Not sure if anyone else out there has picked up a TORR tamper, but I wanted to share with you this cool new product. I received my new Zebra Wood TORR tamper from TerraKeramik
last week. It is their newest offering since their great line of "competition" quality ceramic capp and espresso cups.
I must say the tamper is a true work of art, it fits my hand similar to the beloved espresso craft tamper I have been using, and has that nice convex subtle ridge around that fits the thumb. It is also slightly convex which I do like as well. It has a good weight to it and is well balanced and from reading on their website, "Each tamper is handcrafted with attention to detail in numerous manual steps that results in a first-class fit and finish. To feel comfortable in the hand, the wood handles are sanded and polished to produce a smooth, lustrous surface. The steel pistons are finished with a satin, soft brushed surface that resists fingerprints and smudges. The black-lasered TORR logo on the stainless steel piston adds a touch of class."
The price tag is about what you would expect for a tamper of this quality, and there are a couple different prices for the different wood. They seem to be a great option for the uber barista who can afford one, similar to a classic car you take out on the weekends maybe ... or a shiny daily driver for a pro : )