Posted Wed Dec 26, 2012, 11:17am Subject: Re: Tamping: Levelness vs Forcefulness
The Espro - would I purchase it? No. I am frugal. I was using a basic, one-piece aluminum tamper purchased with Silvia back in late 2000, and that worked just fine. I like the Espro better because of its mass (stainless base) and the fit in my hand. The 'click" means nothing to me and I would like it just the same without that.
BUT - for a new barrista it offers a reassuring tactile feedback indicating a 'standardized" and repeatable tamp that eliminates one variable to think about (not that it deserves much more than a fleeting thought.
The same. About 30lbs as my grind, and timed shot is based on that. I use the Espro periodically as Randy Glass suggests but I like the hand feel of the Prima adjustable. It is easy to hold, and grab. With this particular tamper, I know 30 from the depth of the Tamper against my fingers. When the grind and dose are the same, the depth created with 30 lb weight or force will be a similar constant.
I will switch back to the Espro when I change the coffee blend or roast profile depending on the oil on the beans to see if that is somehow a variable or not.
thedotben Senior Member Joined: 8 Mar 2012 Posts: 48 Location: Holland Expertise: Pro Barista
Posted Sat Dec 29, 2012, 8:00am Subject: Re: Tamping: Levelness vs Forcefulness
"Price you mentioned is in line with what others have mentioned, thanks for that feedback. Albeit a limited training market, is there anyone you know that I could speak with at either MBS or ABS? I would be very interested in getting our prototypes into their hands as they have intimate knowledge of training baristas."
Joe, you could try Jack Groot from MBS. His email is email@example.com. No guarantees that he will be interested, but it could be worth a try.
Posted Sun Feb 10, 2013, 1:33pm Subject: Re: Tamping: Levelness vs Forcefulness
Good Afternoon Everyone,
Really appreciated all of the feedback you guys provided on this thread a couple months back. It helped us refocus our tamper development work over at Foundry Coffee Company and I wanted to share a post about that progress:
If you should have any additional feedback, interest in the project or questions, please feel free to reach out to me anytime. Either way I will see you around the forums more in the coming months, too many smart people trolling around here not to stay engaged :)
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