Now available in 53mm! The BT Wedge Coffee Distribution Tool will greatly improve the quality and consistency of your espresso. Higher quality espresso means higher quality of life, right? Maybe. The proprietary wedge shape evenly distributes ground coffee in your portafilter basket without prematurely compressing it. The BT's depth can easily be adjusted by twisting the center spacer, and the high polish base eliminates coffee retention to the tool - keeping the espresso in the basket where it belongs. Made from precision machined stainless steel and inlaid with your choice of American hardwoods and finishes, this tool works great and looks great on your coffee bar.
A Little History on the BT Distribution Wedge
The Wedge was originally designed by Mr. Il Seon Jeon of Seoul Korea. Mr. Jeon is the owner operator of the progressive Gabae Mihon coffee bar in Seoul. He was an early admirer of the well known OCD tool and the core concepts behind it. However, he had ideas to push the concept further. Mr. Jeon was focused on two elements for improvement.
- Minimize the pre-tamping of the coffee prior to proper ground distribution.
- Eliminate ground retention on the distributor tool itself.
In February 2016, Mr. Jeon conceived the idea of the wedge shape distribution tool. He built and refined prototypes and soon found the high polish wedge shape to work remarkably well. He sent prototypes to Australia for friends and critics to evaluate. Needing to compete with the tools already on the market that had copied his design, he decided that he would introduce a version of the wedge shape distribution tool that was superior in design and build quality to all currently available models. This is when Mr. Jeon contacted Saint Anthony Industries and proposed that SAI take his proprietary wedge shape design and incorporate SAI's design aesthetic and material aesthetic to make a distribution tool that is second to none. After thoroughly testing the wedge shape design, SAI found it to be a highly effective tool. And we like it a lot.
- Base Diameter: 53.5mm
- Adjustable Depth: 3mm - 14mm
- Made from Stainless Steel and American Hardwood or Teflon
- Adjust the Wedge to the Proper Depth
- Grind a Shot of your Favourite Espresso
- Slightly Level Coffee Grounds with a few Knocks or Taps
- Place Wedge on Portafilter and Give a few Gentle Spins
- Remove Wedge and Admire the Lovely Level Basket
- Tamp with New Levy Tamp and Insert Portafilter in Group Head and Pull Shot
- Watch the Channel-Free Even Extraction
- Give your Espresso a Stir
It's not cheap, but when you are pulling shots daily it's definitely worth it.
Been using the BT wedge ever since I receive it but there's one minor nitpicking. When I give the wedge a couple of spin, the levelling of the ground is not symmetrically even. So I have to tamp it afterward to make it flat out like a bedded puck. The result improves a lot when I start reusing the single walled filter basket. It pours out more liquid which lasted between 26-33 seconds top! Without the distribution tool, the shot will pour out fast and lasted 18 seconds! The taste was bitter and sour at the same time. With the tool, the taste is a lot brighter and refining.
I'm a believer now!