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    Tampers with built-in 30lbs of pressure

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    hey guys.

    Im a noob here. Just got myself a great deal on an Isomac Tea and a Rancilio Rocky doserless.

    Ive never made coffee before but im soooo looking forward to getting into it as soon as the equipment is shipped to me.

    Ive seen on ebay some tampers that deliver 30lbs of pressure.

    My question is are they really worth the $140+ cost?



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    Sang

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    Re: Tampers with built-in 30lbs of pressure

    That sounds like a sweet combination! I am no expert, but I use a tamper with 15kg pressure spring and it works well for me. Previously I was having trouble getting the tamp/grind/dose equation right, and still have not perfected it - but at least now the tamp isnt one of the variables. I bought my Eazytamp from the same auction site - but it was a second from an Australian company and only cost $40. Luckily the size was spot on. I would say that the most important thing is to have a tamper that fits perfectly in your basket.

    Good luck - I hope you have a lot of fun when your gear arrives! :)

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    Re: Tampers with built-in 30lbs of pressure

    Quote Originally Posted by 4655445D50514D5106340 link=1309656767/1#1 date=1309661895
    I would say that the most important thing is to have a tamper that fits perfectly in your basket.
    I agree, in which case I think youd be better off buying a Pullman tamper. Getting the pressure right is easy with practise and the 30lbs is just a ballpark figure anyway. So long as youre consistent with your pressure, thats more important IMO.

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    I have a pressure adjustable tamper, its a work of art from an engineering point of view and the best tamper I have used. Cant remember the name now, but it cost a lot less than $140. I will post back with the details.

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    Re: Tampers with built-in 30lbs of pressure

    thanks for the replies guys.

    Im getting a Isomac tamper with the machine so ill just start with that for now.

    The idea of pressure adjustable tamper sounds so good. Just cant justify the money for one unless its really worth it.
    The one advantage i can see is that ill be able to teach my wife how to make consistant coffeee :)

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    Re: Tampers with built-in 30lbs of pressure

    Quote Originally Posted by 0C302D363C3D2A3F373C580 link=1309656767/2#2 date=1309663396
    Reply #2 - Today at 13:23* ** rapideye2 wrote Today at 12:58:

    I would say that the most important thing is to have a tamper that fits perfectly in your basket.
    I agree, in which case I think youd be better off buying a Pullman tamper. Getting the pressure right is easy with practise and the 30lbs is just a ballpark figure anyway. So long as youre consistent with your pressure, thats more important IMO.
    I agree with TG, I use a Pullman and it works a treat.
    Having said that, my wife loves to use an Espro tamper and she makes great coffee with it, she says it makes it easy for her!

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    Re: Tampers with built-in 30lbs of pressure

    Over the years I have had two tampers. The first was a basic, one-piece aluminum. I use d that for about nine years. I then had the opportunity to review the Espro tamper that clicks at 30 pounds. Thats the one I am using. It fits my hand nicely and gives good feedback. But IMO, it is well suited for the new or novice home barista and it might be overkill for seasoned baristas. Sometimes I let it click and go at the 30 force, and other times I just keep pushing and go to around 50.. maybe more.

    Tamping to some specific force is generally overrated in its importance. I know people who swear by a leveling tamp - say three to five pounds, and maybe just the weight of the tamper. I know a barista the size of a small car who states that a "handstand" tamp works best for him.

    Important factors when choosing a tamper - it fits the basket, and it fits your hand and feels comfortable making it easy to control.

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    I agree with Randy G, tamping to specifics is over rated, you need to find what is comfortable for you, Pullman tamps are great tamps and worth every cent,
    I work with 3 other baristas and I am a big guy but I have a feather tamp, its all up to you to find the right set up for you,
    Make sure it fits the group handle basket, is weighted nicely in your hand.
    If you have you grind set up right. it should be a good coffee.

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    Re: Tampers with built-in 30lbs of pressure

    I also agree with the comments that tamp force is overrated, and a tamper that fits your filter basket well is just as improtant.
    While it could be helpful for newbies to be consistent, as TG said it isnt that hard to get a feel for the tamp force, for example, by tamping onto a set of scales.

    The most important thing to learn first is consistent dosing, (as close to same mass of grinds each time as possible), again, practice to make sure you are dosing consistently, then a tamp that is level, which I still struggle with, (but the Pullman tampers with the rings in the side are a good way to see if you are tamping level), cos a tamp that is level at any pressure is likely to be better than a 30lb tamp that isnt level, after all that, the actual tamping force can be fine tuned. Also a tamper that fits your hand is just as important.

    I also find a relatively lighter tamp force generally seems to work welll for me, (and once forgot to tamp at all and as others have noted elsewhere, the extraction wasnt too bad).

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    Re: Tampers with built-in 30lbs of pressure

    Behmor Brazen - $249 - Free Freight
    I use a Concept-art tamper, it fits my basket well 58mm and the pressure is adjustable from 8-21kg. Bought it from Canada, but I see Di Bartoli stocks them now.
    Its handy for me with a touch of the old Arthur-itis.

    Cheers.



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