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mutsje
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Posted Tue Dec 6, 2005, 12:21pm
Subject: Tamper full metal vs metal and wood
 

At the store I bough my full aluminium tamper the guy told me that tampers with wood are likely to go broken earlier.
I like my flat alu tamper cause of the weight but as a newbie in my humble opinion almost anything is fine aslong it isn't from plastic(shame on ECM for delivering a plastic tamper... foei)

So what is your opinion on this? a full metal tamper or... more desing and hard wood on top of it to hold it.
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Posted Tue Dec 6, 2005, 1:51pm
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It's all personal preference, really.  I've never heard of anyone ever having a single problem with their reg barber tamper wearing out.  I personally have a full metal tamp, but it's not a solid piece of metal.  The tamping piston is removable.  I picked it because of its balance and weight. (all stainless steel).

 
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Posted Tue Dec 6, 2005, 2:10pm
Subject: Re: Tamper full metal vs metal and wood
 

My rosewood tamper from Chris's Coffee failed within a year.  The threading in the wood that interfaced with the piston gave way.  I was able to repair it, but it did require some skill and tools.  I have stainless steel tamper now that has never given me a problem.  However, it is not as comfortable as the rosewood tamper.  

BTW - The coffee did not care which tamper was used.


mutsje Said:

At the store I bough my full aluminium tamper the guy told me that tampers with wood are likely to go broken earlier.
I like my flat alu tamper cause of the weight but as a newbie in my humble opinion almost anything is fine aslong it isn't from plastic(shame on ECM for delivering a plastic tamper... foei)

So what is your opinion on this? a full metal tamper or... more desing and hard wood on top of it to hold it.

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Posted Tue Dec 6, 2005, 3:11pm
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herman2p Said:

However, it is not as comfortable as the rosewood tamper.  

BTW - The coffee did not care which tamper was used.

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agreed, and agreed.

 
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Posted Tue Dec 6, 2005, 9:52pm
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My wooden handled reg barber tamper warms up a bit opposed to the stainless steel variety but it can dent a little on top from tapping the side of the portafilter. I like the slightly bottom heavy feel it gives as well...
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Posted Tue Dec 6, 2005, 10:22pm
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the handle on my pullman tamp is made from red gum ... a native australian wood that is usually used to make railway sleepers. Can't see it breaking anytime in the very very distant future.
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Posted Wed Dec 7, 2005, 10:29am
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Well the salesmen told me some people do there tampers in dishwashers. Can't imaging doing it but it seems it really is bad for the tampers with wood. (doh water and wood always baaad..)
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Posted Wed Dec 7, 2005, 10:43am
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The dishwasher?  It's a slab of metal screwed onto a short wooden handle.  How dirty are they getting that thing?
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Posted Wed Dec 7, 2005, 12:12pm
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jtsnyc Said:

The dishwasher?  It's a slab of metal screwed onto a short wooden handle.  How dirty are they getting that thing?

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well seems some people do it :S I wouldn't do it even with my full metal tamper.
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Posted Wed Dec 7, 2005, 1:08pm
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mutsje Said:

well seems some people do it :S I wouldn't do it even with my full metal tamper.

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neither would I.

The closest I got to "cleaning" my tamper was to polish the crap out of it.  It stays clean longer that way, and, theoretically, leaves a smoother polish on the top of the puck.

 
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