Perfect for beginners or as a training tool for professionals
Positive Product Points
Heavy and exquisitely manufactured
Makes it easy to achieve a consistent tamp compression
Easy to use for novice or pro alike
Negative Product Points
Specifically, I am reviewing the 58 mm Espro Calibrated Tamper with the convex base. I also own the flat base model from Espro and most of this review would apply to both products.
I recently purchased a Profitec semi-automatic espresso machine that was furnished with the cheapest, flimsiest plastic tamper available, but perhaps that was a blessing in disguise. While Profitec makes a beautiful standard stainless tamper that they could/should have included with a machine in this price range, if they had I might not have explored my options.
I enjoy the "art" of making espresso, which is why I went the semi-auto route in lieu of a super-automatic. I make one cappuccino every morning for my SO, and the 2 or 3 (cappuccino, flat white, latte) for myself. Occasionally I make multiple drinks for dinner guests for family, but generally Iím not producing espresso shots on a production scale. This means Iím a beginner and will probably never develop the skills that a professional barista develops by pulling shot after shot in a commercial setting. Therefore, I search for tools that can help me be consistent and accurate for each step of the espresso process without giving up all the control to a machine.
The Espro calibrated click tamper allows me to get a consistent tamp every time. It is an expensive tamper, but for the $100 investment, it improves my shot quality as much as the machine or grinder; so dollar for dollar it is the best money I've spent.