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wifeofcoffeenerd
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Posted Mon Dec 10, 2012, 8:50am
Subject: Tamper for Bezzera BZ02s
 

My husband wants a tamper for our Bezzera BZ02s.  While I love drinking great lattes, my husband is the coffee nerd in our family.  I'm overwhelmed by all the reviews.  Could someone help me with what tamper to buy and where to shop on-line?  We are currently using a plastic tamper.  Thanks so much!
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Posted Mon Dec 10, 2012, 11:04pm
Subject: Re: Tamper for Bezzera BZ02s
 

Check out Reg Barber tampers.

http://www.coffeetamper.com/store/pc/home.asp

I'm thinking about buying one of these myself... They are a little expensive though, but well worth it from what I've read.

http://coffeegeek.com/reviews/accessories/regbarbertampers

Any metal tamper you buy will do wonders to replace the plastic tamper you are using now.

If you want something a little cheaper, any local coffee equipment supply shop which sells espresso machines will sell metal tampers.

I thought I should comment, if they seem a little expensive, it's because they're handmade.. They won't make the coffee taste any better,
but I think, at least IMHO that they make an excellent gift.

 
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Posted Tue Dec 11, 2012, 12:51am
Subject: Re: Tamper for Bezzera BZ02s
 

Check out the $20 RSVP tampers from Amazon. I've had good luck with mine.
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Posted Tue Dec 11, 2012, 6:05am
Subject: Re: Tamper for Bezzera BZ02s
 

yeah, the Reg Barber tampers are great, and I have a couple custom ones.  However, as said above, they're expensive.  One benefit is they have interchangeable bases that can be bought in varying metals, depending on desired weight and looks.  Also, the bottom surface can be bought with varying contours.  Last benefit (that I see) is the size can be custom fit for your pf basket.

Now, having said all that, the tamp is one of the least important steps in making great espresso and there are MANY good quality tampers on the market for MUCH cheaper.  Just find one that looks good, seems to cost about right and most importantly, fits your basket(s).  All of the online shops that are frequented by the members here sell them.  To name a few (in no particular order)...

www.chriscoffee.com
www.espressoparts.com
www.seattlecoffeegear.com
www.wholelattelove.com
www.1st-line.com
www.sweetmarias.com

...and there are several others

 
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Posted Tue Dec 11, 2012, 7:10am
Subject: Re: Tamper for Bezzera BZ02s
 

All the responses have been so helpful!  How do I find out the size of our basket?  I don't see it on the basket itself.
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Posted Tue Dec 11, 2012, 7:18am
Subject: Re: Tamper for Bezzera BZ02s
 

yeah, it's not going to be on the basket or the handle.  I'd try the manufacturer's website or the product page from a place that sells them, or see if the search engine on this site can help you...though if you're lucky, someone who knows it off the top of his/her head will post in this thread.

 
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Posted Tue Dec 11, 2012, 7:34am
Subject: Re: Tamper for Bezzera BZ02s
 

Your machine has 58mm baskets.

 
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Posted Tue Dec 11, 2012, 12:50pm
Subject: Re: Tamper for Bezzera BZ02s
 

Espresso Parts has this for sale: ESPRESSO PARTS COMPRESSORE ESPRESSO TAMPER ~ BOCOTE WOOD, FLYING PORTAFILTER LASER ENGRAVED
$89.50 .  It'd make a nice gift

 
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