Thank again all. I started settling after realizing the crazy clumping of the Super Jolly made it hard to be consistent with dosing if I just leveled from there and tamped. Now, since I settle, dose if necessary, then tamp, I know I am more consistent. And I feel like I tamp with really even pressure each time, level tamps, but those sproradic sprays just kill me. I have started watching the make sure that when I level, I settle real well and even, then dose extra if needed. I think that before, I didn't settle enough, and it was leaving small pockets.
But, that's one of the joys of a naked portafilter. And Nick, I agree, that there is definitely one advantage to having a doserless to use, as long as it's not that clumpy Compak I've seen out there. I think that even this discussion, and the effects of the things involved not done properly, show the importance of a class like the Grind.Dose.Tamp.Extract.101 class. There's alot more ways to make bad espresso than there are to make good espresso. But, given good habit forming techniques, it can be easily achievable. And Mike, I have tried to use the web of my hand trick to no success. I think that clearly is a habit thing, as well.
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