This is a multi-part message in MIME format. 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.