Thanks all! Alot of different approaches. Here are some topics that arise from your posts:
Why not just grind directly into the portafilter basket?: I see that a number of folks grind into the cup. Some stir the grounds, then transfer into the portafilter/basket, then WDT. Question: Why grind into cup? Why not just grind directly into the portafilter/basket, and skip that step? Then distribute, potentially using WDT. Personally, I have found that I get inferior distribution or even channeling if I handle the grounds too much or WDT too vigorously; less is more. Thoughts?
Is Using the Cup As a Distribution Device Sufficient?: Some use the cup for distribution, by grinding into it, then placing the portafilter/basket on top and inverting (once or twice). Is this sufficient to eliminate clumping and evenly distribute the grounds? Or do we still need to WDT at the end?
Most Do Not Shake or Swirl the Cup to declump. Any reason why or why not? Is this a good idea?
Some Tap the Portafilter Down Once or Twice, to settle the grounds. I suppose that this creates a more even and level tamping surface. But it also compacts the grounds, which some use to allow updosing. So to tap or not? Why or why not?
Is Clumping An Issue or Not?: I am getting a sense (from these posts) that clumping is just not an issue with the NZ. What’s your experience?
To WDT or Not to WDT? - Is this step necessary? Still a good idea? Followed by WDT grooming? I use the 0.35mm needles. WDT with these needles was a game changer for me. It really improved distribution consistency. I rarely get uneven distribution or channeling. I am loth to give it up. But if I don’t need to anymore … Thoughts?
So - Basket Inversion or WDT for Distribution? Tap or Not?
Btw, interesting that I did not see much mention of either side tapping or the Stockleith maneuver (if I spelled that right).