[Homeroast] Bottomless Portafilter

Joseph Robertson theotherjo at gmail.com
Mon May 3 10:38:41 CDT 2010


miKe,
Next trip to town, could I get you to demonstrate your distribution
technique for me. I have ( what I think is a consistent repeatable method )
but when using my bottomless to test myself I fail more than I should. My
weight is constant but I do need help.
Joe
On Mon, May 3, 2010 at 8:13 AM, miKe mcKoffee <mcKona at comcast.net> wrote:

> Remember, more important than what espresso machine you're using is what
> grinder and condition of grinder. You can get better shots with a $200
> espresso machine and $1000 grinder than a $20,000 espresso machine and a
> $100 grinder.
>
> And whether a $300 or $3000 grinder it's important to replace burrs on a
> regular basis, about twice as often as manufacturer stated burr life. For
> instance Rocky's burrs are rated 200#, but many years experience with Rocky
> tells me with very high level of confidence Rocky's burrs should be
> replaced
> every 75 to at most 100# when grinding for espresso. IIRC eighth set of
> burrs went in a couple weeks ago. (Yup, still using Rocky at home espresso
> bar.) Same goes for Mazzers. Major burrs may be rated 800# (IIRC it's 800)
> but grind quality drops off way before 800#...
>
> Yes agree level, consistent pressure tamp is important if tamping. Unlevel
> tamp results in lopsided over/under extracted shot. An old school bad
> habit/practice I still see too often is tamping THEN tapping the PF to
> knock
> grinds down off inner basket wall then tamping again. Quit hitting the PF
> up
> side the head! It can often cause cracks in the build which of course leads
> to channeling.
>
> Slave to the Bean Kona Konnaisseur miKe mcKoffee
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>
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>  > -----Original Message-----
> > From: homeroast-bounces at lists.sweetmariascoffee.com
> > [mailto:homeroast-bounces at lists.sweetmariascoffee.com] On
> > Behalf Of Allon Stern
> > Sent: Monday, May 03, 2010 6:33 AM
> > To: A list to discuss home coffee roasting. There are rules
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> > Subject: Re: [Homeroast] Bottomless Portafilter
> >
> >
> > On May 3, 2010, at 8:06 AM, Peter Louton wrote:
> >
> > > So, if I understand, I need to just really pay attention to
> > my distribution and grind and not so much the tamp, right?
> >
> > And I quote....
> >
> > On May 3, 2010, at 12:36 AM, miKe mcKoffee wrote:
> > > Now OTOH a bad tamp CAN destroy what might have been
> > perfectly fine distribution...
> >
> > So they're both important.
> >
> > We had a shop here (Brew Mountain) which paid as close
> > attention to their espresso as you - all nekkid, timed, and
> > perfect. If they didn't do it right, they'd do it over again.
> > It is worth the wait.
> >
> > Sadly, they closed :(
> >
> > I guess it wasn't worth the wait to enough people in that
> > neighborhood.
> >
> > But it was a shot of espresso from these folks that taught me
> > what good espresso can be, and gave me something to aspire
> > to. I've greatly increased the quality of my espresso, but
> > have not achieved consistency and am unlikely to do so until
> > I upgrade my machine. Maybe this year will be the year I get
> > that Silvia.
> >
> > still regretting not purchasing an used S21 while driving
> > through KS a few years back. it could have been a dream
> > machine. Then again, maybe it would have been a nightmare.....
> > -
> > allon
>
>
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