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Product Description

It's Tamp-alicious! The Espro Calibrated Tamper takes the frustration out of what is normally a finicky trial and error process. This super smart tamper will give you just the right amount of pressure needed to pull shots like a pro. Espro's must-have tamper is calibrated to click at 30 pounds of pressure and measures at 53mm or 58mm in flat or convex styles. Try it and you will praise its tamp-alicious-ness too!

How the Espro Calibrated Tamper Works

  • Fill your portafilter with your favorite grind
  • Give it a good approximate 30-pound tamp as evenly as possible
  • Lightly knock the side of the portafilter to shake any loose grinds
  • Give it another light tamp to push those grinds into place
How Does it Compare?

The calibrated tamper helps ensure a consistent tamp pressure. Variation in tamping force will no longer affect espresso shot quality.

Tips and Tricks

Subtle, but satisfying click when you reach maximum pressure will not disrupt tamped grounds.

Additional Information

Material Stainless Steel
Manufacturer Espro

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Does the base unscrew? I've got a 40mm VST tamp I'd like to use with one of these, but I have to make sure the threads are the same.

Thanx for a great site!
Rich G on May 4, 2013
Best Answer: I'm sorry, but I don't know if the tamper unscrews. And I don't want to try it for fear of goofing up my tamper. But my guess is that it doesn't. Their website offers tampers in various widths. Sorry I couldn't help. It is a great tamper.
Reply · Report · Britt L on May 6, 2013
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Convex or flat?!

Dont understand what difference it will produce.
A shopper on Dec 21, 2012
Best Answer: There are some machines that have a screen or screw which can press into the top of the surface of the puck, and so a convex tamper is helpful to obtain a clean puck. More testing for tamper base types can be found at the link below:

http://blog.seattlecoffeegear.com/2010/09/16/brew-tips-tamper-base-testing/
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Dec 28, 2012
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Has anyone used this with the Breville 840 Infuser? I believe the portafilter for the 840 and 860 is 54mm. Thanks.
Jeffrey G on Jan 26, 2013
Best Answer: Hi Jeffrey,

I have the 58mm Espro and use it with my Rancilio Silvia. It works great! I started with a regular tamper on my bathroom scale to work on getting 30 lb pressure each time. As a novice the Espro unit has taken out an additional variable in the process so I can move more quickly and work on perfecting my other techniques. I think after a while I will have the pressure dialed and can use a regular tamper if needed. I have also installed an Auber PID with pre infusion and steam control. This now keeps the temp perfect so all I need to do is keep my grind at the proper setting and steam/froth good microfoam which is getting pretty good.

It's a great product with high quality. I recommend it. Just check the spec of your portafilter basket and order one up from Seattlecoffeegear. I prefer the flat base rather than convex.

Best regards,
Gerrit
Reply · Report · Gerrit A on Feb 20, 2013
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Is it possible to case the tamper base?
Robert S on Dec 8, 2014
Best Answer: My apologies. I have no idea what "case the tamper base" means. But I can tell you that I am using the tamper successfully. One variable that I no longer have to worry about.
Reply · Report · Britt L on Dec 9, 2014
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Which Espro tamper size and style would work best with the Rancilio Silvia V3?
Josh F on Mar 30, 2015
Best Answer: The Silvia takes a 58mm tamper and the style is based on your own personal preference.
Reply · Report · Randee SStaff on Mar 30, 2015
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Hi, would that work for a Saeco Aroma? What's the difference between flat and convex? thanks
A shopper on Mar 18, 2015
Best Answer: Unless you have upgraded to a non-pressurized portafilter, your Aroma should not require tamping. If you do choose to tamp, yes, this will work. You will need the 53mm size. Flat is just as it sounds, having a flat bottom. Convex means that the bottom is slightly curved. Which one you choose is all about preference.
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I have a Saeco Via Venizia machine with a 53 mm portafilter. does that mean I should buy a tamper that is slightly smaller than 53 MM or do I just order the 53 mm size tamper?
A shopper on Jan 15, 2014
Best Answer: If you are using a 53mm portafilter, a 53mm tamper is designed to be just slightly smaller than that and so you will be ordering the correct size if you purchase a 53mm tamper.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Jan 15, 2014
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Hi, does the 53mm size fit the mypressi v2?
Tim A on Jul 30, 2013
Best Answer: I am not sure if it's a good fit, as we no longer offer the MyPressi. Can you measure your basket with calipers? It should be about 53mm, and the tamper itself is just shy of that to fit inside. In inches, the 53mm baskets are about 2 1/8 inches, and the compatible tamper should be about 2 3/32 inches. Hope this helps!
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Resources

Videos Featuring the Espro Calibrated Tamper

SCG Gift Guide 2012: Espresso Enthusiast

Reviews

Exelent upgradeReview by Jack YV
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The first two days after receiving my Rancilio Epoca S1T, while I was waiting for the accessories shipment, I used the plastic tamper included in the box :-( . The tamper I've ordered was a 20$ aluminum one. Almost a year later, time for an upgrade, I ordered the Espro calibrated tamper. the difference feels as the one I felt when switching from the plastic one. superb construction, nice feel and more important: control, consistency and repeatability. At almost the same price of other non calibrated premium options, I don't consider it to be expensive for the added value to my coffee. (Posted on 11/12/2013)
Great tamperReview by carlitos
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I have had the tamper for a bout a month and I really like it because it is so easy to apply the correct pressure all the time. It's heavy and sturdy and it feels good in my hand. I highly recommend it, it's worth the cost. (Posted on 8/14/2013)
Pricey but GoodReview by Jamesworld
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It's a great idea. The first time my wife used the calibrated tamper she said, "I would have never pressed that hard." It's a great training tool for those who want to learn a proper tamp and a great aid for those who don't, but still want a good shot.

