EspressoAmateur Senior Member Joined: 11 Dec 2012 Posts: 2 Location: New York Expertise: I love coffee
Posted Tue Dec 11, 2012, 5:13pm Subject: Tamper Size vs Basket Size
I'd love to buy the Chris King espresso tamper for my dad, a cyclist, to use on his Pasquini Livietta T2. According to the manufacturer's website, the portafilter is 57mm in diameter. Would I be okay with buying him the 56mm tamper? Or is that too small?
grumpybarista Senior Member Joined: 19 Feb 2007 Posts: 217 Location: Detroit Expertise: I live coffee
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Posted Tue Dec 11, 2012, 7:57pm Subject: Re: Tamper Size vs Basket Size
I would also recommend the Espresso Parts tamper, but if your heart is set on the Chris King, you can always take the 58mm tamper to a local machine shop and have them machine it down to the right diameter. Bring the filter basket with you to use as a gauge for the optimal size (if you/he have multiple filter baskets, bring them all to make sure it'll fit all of them).
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