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This calibrated tamper works like a charm & has made a noticeable improvement in the consistency of my shots. The tamper is attractive, hefty, well-made & reasonably priced. It fits perfectly in my Gaggia Factory 106 manual lever espresso machine's 51mm single and double baskets. (The Gaggia Factory 106 was essentially a limited edition, rebadged version of the still-made and much more commonly found La Pavoni Millennium.)
BTW, with respect to the pressure accuracy issue... I can't especially vouch of my decidedly non-laboratory test methodology. Such as it was, however,it consisted of using our bathroom digital scale (with, of course a clean folded-over paper towel between the tamper and scale for sanitary purposes! ;-) ). I then pressed the tamper down on the scale just to the tamper's fully depressed position and then held it there in place until the scale readout registered, without noticeably increasing the pressure beyond that needed just to hold the tamper in place in its fully depressed position. I repeated this three times and got readings of 27.9 lbs, 33.1 lbs & 29.6 lbs, respectively. To me, those readings seem reasonably close to 30 lbs...
So, I've been using this tamper for a little over a week now and I have to say that it has noticeably improved the consistency of my espresso. I already weighed my beans and ground them fresh, but this was the last piece of the puzzle. Having a consistent force and level tamping base have made the overall quality of my shots improve. The strength is always the same, the crema is dense and full, and the flavor is always spot on (no over/under extraction issues). The results alone speak volumes about the benefit of this tamper, but the craftsmanship is also worth noting. The tamper feels solid and hefty in your hand but not unwieldy or awkward because of it. It's a comfortable size and shape for my hand and I feel like I can consistently place it correctly and level with ease. The spring is stiff (it's supposed to be!) but I have no trouble compressing it to tamp my grounds in the portafilter. It's easy to use and obvious when I've compressed enough. The quality is also top notch. The steel base is flawless and is very precisely turned, cut, and etched. The handle is finely polished with good grip but is not abrasive. The look blends in perfectly with my modern looking machine and contemporary kitchen. I love this tamper and would highly recommend LuxHaus to any friend as I feel the cost/value ratio is perfect!
I have been looking for a calibrated tamper, and I was tempted to purchase the Espro brand for my machine. I decided to take a gamble on this one because it is much cheaper. If I was not happy, I felt pretty confident Amazon will help me. It is a pretty good tool for making delicious consistent espresso shots. It feels heavy, and the movement feels pretty smooth. I have not examined the insides, but honestly I don't feel like I need to. The base is actually a bit wider then the 53mm tamper that comes with my Breville Infuser. The Breville tamper is not exactly 53mm, it is a bit smaller at about 52.75mm. The LuxHaus comes out at 52.95mm. So it is a bit wider, and that is a good thing. The handle is plastic and feels comfortable in my hand. It also came with a little baggy, but the bag is useless. I highly recommend not to drop this tamper on your foot or on the ground. It is pretty heavy and it will hurt and can damage the tamper. I measured the tamper to see if it does stop around 30 pounds when it bottoms out, and mine stops around 28-29 pounds. Over all I am very happy with my purchase. It will help with your shots to deliver consistency and eliminate the inconsistencies of not tampering your coffee right as long as you distribute the coffee before tampering. Don’t hesitate to buy this tool. It will help in making good shots. I honestly thought I was buying a very cheap tamper, for the price it is very well worth it. Thanks LuxHaus!!
For literally decades I have made myself a cappuccino or two in the morning. After grinding the beans I used a solid metal tamper to compress the grind in the filter. It became such an enjoyable ritual that I took my espresso machine, grinder and tamper with me on summer trips. In July I managed to misplace the tamper and arrived home without it. I improvised for a few days but nothing works like a properly sized hefty tamper so I pulled up Amazon and chanced upon this calibrated pressure tamper. I didn’t know why I needed “calibrated pressure” but decided to give it a try. I’m glad I did. It turns out that correct and consistent compression of the grind actually makes a big difference - my cappuccinos are better than ever. This tamper is well made, just feels right in my hand, and takes the guesswork out of how hard to press the grind. If you make espresso you want this tool. LuxHaus gets 5 stars for the product, the price, and for following up after my order to inquire as to my satisfaction. Good folks.
