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    Tamping methods?????

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    Hmmm i personally use the straight on 30lbs and polish....

    I use a 58mm flat base tamper with 1kg weight.....

    In what way do you tamp?

    Came here to discuss tamping science....

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    Level, once, no need to polish, hard enough to prevent channeling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RayTCoffeePro View Post
    Came here to discuss tamping science....
    "Tamping science" eh? that'll bring em out of the wood work.
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    Yelta and Muppet man,

    Thanks for the no polish tip....

    Heres a tip from another barista im working with....

    He says he uses the Staub method...

    Although i just do the grinding (i always hit 14 grams consistently due to the doser on the Mazzer) and then i place it on a tamping mat, use my pinky finger to level, tamp hard with fingers round the basket (to ensure tamper is level while tamping) and polish with a nice turn....

    Anyways the portafilter is at my hip-level and my elbow is at a 90 degree angle with my hand at a fencing hold....

    Anyways anything wrong with this tamp.....

    Looks good for a bottomless shot uploadfromtaptalk1410258025595.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by RayTCoffeePro View Post
    Yelta and Muppet man,

    Thanks for the no polish tip....

    Heres a tip from another barista im working with....

    He says he uses the Staub method...

    Although i just do the grinding (i always hit 14 grams consistently due to the doser on the Mazzer) and then i place it on a tamping mat, use my pinky finger to level, tamp hard with fingers round the basket (to ensure tamper is level while tamping) and polish with a nice turn....

    Anyways the portafilter is at my hip-level and my elbow is at a 90 degree angle with my hand at a fencing hold....

    Anyways anything wrong with this tamp.....

    Looks good for a bottomless shot uploadfromtaptalk1410258025595.jpg
    Very similar to my method Ray, I use 18 grams in a 14 to 18 gram basket, use my thumb and first two fingers on the rim of the basket to maintain level, I use relatively light pressure, approx 5 kg and I do polish.

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    Good to see that, Yelta

    Damn does a god-shot seem so elusive!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yelta View Post
    use my thumb and first two fingers on the rim of the basket to maintain level, I use relatively light pressure, approx 5 kg and I do polish.
    What I do too... I don't use much pressure either (not sure how much as I've never measured), and I also polish although I realise that it's purely for aesthetics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yelta View Post
    Very similar to my method Ray, I use 18 grams in a 14 to 18 gram basket, use my thumb and first two fingers on the rim of the basket to maintain level, I use relatively light pressure, approx 5 kg and I do polish.
    Ditto minus the polish. Works using larger VST's and a Pergtamp as well, all day long!

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    Hmmm... VST baskets are the premiere aftermarket precision portafilter baskets......

    Wonder if anyone used an Espro tamper (seems like its calibrated for 30 pounds and its a "click" tamper)

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    Nothing relevant to add, just wanted to say

    Quote Originally Posted by RayTCoffeePro View Post
    Looks good for a bottomless shot uploadfromtaptalk1410258025595.jpg
    Uh, yah. That'll do just fine ~licks lips~

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    Dragunov21, Thanks I had a laugh...
    Looks like my tamping is all set!!!!

    Anyways im closing this thread as OP (original poster)

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    Quote Originally Posted by RayTCoffeePro View Post
    Hmmm... VST baskets are the premiere aftermarket precision portafilter baskets......
    Now THAT will REALLY bring them out of the woodwork.
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    I just use the heel of my palm and a UK 20 pound note.
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    I do: level, one medium (I guess?) tamp with fingers to guide, and then a very very soft polish.

    I don't think the polish makes any difference at all in the cup (not to my palate anyway), but it does clean any little grinds off the tamper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RayTCoffeePro View Post
    Hmmm... VST baskets are the premiere aftermarket precision portafilter baskets......
    Certainly an arguable point, probably closer to the truth if the statement were prefixed with the words (some claim)

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    Quote Originally Posted by gibberblot View Post
    I don't think the polish makes any difference at all in the cup (not to my palate anyway), but it does clean any little grinds off the tamper.
    And it looks good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RayTCoffeePro View Post
    Hmmm i personally use the straight on 30lbs and polish....

    I use a 58mm flat base tamper with 1kg weight.....

    In what way do you tamp?

    Came here to discuss tamping science....
    Have a read of this thread. http://coffeesnobs.com.au/general-co...overrated.html

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    I've used a 14 gram VST for my shots....

    I love the VST and that was when i was on a Silvia and had the PID and a flat grouphead showerscreen.....

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