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by Jake_G, 4 minutes ago in Knockbox
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Leveling tamper, distribution tool. One, both, or neither?

This is why I think it's so critical to adjust dose to achieve a firm level of compaction akin to a reasonable tamp with the grooming tool set at a depth that optimizes headspace. In all honesty, it's likely as easy as increasing the dose until gentle pressure from a tamper doesn't settle the grounds any further than the tool leaves them. To David's point, different blends may perform at their bes...
by Marshall, 5 minutes ago in Cafes and Get-togethers
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SCAA Expo: "Must See" list

Then New Orleans in 2021. BTW since we went global last year, it's SCA.
by marlodmb, 16 minutes ago in Tips and Techniques
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Steamed Milk Over Ice???

I just use plain cold milk. I thought about stretching/steaming first.
by zfeldman, 34 minutes ago in Tips and Techniques
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Steamed Milk Over Ice???

What I do for iced lattes is just steam the milk long enough to introduce some air. So after the initial stretching stage as the milk is getting warm I stop. You don't get the sweetness, but the texture isn't bad, especially considering it's gonna be dumped over ice anyway. Then I dump it and the hot espresso over ice. Works pretty well with only modest melting of the ice.
by John49, 35 minutes ago in Lever Espresso Machines
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Strietman CT1: My Impressions

Should have come with a dust lid.
by IMAWriter, 55 minutes ago in Lever Espresso Machines
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Strietman CT1: My Impressions

I guess I'm just being careful, and the paper clip isn't really obtrusive. Easy to remove and re-attach. Yeh, those C-clips can go anywhere! I'm enjoying this machine a lot. It's pulling CERY nice shots of the Dragonfly Elida. More on that soon. U'm not sure if it came with a dust lid, or if that's optional. I fashioned an aluminum foil lid, which quickly became a crumbled mess!
by ira, 59 minutes ago in Repairs, Restorations & Mods
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Slayer 220v electrical questions

The dryer outlet should have everything you need to power your Slayer. You'll need a new outlet in the wall, a new plug on the Slayer's cord or a suitable adapter like the one pointed to in the last post. Ira
by RyanP, Today, 12:03 pm in Coffees
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La Marzocco Home Espresso Subscription - George Howell

Yea! The Daterra has become an immediate favorite of mine at the moment. I pulled another shot of the Mamuto AB this morning. Raised the temp 202F. 1:2 ratio. Pulled out a sweeter and juicier espresso. A very nice Kenyan and not too challenging to extract which is nice. {image}
by pcrussell50, Today, 12:01 pm in Knockbox
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Leveling tamper, distribution tool. One, both, or neither?

This is certainly a risk. Using my tool in place of tamping, (as opposed to in addition to), I had the same problems with major channeling until I set my tool depth to go about as deep as you would get if you were tamping, including paying appropriate due to headspace. Nowadays, my: RDT/grind/WDT/tool pulls look as good as my: RDT/grind/WDT/tamp pulls ever did. And with the currently very challeng...
by mathof, Today, 11:47 am in Coffees
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Espresso Recipes - is Italiano a thing?

In Italy, you can order a caff espresso, a caff latte or a caff Americano. Lord knows what you would get if you asked for a caff Italiano probably a hard stare. Matt

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