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    Tamper for $100???

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    Hi,

    What is the best tamper you can get for $100? Also, is there anywhere selling Pullman tampers for this price?

    Thanks all!



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    Re: Tamper for $100???

    Quote Originally Posted by 6C5D495045080C083C0 link=1258879809/0#0 date=1258879809
    Hi,

    What is the best tamper you can get for $100? *Also, is there anywhere selling Pullman tampers for this price?

    Thanks all!

    basic base and handle is only $110... *

    Split ya purchase and your OK... Have some one buy each part as a X-Mas present.. *They will if they love you *;D

    Gift voucher http://www.coffeetamper.com.au/shop/product_info.php?products_id=115

    Others available here http://coffeeparts.com/accessories/coffee-tampers-57mm-58mm.html

    But for teh few extra $$$ I like the Pulman.... Those rings add so much userbility and allow consistency.

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    Re: Tamper for $100???

    Quote Originally Posted by 5362766F7A373337030 link=1258879809/0#0 date=1258879809
    Hi,

    What is the best tamper you can get for $100? *Also, is there anywhere selling Pullman tampers for this price?

    Thanks all!

    $109 for base & handle direct from Pullman

    http://www.coffeetamper.com.au/shop/index.php?cPath=30&osCsid=b7ec1bd3eaef0d2457c9feeb 0756ba37

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    Re: Tamper for $100???

    Quote Originally Posted by 4273677E6B262226120 link=1258879809/0#0 date=1258879809
    What is the best tamper you can get for $100?
    I think primarily, its the one that feels right in your hands and does the job of compressing the coffee.

    The Pullman is a lovely artisan made, fitted tamper. Forgive me for saying so, but the truetamp rings are pretty meaningless to me. If your tamp isnt perpendicular to the basket you can see it on the rings, but you can also see it on the puck in relation to the top of the basket. If the puck isnt level once youve tamped those rings wont make it right.

    For under $100 you should consider the one in the folowing thread, offered by Talk Coffee. From the photo it looks the goods, and Chris only sells quality gear.

    http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1163933911

    And as for me, I choose to use and sell Reg Barber tampers for $115.00. I like the feel and weight, again artisan made and internationally popular amongst pro Baristi.

    And if anyone argues that a tamper that is not specifically fitted to a basket will result in problems with the extraction.....tell em I said phooey! ;)


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    Quote Originally Posted by 392F2A2A3B39353C3C3F3F5A0 link=1258879809/3#3 date=1258883780
    And as for me, I choose to use and sell Reg Barber tampers for $115.00.I like the feel and weight, again artisan made and internationally popular amongst pro Baristi.
    Been using a Reg Barber flat base for years, reckon its the bees knees.

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    Re: Tamper for $100???

    I agree with Den.....

    If youre going to spend that sort of money on a Tamper, you should try a few out first and see what feels nice to use (for you) while fulfilling its purpose to a level of quality that meets or exceeds your requirements.... :)

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    Re: Tamper for $100???

    Quote Originally Posted by 4F62666A670B0 link=1258879809/5#5 date=1258903136
    I agree with Den.....

    If youre going to spend that sort of money on a Tamper, you should try a few out first and see what feels nice to use (for you) while fulfilling its purpose to a level of quality that meets or exceeds your requirements.... :)

    Mal.
    Yes- me too...

    I have always been in the tamper chooses the hand camp. Its like buying a a puppy: You go see some pooches with something specific in mind and generally leave with the one that chose you.

    Best bet is to actually pick some tampers up and see which you like...

    We have Pullman, Barber, Rattleware and Bogav and I have about a 10% success rate in predicting the best match of tamper and hand...

    As for a 15kg click, I really dont think it matters that much. You will become consistent regardless...

    Chris

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    Re: Tamper for $100???

    Quote Originally Posted by 1E33373B365A0 link=1258879809/5#5 date=1258903136
    I agree with Den
    Quote Originally Posted by 0E3B36310519353C3C3F3F5A0 link=1258879809/6#6 date=1258925646
    Yes- me too...
    Youre making me nervous. ;D


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    Quote Originally Posted by 26070C0C0B11620 link=1258879809/7#7 date=1258929666
    Youre making me nervous.
    Maybe too much caffeine. :D

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    Re: Tamper for $100???

