Looking to purchase a distribution tool...

Recommendations for buyers and upgraders from the site's members.
jtferraro
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#1: Post by jtferraro »

Hi, I'm finally looking to purchase a distribution tool. Lately I've simply been grinding directly into my bottomless PF, from my Atom 75. While the grinds are exiting the grinder, I move the PF around in circles to get as even as a distribution as I can. Then I take the fine end of a chop stick and lightly try my best to distribute the grinds evenly around in the basket. My extractions look decent, but I'm looking to control more variables (already invested in a Acaia Lunar and Eric's thermometer) and I'm thinking an OCD or SAI might be next. Does anybody own both? Alternatively, should I simply start with a cheap Amazon knock-off?

Thank you,
-Jeff

Tzuyu

#2: Post by Tzuyu »

What size portafilter? Here is one made in Italy, https://motta-usa.com/product/motta-835 ... ool-black/

free0177a
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#3: Post by free0177a »

I like the Bravo distributor. Its self leveling, instead of having to adjust it manually.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=orISqscjqxo

Jeff

#4: Post by Jeff »

Might want to also consider a proper implement for homogenizing grinds or just raking. A chopstick is an of magnitude too fat compared to the 0.2-0.4 mm needles currently in favor. In my experience, either a chopstick or a toothpick made things worse.

luvmy40

#5: Post by luvmy40 »

There is a Londinium WDT tool up for sale in the Buy/Sell forum here. They are easy to make though.

I use WDT and a cloverleaf type leveler in lieu of a traditional tamper to great effect.

forbiddenbeat

#6: Post by forbiddenbeat »

I use a Londinium WRT tool, which came with my LR. I've moved on from the LR but purchased another one, since I feel it works very well.

It's unclear to me if the hockey-puck distribution tools do anything to break up and distribute the grind. It seems to me they are more of a pre-leveling tool than a true distribution tool, so I prefer the Londinium method.

baristainzmking
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#7: Post by baristainzmking »

I had both the SAI and OCD and sold the OCD. I found the the coffee sticks to OCD and just preferred the fit and finish of the SAI. I like the idea of Bravo, but it's only 58 mm. Another good one to check is the Asso Jack Leveler. I have the SAI and the Jack Leveler and switch between the two. :lol:
Julia

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#8: Post by Quester »

Jeff wrote:Might want to also consider a proper implement for homogenizing grinds or just raking. A chopstick is an of magnitude too fat compared to the 0.2-0.4 mm needles currently in favor. In my experience, either a chopstick or a toothpick made things worse.
I'm with Jeff. My homemade WDT using a 3D printed handle and needles off Amazon is much better than my Londinium tool. Also, there's a difference between a leveler and a WDT tool. Although I own an OCD leveler and also a wedge leveler, I only use them as a last resort if my tap goes off. The 0.4 needles allow you to make a really nice surface that only needs the slightest tap before tamping. No leveling need.

This WDT tool has helped me pull better shots with my MAX and DE1Pro.


jtferraro
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#9: Post by jtferraro »

Tzuyu wrote:What size portafilter? Here is one made in Italy, https://motta-usa.com/product/motta-835 ... ool-black/
58mm (EC 61). This one interests me - thank you!
-Jeff

jtferraro
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#10: Post by jtferraro »

free0177a wrote:I like the Bravo distributor. Its self leveling, instead of having to adjust it manually.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=orISqscjqxo
Makes a lot of sense, especially if you frequently adjust dose from 17 to 19g or anywhere in between...or more! I'm going to definitely look into this. Thank you
-Jeff