There's no question about the quality of the product. It's first rate! (Posted on 5/29/2013)
Excellent product which will improve the home espresso qualityReview by Tom
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For some time I felt like using a calibrated tamper was a little like cheating. I wanted to develop my technique without the aid of a device like this. I finally threw in the towel and decided that it would be worth decreasing the variables of achieving a decent shot. I am delighted with the results. Even though I had done the bathroom scale test of measuring my tamp pressure it was obvious immediately that my tamping was sometimes too much or too little. My shots have improved dramatically and when I switch coffees with a little effort I can dial in on the perfect shot by only worrying about the grind. If you are having trouble getting the quality espresso you desire I can strongly recommend this tamper. (Posted on 5/25/2013)
Great tool and Video from the SCG teamReview by Vito
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I love my Espro Calibrated tamper. It brings me great joy to know that Gail's art and "my" art look so much alike. I do think that at $90, its is a bit expensive, but having my espresso tamp be consistent means I only need to adjust my grinder a bit every few days to keep the beans in the right range for shots.

Thanks Gail and KAT! (Posted on 4/10/2013)
Oh!! That's 30lbs.Review by Gynomite
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My tamps are much more consistent now. Dose, groom and tamp evenly until the 30lb feed back is reached. Stop and polish. Brew. It allowed me to better dial in the shot more consistently.

Good job (Posted on 4/10/2013)
Get it!Review by Barnard
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This is not only a great learning tool but has me wondering why I would ever switch. Like a torque wrench for espresso. This price is steep but on par with other high end tampers. (Posted on 2/25/2013)
good tamperReview by marisha
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very nice product (Posted on 12/27/2012)
No scale neededReview by RI_Art
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If you are new to making espresso, like I am, then being able to control one of the many important variables just makes it easier.

Pros:
Easy To Use

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(Posted on 4/27/2012)
Great device to improve consistencyReview by Sean
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I was having difficulty achieving a consistent 30 pound tamp without resorting to leaving my unsightly bathroom scale on my counter. This tamper delivers a consistent and precise 30 pound. Love it!

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Easy To Use, Accurate

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Expensive (Posted on 3/14/2012)
New Espresso Drinker...Great Product!!Review by bowtiensm
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The bottom line is that this product is GREAT! I bought my first espresso machine just before Christmas this year (mini vivaldi II). Since then I've went through about 15 pounds of coffee. I've never been able to get consistent shots and have probably thrown about 10 pounds of that coffee down the sink, forced myself to drink another 4 pounds of it, and loved those few and far between shots that tasted great. I had seen this tamper when I bought my machine and thought it looked like a good idea but I didn't want to shell out another [$] for it. After getting the tamper today my first 4 cappuccinos are the best that I've made so far. Apparently I think I was was tamping between 70-100 pounds of pressure. I'm really not sure how much the "force" matters as far as the consistency of the tamp, but this product takes care of both issues. At $50-65 for a 5 pound bag of coffee I now realize that I should have bought this when I first got my machine and it would have paid for itself by now. As to the specifics of the tamper...it's solid, heavy, nice looking, and the size I got (53mm convex) fits my baskets a lot better than my other tamper (which was a cheap aluminum one).Also seattlecoffeegear was great to work with. I ordered this product late on a Wednesday afternoon and had the product by Saturday morning. Thanks!

Pros:
Easy To Use, Easy To Clean, Great Taste, Fixed my espresso

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Price but worth it (Posted on 2/18/2012)
Works for meReview by David C
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The tamper has helped remove one variable for this newbie. Every shot use to be radically different. No longer. If you're on the fence about purchasing the tamper - jump off, do a Humpty Dumpty. It does a cracking good job.

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(Posted on 2/1/2012)
Good, solid tamper for learningReview by reedk
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This is a great and well made tool for learning how much pressure to pack with and for providing a consistent pack for calibrating the extractions on your machine. It's not quite as nice as some packers though if that matters to you. It does have a spring in it. But then again it calibrates your packing pressure!

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Provides consistent pack, Solid, Teaches pressure

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None (Posted on 1/25/2012)
ConsistencyReview by DAG-NYC
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Very even, consistent tamper. Takes one variable out of the process, so you can control brew time more precisely by adjusting the grind.

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Great Taste, Easy To Clean, Easy To Use, Commercial Grade

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(Posted on 1/9/2012)
Really cool toolReview by CK
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If you only make espresso on the weekends like me, its hard to develop a consistent tamp pressure. This tamper takes out tamp pressure as a variable, so you can properly concentrate on grind and dose to adjust your pulls. Since using this tamper, and also dosing by weight, I reduced my sink shot considerably.

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Easy To Use

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(Posted on 12/30/2011)
Great toolReview by CJanky
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Great tool for learning the correct tamping pressure. After a month or two of using the Espro, muscle memory allows for standard tamper use with consistency and confidence! I love it!

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Reliable, Good design, Easy To Use

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(Posted on 4/2/2011)

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