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  1. #1
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    Were to buy my coffee tamper?

    Dear coffee lovers,

    I just made my entry into the exciting world of espresso making. I bought a La Pavoni professional lever machine and got playing with it...
    without much success thus far, and part of the reason is no doubt that La Pavoni ships it's beautiful machines with completely unsuitable plastic tampers.

    So I'm looking to buy a nice tamper, preferably from a European seller, because of shipping costs and delivery times.
    But my search turns out not to be that easy.

    The coffee basket is app. 52mm internal diameter, so I'd need a tamper with a 51mm diameter. But most of the tampers for sale here are 53 or 58mm, and thus far I didn't find a 51mm tamper on offer.

    Can someone point me to a manufacturer/seller in Europe that can readily ship a 51mm tamper to Belgium? I'd be very grateful.
    And can someone tell me why nobody seems to offer a fairly complete range of tampers.
    Ans why are some other diameters so easily available?
    Maybe I should start a tamper manufacturing business and start selling them myself...

    Of course I found the Reg Barber site, but I couldn't find a European seller that stocks a 51mm tamper from them (the 53 and 58mm on the other hand: plenty of possibilities)

    best regards,
    greetings from Belgium,

    Citruski

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    Citruski,

    This is what i found on Ebay.
    UK seller.

    Ultimate Selection of Coffee Tamper Handles Build Your Own Custom Coffee Tamper | eBay

    Best Selling 53mm Wooden Coffee Machine Tamper | eBay

    There are tons of them on Ebay with many different cook looking ones.

    Good Luck

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    Aha, Ebay! Thank you! I just turned away from Ebay after a couple of bad experiences, but this seems to be a good link. I just ordered a tamper from this 'Coffee-services' seller on ebay.
    Although they offer a wide range of tampers indeed, there are only 2 51mm tamper bases in their range. Is this such a rare diameter for baskets?

    best regards and greetings from Belgium

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    yes I think so. Most of the commercial machines are 58 i think. I could be wrong. At least you were able to find one.

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    Many commercial machines do utilize 58mm, but there are exceptions. Most home levers utilize small diameter/deep baskets. Here's a chart that may help in that area...

    Espresso Machine Basket Sizes | Coffee Complements - Buy Customize Espresso and Coffee Tampers

    Even though you're not in the U.S. these guys offer lots of great items for lever machines/hand grinders as that's what they specialize in...

    Welcome to orphanespresso.com -
    I'm a legend among my own kind... you my friend are just a legend in your own mind. Later!

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    Hi Citruski
    you can look at : twoartisans.com for a variety of tampers
    Thank you
    Maggie

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    If you have access to a lathe and a piece of inox, brass or cupper you could make your own!

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    You can have the Amco Coffee Tamper. But you can find made in Scotland that will fit a 51 mm tamper. This tamper is made by Knock Company. It is beautifully crafted in Europe.

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    Thanks for all the good replies! As I mentioned, I found a 51mm tamper on Ebay from 'Coffee Services'. It's a nice one, and it suits me perfectly.
    Making one myself crossed my mind as well, but I don't have easy access to a lathe...; I went for the easiest option and bought one.

    best regards from Belgium!
    Citruski

 

 

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