UPDATE: 6/28/16 Below are pictures of the Thor Palm Tamper. The Thor Palm tamper below is my personal tamper. I have nine blanks prepared and I have to make one more jig to do the concave top. If you look closely at my tamper you can see some marks from my chuck. Using Duck Tape will not prevent this in rechucking to make the concave top.
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.
Anyone who orders a tamper this week, I will sell it for $60.00. These tampers are being made out of Imbuya, a South American Rosewood. It is a nice warm brown color.
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.
Olympia Cremina Machine Makeover. I did the wood parts on this complete makeover several years ago. In the past month, I have done parts for makeovers for 2 Quick Mills, and one Cremina. I am currently working on a partial makeover for another Quick Mill. I enjoy doing makeovers as they are a personal interaction between me and the customer.
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 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 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."