    Without questions, go for the Bogav!! :P What? Im being biased? Nooo... ::)

    Ditto to what has already been said, go check some out and see whats best for you. Probably stating the obvious here; best test to do, if not actually tamping coffee, is to push down on a tamper mat to figure out those that feel comfortable for you - comfort while holding in the hand is very different to comfort while tamping. Then from there you figure out which you like (looks, quality, etc...)


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    Re: Tamper for $100???

    If you can, my advice has always been what Chris and Den have said - its definitely worth trying a few out and seeing what you like. Youll read plenty of comments here on CS from people who have a Pullman and are happy with that, but youll likewise read comments from people who have other tampers and are happy with those. What that tells you is that those people who have those tampers like them, and theres a chance youd be happy with either product; but even if those comments were made as a result of comparing different products (which most arent), it still wouldnt tell you which product would actually be the better fit for you.

    Quote Originally Posted by 2731343425272B22222121440 link=1258879809/3#3 date=1258883780
    Forgive me for saying so, but the truetamp rings are pretty meaningless to me.If your tamp isnt perpendicular to the basket you can see it on the rings, but you can also see it on the puck in relation to the top of the basket.If the puck isnt level once youve tamped those rings wont make it right.
    Wow how far off level do you tamp Den?? :o ;D Sure you can eyeball the puck, but its not always obvious if its a slight skew. Either way its quicker and easier using a line on the tamper, especially when youre busy.

    The rings obviously dont change the orientation of the tamper and no-one ever claimed they did (thats where something like the Demaral can be useful). Like click tampers, they (edit: i.e. the truetamp rings) help the operator learn what to do and give a good ongoing guide if somethings going wrong. Ideally you should check the rings as you start the tamp so if youre going offline you can correct it BEFORE youve completed the tamp; or if you HAVE tamped all the way its easy to see if you went wrong and can knock it out and try again.

    Either way the rings alert you to a poorly tamped puck so the results dont end up in the cup - and to me that has to be a good thing.

    Greg

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    Re: Tamper for $100???

    Surprisingly Ive never seen much mentioned about bases to support the PF and keep it level, as far as Im concerned these are an enormous aid to a to getting a level tamp, made mine from a block of Jarrah approx 100 x 100 mm and routered out a round area large enough to support my PF level regardless of whether Im using a single or double spout.
    The handle is level to start with (not trying to balance the spout on a mat or bench top) and its also supported in a stable base, makes life so much easier, getting a level tamp is dead simple. ;)

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    Re: Tamper for $100???

    Thanks all for the advice.

    I am interested in the Pullman. Ill also try Talk Coffee.

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    Re: Tamper for $100???

    I love my pullman (the tamper that is) and always will! it suits me to a tea,

    Quote Originally Posted by 6B575E4653320 link=1258879809/11#11 date=1258939915
    block of Jarrah approx 100 x 100 mm and routered out a round area large enough to support my group handle level regardless of whether Im using a single or double spout.
    Sounds great jon!, pics? ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5652746D6D6877606F010 link=1258879809/13#13 date=1258975369
    Sounds great jon!, pics?
    Having trouble posting pics right now Sully, will post one when I get things sorted out. ::)

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    For such a simple piece of equipment it is surprising how much effort we put into getting a tamper that feels and works just right. I have played with many of my friends err... Tampers, and always feel bad for them that they didnt get a Pullman like I did. In all bar one cases, they arent as interested as I was in getting that perfect fit ergonomics and basket. But my friends on the whole arent as passionate about roasting, and high end gear. Thus the off the shelf Tampers with their lairy colours and cheaper price tag are for them a fit. I didnt try my Pullman before I bought (when I purchased mine Greg was only starting out production), but when you buy at the top end of the market (quality/craftmanship-wise) youre less often dissapointed. This Pullman Tamper is the only piece of equipment I havent or had the inclination to upgade.

    Rather than set a target price, avoid disapointment and [s]just get a Pullman[/s] try a number of Tampers at a local sponsor. It is a very individual choice and there are a lot out there to choose from. The most expensive decision is the one made in haste and with regret. Buy once and be one of the very few clever ones.

