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Tampers - Kari Rippetoe's Review
Posted: March 19, 2002, 6:46pm
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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 7.6
Product Reviewed: Tamper
Manufacturer: Saeco Quality: 8
Average Price: Varies Usability: 10
Price Paid: $6.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: Saeco Aesthetics 1
Owned for: 1 month Overall 9
Writer's Expertise: I live coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: Starbucks tamper
Bottom Line: Proof that simplicity can make for an ideal product.
Positive Product Points

Fits filter baskets of Saeco espresso machines very well; flat bottom makes for better tamping

Negative Product Points

Made of lightweight plastic

Detailed Commentary

This tamper is proof that simple and inexpensive can work quite well.  I bought this lightweight plastic tamper out of Saeco's little accessory pamphlet that came with my Via Veneto.  I was using a rubber/chrome one I bought a few years ago from Starbucks.  The bottom of that one was curved and a little too small to for the filter basket of my machine.  I had to move the tamper around in the basket in order to do a somewhat decent tamp.  I figured that a tamper made by Saeco would fit a Saeco machine better, so I purchased it, and I figured correctly.  Not only is it bigger around so it covers more area (I don't have a ruler, but I would say that it has a diameter of 2 1/2 inches), the bottom is flat instead of curved, also covering more area and tamping the grounds more effectively.

I wouldn't say this tamper is in any way ergonomic- it's just a simply designed, black plastic tamper.  But for someone who really can't afford to buy a special ergonomic handcarved oak tamper, this really works for me and was a steal at only $6.00 (my Starbucks tamper was about $10).  If you have a Saeco machine (and even if you don't), I highly recommend this tamper.

Buying Experience

Orders cannot be placed online.  I faxed my order to Saeco USA, and I received my products within a week and a half.

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