nyc_crema Senior Member Joined: 13 Oct 2004 Posts: 1,619 Location: New York City Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: Alexia (2010), Silvia (2004) Grinder: Mazzer Mini (2004)
Posted Wed Aug 18, 2010, 8:02am Subject: Tamping after 6 years of not thinking about it
I read Mark Prince's State of Espresso 2010 article and he mentioned tamping with the knock, or lack of it. I came fresh eyed to CoffeeGeek 6 years ago and learned everything I know today about coffee from here, and I love it. After some time of auto-pilot I am rediscovering some of the finer aspects of espresso with my newest purchase: Quickmill Alexia. I don't knock the basket anymore after tamping because I end up doing it too hard and Prince's article says the knock-after-tamp protocal is dead in the pro and enlightened home enthusiast barista. Most people in agreement with this?
Any new tamping techniques out there?
As for me, I asked Chris Coffee for the "best" tamper for my Quickmill and that's what I've been using. I used to have two convex (euro and usa) and one flat, but now I use the flat as a paper weight and the convex ones have been given away. This brings me to my second question: any new information on flat versus convex?
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