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After reading Barry Luterman's review of the new Thor Ridgeline a few =
weeks ago, I had to get one too. It just came today and I couldn't wait =
until morning to try it out, so I may have trouble getting to sleep =
I have just pulled several absolutely perfect shots, one after another. =
I have a naked portafilter on my Giotto and saw no signs of channeling =
on any of the shots, just lots of crema with each shot hitting my target =
of 28 seconds.
Each time, after grinding in my Mazzer Mini, I filled the portafilter =
basket (using the canning/grain funnel I also learned about from Barry), =
leveled the grinds, and then tamped with the Ridgeline. It fits =
perfectly into the basket and stops at the exact right point to compact =
the grinds evenly without my applying any additional pressure. All I do =
is press it into the basket until the ridge catches and then give a =
slight polishing twist. With my old Thor tampers, there were always a =
few stray grinds on the edges to knock down before polishing, but with =
the Ridgeline I haven't seen a single loose bit of coffee - perfectly =
tamped every time.
Best of all, this is yet another beautiful tamper - Les used an elegant =
pepper grained myrtlewood with a plain black Corian base. I was =
skeptical about the Corian, but this color really sets off the wood. =