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    Tamper Mat - do you have one? do I need one?

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    The more I look into our next machine purchase, the more accessories I discover! Tamper mats main function is to save the kitchen bench, is that right? So..whats the consenus - how many of you have them and are they something you cant live without. ;)

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    Re: Tamper Mat - do you have one? do I need one?

    I have one and as you say I bought it mainly to save the bench. It is also useful for collecting any loose coffee that may fall off the basket when tamping. Could I live without it yes - but for the money why go without? :)

    Some people purchase the more expensive click mats which measure the pressure you exert when tamping. Could be a useful aid to achieve consistency if you feel the need.

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    Re: Tamper Mat - do you have one? do I need one?

    No, and no.

    You will only damage your bench if you have the sensitivity, coordination and tactility of a 4 year old.

    But hey, if having a mat would make you happy or feel more comfortable, get it!

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    Re: Tamper Mat - do you have one? do I need one?

    Were going from a fully automatic to (probably) a Lelit so the comparison to a 4 year old might apply in the first days! ;D

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    Re: Tamper Mat - do you have one? do I need one?

    I do not believe laminex can handle ~50kg/cm^2 if you tamp on it, so I use a mat. Nothing fancy though. $2 offcut of very firm rubber from Clark Rubber. Still going strong after around 6 months.

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    Re: Tamper Mat - do you have one? do I need one?

    I dont use one... ive got enough coffee paraphernalia cluttering up the kitchen bench as it is. Never damaged the bench. Its not an expensive item though so if youre worried, why not :)

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    Re: Tamper Mat - do you have one? do I need one?

    I use one, it came with my grinder, so I dont see why not!
    But honestly, I do think it is a piece of necessary equipment to have, because my machine likes a higher dose, and hence I generally do a few "settling" taps on the tamping mat.
    I find that it is invaluable.

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    Re: Tamper Mat - do you have one? do I need one?

    I used to use one for several years then I saw a Bumper Stand listed on the Veneziano website and purchased one immediately. Suits me down to the ground... 8-) These are no longer available unfortunately, having been bought out by Cafelat who have their own design.



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    Re: Tamper Mat - do you have one? do I need one?

    I rest the PF on the bar of the knock box (stainless - so quite strong) and tamp that way. One less thing on the bench and any stray grinds fall straight into the knock box.

    Must say though, the bumber stand above looks very nice!!

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    Re: Tamper Mat - do you have one? do I need one?

    The SB grinder came with a sort of a mat so I use it - mainly to stop little puncture marks in the bench.

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    Re: Tamper Mat - do you have one? do I need one?

    I have been using an old very thin plastic cutting board, which I also sit under the grinder to catch stray grinds, helps to keep the mess contained, and easier to clean up.
    If you do any settling taps I think anything that protects your bench top is a good idea, but whatever works for you is good.
    So no you dont necessarily need a tamper mat but some sort of bench protection can be useful.

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    Re: Tamper Mat - do you have one? do I need one?

    The only thing I have noticed when banging down the PF to settle grinds against rubber (in my case knock box stainless rod wrapped in rubber), is that it produces a bit of "bounce", which can actually unsettle/disturb the grounds on subsequent taps, negating the prior taps. This doesnt happen if I tap on something more solid like a bit of timber.

    Not sure if a thing tamping mat would have a similar issue, maybe the rubber on my knock box is too pliable?

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    Re: Tamper Mat - do you have one? do I need one?

    I have an attractive looking camphor wood chopping board about the size of a DVD case that I tamp on. I dont do any settling taps.

    The board goes well with my Jarrah handled Pullman 8-)

    I did find that tamping on a stainless steel bench will mark the steel.

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    Re: Tamper Mat - do you have one? do I need one?

    I agree with artman; tamping on a bouncy surface can unsettle your beans and actually NOT give the settling effect that a light tamp on a solid surface can produce. If you think about it, the more solid the surface onto which you are tamping the more you are compressing and flattening-out your ground beans. It only takes a very light tap to get the effect you need; and no harm to any surface is likely.

