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Posted Sat Oct 12, 2013, 7:06pm
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Coffeenoobie Said:

I believe I have read the tamp is much less important when the machine is a lever.  I wonder how many cafes in Italy are using levers.

Posted October 11, 2013 link

. Is there some basic question you're asking?  Or point you're trying to make?


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Posted Sun Oct 13, 2013, 1:09am
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IMHO tamping is not totally superfluous, but there's a physical limit to it, for example. Once you've compressed the ground coffee so hard that the granules cannot move any closer without using a steam roller, there's no sense in tamping any harder. The old gospel of tamping exactly at 30 lb (not 28 lb and not 35 lb) is water under the bridge. Therefore the importance of tamping has been somewhat overrated. The major key is being consistent in what you're doing, no matter if it's dosing, distributing or tamping. And from experience alone, those Italian baristas are probably very consistent in their preparation.

 
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Posted Mon Oct 14, 2013, 8:57am
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kimbo5 Said:

Why is the tamping so important?

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kimbo5 Said:

Very curious to find out why in north amerika we havw given such an importance to the tamper.

Posted October 11, 2013 link

Tamping or tamper?  Most recent threads indicate that the tamping isn't so important.  It's the consistency, as stated above and in those other threads.  As for the tamper, that's a personal call.  I didn't care for the cheapo plastic tamper that came with my machine and it doesn't fit the basket very well anyway.

kimbo5 Said:

I would have never immagined investing in a grinder and an espresso machine like today unles I had plans to open a caffeteria!

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Hopefully you'd invest a lot more for a cafe.
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