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Posted Sun Dec 9, 2012, 10:56pm
Subject: How to support bottomless portafilter when tamping?
 

I recently picked up a bottomless portafilter and was wondering what people are using to support it while tamping as I noticed my counter leaves dents on it and I'd like to keep it looking as nice as possible. I'm using the inside of the lid from my grinder right now which isn't ideal. Perhaps a knockbox that supports the portafilter while tamping might be an option. Any one else resolve this issue?
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Posted Sun Dec 9, 2012, 11:07pm
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They sell tamping mats, but I just use a silicone potholder.  Just make sure it's clean so you don't get coffee grounds on the underside of the filter.

 
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Posted Mon Dec 10, 2012, 1:21am
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for now i just use a folded kitchen towel.  been using it for months without problems.  

i recently ordered(and should be receiving tomorrow) the elephant bark rubber tamp mat from orphan espresso to replace it.
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Posted Mon Dec 10, 2012, 3:04am
Subject: Re: How to support bottomless portafilter when tamping?
 

No matter what portafilter you're dealing with, the best way to tamp is using a tamping station like the one from Rocket Espresso they're offering at SeattleCoffeeGear: click here.

 
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Posted Mon Dec 10, 2012, 5:43am
Subject: Re: How to support bottomless portafilter when tamping?
 

Cdnpaul Said:

I recently picked up a bottomless portafilter and was wondering what people are using to support it while tamping as I noticed my counter leaves dents on it and I'd like to keep it looking as nice as possible. I'm using the inside of the lid from my grinder right now which isn't ideal. Perhaps a knockbox that supports the portafilter while tamping might be an option. Any one else resolve this issue?

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I use this Cafelat that our daughters gave me several years ago.  It comes from Cafelat.

I have both the bottomless and the standard portafilter rigs.  As you can see from the picture, you can flip it over to serve whichever you are using.

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Posted Mon Dec 10, 2012, 7:00am
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Thanks for all the great suggestions! They are much appreciated.
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Posted Mon Dec 10, 2012, 9:21am
Subject: Re: How to support bottomless portafilter when tamping?
 

I have a Cafelat one which looks slightly different than the one above, in that mine has a rubberized coating.  Although it's great for holding the pf while tamping, it seems to attract microfine grounds like flies to s#$%, and even with vigorous brushing, it is nearly impossible to clean thoroughly.  The rubber surface material makes it very difficult for me to recommend it.  If they offer a stainless one now, you should go with that (though the Rocket one Nobby recommended looks pretty cool to me too). In fact, if they offer a stainless one, I'm going to replace mine.

edit: I just looked at the link provided for the Cafelat tamping stand, and it sounds like it is the same one I have...sadly!

 
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Posted Mon Dec 10, 2012, 9:37am
Subject: Re: How to support bottomless portafilter when tamping?
 

emradguy Said:

I have a Cafelat one which looks slightly different than the one above, in that mine has a rubberized coating.  Although it's great for holding the pf while tamping, it seems to attract microfine grounds like flies to s#$%, and even with vigorous brushing, it is nearly impossible to clean thoroughly.  The rubber surface material makes it very difficult for me to recommend it.  .  .edit: I just looked at the link provided for the Cafelat tamping stand, and it sounds like it is the same one I have...sadly!

Posted December 10, 2012 link

I have no issue with fines.  I hand wash after each use along with all the paraphernalia in making macchiatos on the Swiss Miss.

 
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Posted Mon Dec 10, 2012, 10:39am
Subject: Re: How to support bottomless portafilter when tamping?
 

I use a tamping mat that folds over the counter. It is easy, clean, inexpensive and preserves the counter. Sounds silly, but that along with a knock-box just professionalizes the set-up all the while making everything cleaner and easier which keeps my wife happy.

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Posted Mon Dec 10, 2012, 11:31am
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