Espresso tampers are an important tool for the barista, used to evenly press down finely ground coffee before pressurized water is applied. The Clive team worked together to bring our own vision for a tamper to the market. We found a Portland craftsman to lathe turn solid planks of Oregon spalted maple into custom tamper handles. We brainstormed, prototyped, tested, reworked, and eventually formed an ergonomic and attractive design.
The high quality bases are CNC lathe turned out of stainless steel. We guarantee size accuracy to within a 10th of a millimeter. (A note for the coffee geek: the 58mm tamper bases is sized at 58.3mm to fit snugly with the VST baskets, typically used by our clients in the La Marzocco GS/3).
The spalted maple handle is a limited edition run that uses a rare, beautiful wood. Spalting is wood coloration caused by fungi, and in this case manifests as the dark lines that form in beautiful patterns in the maple wood. The wood is reinforced for structural integrity, then sealed with glossy Tung oil. They are lightweight, soft to the touch, and simply beautiful.The stainless steel base is offered in three sizes:
Each base size is available in flat or convex (rounded), and all bases are interchangeable with all handle styles.
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