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UPDATED: Removed a star. Seller keeps abusing the Amazon buyer-seller messaging system harassing me to take down this review. No, LuxHaus, getting an honest report on your poor product taken down does NOT quallify as “Additional information required from Amazon seller”. STOP HARASSING ME.f
TL;DR? Nice on the outside, poorly made on the inside, but workable with some cleaning. Really best as a training tool.
Here's what you need to know about this, coffee nerds:
1) The handle and the stainless press are really nice. Matte black anodized aluminum and good machining on the stainless.
2) The internals are shamefully bad. Absolutely shocking. There's a stainless (I hope it's stainless) hex piece that screws onto the base. That's actually okay. Then there's a threaded nut with an internal hex opening. Machining on this looks like it was done by drunks. No deburring. Zero. Off the lathe, into the box. THERE ARE METAL SHAVINGS LOOSE, which are exposed and ready to FALL OFF INTO YOUR COFFEE. Then there's an off the shelf spring, and another poorly machined aluminum fitting. The top aluminum fitting actually had a huge extra lip leftover from the cutoff operation. Wow. Just wow. And all still covered in machining fluid, not that you'd have guessed by the torn surface finish.
3) NO, IT'S NOT 30 lbs. It's 30 lbs at some point in the stroke, but I could easily get between 20 and 45 lbs on a calibrated scale. I find putting my pinky finger between the base and handle, then pressing until it *just* starts to squeeze on it is a near perfect 30.
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.
I recommend this to those looking for a cost effective calibrated tamper. I have purchased both a 51mm (Breville BES 830XL) and a 53.5mm (Breville Bambino Plus) tamper for my two Breville espresso machines and the both perform perfectly.
Finding 3rd-party accessories for the BES 830 XL is extremely difficult. Breville's spec for the portafilter basket is 50mm, but I found that is at the bottom. The top 1/2 is just a bit over at 51mm and the 51mm LuxHaus fits perfectly to a normal tamp depth of 5/8" as Breville recommends for tamped head space at the top of the basket.
The specs for the Bambino Plus state the portafilter basket is 54mm. Again, the 53mm LuxHaus fits perfectly to a normal tamp depth of 5/8" for head space at the top of the basket even when I do my finish tamp after I have trimmed it using their "Razor" tool.
These tampers a well constructed with a solid feel and are easy to grip. It would be nice if there was a tactile "click" when you hit the calibrated pressure, but I have quickly gotten the feel for using them. I measured both to be abbot 32 pounds of pressure which does exceed the recommendation for 30 lbs.; but, its consistency that counts...not the exact pressure :)
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.