TAMPER OF THE WEEK: May 24, 2016 Bethlehem Olivewood tamper for a La Spaziale. Bethlehem Olivewood comes from the trimmings of Olivewood trees that are over 2,000 years old from Bethlehem Israel. It is more highly figured than other olivewoods. It is a dream to turn, and every piece has a unque figure. I have a very limited supply of this wood. I have 1 matched set of a tamper and handle blank available. I have about 6 tamper blanks available. The cost of this tamper is $85.00. Shipping is free.
The "Wood of the Month" is Desert Ironwood. This is the tamper that was made from that unassuming piece of wood shown under the "Wood of the Month" tab. It is an adventure openning up a piece of Desert Ironwood and seeing what is inside. This tamper is listed on the 49mm page.
UPDATED 5/24/16 My goal is to do an update at least once a week on Tuesdays. Monday is my day to spend working in the shop. There isn't a lot of new things on the website this week. I am finishing up two custom orders. I have done some improvements in my shop. I spent a lot of time this week cutting up large pieces of wood into usable stock. 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. Right now I am working on two custom orders for these handmade custom portafilters. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
I have added a new page called "The Wood of the Month." On this page I will be featuring one of the fine hardwoods that I make tampers out of.
Making 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 am excited about a new finish that is really an old finish! It is a finish that was used by fine furniture makers in the last century. This finish is made of nature materials and is more environmentally friendly than my old finish. The down-side of this finish is that it takes 5 coats and each coat has to dry for 24 hours. So finishing time has gone from 3 days to 5-7 days. However, I don't want to compromise in any area of making a fine piece of functional art.
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.
WHAT RECENT CUSTOMERS ARE SAYING:
"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."