Espresso tamping is one of the most important steps when pulling a shot. If you get the tamping wrong, your espresso is ruined, because the water will pass through the grinds too fast, and the result will be a beverage close to drip coffee. Here are are a few tips to ensure a perfect tamping every time.
How To Tamp Espresso – Techniques, Tips and Tricks
The pressure for tamping the ground coffee into a filter-basket is 30 pounds of pressure. While some people don't like to be very strict with this number, and prefer to play with the ratio grind size/tamping pressure, the safer approach, that gives you more consistent results is to maintain the same pressure when compacting the coffee into the filter basket.