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Thread: Distribution in the Basket

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    Distribution in the Basket

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    I'm almost afraid to ask this question, but if I dont ask I dont learn.

    I think I'm not distributing the grinds well enough before tamping. I'll admit to glossing over this a bit when getting the basket ready.

    I tap the p/f and get the grinds relatively evenly distributed, however I reckon I'm not getting the grind to the edges. When I tamp the edges are possibly less tamped than the middle of the puck.

    Other than spending stupid amounts of money on one of those spinner distributors made by Ona and Pullman and others (the idea is good but to me seem extremely over priced for what they do!);

    What techniques do you us to ensure good even distribution edge to edge?

    I have a bottomless p/f coming to work on my grinding/dosing/distribution/tamping. Our site sponsors are getting rich on me lately haha

    On the subject of learning is the book: BARISTA: A GUIDE TO ESPRESSO COFFEE BOOK BY JILL ADAMS a worthwhile investment?

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    I tip the Niche Zero stainless cup into the PF, it always ends up way off to one side. All I do is carefully push it over (carefully so it doesn't spill out 'cos it's usually heaped up along one edge), I judge it roughly balanced by eye then tamp, tap the PF once to knock the coffee down from around the edges (tamper slightly small maybe) then give it a quick polish.

    Because I'm using an 18g PF with 18.6g in it I find it distributes itself evenly as long as I keep the tamper level and don't start with all the coffee on one side. I get channeling maybe once a month.

    If I muck around doing any other stuff to make a special effort, then I tend to get channeling far more often. This includes trying to use one of those distributors.

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    the only tool you need is your hand. palm tapping has been shown by barista hustle to be equally as effective as distribution spinny-doodads.
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    Quote Originally Posted by woodhouse View Post
    the only tool you need is your hand. palm tapping has been shown by barista hustle to be equally as effective as distribution spinny-doodads.
    Is this what you are referring to https://baristahustle.com/blog/how-t...te-by-tapping/
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    Quote Originally Posted by flashpixx View Post
    i'm referring to this: https://baristahustle.com/blog/the-g...ebate-results/

    but yes, the link you posted is a great tutorial.
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    thanks Mr woodhouse
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    That tutorial is gold. Word of warning, you'll suck at it at first, and won't feel like you're making much progress, then in a couple of weeks it all starts coming together. Stick with it, it really works.
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    The grinder builds a conical heap in the portafilter, with the apex of the mound usually well above the rim.

    So use a finger as a straight edge to level the mound by moving grounds to the edges.

    Or, tap the portafilter on the bench and then give it the finger.

    Then, tamp.
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    Recently I started using the Stockfleth method, which after a year of really having no good method (caveman finger distribution really) felt a bit odd, but I could see how was an upgrade in theory. These BH tapping articles seem like gold. Will definitely add it to the routine and compare.

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    I like the spinny-doodads, but not really sure it makes a great difference. I grind into the Niche metal cup and invert into portafilter, as with the theoneruepath it ends up hellishly eneven. Then use the back of a long teaspoon to spread the grounds evenly before using an OCD tool to flatten the grinds before tamping. Worst part of my workflow was uneven tamp, I find the distribution tool gives a nice flat base of grounds and helps a flat tamp.
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