Tamping is integral to making fine espresso. The purpose of tamping your grounds in the portafilter is to create a uniform surface through which brew water can flow evenly.
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Learn how to dial in coffee grind size for making espresso. Marc from Whole Latte love shows you a basic technique for setting grind size to make good espresso. Learn about dosing weight, tamping, how to determine if a machine needs a flush prior to making espresso and how to flush a semi-automatic machine if required.