I began roasting my own coffee in the early 1980s.
At that time it was difficult to find beans, but I managed. I used a popcorn popper. My roasting went through several other roasters until I finally bought a small commerical roaster.
In the early 1990's I discoverd espresso. I bought a cheap espresso machine and managed to nurse it to the point I could get some good shots. I then bought an E61 grouphead machine. I went through several of these. I then began expermenting with lever machines. I currently pull shots with an Elecktra Mirco Casa and an Olympia lever machine.
I have pulled shots on over 20 different types of machines. I like all quality espresso machines!
My goal is to provide you with a well fitting tamper that will allow you to pull excellent shots. I also strive to make "functional art." A beautiful piece of wood is not only a joy to use, but to look at as well. Most commercial tampers are undersized. The LaSpaziale basket is 53.2mm. (one of my favorite machines!) A normal "53mm" commercial tamper is between 52.5 and 52.75 mm. This isn't conducive to a good tamp! All of my tampers are hand measured with a micrometer and tested in a basket before being sent. I have a big collection of baskets! I also want you to have something that is beautiful as well.