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Really good coffee distributor, and fits the smaller Breville portafilter I find you don’t need to tamp after using this, provided you have your puck height dialled in, but that will be a matter of preference. Great value, really solid (all metal) and well built.
Like the other reviewer, I delayed ordering this because there were no reviews. I’m glad I did. This thing is quality all the way. The weight is much heavier than expected (in a good way). The weight is 14.7 ounces according to my scale. There were no instructions but the adjustment is very easy. Just unscrew the two black rings a bit to loosen the stainless leveler. Then screw it to precisely the height you need. Then retighten the two black rings. This makes it easy to get exactly the adjustment you need.
I am using this with a Breville Barista Express which has the 54mm portafilter. This is 53mm, which is exactly the right size. I use with a 53mm funnel ring that I bought here, and the fit is perfect. So my process is as follows:
- Warm machine and run a shot of water through - Weigh out 18 grams of fresh locally roasted beans into a plastic cup I use for this purpose. - Put the beans into the hopper of the Barista Express grinder and grind into the plastic cup - Put the funnel onto the portafilter (using the single wall non-pressurized double shot basket) - Pour the coffee as evenly as I can into the portafilter. It will overflow but the funnel prevent it from falling out. - Hold down funnel and knock portafilter a bit to distribute coffee out of the mountain shape - Put my new leveler / distributor on the grounds, leaving the funnel in place - Turn a few times in each direction - Remove distributor and funnel, and tamp down using Barista Express tamper using four fingers, to keep it even, until it stops moving down (this gets natural over time) - Run double shot using manual mode (hold down button for prefusion about 7-9 seconds until I get a certain sound, then weigh output and stop at dialed in weight while running a stop watch). Typical double shot takes 35-40 secs from beginning of button press (including prefusion).
The espresso is noticeably improved in both even appearance and depth of taste from the use of the distribution tool. It is 100% worth it and a bargain really. And BTW the shots I am able to pull with this machine are often superior to what I get from the majority of third wave high-quality espresso bars.
For years I have used Stock/Stanard Tamper that came with toy Expresso Machine..... they were OK, but to often I had to redo the grounds etc., too much, or to lopsided in the port a filter. BOOM, I saw this one here on Amazon, and with a REASONABLE price tag! I haven't look back sense. Once you adjust it, your DONE !!!! I like the fact no matter how much pressure you apply, it's going to STOP in the SAM PLACE every time!!!! and it does a Great job SMOOTHING out the top layer of Grounds each and every time!!! I'm not always 1005 awake when I make my Expresso in the A.M., therefore, I need all the help I can get,,,,,, Thanks to this item.... I can get a few more winks.... while making my Expresso! Don't PAY the LARGER PRICES for the same thing!!! This has a high QUALITY WEIGHT To IT, and is MADE to a Tight Specification Standard ..... SAVE your Money this will do the TRICK ! You will gain nothing by PAYING more for those others ones, that a WAY OVERPRICED !