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Old 11-10-2009, 05:23 PM   #21
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Who said anything involved with making espresso at home is cheap?

I do not have one, but tried it and it's a solid piece. Yes, if you already know what you are doing, it might be a waste. I can see how this is useful in a restaurant setting or for someone who is buying their first machine.

Personally, I my tamps at home are slightly harder, but my grind makes up for it.
I'm just the opposite and tamp lighter and grind finer.
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Old 11-11-2009, 07:33 AM   #22
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There is a marked difference between "cheap" and useful/functional at a lesser price point. I need no elitism when regarding a plug of round metal with an ergonomic handle on it.
I hear ya, I don't own that tamp either. Not that I haven't spent more than I had to on other things.
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Old 11-11-2009, 11:50 AM   #23
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Well. The bottom of certain glass spice jars work fine. I just find a rosewood handled convex 58mm Reg Barber is a little better feeling in the hand.
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Old 11-13-2009, 12:49 PM   #24
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Another option is to buy a bathroom scale and test your tamp pressure and monitor your personal weight at the same time.
When first learning I used this method to help with proper tamping pressures.
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Old 11-13-2009, 01:49 PM   #25
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I think you can't go wrong with one of these.....they sell just about anywhere for $3.00 or less! Nothing fancy but it get's the job done!




Czech Pipe Tool

This pipe tool is a classic. It's been made in several variations for decaded. The three swiveling tools included the following: a spoon for cleaning out dottle and ash, a pick for correcting bad bowl packs and of course a tamper. Get one for the car, the glove box or your key-chain. Never be without a tamper again!
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Old 11-13-2009, 01:59 PM   #26
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I think you can't go wrong with one of these.....they sell just about anywhere for $3.00 or less! Nothing fancy but it get's the job done!




Czech Pipe Tool

This pipe tool is a classic. It's been made in several variations for decaded. The three swiveling tools included the following: a spoon for cleaning out dottle and ash, a pick for correcting bad bowl packs and of course a tamper. Get one for the car, the glove box or your key-chain. Never be without a tamper again!
I have one of those, great for a pipe, but not so hot for the espresso group head.
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Old 11-13-2009, 02:48 PM   #27
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Damn, I'm sorry!
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Old 11-13-2009, 05:05 PM   #28
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If things get really lumpy, these are always a great standby.




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Old 11-13-2009, 07:16 PM   #29
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I got the right one now....

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While I have one, it is a cheapo and not very heavy at all.
After a bit of searching, landed on this one.
Just ordered it.
Thought about the Reg Barber but decided on this one.
Looking forward to getting it.
http://www.seattlecoffeegear.com/Esp...cg10080-01.htm
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Can you tune out the click if you get tired of it?
No, but it is not loud at all. It's well made. I wonder if any used ones are on EBay?
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No, but it is not loud at all. It's well made. I wonder if any used ones are on EBay?
I actually considered that one.
Figured I would go with the $52 one and get the click mat when it becomes available (out of stock at Seattle Coffee Gear), as will look to get a mat anyhow.
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Old 11-25-2010, 09:14 AM   #33
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I thought the click mat was interesting as well.
Still haven't bothered getting a decent tamper for myself.
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now shopping online is very convenient, you can shop online, you also can find some auto espresso tamper here.
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I bought one of those Espro tamps several years ago and works like a charm. Makes espresso brewing more consistent and is a really well machined tamp.


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Old 06-19-2022, 02:54 PM   #36
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Dunno how active this forum is, but I've become a huge fan of espresso levelers. There are a couple of good ones on the higher quality end of the spectrum. The 'Jack' by Asso and the 'OCD/NCD' by Ona are great starting places imho.
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Old 08-04-2022, 03:28 PM   #37
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Dunno how active this forum is, but I've become a huge fan of espresso levelers. There are a couple of good ones on the higher quality end of the spectrum. The 'Jack' by Asso and the 'OCD/NCD' by Ona are great starting places imho.

I went Bravo for my tamper and distribution tool. I was hoping to get a copper set to match the other copper accents in the kitchen. I love using my Levercraft ultra for WDT'ing too. Second set I just went with Normcore for tamper and leveler.

I don't know why by I am lusting for one of those Force Tampers but don't need one
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