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CollarGirl
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Posted Thu Nov 9, 2006, 5:30pm
Subject: Tampers.
 

Hey all - I've been working as a barista for over a year now, at the little coffee shop on campus.  We don't have excellent equipment, but my boyfriend and I (I got him a job here... hehehe) are looking to get our own.

Christmas is coming up, and I'm looking for a good, yet fairly inexpensive tamper to buy for him as a Christmas gift.

I was looking at the Skull tamp; what do you all think of that one?  (What's nice is that I can get the 56mm aluminum piston at $15 off, and it can be replaced later with a steel piston.) Okay, it's made of plastic.  Never mind.

I know that the Reg Barber tamps are great, but they're a little expensive for me right now (college budget and all that).

What would you recommend?
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Posted Thu Nov 9, 2006, 11:44pm
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I have the Rosewood handled tamper from Sweet Maria's and really like it.  They also have an all stainless steel tamper.  Very nice prices on nice tampers.  Check them out: Click Here (www.sweetmarias.com)

 
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Posted Fri Nov 10, 2006, 1:55am
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I have been very happy with the ProTamp tamper.  It's very sturdy fo ra cafe and the ergo is good for my hand.  THe bumper tampers are tough but don't look like much though feel great and are easy on the tapping.  If you have a smallish hand, get a smaller handle.  I use a flashlight style grip so I can say that's what works for me.  

I would NOT get wood handles for the shop.   The coffee/hand smells do not add up to good things with the wood in a cafe setting.  For a cafe think durable like stainless steel and you won't be disappointed.  

Luckily I picked up on home-barista.com's tamper road show this week so I get to evaluate a dozen over the next week.

 
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Posted Fri Nov 10, 2006, 8:06am
Subject: Re: Tampers.
 

CollarGirl Said:

Hey all - I've been working as a barista for over a year now, at the little coffee shop on campus...  

Posted November 9, 2006 link

What campus (if I may be so nosey)?  
Are you just using the thing attached to the grinder now?

I am currently using a compressore tamp from espressoparts.com, I really like the feel. I also own the pro-tamp mentioned above, it is very nice.

The thing about tampers is that how it fits your hand is such a matter of personal preference, it is nice to be able at least handle a few in person before buying.

I go to the Monadnock Intelligentsia at least once a week on my lunch hour, If you want to meet there at some point I could bring 4 different tampers for you to see (and they have Reg Barbers for sale at the shop).

 
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Posted Fri Nov 10, 2006, 8:40am
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I'm at Illinois Institute of Technology.  Our little shop is called Global Grounds.  We don't have terribly good coffee, due to a fairly... poor... machine.  (Wish it was better.  We have great beans.  And an okay grinder.)

We actually removed the thing on the grinder.  I thought it was kind of stupid.  We use the Pro Tamp tamper, as DirtDog suggested (and thanks for your other comments).

The tamp I buy will be used primarily by my boyfriend, in the coffee shop setting.  Would you still suggest a non-wooden handle?  (Also, after talking to him, I've noticed that he mostly cares about the weight of the tamper, and the Pro Tamp fits his hand well...)

I think I'll have to take a trip out to the Intelligentsia.  I've never been there, but it seems really cool.  Shoot me an email and perhaps we can arrange a day and time.  (heavenlybitter (at) gmail (dot) com)
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Posted Tue Nov 14, 2006, 6:44pm
Subject: Re: Tampers.
 

After having the Tamper Roadshow at my house (I got ot be first as the inspiraton of the inspiration!) I have to say that it's like buying someone underwear.  You can easily buy something that'll look good on them, but if you want it to be comfortable, you should get their input on it.  Get a card that has a handwritten 'gift-certificate' for a free tamper, with a picture of the most expensive tamper you can afford.  Folks will hardly ever ask for the Caddy if there is a picture of the Toyota on the gift certificate...  OTOH, if you're not ready to spend anything in the neighborhood of fifty bucks, perhaps contacting one of the fine suporters of this site and asking if they have an actual gift certificate?

OYAH, I have a light-up skull (the LED's in the eyes light up when you push the button, and slowly dim again) that has weight to it, and could easily have a base atached to it!

 
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