cafederoberto wrote:I posted this in another thread but I've found the distribution tool in conjunction with a palm tamper is pretty foolproof. Palm tamper I'd say is even more important than the distribution tool in my experience. You can fairly easily distribute the grounds with your fingers if you know what you are doing. Tamp for me was my biggest source of inconsistent shots, which was frustrating for a while. Palm tamper basically solves that. I usually adjust it to slightly deeper than I think I need. If it is too shallow, I'll take it out, adjust it to extend slightly deeper into the basket and then retamp. Voila.
Adjusting each to the right height takes about 5 seconds each.
I've got a similar 3-vaned "distribution" tool. Yes, adjusting the height is easy... but how do you decide on the correct
height? I've never been able to figure that out.
BTW, I respectfully disagree with most of your comments. Tamping is one of the easiest espresso techniques to master, and does not require a palm tamper. Level tamping with at least 10# pressure yields extremely consistent pours. The Sette generates a clump-free, reasonably well-distributed bed of grinds, but "finger" distribution does not work well on many grinders. If it works for you, great.