Allows the barista to generate the exact same amount of tamping pressure every time IF they stop increasing downward force as soon as the spring starts to give way. If you let the handle get all the way to the bottom of it's travel, then all bets are off and this does the same thing any tamper does. Consistent tamping is critical when dialing in your grind. If your tamping pressure changes even a little, it will have significant impact on the pull and will become an unpredictable variable when you are trying to get the grind setting just right. This tamper will take that variable out of your equation, allowing you to focus solely on either dose or grind until you get things perfect. Then it will keep that tamping pressure the same so you don't lose that perfect shot you worked so hard to get. It's solidly made, polishes the puck well with a smooth flat bottom. The handle is reasonably ergonomic and feels good.
Replaced my stock tamper from Breville Barista Express and noticed the difference right away: flat even puck surface, improved flow. Though I am new to home espresso, happen to have a fairly steady hand pressure. Still, getting a calibrated one helped to improve shot to shot consistency. May get a regular one at some point in a future, as I tend to tilt it a bit when the spring is engaged and the tamper is a tad less stable vertically. But until my muscle memory is perfect, this one is the way to go for me. Haven't tried those costing upwards from $150, so don't know if there is such a difference in performance. But then, TMO, we are talking $10K car with $5K rims on it. Unless I am buying a pro espresso machine along with a pro grinder, don't think it's justified for me: likely, diminishing return for the money spent. Also, want to mention: my first tamper came with a small but fairly deep scratch at the bottom edge. Luxhaus customer service responded right away and sent me a replacement in perfect condition - no questions asked! So rest assured, they stand by their products. There is a mention re: workmanship quality of inner parts. I am a pretty picky guy, and mine two came quite well machined inside out including the hex pieces (well, with the exception of that scratch). So, maybe it was a fluke for that customer, or I got lucky... Also, the pressure on both is very consistent in 29.8-31 lbs range when the springs were engaged, but not compressed completely (bathroom scale - so, not precise or scientific). Took at least 10-15 measurements on each of them; hence, the range.
Wow, what a difference a good tamper makes. The plastic scoop/tamper that came with our Delonghi just wasn’t cutting it. One cup using the Lux-Haus tamper proved that. The amount of creme achieved was very noticeable and it is so much easier to use.
To address a few notes from older reviews. The tamper I received, did not have any engraving on the side of the tamper. This ensures the tamping is even. It does not “click” when it is done tamping but it is easy to feel when it reaches the bottom. The 51mm is the size for the Delonghi ECP3X20 Series.
The tamper itself is very sturdy and well built. It does not wobble when you press down. It is a smooth tamp and a clean release, no coffee stuck to the tamper and it easily comes up and out of the coffee holder.
I am very pleased with this purchase and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a quality tamper.
Keeps you consistent. Perfectly flat. Made me realize how much I was over tamping previously. Also made my realize my other tamper was not perfectly flat. Needed to grind finer once I got this tamper. Once my grind was dialed in I have been getting really good consistent shots from my machine. Highly recommended.
Should also note that my item was lost when initially shipped to me. Seller quickly resolved this issue and sent me a replacement item at not extra cost. Seller - Luxhaus - gets 5 stars as well.
i received the tamper yesterday and made an espresso this morning, wow! what a difference it makes! i could see and taste the improved result instantly! the tamping was the best looking one i ever done and somehow it brought out the pleasant sweet taste i didn't know that existed before (i have been using the same coffee beans for years, but was never truly happy about it until now!)
the packaging, the thank you card, and the follow up bonus gift download were all nice little touches! i couldn't believe i hadn't purchased this sooner years ago to improve my espresso experience! the product felt totally solid right out of the box. it really is a great value for the price! I loved it!!
I looked at many other tampers before buying this one a week ago. I am glad I did. Though I was a little slowed to buy due to the price, I ultimately decided to try it. I read a lot of reviews of the cheaper ones about flaking metal, and plastic, sizing issues, etc., and I wanted something that was sturdy and long lasting. It has the right amount of heft to it that tells me that the tamper is solid steel. The handle seems sturdy enough for the job. I really like the calibration aspect because the spring "tells" me to stop tamping at the right weight. (Tip I read: hold it like a flashlight) I ordered a 51 mm and it was spot on. I have a DeLonghi machine, middle of the line, and wanted to get the most out of it. Since I am not a barista, and prior to last Christmas, I was not a daily espresso drinker either, however, I knew what taste I wanted out of it and have been trying everything to make the best (imho) espresso since it's the only coffee I have all day. It takes a lot of guess work out of it.