MarkPrince Moderator Joined: 19 Dec 2001 Posts: 5,609 Location: Vancouver, BC Expertise: Professional
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Posted Sat Mar 29, 2003, 12:43pm Subject: Ergo Packer not making Review
The Ergo Packer didn't make the review for a couple of reasons.
First, it's undergoing a transition right now, and may be changed already, or changed soon in design. I was told by a parts person that they had worked out a deal to "take over" the design of the tamper. I was told by Schomer this is up in the air right now.
Second, I didn't have one to use for the review :) I gave mine away to someone a few months back.
mcKoffee Senior Member Joined: 29 Dec 2001 Posts: 856 Location: Vancouver WA USA Expertise: I live coffee
Espresso: VBM DD, Bricoletta, Audrey,... Grinder: Major,SJ, Rocky,... Vac Pot: Gold Royal Balance Drip: When it rains...Aero,... Roaster: USRC3k,CCR HT, Behmor, Cafe...
Posted Mon Mar 31, 2003, 8:03pm Subject: Reg Rocks
I've never regretted getting an RB over a year ago. Still don't. Personally I much prefer the non-varnished look. I periodically oil the handle with Wusthof Wooden Ware Moisturizer & Protectorant (food grade stuff). Oiled and rubbed wood has a much richer look IMO, brings out the woods grains and character better.
harlond Senior Member Joined: 6 Dec 2002 Posts: 30 Location: Richmond Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: Rancilio Silvia Grinder: Solis Maestro
Posted Wed May 7, 2003, 8:23am Subject: RB knockoff
I have one of these and was very satisfied until recently. But now the rosewood handle is loosening from the tamper base. Screws back on OK so far, but I'm watching it carefully. Does this happen with the Reg Barber?
dogshot Senior Member Joined: 13 Jul 2003 Posts: 1 Location: Richland, WA Expertise: Aficionado
Posted Sun Jul 13, 2003, 3:31pm Subject: Collectable
I went from zero to 4 good tampers after reading this. I'm still a little jealous, 14 doesn't sound like too many tampers to have in the quiver. From first hand experience with the 4, I definately prefer stainless steel pistons. The Delrin insert in the ProTamper and Barber make sense when whacking a brass portafilter. The steel ProTamper just invites a 30 or 40 lb tamp.
Any chance that the links on the overview page to the supplier/manufacturer webpages in respect to the description got mixed up a little? I see the (concave) "Gourmet" tamper be described with a link to the LM tamper, and the rosewood tamper being linked where the LM tamper is introduced...
FYI - I followed the link to the Presso Tamper, and their site links back to this one. They state that they have added some weight to the this tamper. It's always good when a company listens to it's consumers and addresses concerns like this. You may want to include it again in the next tamper review to see what these changes do.
Second, the "Gourmet" tamper: I actually own one very similar. It was the only tamper I could find without having to drive an hour or order online. Mine is also too small, but does not have the stupid faux diamond. Yes, it's stupid. Part of the reason for tamping is to 'finish' the surface so the water flows evenly. Why make an uneven surface to tamp with? But I digress. It seems to perform well, and I can get better espresso at home than I can get from my local shop. (Not a Starby's, and they do make very good espresso.)
I can't compare the concave surface to a regular one, because that's the only one I have (for now). I can, however, say that it is possible to make a good espresso with a concave tamper.
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