NobbyR Senior Member Joined: 10 Jul 2011 Posts: 1,922 Location: Germany Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: Poccino Opus One, Ariete Grinder: Eureka Mignon Istantaneo,... Vac Pot: N/A Drip: Melitta Linea Unica de Luxe Roaster: N/A
Posted Tue Jun 11, 2013, 1:28am Subject: Re: La pavoni tamper question
From the manufacturing year 2000 on, the La Pavoni lever machines require a 51 mm tamper. You can check easily by measuring the outside-diameter of the filter baskets: it should be 53 mm. And the outside-diameter of the neck of the brew group should be 60 mm.
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frankward Senior Member Joined: 9 Feb 2013 Posts: 25 Location: Massachusetts Expertise: I live coffee
Espresso: La Pavoni Professional Gold Grinder: Mazzer Mini Drip: Hario Roaster: Hottop
Posted Thu Jun 13, 2013, 5:49am Subject: Re: La pavoni tamper question
I recently visited CoffeeGeek member Hank and he has a Romantica that looks just like yours. His is pre-millenium (49 mm tamper, immediately prior to 2000) and it makes a delicious espresso. I was surprised to see that he used a La Pavoni stock tamper. He has been refurbishing La Pavonis for a decade and I guess he feels that a plastic tamper did not hinder his barista abilities. For myself, I have both convex and flat 51mm Millenium tampers and love the feel and weight of the Reg Barber. It doesn't make a difference which one I use, it just makes me happy to have such quality in my hand.
hankbates Senior Member Joined: 2 Feb 2012 Posts: 42 Location: Yarmouth Port, Cape Cod, Massachusetts Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: La Pavoni Professional... Grinder: LaPavoni Jolly Roaster: Hottop
Posted Thu Jun 13, 2013, 7:06am Subject: Re: La pavoni tamper question
Thanks for the kudos, Frank!
I am currently in San Rafael CA at my son's home, using his millennium pro. He only has the (one size fits all) standard tamper from Pavoni, and it takes me some effort but even it seems to get the job done. He needs an aftermarket tamper more than I do.
I really do like the air release function on the later machines, I am toying with putting a later boiler cap on it to achieve the same results.
Posted Tue Jun 25, 2013, 5:47pm Subject: Re: La pavoni tamper question
It's a great machine by the way. You're in control. I like to pull it down half way and back up for a full pull. If the grind is too fine, you won't be able to pull it down. Be very careful with the portafiller, as there is a lot of pressure built up and you need to slowly release the pressure or you have a kitchen full of coffee.
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