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    Re: Tamper Mat - do you have one? do I need one?

    Quote Originally Posted by 535F4A4A475A483E0 link=1312357047/2#2 date=1312359319
    You will only damage your bench if you have the sensitivity, coordination and tactility of a 4 year old.
    Thats a little boorish, but well move on..

    I use a mat because Ive modified the double spout on my group handle to cater for shots into one demitasse cup. After trial and error, I made the bottom edges slightly pointed as I found it helped create a neater pour. The other handle is naked so I use either that or the double.

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    Re: Tamper Mat - do you have one? do I need one?

    I used to rest on the tea towel to stop damage to the bench-top, however am now using a free one from CoffeeParts from last time I placed an order. :)

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    Re: Tamper Mat - do you have one? do I need one?

    Ive been using a folded up black tea towel as a tamp mat for the 2+ years Ive had my Miss Silvia, mostly because the laminated bench top I have is slightly slipperly and doesnt feel very nice to tamp on, plus I also use the towel to wipe out the basket.

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    Re: Tamper Mat - do you have one? do I need one?

    Quote Originally Posted by 6D6B7C776D6A7270190 link=1312357047/12#12 date=1312438375
    I have an attractive looking camphor wood chopping board about the size of a DVD case that I tamp on.
    Nice solution Trentski. A few dents and coffee stains in your wood will add a unique charm too.

    At work I use a stainless Mazzer tamp stand
    (thanks Talk Coffee)


    ...and at home we have a marble chopping board that sits under the grinder to protect the bench with enough space at the sides to tamp (and keep the tamp, brush, cloth etc)

    Bombora have a neat Rattleware Coffee Tamper Mat with Grinder Tray (available from a few site sponsors)


    Cafetto sell the Cafelat gear as do others

    The Cafelat Splat Mat is a funky way of doing it...


    Cafelat corner mat is cute too


    Cafelat Tamping stand


    Seems like we all use different methods reading through this thread.

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    Re: Tamper Mat - do you have one? do I need one?

    Up until recently Ive always used a rubber mat. Prevention being better than cure and with the exception of a characterful piece of timber, 10 years of tamping would be sure to leave a mark on nearly any surface, including my reconstituted stone.
    But the rubber mat has its problems and every now and then I would pick up a ground or two on the pf spout which would end up you know where!
    I now use a Concept Art tamp stand from Talk Coffee............ magic, looks very cool, stays very dry
    and keeps things very tidy, especially now that I use a naked pf.

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    Re: Tamper Mat - do you have one? do I need one?

    Thats the tamper stand I am after but I cant find it locally in beech, might have to order it from canada.

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    Re: Tamper Mat - do you have one? do I need one?

    Quote Originally Posted by 6B64637E62690C0 link=1312357047/19#19 date=1316493572
    Thats the tamper stand I am after but I cant find it locally in beech, might have to order it from canada.
    Hi ROs,

    Any sponsor who has an account with Bombora will be able to assist.

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    Re: Tamper Mat - do you have one? do I need one?

    I use a rubber mat and tap the portafilter to settle the grounds and have not had any problems. I believe that it saves marking the benchtop and as I am a little hamfisted prevents damage to the portafilter.

    I have exactly the set up as shown by Andy in the second picture the tray and mat.

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    Re: Tamper Mat - do you have one? do I need one?

    That Mazzer stand looks awesome, Andy.
    Havent seen one before......... its a serious lump of bling!!

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    Re: Tamper Mat - do you have one? do I need one?

    Quote Originally Posted by 23363C320836083F3E23570 link=1312357047/22#22 date=1316693956
    That Mazzer stand looks awesome
    Yep, sure does. Best of all they also come with a free grinder :D

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    Re: Tamper Mat - do you have one? do I need one?

    Behmor Brazen - $249 - Free Freight
    Quote Originally Posted by 5158460302320 link=1312357047/23#23 date=1319252568
    Best of all they also come with a free grinder Cheesy

    That would make it one very expensive stand... :)



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