What is the best Reg Barber base to use with the 58 mm VST insert baskets? The drip screen in my Expobar Brewtus is slightly curved so I'd like to use tamper that matched it, but I've seen comments on other websites that make me think a flat tamper works best with VST
A shopper on Mar 6, 2014
Best Answer:I don't remember the specific research I did before I bought, but I got a c-flat curve & it has worked very well. I've used it since Oct. 2012. If you ask 10 people about all the variables in brewing espresso, you'll get 10 different opinions. I think the grind & amount of tamping to insure a consistency in the espresso & a smooth surface are more important than the shape of the base. The difference in the shapes of various tamper bases does not appear to be that significant. I don't think there is a wrong decision. Hope this helps. Good luck.
Some people believe that a curved base will help press outward and seal the puck in the sides of the basket, but many people prefer the simple flat base so they can see how level there tamp is. Fit sea to be more important to me, a 58.35mm will fit the basket perfectly and simplify your tamping routine.
Why is only the 58mm ripple the only option when you can buy a 58mm flat separately? are these already pre-paired in packaging? If so when will you get any 58mm flats or anything not grooved up in any of the short RB styles?
A shopper on Jul 10, 2015
Reg Barber Short Tamper Handle with Stainless Steel Base
Reg Barber Short Anodized Tamper Handle with Stainless Steel Base
Reg Barber Powder Coat 8 Ball Tamper Handle with Stainless Steel Base
Reg Barber Stainless Steel Tamper Base
Reg Barber Powder Coat Espresso Tamper Handle with Stainless Steel Base
Reg Barber Anodized Tamper Handle with Stainless Steel Base
Reg Barber Polished Aluminum Tamper Handle with Stainless Steel Base
Reg Barber Polished Wood Tamper Handle with Stainless Steel Base
Best Answer:We sell the bases and handles separately. We do not offer the entire selection the Reg Barber has. You can try Reg Barber's website directly to find what you are looking for. www.coffeetamper.com
This tamper is awesome. I can tell that the finish is going to wear well in time. I got the "Angle" shape in maple with c-flat steel base (good for home use IMO). The wood is split for stability, and the parts fit together well. The machining is excellent. I like the weight, and the shape let's your fingertips feel if the coffee is dosed and leveled correctly in the portafilter. It's important to have consistency, but it's also good to be able to vary the variables according to taste. I'm very happy I waited for this tamper. (Posted on 7/16/2014)
Joy from a small thingReview by Shakes the Clown
Holding this perfectly balanced tool in my hand every morning never fails to bring a smile to my face. After years of using a cheap plastic tamper, I can say that a well designed tamper of the right size makes a big difference in shot quality. The Reg Barber is all that, plus being jewelry for the espresso junkie (and, hence, priced like jewelry!).
Quiet, Heirloom quality, Perfectly balanced, Easy To Use, Easy To Clean, Commercial Grade
Expensive (Posted on 4/11/2012)
Beautiful to look at, a joy to use.Review by Steve
I bought this tamper in the short ball/c-flat combination to replace a well loved, daily use Reg Barber tamper. The c-flat base is amazing. I can see why this is the shape specifically recommended on the RB website. The wide flat center creates a great contact area, but the slightly curved sides seat the puck well if you happen to be just a tiny bit off-center in your tamping pressure. I think this style will work for shops with baristas of varying skill and experience levels, as it's not a full curve, "training wheels" type of tamp, but it's slightly more forgiving and less intimidating to newer staff than a totally flat tamper.
Obviously, the finish on the handle is perfect.
(Posted on 3/2/2012)
Red Barber TamperReview by Granny
Beautifully crafted. Well balanced. Sinple to use.
Easy To Use, Easy To Clean, A thing of beauty
None (Posted on 12/16/2011)
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