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    Distribution tool or no?

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    I know this has been noted a few times but I have read through these and still indecisive.
    I currently measure my coffee ground into my portafilter and then use a toothpick to mix the grounds up to reduce clumping and make it a bit fluffier prior to tamping.
    should I pick up a cheap distribution tool off fleabay or spend a bit more on a decent one? Or just not worry with getting one at all?
    just wanting to cut some time down when doing this step and trying to weigh up if it's worth the $20-100 purchase

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    i purchased one of the cheap ebay ones and cant say i have noticed any huge difference using my naked portafilter

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnA View Post
    i purchased one of the cheap ebay ones and cant say i have noticed any huge difference using my naked portafilter
    That's good to know! Did you do anything prior to buying the tool? Like regards to break G up the grounds or anything of such?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FilthySudo View Post
    ... use a toothpick to mix the grounds up to reduce clumping and make it a bit fluffier prior to tamping.
    My problem was quite different. The grounds are so fluffy from the NicheZero that I need to spread them down a bit along the way so I do not lose spillage. After tipping in about 2/3 - 3/4 of the grounds, I spin the distributor on them then add the remainder before spinning again. My principal purpose is to make some room for the remaining grounds, then ready for tamping; clumping has not been an issue.

    should I pick up a cheap distribution tool off fleabay or spend a bit more on a decent one? Or just not worry with getting one at all? just wanting to cut some time down when doing this step and trying to weigh up if it's worth the $20-100 purchase
    I read about the 2-arm (chisel), 3-arm, and 4-arm distribution tools, including the claims by Ona, before settling on a chisel tool. It simply makes more sense mechanically in terms of distribution rather than unwanted tamping. The options I found were not in your price range. I have been very happy with the Pullman though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by beensean View Post
    My problem was quite different. The grounds are so fluffy from the NicheZero that I need to spread them down a bit along the way so I do not lose spillage. After tipping in about 2/3 - 3/4 of the grounds, I spin the distributor on them then add the remainder before spinning again. My principal purpose is to make some room for the remaining grounds, then ready for tamping; clumping has not been an issue.


    I read about the 2-arm (chisel), 3-arm, and 4-arm distribution tools, including the claims by Ona, before settling on a chisel tool. It simply makes more sense mechanically in terms of distribution rather than unwanted tamping. The options I found were not in your price range. I have been very happy with the Pullman though.
    Ohh without a doubt if I didn't mind spending more than I spent on my tamper it's self for an ocd chisel or pullman then I definitely would. Absolutely love my pullman nexuspro.

    This coffee game is an endless pit of money as I find myself constantly buying more and more little things
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    Quote Originally Posted by FilthySudo View Post

    This coffee game is an endless pit of money as I find myself constantly buying more and more little things

    Roger that!

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    I have a fleabay one I bought a couple of years back. When I bought it I was using a Breville Smart Grinder, and it noticeably eliminated the occasional awful shot and slightly improved my worst shots. Since getting a Eureka Atom a bit over a year ago it's become useless. I see no improvement from it at all (no awful shots and my worst is still decent), so it's been in a drawer for quite a while.
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    Good technique will triumph over gadgets every time.
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