Luca has one, Bart
I just heard about a tamper called Espro, on a CS sponsors site. Apparently it is spring loaded to deliver a consistant tamp of 30lbs. I was about to order a Pullman tamper custom made to fit my basket, but the Espro has caught my attention, does anyone have any experience with either of these tampers, that they would like to share?
Luca has one, Bart
Ive got one of these as well and can put a good word in for it.
The Espro tamp is a very good training tool in that it gives you a good indication of when you are tamping at 15kg/30lb. This indication is similar to a torque wrench, ie it gives you a slight click when you reach the set force, but it doesnt stop you from under or over tamping though.
If used correctly though, it virtually eliminates one variable from your routine, so you can concentrate on the others.
Its good if youve got standard sized baskets, I think they come in 53, 57 and 58mm, but you certainly wont get the tamp custom made to fit your basket like a Pullman tamp.
On the whole though, I would recommend it, I use mine each time and havent looked back. Id also see if you can try before you buy, as it may not suit you though.
Tamps are a very individual choice and something youll have for a long time. There are some really attractive ones, and there are some not so attractive ones as well. The Espro is a bit basic in the looks department, but it does the job.
Hope this helps.
Thanks guys, Im still stuck on the Pullman, but I also like the sound of the Espro. I wonder if I could justify both?
Gday Bart,Originally Posted by Bart link=1152955799/0#3 date=1152966322
looking at your equipment list 8-) , Id say how could you justify not buying both ;D.
Originally Posted by Lovey link=1152955799/0#4 date=1153011520
Maybe you better look at the coffeelabdesign one also, Bart ;) ;D
This could be the beginning of a beautiful tamper collection!
Hey there Bart,Originally Posted by Bart link=1152955799/0#6 date=1153044084
If you like the idea of starting a Tamper collection, then youve got to have a Captn Cook at these....http://www.thortamper.com/ :o 8-),
Whoo ... OK ... tipsy, early morning, checking up on things before I go have a bit of a holiday, so Ill be quick.Luca has one, Bart
Gregs Tamper; mine is the checkerboard handle and its an absolute work of art. The base is also really good quality. I had some issues with the grip on it, but Greg has been working on it. If you order from Greg, you get a one-of-a-kind, totally unique product. It is also well worth sending him the basket that you intend to use with the tamper and having him custom machine the base to fit, but be sure that thats the basket that you want to use 99% of the time. But remember that Greg will also make you just the base if you later decide that you want a different custom base. The bevel on the top edge and the grooves on the side are a direct result of feedback that Greg Kaan and I gave Greg Pullman, and my tamper has been back-and-forth between Melbourne and Adelaide several times to be modified. In fact, every so often I email him random ideas just for the hell of it ;P Greg is also great at staying in touch while your order is being processed. Flat bases only.
Espro; precision, very high-quality tool. If your mazzer grinder is the grinder to outlast your espresso machine, the Espro is the tamper to outlast your mazzer. I tried it last year at Hazels roastery in Sydney and it just felt so right. Early this year I was talking to Peter Wolff at Veneziano about how awesome it was and suggested that this was it if they needed to stock a tamper, especially because getting one cost well over $200 without an Australian importer. He got a sample in, loved it, decided to import them and gave me one as a thankyou for putting him in touch with Espro. Score. Since then, it has been the main tamper that I use at home. The last two Australian barista champs (Dave Makin and Hazel de los Reyes) used these. Obviously, the tamper is at its best where you are trying to standardise multiple baristi. I dont view it as a training tool, but as an every-day tool.
Coffeelab; art meets design. Steve, the guy who invented these, was around earlier this year and dropped a few of these around some of Melbournes cafes, including Maling Room. I thought that it looked cool, but was a bit dubious. I used it and it was OK, but the handle was too long. Then; whats this? Removable rings?! A few adjustments and it felt perfect. The rubber on the base and handle is relatively hard, but gives nice feedback. As an added bonus, if knocking the top of the tamper handle against the PF to dislodge loose grinds is part of your routine, its rubber against metal. No problems. At work Im currently using this tamper for singles and the Espro for doubles.
Its really nice to have heaps of good options out there!
Ive got the three above, weve got five or six at work, St Ali has about eight and a half billion; Id say that two is probably not enough ;PGday Bart,
looking at your equipment list Cool , Id say how could you justify not buying both Grin.