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Tampers - Java Man (Espressopithecus)'s Review
Posted: February 8, 2002, 3:09pm
review rating: 7.6
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Arrow The Tampers has 41 Reviews
Arrow The Tampers has been rated 9.06 overall by our member reviewers
Arrow This product has been in our review database since November 30, 2001.
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Anthony C 9.00
Brendan Getchel 8.50
Bryan Wray 8.50
Peter Kalanzis 8.00
Paul O'Day 8.00

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 9.8
Product Reviewed: Stainless, long, convex.
Manufacturer: Reg Barber Quality: 10
Average Price: Varies Usability: 10
Price Paid: $39.00 Cost vs. Value 9
Where Bought: Direct (over the 'net) Aesthetics 10
Owned for: 6 months Overall 10
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: no-name large Al tamper
Bottom Line: 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.

Detailed Commentary

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.

Buying Experience

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.

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