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tszpara
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Posted Mon Oct 1, 2007, 1:06pm
Subject: Need a tamper recommendation for a Starbucks Barista
 

I'm looking for a 53mm tamper for my newly acquired Starbucks Barista espresso machine.

I've seen some that are $79 + S/H.  Crap that's almost as much as the damn machine.

I have the el cheapo one that looks like a car axle but want something a little better but don't want to spend more than I spent on the machine.

Thanks.
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Posted Mon Oct 1, 2007, 7:10pm
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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.

 
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Posted Mon Oct 1, 2007, 7:18pm
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Sweet Maria's has some nice ones in all stainless or stainless with rosewood:

http://www.sweetmarias.com/prod.espresso.shtml

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.
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Posted Mon Oct 1, 2007, 8:34pm
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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.
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Posted Wed Oct 3, 2007, 8:56am
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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.
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Posted Wed Oct 3, 2007, 2:36pm
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.
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Posted Wed Oct 3, 2007, 5:17pm
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I ended up getting one on amazon.com for $25 plus shipping.
Now I just have to be patient and wait for it.
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Posted Thu Dec 6, 2007, 2:24am
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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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