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Topic: clean tamper > RE: +first tamper purchase (57 lines)
1) From: miKe mcKoffee
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Thanks for the compliment Les. Unfortunately the 5# of Summer Jam Blend just
ran out. Quite pleased with it! Was going to mix up some more but decided to
make a new one. New espresso blend first roast now at 2 days rest, first
shots of "Winter Solstice Blend" this weekend. Biggest change was switching
the Ethiopia Horse component for a Kenya, also added Malabar to the Aged
Sumatra bass note (1:2 Malabar to Aged Sumatra in the 25% low end), Panama
Eleta instead of KPC Kona component alto range.
 
My habit of wiping the tamper both before AND after each shot assures a
clean dry piston. Doesn't really take any more time. I always work with an
espresso dedicated bar towel over my right shoulder. Grab tamper with right
hand, in same motion on the way to PF swipe tamper piston up to front of
shoulder across towel, tamp shot, return tamper to top of Bric' following
reverse path including post tamp towel swipe. I've watched a few top
baristas, both in cafes and competitions, and it's were I picked up the
habit. The pre-tamp towel swipe probably more important than post tamp, but
I was already in the habit of post tamp piston swipe before adding pre-tamp
swipe.
 
Kona Konnaisseur miKe mcKoffee 
URL to Rosto mods, FrankenFormer, some recipes etc: http://mdmint.home.comcast.net/coffee/Rosto_mod.htm
Ultimately the quest for Koffee Nirvana is a solitary path. To know I must
first not know. And in knowing know I know not. Each Personal enlightenment
found exploring the many divergent foot steps of Those who have gone before.  
From: homeroast-admin
[mailto:homeroast-admin] On Behalf Of Les
Sent: Thursday, December 28, 2006 7:23 AM
To: homeroast
Subject: Re: +first tamper purchase
Leo,
The problem with the folks on the HB roadshow is they failed to wipe the
tamper off and moisture was on the tamper when they went to do their next
tamp.  It always bugs me when people blame the equipment on poor technique.
One of my greatest pleasures is watching Mike McKoffee pull shots.  If it
isn't just right, he blames himself, not his equipment.  That said, I don't
know of anyone who knows his equipment or keeps it in A-1 condition better
than Mike.  I have been thinking about some of the best coffee of the year.
I would have to say the ristretto Mike served me from his Espresso Jam blend
was in the top 5.  Why because he sinked the first one because it wasn't
right!  The second one that I got to enjoy was pure liquid silk!  Another
top 5 was at Alchemist John's a nice ristretto of his triple DP Ethiopian
Blend.  My best shot of the year was a SO of Blue Batak!
www.thortamper.com/crema.html  Everything was right that day, awesome bean,
great roast, and good espresso technique.  The other two in the top 5 for
the year was a SO of the Guatemala Cup of Excellence #1 -El Injerto and a
shot of a 50/50 blend of Uganda Bugisu and Java Private Estate - Type:
Prince  So as I look back, two of my best remembered and enjoyed espresso
shots were done by fellow homeroasters!  Thanks Mike and John. 


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