An elegant, supremely functional tool that will give you years of satisfaction.
Positive Product Points
Perfectly balanced and finished, the Reg Barber long-handled stainless steel tamper is a both a high-quality tool and a work of art. The smooth finish of the convex tamper makes it easy to polish the top of the puck in a smooth twisting motion. Compared to my old aluminum tamper with its comparatively rough surface, the Reg Barber feels as though it has "power assist".
Negative Product Points
I have nothing negative to say about this tamper.
Let's get this straight--as long as your tamper is the right size for your portafilter, I doubt that buying a better tamper will make any difference in the quality of your espresso. So why am I so satisfied with my Reg Barber? Because it is a little piece of perfection, at the pinnacle of both form and function. Like a Campagnolo Record derailleur, a Rolex watch, or a Hewlett-Packard scientific calculator, the Reg Barber fulfills its purpose with style, grace and efficiency.
At the price, it's not for everyone. But if you love elegant, supremely functional tools, a Reg Barber stainless steel tamper will give you years of satisfaction.
The postage charges to ship this item from Victoria to North Vancouver (approximately 50 km.) was $14Can!! Reg's shipping charge policy needs to be reworked.
Three Month Followup
I am as pleased with the Reg Barber as I was when I wrote this review 3 months ago.