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Reg Barber Tampers - Stanley Zolenski's Review
Posted: July 3, 2002, 12:44pm
review rating: 7.5
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Eward Sonneveld 8.77
John Roche 8.62
Carl S Lau 8.54
J M 8.00
Bill Zarycranski 7.71

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 10.0
Product Reviewed: Reg Barber Tamper
Manufacturer: Reg Barber Quality: 10
Average Price: Varies Usability: 10
Price Paid: $38.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: Crossroads Espresso Aesthetics 10
Owned for: 1 month Overall 10
Writer's Expertise: I live coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: Plastic wannabe
Bottom Line: If I had to do it over again, I'd get exactly the same thing...Period!
Positive Product Points

High quality construction.  Super attention to detail.

Negative Product Points

None.

Detailed Commentary

My introduction to this fine work of art really started out from research for my new espresso machine.  I've been using a Coffee Gaggia and supplied plastic "tamper" for several years and thought that's all there was to it.  WOAH...was I ever suprised to find out there's another world out there.
Through my readings on CoffeeGeek, alt.coffee, etc. I very soon learned that the only thing worthy of the plastic thing I was using was plastic recycling.
I purchased my MiniNova and made the decision that I would not pull my first shot without a proper 58mm professional tamper.  Of all the professional tampers available, I decided to splurge on the Reg Barber stainless steel 58mm one.
When the tamper arrived, I was immediately impressed by the whole thing.  Nicely polished African rosewood handle, expertly turned to the point that you are unable to detect the seam of the top crown or where it meets the steel base.  On my first shot, I was amazed at how beautiful and easy pressing and polishing was.  The crema produced was visually so much better than previous with the plastic crap.
I've read several comments about it being too heavy, off balance, or bottom heavy.  I've not noticed any of this...I mean it's not like I'm flipping the thing in the air like a pizza or something.  I'm pressing and polishing off the puck.  The weight of the SS makes the 30# press so much easier.
If you are undecided as I was, you won't be at all disappointed with this purchace.  It's the perfect touch to a complete solution.

Buying Experience

No problems whatsoever.  Arrived around 4 days.

Three Month Followup

After more than 3 months use, I just love this tamper.  Glad I splurged. It does what it's designed to do and yet adds a nice touch with the rosewood and stainless construction.  Still looks as good as the day I bought it.

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