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Topic: tamping technique (was: +Re:Thor Tampers) (33 lines)
1) From: David Lewis
At 4:23 PM -0500 1/6/03, Lahtaydah wrote:
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Hi,
You might want to experiment with that. Carl Staub of Agtron has been 
recommending a different technique lately, and it's helped my shots. 
You lightly rock the tamper North/South, then East/West, leaving a 
mound in the center. Alternatively, you roll the tamper in what's 
called a Scoresby motion in which the top of the tamper describes a 
circle with the bottom center staying fixed; this also produces a 
central mound. Then you apply tamping pressure and rotate the tamper 
to polish. You do *not* tap and polish. The reasoning, which seems 
true in my case, is that the initial movement mounds coffee in the 
center and the tamp then compresses it outward against the sides of 
the basket. A tap is likely to cause the puck to separate from the 
basket sides, leading to channeling. As I said, my shots at least 
have been more consistent with the new technique. And you could use 
one of Les's tampers!
Best,
	David
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