Solid as a rock, it is compact, solid, well-made and does the one thing it is designed to do. It allows consitent pressure to the coffee puck when you are preparing to pull your shots.
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This a product that eliminates quality control concerns. I believe it couldn't be better made.
Tired of wondering if you are actually getting a 30lb presure?? With the Macap you don't have to worry about it. You just put the portafilter on the stand, pull/pivot the handle down on the right side, and is provides smooth even pressure. It comes with both a 51mmm and 57mm tamper, both lathe spun solid aluminum. It allows for expirimentation on wt, temps and length of pull with the tamping pressure consistent.
I have used with both my stock Rancilio Silvia Portafilter, and my crotchless La Marzocco 3 shot filter, and it works flawlessly.
Purchased it from 1st Line, and had product in my hands in 2 days. Unbelievably protective packing cradles the tamper in transit.