why it doesnt look like a commercial one.)

    I know one downside to this is that itd only work on one kind of espresso machine, but thats okay for me because its a custom tamp, and I only own one machine.


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    Re: Designing a new tamp, tell me what you think

    Seems like the same concept as the Demaral tamper, except that the Demaral tamper can be also be adjusted for depth.

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    "I think it would be easier to tamp to the same depth each time (set by the geometry of the basket and shower head) and adjust only the dose."

    Hmm, interesting idea... but constant tamp height might not be beneficial - it could be very restrictive and margin for error would be very small. This would probably be bad for espresso, because you want to be able to control the depth of the tamp according to dose (especially in a naked double or triple with headroom to play with). And you need to be able to vary the dose according to the coffee, while at the same time varying the tamp if need be.

    I can see what youre trying to do (eliminate a variable) but it is probably a variable most baristas utilise to some degree.

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    Re: Designing a new tamp, tell me what you think

    For this design
    The dose needs to be spot on
    Just a few grams less coffee and it wont compact enough

    KK

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    Re: Designing a new tamp, tell me what you think

    Demaral tamper looks like a pretty refined design. I wonder why it isnt more widely used?

    I hoped dosing tools would be sufficient to get the right dose. The tool number will vary with grind and bean but hopefully once the right one is found, then it will just a case of reusing it.

    Thanks everyone for the feedback. It might take a while, but I will get around to experimenting with a few of these ideas and let you know if its worthwhile.

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    Re: Designing a new tamp, tell me what you think

    Quote Originally Posted by 444E4350475651220 link=1282204470/4#4 date=1283225467
    Demaral tamper looks like a pretty refined design. *I wonder why it isnt more widely used?
    Gday "flarets".... :)

    The Demaral target market is the full-on commercial sector, not so much the home market. That being said though, there are quite a few CSers who have bought one and reported high levels of satisfaction with its unique design.... 8-)

    Mal.

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    Re: Designing a new tamp, tell me what you think

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    Quote Originally Posted by 0A2E272724241E0A2E322C2E410 link=1282204470/3#3 date=1282216916
    For this design
    The dose needs to be spot on
    Just a few grams less coffee and it wont compact enough
    KK
    Hmm I think you are right. Grinds seem to very quickly become rigidly packed. Maybe some adjustment has to be allowed for...



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