RSVP Terry's Tamper
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- Made of heavy cast alloy
- Perfectly tamps down espresso
- Not dishwasher safe
- 2-Inch top (50 mm) and 2-1/4-Inch bottom (55 mm) x 2-3/4-Inch tall.
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Terry's Tamper is heavy cast alloy, 50mm dia. and 55mm dia. with a flat bottom. Hand-washing recommended.
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The De'Longhi machine came with a plastic tamper, but I was looking for something metal and weightier. I probably should have been clued in by the low price I paid for this tamper.
Overall, it works fine. It has two different sized ends (2" and 2.25") and the smaller end fits perfectly in our new De'Longhi. It's heavier than the plastic tamper included with the espresso machine but not quite as heavy as I'd hoped for.
My main issue with it, though, is the finish. The product page refers to it as being manufactured of heavy cast alloy. And I can definitely see the sealing lines of the mold that it was cast from. However, it also seems to be coated with some other metallic finish. I followed the instructions of not putting it in the dishwasher and only wiping it clean, but the finish already appears to be wearing off.
We're still using it and it's not like the finish on ours is actually flaking off where it might leave flakes in the coffee ground, but the fact that the finish is wearing off so soon is disappointing.
I thought I'd try to grind the machining marks down so the tamper would fit. Much to my surprise, considering the description as "heavy cast metal" this is metal cladding on some very soft (I was able to cut it with a pocket knife) metal. There is a VERY real danger here that some of this thin cladding metal is going to come off and get into your coffee grounds. I don't know what kind of metal the cladding or the core are made of, but it isn't stainless steel, so I strongly recommend against taking the chance on some of this getting into your coffee.
I bought this tamper Red 49mm Espresso Tamper Stainless Steel Coffee instead and am very happy with the results...and the fact that it's stainless steel.
Amazon should seriously consider removing this item from the catalog given the health hazards associated with ingesting heavy metals.
I bought this to use with my Mr. Coffee BVMC ECM-260 espresso maker, assuming that the 50mm side would be small enough for my portfilter. This seems to be a fairly common size, and tracking down smaller tampers takes a little effort and the willingness to spend a bit more money. That said, this particular tamper is rather light, and feels "cheap" in the hand, it did not fit my filter so I can't speak of it's performance. What I can say, is that if you have a Mr. Coffee machine, or any other espresso machine with a smaller filter, this most likely isn't the product for you. I would highly suggest investing the $15 in this tamper for smaller machines instead http://www.amazon.com/Espresso-Tamper-Stainless-Steel-Coffee/dp/B000BUB50I/ref=sr_1_5?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1432243379&sr=1-5&keywords=49mm
However, if your filter basket is a bigger size, then perhaps your experience will be better than mine was. I find the above tamper (the one I shared the link to) to be a heavier feeling and overall nicer build quality. I would highly recommend something like that over this light/flimsy feeling thing.
Cheap metal cheap coating cheap manufacturing
Lesson, you get what you pay for.