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Rattleware 8-by-6-Inch Packing Mat
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- Provides a cushioned surface for packing portafilters
- Protects counter tops from portafilter spouts
- Helps protect shoulders and wrists of the barista
- Keeps the portafilter from sliding around while you're tamping
- Keep the portafilter from getting dented
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The only drawback to an otherwise perfect tamping mat is the smell. It has a strong rubber tire scent, which doesn't seem to go away. I place the portafilter on the tamping mat once I'm done with my coffee and it only takes a few minutes for the rubber scent to be transferred to the portafilter. Judging by the smell, I doubt that the rubber used for this tamping mat is FDA compliant. This mat feels and smells like cheap tire rubber. I also think that this rubber is not safe to be used around food.
There is so much talk about the heating your cups, heating your portafilter, etc. Then at the end you place your portafilter on this mat and you push hard against it only for the portafilter to pickup its strong rubber scent.
My coffee now has a hint of floral notes with traces of rubber tire.
FYI it smells the same as if you went to Costco's tire department, and it pretty much feels like the same type of rubber as a tire. In hindsight I should have looked for an alternative product and paid a little more, but it still gets the job done. If you care about aesthetics at all though look into alternatives products.
Regardless, simply wash it and air it out... the smell eventually decreases over time.
The bottom line - it protects the counter and effectively allows proper tamping. Because it stinks, dont leave your tamper or portafilter sitting on it for an extended period of time.
The rubber is very dense and the mat works perfectly for the intended use.
Mine came with some slight scratches and markings on the surface, but it gets dented up from the portafilter as you use it anyway, so I guess I don't care much - one star ding.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Takes a while for the smell to go away, but it's a good map. Nice and thick, though a little small.Published 14 days ago by Richard
I love this mat. It's not too big, and I can slide it right underneath the espresso machine when I'm not using it. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mary364
how can you have this stink bomb around your kitchen? Seriously? People at Rattleware must have been high when they decided this was a worthy product to have in their line up. Read morePublished 11 months ago by haroldo filho
As mentioned, it is stinky! However, it does a good job of protecting the counter from the vigorous tamping procedure. It is a must-have for espresso enthusiasts.Published 11 months ago by Elizabeth Begley
Works as described. Excellent quality and prompt delivery thanks to Prime!Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
Beefy, thick rubber sheet. Smells like rubber tire when I received it, but I left it on the counter by a window for a few days, and the smell went away. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Jimbo
i use it everyday to tamp my coffee and works very well. it's quite thick tamping mat so it's definitely sturdy. easy to clean by just rinse it with waterPublished 15 months ago by chicas