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Rattleware 8-by-6-Inch Packing Mat

4.2 out of 5 stars 46 customer reviews

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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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Product Description

Rattleware - 02332 - 8 in by 6 in Packing Mat

Product Information

Product Dimensions 8 x 6 x 0.3 inches
Item Weight 12 ounces
Shipping Weight 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Manufacturer Rattleware
ASIN B0016C2OBE
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Item model number 02332
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4.2 out of 5 stars 46 customer reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #151,177 in Home & Kitchen (See Top 100 in Home & Kitchen)
Date first available at Amazon.com March 21, 2008

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The mat does a great job at providing a solid yet non-rigid surface while tamping your coffee. The shape and size is just right for the Breville portafilter. The rubber seems impervious to scratches and dents since the mat looks as new as day one, even though it has been used quite a bit. The mat is extremely easy to clean and dries very quickly after a wash.

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.
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Solid mat holds up to heavy tamping pressure, protecting counter surfaces. Dimensions are accurate (6 x 8), but photo shows a mat with different dimensions. When new, the mat had a heavy (and offensive) rubber smell. Multiple washings have reduced the odor, and hopefully that reduction will continue.... The odor kept me from giving the product 5 stars.
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Pad is nice thickness and does the job. Smell is really bad and I expect multiple washings and leaving out in sun will help - some web sites suggest putting it in bag with kitty litter for several days/weeks works well. Expect it will stink really bad for awhile.
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The one I got smelled like an old recycled tire, like gasoline. It kind of went away over time and with repetitive washes...or maybe I just got used to it. Oh well, hope it's not toxic. It does work great however, and I'd still recommend it and Amazon Merchant sellers.
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Like all the other reviewers have said it stinks. Thankfully the smell went away but I had one cranky girlfriend for a while since every time she was in the kitchen she would have a headache which is why I dropped it a star from 3 to 2.

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.
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Unlike other commenters I have not found the rubber smell to be an issue. When I received it there was a slight hint of the smell, but over time it's faded to the point of being undetectable.

It's a nice addition to any espresso setup.
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This mat allows me to tamp coffee without worrying about putting undue stress on my naked portafilter. It lifts the portafilter off the counter surface enough to make it level, something important for good espresso shot.
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Its just a cheap chunk of flat black rubber with the flashing crudely trimmed off. Smells like other reviewers stated, but it didn't bother me as much as it seemingly has with other reviewers. Pretty overpriced for something that is not molded nicely and is clearly made from cheap recycled tires. I would expect to find something similar at Harbor Freight for $4. Does what its supposed to do, which is protect both my counter and portafilter, but if you are picky about design or looks, look for another product. Somewhat surprised that Rattleware would allow their name to be attached to such a cheap product.
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