Need help finding tampers in real life

Orpheus

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Sep 7, 2007
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'burbs of Washington, D.C.
I''m surprised how difficult this is proving, but I don''t want to pay $10 shipping on a $8.00 item.

I''m wondering where I can purchase a simple, run of the mill tamper for tamping espresso. I don''t need anything fancy. I went to Starbucks and was surpised they didn''t carry them.

Are there any other stores I should check?
 

shadow745

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Aug 15, 2005
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Central North Carolina
To be honest you're not going to find a decent tamper for that price. What size do you need? What material would you want it to be made of? Aluminum is cheap, but will ding and scratch with use. The same goes for wood. IMO the best tamper out there is made of stainless steel and is a one piece design, with no handle to break. Of course something like that isn't cheap, but it will last a lifetime. Send me an e-mail and I'll send a pic of my tamper, which is what I described above. Later!
 

Derryl

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Jan 4, 2007
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I was wondering if anybody has any specs to machine their own tamper?

And is the flat base or concaved better?

Thanks
 

shadow745

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Aug 15, 2005
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Central North Carolina
The concave vs. flat thing is a personal preference. I personally think flat is the best way to go because it ensures even puck thickness. Some say you should match the tamper with the shape of the shower screen, but the puck will still have eneven thickness.

You could make your own tamper if you have access to a lathe. I guess it could be done without one, but would take a long time. Later!
 
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