No I haven't yet, IMAWriter. And the reason is cause I need 57mm. I'll won't add hundreds of NOK of cash on a tamper. They are an obsolete and then expensive. So with shipping, taxes and charges Norway want, it's not worth it. My machine is curved under, so I wanna try both i guess.
Did YOU?!?!?! The review is 10 years old, and no longer valid in any way, shape, or form as a) the machines are not the same now as they were a decade ago, and b) so many other machines have entered the market that are far superior in the SBDU class.
Is an F!F! solely a "joke"? No, of course not. As Dave said, you are getting there . . .
No I haven't yet, IMAWriter. And the reason is cause I need 57mm. I'll won't add hundreds of NOK of cash on a tamper. They are an obsolete and then expensive. So with shipping, taxes and charges Norway want, it's not worth it. My machine is curved under, so I wanna try bought i guess.
Obsolete? Hardly. I'm not sure what you are reading, or THINKING, for that matter. We acknowledge that distribution of the grind in the basket is VERY important, but a level tamp, making sure the edges of the basket are sealed is as well. You will NEVER get consistency shot after shot without a proper stainless steel tamper. No one said doing proper espresso at home was cheap. perhaps you should have done a bit more research.
That said, I can't imagine not finding a fairly inexpensive 57mm tamper from a Euro source. You are buying and selling gear (mostly lower grade) at an alarming rate. At least use the money you get back for a tamper. Then BEFORE you purchase next time, ASK for advice. We are here to help. But please know that the espresso world has begun changing a bit more rapidly...new machines, grinders, etc so LOOK at the date of a published article as well as it's content.
Eric, I beg to differ. What you say can work with a lever...I KNOW this, but a NON professional, a Beginner, as is our OP will find better consistency with a nice level tamp, especially to prevent edge channeling. Your statement "a perfect fit is not a requirement either?" Sorry, I believe that is not correct, or craftsmen like Reg Barber, Richard Penney, and others would have been out of business LONG ago. I posted regarding CONSISTENCY. Period.
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You think what you want about the importance of that steel tamper - I will use mine or what ever else is handy (wood, plastic, spice bottle, etc) and pull the same shot most every time. It comes back to dose and grind - that is where consistency matters. A scale is a better tool for improving consistency - even if a nice looking tamper looks better than a scale...
I chew coffee beans with my teeth while gargling with 195 F water to enjoy coffee. What is this "coffee brewing" device you speak of?
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