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Rattleware Large Round Handle Tamper OK - so is firm tamping required for a pressurized filter basket or not? Seems that consensus out there is split! I use preground coffee (Lavazza) and the PFB. Also, is the PFB the recommended choice for preground coffee use like I am doing? And how does that relate to conventional firm tamping, etc.? Thanx
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C1a899e57fdc0bdcf558abdc77132f5b Ari, With the pressurized PFB you only need to tamp to get the grounds below the rim. I would suggest not pressing down so hard that you are actually creating a puck, as the basket is going to be building the pressure on its own. And yes, the pressurized PFB is going to allow you to use preground coffee with still pulling a decent, consistent shot. 11-01-13 05:09PM
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0ebc9c1f7001fde1f1eb7123bd250742 Thanks Chris, so does that mean I should not invest in a good tamper and just use the silly plastic one that came with the machine (Gaggia Baby)? What if I use the "Commercial grade" filter basket - does conventional firm tamping needed more in that case? Or is it not recommended to use the "Commercial grade" filter basket for preground coffee? 11-01-13 05:09PM
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C1a899e57fdc0bdcf558abdc77132f5b When "tamping" with the pressurized filter basket, you are only doing so to level them out and get them below the rim. You do not need to worry about pressure when using that basket - so the plastic one is OK. If you were you use the Commercial basket then you would absolutely want to step up to a good quality tamper. 11-01-13 05:09PM
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Answered by Ari
0ebc9c1f7001fde1f1eb7123bd250742 Ok, but is it not recommended to use preground for commercial basket? 11-01-13 05:09PM
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