Tampers listed on the left are for sale. If you want one send me an email and I will hold it for you.
The easiest way to contact me is to just send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The weather has finally gotten better and I am in the shop. I have several custom orders I am working on, and there are two new tampers over on the 49mm page.
I am hoping to post more new tampers soon!
I I was chosen to make the raffle duck call for this years Duck's Unlimited banquet. It was an honor, and I made it out of Mexican Cocobolo.
I want to thank everyone who has been buying tampers before they are finished! I am sorry for the folks that are looking for new pictures, and they aren't posted. Here is to great espresso!
INTRODUCING THE THOR BURL TOP PALM TAMPER!
Below is the first burl top Palm Tamper. This new design uses African Blackwood for its main body and a burl top. The base is a ridgeline corian. African Blackwood is the wood used in making fine clarinets. .It is one of the hardest and richest looking woods in the world. This tamper has a Thuya Burl top and is making its home in Texas. Cost of these tampers is $85.00.
There is one available on the 58mm page that has been custom fit to a La Marzzoco 17gr. double basket. Several of the intial tampers have been sold. The next group that I make will have some Desert Iron Burl tops.
You can read more about the Palm Tamper at the bottom of the page.
I bought a supply of 49mm Elektra baskets, so you will have the option of buying a tamper with the basket. I also will be selling the 58mm with the basket. Please contact me for details. The 45mm is sold. You will find the others under their various sizes.
Advantages of the Thor Palm Tamper over other Palm or "Push" tampers:
It is made from beautiful wood, not cold metal.
It is core weighted so you have aa nicely balance tamper with good feel.
It has a Corian base that will not dent or mar your portafilter.
It has a textured ring that gives a nice grip for turning the tamper for the final polish.
It has a concave top that helps center the palm.
It is much less expensive. A basic Palm Tamper is going to cost $65.00, this includes shipping. Some will be more based on the cost of the wood.
Each tamper is going to be sized to a specific basket. For example the 58mm will be 58.35mm. The tamper below is sized to an Elecktra single basket, my preferred basket. The best way to get one of these tampers is to have it custom made. The LaSpaziale tamprers will be made using the double basket. The 49mm tampers will be made using the Elektra double basket.
What my tamper won't do is change its head space on the ridge that is easily adjusted by changing your dosing. A few weeks ago on a LaSpaziale, we dialed in 19 grams and the shots were very repeatable.
My personal Myrtlewood Palm Tamper.
Top is slighly concaved.
Base with Ridge that rides on the top of the portafilter.
Side view. Unlike others this has an egonomic design in all dimensions. You can see the nice knurl ring.
Picture of the tamp. (sorry about the tilted camera.)
Ready for a yummy shot!
I am hoping to get some more handles done this week as well. I am going to be making those that take a stud without the stud inserted. The standard E-61 group PF takes a standard 12mm stud, and the LaSpaziale takes a fine thread. When someone orders, I can then insert the proper stud.
Acrylic handle for the Penny bottomless portlafilter. Wood isn't the only thing that can be turned on a lathe. This is my personal PF, and I had this acylic left over from making duck calls.
I have lots of nice Desert Ironwood, Walnut, and Myrtlewood now. I have some tampers and handles in the finish room. I am now making custom portafilter handles again. I am excited to be offering handles for the 49mm NEWD Penny Espresso Machine Portafilter. . The LaSpaziale takes a finer thread stud than the normal portafilter and I will be making these as well. I will be posting pictures next week of handles for sale. Of course I am always excited to discuss a custom order.
HOW ORDER A TAMPER I use Paypal. If you see something you like send me an email and I will hold that tamper for you. My Paypal is under email@example.com. If you have never used Paypal, I can send you a "request for money." They will walk you through the steps and it doesn't cost you more. If you don't see what you are looking for, email me and we can figure something out
I am trying to keep at least 3 tampers of each size in stock, If you don't see a lot of new additions, it means I am busy making custom tampers. I am always open to discuss a custom tamper! This isn't the best website, but I would rather be making tampers than spending hours trying to make the ultimate website. Once I get an inventory built up, I will improve the website.
IMaking tampers out of fine hardwoods is a passion of mine. The tamper is the human connection with the coffee just before pulling the shot! Some advantages of a Thor Tamper is the nice feel of wood in the hand. The lignium vitae or Corian base that I use does not stratch or dent your portafilter. My tampers are Core Weighted. The greatest amount of weight is over the middle of the tamper rather than on the perimeter like a steel tamper. This centers the tamp easier and gives you much more feel as you tamp. All Thor Tampers are core weighted.
All of my tampers are made by me. I have had a number of Chinese companies contact me to outsource my tampers. I would never do that.
I have about 50 species of wood in stock. My favorite hardwood is Myrtlewood. It is also known as California Laurl. It is America's only Rain Forest Hardwood. It has a warm color; lots of character; it is fine grained; it finishes well; and has good feel. It is a fairly rare wood that only grows along the northern California and southern Oregon coast. One of the tampers I personally use is from Myrtlewood.
Desert Ironwood Crotch tamper for the LaSpaziale Espresso Machine. This tamper has been turned to 53.2mm and fitted to the double basket for the LaSpaziale Machine. I cut up a Desert Ironwood crotch this summer and found some beautiful figure. This tamper is for sale for $80.00. This includes shipping. I have a few more blanks of this wood available.
A Desert Ironwood Burl Blank! I have two of these. This is rough turned on the lathe. This WILL BE ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL TAMPERS I MAKE. It has birdseyes on the top. I am showing it like this because I only have two of these left. I don't want to make a 58mm when someone wants a tamper for a different size machine. This blank and the other I am offering to make a custom tamper out of will cost $175.00. My mentor told me I should charge twice that much, but I don't think that would be fair. If you want one of the most beautiful unique tampers in the world contact me. Desert Ironwood Burl this size is impossible to get now. I have a burl that I need to cut, but I have no clue what is inside of it. Email me and we can make a tamper that is amazing.
ALL SHIPPING IS FREE IN THE UNITED STATES. I LOVE INTERNATIONAL ORDERS! Shipping to Canada is $20.00 Shipping outside the United States is $30.00.
Email me today!
WHAT RECENT CUSTOMERS ARE SAYING:
"My new tamper is breathtaking."
"The wood and craftsmanship are off the charts!"
"Nice piece of work on the tamper. It works great."
"It is a gorgeous piece of wood and work! Thank you!!!!
"I love the tamper. Great fit compared to the one I had been using. This puppy is nice and tight."
"I love the Ridgeline feature since it is a cinch to get a level tamp."
"It is beautiful in both wood and craft. I am also pleasantly surprised how comfortable it fits my hand."
" I have a much better feel for the tamp than with my other 4 tampers."
"Got the tamper, just wanted to let you know that it's incredible."
"Tamper arrived last week and espresso service has already improved."
I received the new tamper today, and what a difference it makes! I love it!"
"Just got the tamper, and I love it! My wife has already taken to calling it 'My Preeciousss.'"
"Love the feel."
"My tamper is a work of art."