We currently offer Reg Barber tampers to our wholesale customers but I have found a few that just don't want to spend the money. I know how important a good tamper and all of our cafes have Reg Barber tampers, so I'm not looking to get into a debate about the importance of a good tamper. Does anyone know of a decent less expensive tamper? I'm thinking in the $20 to 30 dollar range. Thanks for your help.
You not going to find anything comparable to the quality of Reg in that price range... but there are some decent cheap tampers on the market:
-Anything by Bumper in my experience works well. Both the rubber and metal handled series run about $40 each. You can get these at Espresso Parts.
-Sweet Maria's has a few decent offerings. The first being a stainless steel model that has a real nice heft to it, the second being a rosewood Reg knockoff. I've used both, and while I would never trade my RB for one, they are nice tampers for the price. I think these are around $35.
- Finally, Rattleware has some cheaper models. They look solid, but I haven't actually used any of them so I can't tell you firsthand how nice they really are. These retail for about $29.
Schomer's Vivace Ergo tampers. They're only available in slightly convex, and while they don't have the heft of stainless steel piston models, they're durable and feel good in the hand. Personally, I prefer them to the Reg Barbers a little bit, even.
I like the Rattleware tamper I've been using for the past year. It is stainless, decent heft, with a lightly grippy black coating on the handle. This has worn off a bit where I tap the portafilter, but not badly. Utilitarian, but very functional.
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