Barista TAMPER gets stackable spacers

The Barista tamper hit the streets in 2008 and doesn’t need much improvement. But talking to many people who use a Barista, we found people like to stack the spacers to achieve a wider height range than we had planned. Because the original spacers had curved sides this didn’t feel comfortable under the thumb.

We did some experiments and found that there was no discernible difference to the touch between straight-sided and curved spacers, so have changed the design of the spacers to make them straight-sided. This means the height adjustment on the handle has gone from four options spanning eight millimetres of adjustment, up to eight options spanning 15mm of adjustment! This provides much greater flexibility for the user as well as getting greater value out of their spacers (beforehand, two of the three spacers would be unused at any one time).

We’re rolling this change out across all models and is expected to be complete by the end of May 2012.

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Pullman Nexus Tamper announced

Nexus Tamper 

We’re very pleased to announce the newest addition to the range of Pullman Tampers – the Pullman Nexus!

The Nexus is replacing the Deluxe Tamper in our line-up and is a very exciting product! It offers similar features to the Deluxe Tamper but with superior ergonomics which makes it suitable for commercial users who may not want to spend top dollar on a Pullman Barista Tamper. It comes with oiled hardwood handles or classy black Acetal.

“What about pricing?”, you may ask. Feature for feature this is on par with the Deluxe Tamper so the RRP is the same ($129.95). However…! in its most basic form the recommended retail price is $99!. Why? This lower price is achieved by only offering a 58.0mm flat base; custom sizing and different base profiles are available on the standard priced Nexus tamper. This is great news for those who want a top quality, 100% Australian coffee tamper but don’t require / want to pay for the perfect fit available in the standard priced Nexus.

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Leather-wrapped handles available

There’s no doubt about it. Leather just oozes class and sophistication, so it’s no surprise it’s eventually ended up as part of a Pullman Tamper! We actually prototyped a leather-wrapped Deluxe handle right back in 2006 but the shape didn’t work too well; so we’ve had to wait until now to turn our dream into reality!

Apart from looking fantastic, these handles feel unbelievably good, and while we don’t recommend it for commercial use it just might be the perfect handle to have at home! Each one is custom-made to your specifications, so you can choose the colour of the leather, the colour of the stitching and even the orientation of the different coloured leather panels!

We’ve done a few examples here just to give you a taste of the sort of thing you can do but remember – custom work is our specialty, so while not every conceivable colour combination may be available, use your imagination and we’ll do our best!

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Smaller Barista tampers announced!

It’s nearly three years since the Barista Tamper was announced to much fanfare. To achieve the ergonomic solution we aimed for, we had to design out of the tamper the capacity to cater for basket sizes below 57mm. In 2008, the commercial market was limited in that area and we didn’t want to sacrifice a wide comfortable rubber base for the sake of a few units which would require a smaller base.

But time’s moved on, other tamper manufacturers who catered for the smaller sizes commercially have disappeared and more mid to high-end machines have appeared on the market which use a smaller basket. Hence the occasional request for a 49.8, 51.6 or 55.2mm Barista tamper became semi-regular, and in recent months has become a dull roar!

So we’re pleased to announce it’s now available! This means we can manufacture the Barista tamper in any size from 49mm to 59mm! So whether you own a Synesso, Rancilio, Lelit, La San Marco, Dalla Corte or La Pavoni, the Barista tamper is an option for you! We’ve achieved this by manufacturing a completely new rubber insert for these smaller sizes. Larger Barista tampers will still have the wide rubber insert, while smaller tampers will use the smaller version.

“But what about the beautiful balance on the Barista? Won’t this be compromised by a smaller base?” Not at all. Despite the base being smaller in diameter, we’ve managed to maintain the same weight and balance as enjoyed by users of the larger-based Baristas. No mean feat, but accomplished.

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