RSVP Terry's Tamper for Espresso
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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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Designed by a professional barista to tamp down espresso, Terry's Tamper from RSVP is the perfect coffee tool. It is made of heavy cast alloy and quickly wipes clean for easy care. 2\" top diameter x 2-1/4\" bottom diameter
Top Customer Reviews
What matters to me is how it tamps. That's what a tamper does.
First, and most importantly, it fits. Look up your espresso maker online and see what size other customers bought.
Secondly, and, also important, is is strong. Unlike the cheap plastic tamper I received with my machine, it doesn't bend under pressure.
There's no "thirdly." What you see is what you get. Want better quality? Spend more. Want better tasting espresso? Buy locally roasted third wave beans, grind them immediately before using.
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.
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.
The unit measurements stated 2" top diameter x 2 1/4" bottom diameter (50mm and 60 mm)
It is nicely weighted and clearly made from cast mold (you can see the ridges) with an alloy metal (aluminum coating, I guess)...
so that means...
ONLY HANDWASH it or it will look ugly tarnished after it comes out of the dishwasher.
When I use it, it only needs a quick wipe down from the bits of espresso grind- it has never been sullied up to need more than a soapy wipe and quick splash of water after I first got it.
This is your basic tamper beyond the plastic tampers. It looks good and works well.
If you need a weighted tamper for pressing your grind into it's basket this looks good and serves it's purpose IF it has a snug fit for your espresso grounds basket. So check your espresso machine grind basket measurements so you can get what you need and not have a "misfit".
Nice value, it does what it should... packs the espresso grind down nicely, fits snug into the basket of my espresso machine, so the machine can do it's thing.
Edit: The dishwasher killed my tamper! Ok so maybe not killed, more like took the outer layer off and made it impossible to re-use. I need a new tamper now :( Word of advice, hand wash - the description is misleading and the tamper is NOT dishwasher safe