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jroche
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Location: Piermont, New York
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Espresso: Silvia, Solis SL90
Grinder: Rocky, Solis 166
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Roaster: dead dead dead
Posted Sat Mar 29, 2003, 8:29am
Subject: Knock off... my bad
 

Apologies to 1st line, thought it was their product.
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MarkPrince
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Location: Vancouver, BC
Expertise: Professional

Espresso: KvdW Speedster
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Vac Pot: A bit too many
Drip: Bonavita
Roaster: Hario Glass Retro Roaster
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.
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koffeekev
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Posted Sun Mar 30, 2003, 11:13am
Subject: Great Review
 

My congratulations to Terry Z. for all the great press (I made a funny) the Lava Tamper has generated.
I enjoyed this article thoroughly. Kevin
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darkLCD
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Posted Mon Mar 31, 2003, 5:01am
Subject: Ergo Packer
 

Great explanation:)  That's some interesting news.
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mcKoffee
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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.
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harlond
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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?
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Posted Thu Jun 12, 2003, 6:55am
Subject: Lava Wins....
 

This exhaustive experiment paid off.... I spent the money last week to buy a Lava Tamper and not to my surprise I understand why Plastic Tamper is to be kept in a drawer from now on... Thanks guys
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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.
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Posted Wed Feb 8, 2006, 11:12am
Subject: Re: 2003 Espresso Tamper Shootout
 

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...

Great article, anyways.

Wolfgang
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Posted Fri Apr 7, 2006, 10:03pm
Subject: Re: 2003 Espresso Tamper Shootout
 

Great article!

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.

-Jake
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