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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.
I have been toying with the idea of using a calibrated tamper for some time now, and after careful deliberation, I am glad I did. On my very first try, I grounded my coffee (16 grams) leveled out my double shot basket, and used the Luxe tamper . Is it a perfect 30 pounds of torque? Who cares honestly, its all about the outcome. If I can pull a perfect shot my first try, and just need to worry about the grind setting, since the amount should stay pretty consistent, then there is less variables to deal with, hence a better expresso shot every time. Id say thats worth the 30 bucks spent, in order to save from wasting coffee on bad shots.
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!!
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.
Perfect fit for Breville Barista Touch portafilter - it is the same, exact diameter as the original Breville tamper. I ordered this to help out my consistency during tamps and after using it a few times, I am very glad I did. It is very solidly built with a nice heavy feel. The plunger works great and makes consistent, level tamps a breeze. Price is very reasonable too.
Just got this to replace the stock tamper that came with my Breville Barista Express. For the first time, I feel good about the consistency of the tamp. Made 3 doubles this morning and they all were consistent in the pour, just as I had hoped. Tamper feels solid and quality seems really good. Well worth the low cost in comparison to the other ~$100 calibrated tampers.
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 now look forward to my morning espresso. this is a must have if you are struggling with staying consistent with your shots... plus my husband (finally) learned how to pull an espresso shot........ amazing.
The only con is that it came with a really cute card saying that the lovey couple makes these in their garage.. yet the tamper says it’s made in China? But I didn’t deduct any stars because I only care about how well this works and if it has made my day to day life any easier. Will update if my opinion changes!