Designed by a professional barista, this tamper is made of heavy cast metal and compresses espresso like nobody's business.
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Average Customer Rating:
based on 385 reviews
Heavy cast metal
2" Diameter (top), 2 1/4" Diameter (bottom) x 2 7/8" H
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55 of 60 found the following review helpful:
Tamps well Jan 11, 2008
By Steven Smith I have a DeLonghi EC155 and the smaller size fits very nicely for tamping. It is able to hold over 50 lbs of pressure with no problem. I used the tamping method from Good Eats, where you put 50lbs of pressure, then twist.
37 of 39 found the following review helpful:
Does what it's supposed to do Sep 17, 2007
By A. D. Sian I have looked everywhere for a tamper that would fit Saeco Aroma for a sensible price, but 53mm tampers were either too expensive or just unavailable. Although this one doesn't fit properly, the small end of it covers about 90% of the basket. Overall, I'm happy with it. It's a temporary solution. Tamper brand or construction is not a huge variable in the resulting quality of an espresso shot. You might at well use something out of the hardware store as long as it tamps the loose grounds well enough. This is why I am skeptical of tampers that cost 50-100 dollars. If RSVP Terry tamper fits your basket's proportions you should consider it.
149 of 188 found the following review helpful:
Not a tamper for you if you want the best tasting espresso. Oct 16, 2009
By John Harris Yes, 1 star! I would go less if I could. While yes, this could be a step up from the cheapo plastic tamps that arrive with your machine, it is a very small step, and in some cases a step backwards. I invite you to consider saving up a little longer and getting a better tamper. The "Rosewood" brand tampers are a knockoff of the industry standard Reg Barber, and are just over $20 here on Amazon. They are proof that you don't need to spend $70 if you are a home user that is not pulling hundreds of shots a day.
You really do need a tamper that is sized to properly fit your porta-filter, or your pulls WILL suffer. Measure the inside of the filter and buy accordingly. The pressurized water will go the path of least resistance, and if you tamper is too small, you will over extract the outside edge and under extract the middle. The result is a shot with little to no body and bitter. Did I mention bitter? A good tamper makes a HUGE difference.
Being flat on both ends makes this tamper very hard to use correctly. Getting a level tamp is very difficult.
Do yourself and your espresso a big favor and just walk away from this item. Search online for videos on how to properly tamp, and you will quickly see why this tamper is not a good choice, and learning all you can about the process will only improve your shots.
11 of 11 found the following review helpful:
Too cheap to be true Dec 16, 2011
By Fun in MB Bought it to use wih my DeLonghi EC155 espresso maker. Worked fine but finish is really crappy, some mystery shiny plating over a crummy cast metal. Returned it when it started to flake metal particles. Instead I got the RSVP SS tamper for $14.95 which is worlds better of solid SS.
15 of 17 found the following review helpful:
FAIL Dec 01, 2010
By Sandor Szarka The description says: "heavy cast metal alloy is dishwasher safe." Do NOT put it in the dishwasher. The metal literally washes off, and it becomes completely unusable. Contains tin, aluminum, zinc...not metals you want touching your food.