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Topic: awesome tamper (3 msgs / 112 lines)
1) From: Zara Haimo
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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 =
tonight...
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.  =
Thanks, Les!

2) From: Barry Luterman
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Told you so. Now like me you can retire your naked PF return to the old =
double spout PF which will fit in the canning funnel as a base. Perfect =
shot after shot with no thought if you have the grind set correctly.

3) From: Zara Haimo
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Tomorrow morning I'll swap my blank into the naked handle and try using =
the double spout for shots again.  I'd better soak it clean first, =
though.  Who knows what gunk may be hiding up those spouts.


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