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emil3m
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Posted Mon Jul 8, 2013, 5:17pm
Subject: Tampers: Clive Coffee or another?
 

In the absence of an "eapresso accessories" forum, I figured this is relevant enough here (also, "general discussion" is dead).

Did anyone have any experience with Clive tampers? I'm looking at this beauty: Click Here (www.clivecoffee.com)
"...sized at 58.3mm to fit snugly with the VST baskets..."

It's my understanding that Reg Barber sets the standard, but how does Clive fair in terms of quality? Any other brands I should consider? (in the US)

 
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Posted Mon Jul 8, 2013, 5:45pm
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I highly recommend "Made by Knock" tampers. I have one in 58.35mm.  They're in the UK, but even with shipping to the US, they're priced below other premium tampers -yet every bit as nice.

http://www.madebyknock.com/buy.html
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Posted Mon Jul 8, 2013, 10:04pm
Subject: Re: Tampers: Clive Coffee or another?
 

I wouldn't get all hot and bothered about having to have a Reg Barber.   I have a bunch, they are nice.  Most tampers that you find for $65+ are well made.  How they feel in your hand is very subjective and choosing by brand name doesn't begin to scape the surface of that.  Some times I like the anodized metal feel, sometimes I like the powder coated metal feel.  I have never liked the feel of polished metal.  Satin coat wood or high gloss, both have a different feel.

One tamper that is a little different from all the rest that I have really enjoyed owning is the Red Rooster tamper: Click Here (www.redroostertradingcompany.com)

If you wander over to the HB Marketplace you can find someone who will hand turn you a wooden handled tamper to your specifications at a really fair price.
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emil3m
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Posted Tue Jul 9, 2013, 4:19am
Subject: Re: Tampers: Clive Coffee or another?
 

russel Said:

One tamper that is a little different from all the rest that I have really enjoyed owning is the Red Rooster tamper: Click Here (www.redroostertradingcompany.com)

If you wander over to the HB Marketplace you can find someone who will hand turn you a wooden handled tamper to your specifications at a really fair price.

Posted July 8, 2013 link

I think a bad tamper can make the shot bad, but if the tamper is OK or better, it definitely is just about satisfying your eye or the "feel" in your hand.
I wanted something unique, so the Red Rooster looks pretty good to me! Can you weigh it and tell me how many grams it is? I generally prefer some heft. Did you come across more unique ones? I know Espresso Parts used to make a fully stainless steel one with a skull handle! It was very heavy too--about 800g.
Not sure what's HB marketplace, but sounds like it'd be used. I really don't like buying used.

Jamie, I'm certain the one you suggested is a good quality tamper, but I also wanted something unique looking.

 
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Posted Tue Jul 9, 2013, 6:23am
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Good tampers are all the same, with Reg and others your paying just for the extra wood etc. Precision Tamper dude knows what he's doing and can make any tamper to the exact spec'd size with crazy tolerance for a fraction of what others charge.

That redrooster looks cool though. If you really want something unique, you could get a Precision Tamper Base and then there is a guy on HB who does woodwork (cannonfodder) who makes custom parts for espresso peeps. You could come up with some type of crazy design and exotic wood to use for the handle and see if he can make it... then you'll really have something unique for yourself. You can check his pics out over there, incredible woodworking skills.
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Posted Tue Jul 9, 2013, 7:06am
Subject: Re: Tampers: Clive Coffee or another?
 

surprisingly, or not, the most used tamper i see out in the wild is this one.

Click Here (www.amazon.com)

I also own it and it works like a champ.
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Posted Tue Jul 9, 2013, 2:00pm
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emil3m Said:

I think a bad tamper can make the shot bad, but if the tamper is OK or better, it definitely is just about satisfying your eye or the "feel" in your hand.
I wanted something unique, so the Red Rooster looks pretty good to me! Can you weigh it and tell me how many grams it is? I generally prefer some heft. Did you come across more unique ones? I know Espresso Parts used to make a fully stainless steel one with a skull handle! It was very heavy too--about 800g.
Not sure what's HB marketplace, but sounds like it'd be used. I really don't like buying used.

Jamie, I'm certain the one you suggested is a good quality tamper, but I also wanted something unique looking.

Posted July 9, 2013 link

My Red Rooster tamper is 365g.  

HB is Home-Barista.com, the "other" North-America-and-beyond online coffee community.  It has a marketplace section for sponsors, and one of those sponsors in a forum member who's a skilled wood worker (he's here on CG sometime at well).  If you are looking for somethings really different you should talk to him: Click Here (www.home-barista.com)
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Posted Tue Jul 9, 2013, 2:05pm
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russel Said:

My Red Rooster tamper is 365g.  

HB is Home-Barista.com, the "other" North-America-and-beyond online coffee community.  It has a marketplace section for sponsors, and one of those sponsors in a forum member who's a skilled wood worker (he's here on CG sometime at well).  If you are looking for somethings really different you should talk to him: Click Here (www.home-barista.com)

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Yeh that's cannon (Dave), that's why I said it'd be way cheaper to buy a Precision Tamper base on Ebay who a ton use on here and HB and is 2nd to none in spec'd tolerance and quality, and then see what cannon Dave can make you. I'd rather go that route and have something unique looking whether design or wood choice since it seems thats what the OP really wants (eye candy).
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Posted Tue Jul 9, 2013, 2:07pm
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CMIN and Russel--thank you very much for this really helpful input! I will definitely go with one of your suggestions as they were the best I found thus far.

Brian, I already have the RW tamper :)

 
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Posted Tue Jul 9, 2013, 2:16pm
Subject: Re: Tampers: Clive Coffee or another?
 

CMIN Said:

Yeh that's cannon (Dave), that's why I said it'd be way cheaper to buy a Precision Tamper base on Ebay who a ton use on here and HB and is 2nd to none in spec'd tolerance and quality, and then see what cannon Dave can make you. I'd rather go that route and have something unique looking whether design or wood choice since it seems thats what the OP really wants (eye candy).

Posted July 9, 2013 link

Would you know the diameter of the "bolt" (pretty sure my terminology is off) that goes into the base? I called espresso parts--they discontinued their Skull stainless steel tamper. Reluctantly, they disclosed that the top of it was a gear shift knob made by American Shifter. But they would not tell me how they mounted it onto a base.
This is the knob that I've just ordered: http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B005334KKK A barista competition champion that I follow on Instagram features it in all his pictures and it looks pretty cool next to a 6oz cup.
What are the odds it will simply mount onto a standard base? (If there's such a thing as standard)

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Still want a wood tamper, so will likely get one custom made.

 
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