Geert wrote:Do you remove the foil before pulling the shot or do you leave it in place?
I leave it in. I was pulling it out at first but then discovered by accident that it didn't matter if it was there or not.
Antonee wrote:Tilting the basket and pouring against the wall of the basket rather than directly onto the screen prevents cratering and brown water for me.
I tried that this morning and it works just about as well. Simpler.
Geert wrote:When I experimented with pouring water on the tamper to avoid a crater I didn't notice a substantial difference in taste.
That's the question. There are all sorts of things people do to slant the odds in favor of a good shot. It's hard to figure out whether one little thing helps, hinders, or is inconsequential without doing a large number of blind tastings. I haven't been able to tell if there's a difference.
Do you think an asymmetric pre-infusion is a flaw worth worrying about?