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austindanson
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Posted Mon Jun 10, 2013, 11:25pm
Subject: La pavoni tamper question
 

Hey guys, I just ordered this:

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and I'm not sure if it's the millennium or not, so I don't know what sized tamper to order... any ideas?

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Posted Tue Jun 11, 2013, 1:28am
Subject: Re: La pavoni tamper question
 

From the manufacturing year 2000 on, the La Pavoni lever machines require a 51 mm tamper. You can check easily by measuring the outside-diameter of the filter baskets: it should be 53 mm. And the outside-diameter of the neck of the brew group should be 60 mm.

 
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Posted Tue Jun 11, 2013, 6:38am
Subject: Re: La pavoni tamper question
 

looks like a pre millennium grouphead
but here
an easy info
click here
http://espressocare.com/PavoniGroupsCompare.html

 
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info@espressocare.com
www.espressocare.com
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Posted Tue Jun 11, 2013, 8:49am
Subject: Re: La pavoni tamper question
 

Great, thanks!
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Posted Tue Jun 11, 2013, 11:33pm
Subject: Re: La pavoni tamper question
 

By the way, I forgot to mention that older models require a 49 mm tamper.

 
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Posted Thu Jun 13, 2013, 5:49am
Subject: Re: La pavoni tamper question
 

I recently visited CoffeeGeek member Hank and he has a Romantica that looks just like yours. His is pre-millenium (49 mm tamper, immediately prior to 2000) and it makes a delicious espresso. I was surprised to see that he used a La Pavoni stock tamper. He has been refurbishing La Pavonis for a decade and I guess he feels that a plastic tamper did not hinder his barista abilities. For myself, I have both convex and flat 51mm Millenium tampers and love the feel and weight of the Reg Barber. It doesn't make a difference which one I use, it just makes me happy to have such quality in my hand.
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Posted Thu Jun 13, 2013, 7:06am
Subject: Re: La pavoni tamper question
 

Thanks for the kudos, Frank!

I am currently in San Rafael CA at my son's home, using his millennium pro.  He only has the (one size fits all) standard tamper from Pavoni, and it takes me some effort but even it seems to get the job done.
He needs an aftermarket tamper more than I do.

I really do like the air release function on the later machines, I am toying with putting a later boiler cap on it to achieve the same results.
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Posted Thu Jun 13, 2013, 8:18am
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Great, I think I'll go with the 49 then. Thanks guys!
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Posted Tue Jun 25, 2013, 5:42pm
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If it is older, the 49mm should be correct.
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Posted Tue Jun 25, 2013, 5:47pm
Subject: Re: La pavoni tamper question
 

It's a great machine by the way.  You're in control.  I like to pull it down half way and back up for a full pull.  If the grind is too fine, you won't be able to pull it down.  Be very careful with the portafiller, as there is a lot of pressure built up and you need to slowly release the pressure or you have a kitchen full of coffee.
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