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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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