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I need a new tamper.

 

My previous one was, erm..... It was made of metal.... I think...

 

so the question remains..

 

what is the best size?

 

since the torr auction I've been looking there, but I want the best / most appropriate fit...

 

Recommendations....? bring it ;) x


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Are you using VST basket(s), if so which size, 18g?

 

That's what I have and currently have two tampers. Torr Trapex 58.4mm convex plus Made by Knock 58mm flat. I've mainly been using the convex but I'm thinking a Torr 58.55mm Titanium TI might be just the ticket...a more perfect fit?

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Pretty sure coffeechap mentioned on another thread about the Torr 58.55mm Titanium fitting a VST perfectly. Depends if you want the best or a more affordable option?

 

Some members like to have large collections of tampers whilst others would rather just have one or two and therefore don't mind spending a little extra to get something they're totally happy with. I think two tampers (one flat, one convex) would suffice most people's needs rather than wants.

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Tamper size anywhere between a 58.35, 58.4 or 58.55


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TORRs are great tampers, I really like them....I've got 3 of them TI Flat 58.55, 58.4 plan2convex and a 58.4 Trapez convex.

I did have 5 tampers at one point and decided I had to get rid of some.


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What's the difference between the two Torr 58.4mm convex tampers? I'm presuming mines a Trapez but I could be wrong. I know very little about tampers.

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Trapez has slanted edges

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Depends if you want the best or a more affordable option?

 

I just want one.

 

i don't believe I could taste the difference between the shape of the metal it's been pressed with... That's just plain daft.... And I've not enough time in the day to concern myself with it.


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TORRs are great tampers,

 

And where is the best place to source one?


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I just want one.

 

i don't believe I could taste the difference between the shape of the metal it's been pressed with... That's just plain daft.... And I've not enough time in the day to concern myself with it.

 

It's not much that the shape affects taste, but:

 

A 58mm tamper won't seal right round the edges so you have more risk of channelling which will affect taste

A 58.35 seals more of the coffee so you have less risk of channelling

A 58.55 etc.......

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I am miles away from being able to describe differences of taste in the cup but from my very limited experience of tamping, I'll say that having the correct size for the basket(s) you're using will definitely make a difference to your extractions. As will the pressure and technique you use. Speak to coffeechap, he sure knows his onions when it comes to tampers and often has a good selection available too!

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And where is the best place to source one?

 

Speak to CoffeeChap.


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It's not much that the shape affects taste, but:

 

A 58mm tamper won't seal right round the edges so you have more risk of channelling which will affect taste

A 58.35 seals more of the coffee so you have less risk of channelling

A 58.55 etc.......

 

Hence my question, what is the best size....?

 

which single size is best to use for the expobar ? And beyond that I would welcome recommendations on brand / model based on experience....


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It depends on what basket you have, not what machine you have. THe tightest fit possible is best.

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I know from experience that a 58.4mm does not reach the edges of a VST basket. Haven't tried a 58.55mm yet but I would imagine that will be the best fit you're likely to get, albeit, it does come at a price! If you'd rather not spend as much on a tamper, 58.4mm ones appear in the for sale section regularly or can be purchased new from a number of online places for a bit more.

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Some people (Glenn, d walsh) didn't get on with the 58.55 and went back to what they were using before.

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As a one off, I'd go for the 58.55 if that is best,.... it sounds like plenty of people here have multiple different ones all costing £30+ a pop... So one at a touch more doesn't bother me too much.

 

will have to give coffee chap a poke by the sounds of it... See what the man's got to offer

 

cheers


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Size wise to a VST basket I'd say 58.4 or 58.55. Both fit really well. 58.4 seems to allow a better polish spin for me, 58.55 is a tighter fit. Both will work well with a Brewtus.

 

Do you tamp straight onto a mound of grind?


Sage DB; Mazzer Major; VST 15g, 18g & 20g Baskets;TORR Trapez & Perger Tamper

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Do you tamp straight onto a mound of grind?

 

No I normally spray some starch in first to help iron out the kinks ;)

 

ok, that was a joke... I tamp on to roughly levelled grounds rather than a heaped pile if that answers your question...


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Very short generic video about choosing a tamper

 

 

Saw a different video by whole latte love, that's gives just a bit more information:

 

[video=youtube_share;LrIfG6A8YhU]

 

at the end, the presenter goes on to mention 'the Dillinger '.... Made me crack up as looks surprisingly like a butt plug! Just wondered how you'd explain that to the i laws when it's left by the sink....haha


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Haha you know what you can do with your "Dillinger"! I think someone was having a laugh when they designed that!

 

Nice to see a bit more of a hint about why different bottom profiles (stop it!) are preferable though. Much as I like Kat and Gail, they didn't give a whole lot away in their video apart from "buy one that actually fits and don't jam it".


Rocket R58Ceado E37SAeropressAerGrind • Puck Puck cold brew widget • VST 18g basket • Torr Goldfinger 58.5 convex black Ti/walnut tamper • Torr Goldfinger 58.5 flat sharp edge tamper • Big bag o' beans • Triumph Street Triple 675R

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I sometimes wonder if Kat & Gail set out to entertain as much as they try to be informative in their videos?

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Always enjoyed a RB, have a few and love the Euro Curce with short handle. Now I am going to an E61, will be chasing out my bases.


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ECM Sychronika/ Compak E5, RB Tamper. Everpure Claris water filter

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