    Like any tool it becomes an extension of you and whether it is one glorious cup a day or 300, the joy is in the tactile interation between man and machine. Snobs = passion, blind unadulterated unashamed passion.... often in more than one pursuit. Good luck with your selection...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 7D6D7A6B6B2D2C2F27282C1F0 link=1258879809/15#15 date=1258979318
    For such a simple piece of equipment it is surprising how much effort we put into getting a tamper that feels and works just right. I have played with many of my friends err... Tampers, and always feel bad for them that they didnt get a Pullman like I did. *In all bar one cases, they arent as interested as I was in getting that perfect fit ergonomics and basket. *But my friends on the whole arent as passionate about roasting, and high end gear. *Thus the off the shelf Tampers with their lairy colours and cheaper price tag are for them a fit. *I didnt try my Pullman before I bought (when I purchased mine Greg was only starting out production), but when you buy at the top end of the market (quality/craftmanship-wise) youre less often dissapointed. *This Pullman Tamper is the only piece of equipment I havent or had the inclination to upgade.

    Rather than set a target price, avoid disapointment and [s]just get a Pullman[/s] try a number of Tampers at a local sponsor. *It is a very individual choice and there are a lot out there to choose from. *The most expensive decision is the one made in haste and with regret. *Buy once and be one of the very few clever ones.

    Like any tool it becomes an extension of you and whether it is one glorious cup a day or 300, the joy is in the tactile interation between man and machine. *Snobs = passion, blind unadulterated unashamed passion.... often in more than one pursuit. *Good luck with your selection... * *
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    Know exactly what you mean Brett, I feel exactly the same way about my Reg Barber, its part of me now, wouldnt swap it for quids. ;)

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    Re: Tamper for $100???

    Jon W wrote
    Surprisingly Ive never seen much mentioned about bases to support the group handle and keep it level, as far as Im concerned these are an enormous aid to a to getting a level tamp
    I havent had the need.
    My bottomless gh sits flat on the edge of the benchtop and my original gh is one of those angled ones that sits square when resting on the double spouts.

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    Re: Tamper for $100???

    I tamp with fingers, tamper or sometimes nothing.

    Coffee still comes out at the rate I want. I dont need the rings to tamp, though they are pretty. Is this all in our minds?

    J

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    Re: Tamper for $100???

    Quote Originally Posted by 04292823392439344D0 link=1258879809/18#18 date=1259562233
    I tamp with fingers, tamper or sometimes nothing.

    Coffee still comes out at the rate I want. I dont need the rings to tamp, though they are pretty. Is this all in our minds?

    J
    Youve invested all that money in top end home machines and you tamp with your fingers? :-?

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    Taking the pi$$, surely ::)

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    Re: Tamper for $100???

    the human body exhibits convex and flat surfaces in a range of diameters, catering to all your tamping needs.

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    Re: Tamper for $100???

    Quote Originally Posted by 5E525B5B585851484E493D0 link=1258879809/21#21 date=1259566626
    the human body exhibits convex and flat surfaces in a range of diameters, catering to all your tamping needs.
    Body... He was talking hand... Using other body parts to tamp actually frightens me..

    One could burn special and dear parts on a hot pf :D

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    "The Heel Tamper" - with its Euro convex curve and ripple base, its the perfect companion for your Synessos foot-operated steam valve ::)

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    and no two ripple patterns are the same! ;D

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    Re: Tamper for $100???

    Hi all,

    Thanks for the advice.

    I have ordered a pullman tamper and ridgeless basket ($159 including P&H)

    After some reading it seems worth the extra $$$s


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    Re: Tamper for $100???

    Quote Originally Posted by 0130243D28656165510 link=1258879809/25#25 date=1260923313
    Hi all,

    Thanks for the advice.

    I have ordered a pullman tamper and ridgeless basket ($159 including P&H)

    After some reading it seems worth the extra $$$s
    Well done Pauly, you wont regret it. ;)

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    Behmor Brazen - $249 - Free Freight
    No regrets. One month of use and every time it is a pleasure ;D



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