Posted Mon Oct 1, 2007, 6:10pm Subject: Re: Need a tamper recommendation for a Starbucks Barista
If you got a plastic one with the machine, then just get the next step up.. get metal! Cheap metal is fine. Don't fall for those expensive tampers. They're mainly for decoration and show. I think metal ones can be had for $5.
I have the all stainless version and it's very heavy, probably over a pound, but that's a good thing to me. They're inexpensive compared to the Reg Barbers and do a nice job, and at the same time you could always try their awesome roasted coffee. Anything cheaper usually won't be as substantial but I thought these might be reasonable. Some of the other CoffeeGeek advertisers might sell similar 53 mm tampers so you could comparison shop.
tszpara Senior Member Joined: 1 Oct 2007 Posts: 12 Location: CT Expertise: Just starting
Posted Mon Oct 1, 2007, 7:34pm Subject: Re: Need a tamper recommendation for a Starbucks Barista
I've got a metal one but it's not the exact size needed. It's about 2 inches and I believe 53mm is about 2 1/8 inch. It was the only thing I could find at the local restaurant supply store. (Amazon item # B0001XRNEM)
The one's mentioned at Sweet Maria's seem more reasonable at $30 ish.
frozenpilot Senior Member Joined: 26 Sep 2007 Posts: 2 Location: Northern VA Expertise: I live coffee
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Posted Wed Oct 3, 2007, 7:56am Subject: Re: Need a tamper recommendation for a Starbucks Barista
Sounds like what I have. Cheap BB&B piece, measured just shy of 2" (~49mm) on one side, 2 3/16" (~55mm) on the other. Misses a lot when you need 58mm, but cant be beat for the $5 or $10 I spent. Just hit the cardinal directions when you tamp. No need to spend the extra dough when all you want is java.
Prosumer Senior Member Joined: 11 Sep 2007 Posts: 61 Location: Seattle Expertise: I live coffee
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Posted Wed Oct 3, 2007, 1:36pm Subject: Re: Need a tamper recommendation for a Starbucks Barista
I also have two Starbucks Baristas. I bought the Bumper 53 mm tamper from Chris Coffee. Great fit and quite a nice tamper (has an American curve, though). Even comes with a rubber base to place in on/in. Good luck!
By the way, having a proper-sized tamper makes a HUGE difference in extraction. I had the cheap BB&B tamper as well, crime against coffee, strange sizes too.
wideasleep1 Senior Member Joined: 19 Feb 2005 Posts: 1,651 Location: Tiburon,Ca Expertise: I live coffee
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Posted Thu Dec 6, 2007, 1:24am Subject: Re: Need a tamper recommendation for a Starbucks Barista
I depressurized the PPF, and used a tamper, but ended up replacing the setup to factory, and simply overpack the PPF slightly, hit the PPF on the counter to settle(maybe 1/32 to 1/16 inch headroom), and get the same results as dePPF/tamp. Grind is usually dialed in for my pid'd Sylvia first. YMMV.
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