CHASING THE GODSHOT
Pack perfect grounds every time with this
hydraulic espresso tamper. By John Edgar Park
Photography by John Edgar Park
Grind: Dial in your burr grinder to fine-tune the
coarseness of the ground beans.
Dosing: There’s a prescribed amount of grounds
to measure into a standard portafilter basket, but
people tinker with this all the time.
Tamping: Once the grounds have been measured
into the portafilter and distributed evenly, they
should be compressed with 30 pounds of pressure
using a tamper. This is difficult to do by hand.
Once these steps have been taken, the portafilter
is locked into the group head of the espresso
machine and the shot is pulled. This is sometimes
accompanied by breath holding, finger crossing,
and the like.