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    $120 Chris King / Rapha Espresso Tamper

    Now I have truly seen it all... I wonder if it comes in carbon for those mornings where every second counts... Apologies in advance if anyone has one of these and I am failing to see the value here... I am a caffeine addict, so please enlighten me... Good riding... Colorider

    Chris King Espresso Tamper | Rapha

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    Good espresso is all about fresh roasted beans, a quality grinder, and the proper tamp.

    That said, this is still about double the price for very high quality machined tamper. My QuickMill baskets do take a 58 mm tamper, though...

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    Quote Originally Posted by colorider7 View Post
    please enlighten me
    Some people are willing to pay a premium for things they enjoy. Plus, it matches your $120 CK salt and pepper shakers!

    That said, I'm not sure why it's so much more expensive than the non-Rapha version. Ooooo! It's got a pink bit and an R! What a collabo!

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    All good points -- especially the one by Love Commander about paying a premium for things that one enjoys and will get incredible use out of -- can't disagree with that one bit -- I just had no idea a "proper" tamper was remotely in this price range at all -- I am a coffee guy -- nevertheless, the "Rapha" premium is seemingly noticeable to say the least -- oh well, to each their own -- I fully expect a "DT Swiss / Assos" tamper for $500 just in time for X-mas!

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    Quote Originally Posted by colorider7 View Post
    All good points -- especially the one by Love Commander about paying a premium for things that one enjoys and will get incredible use out of -- can't disagree with that one bit -- I just had no idea a "proper" tamper was remotely in this price range at all -- I am a coffee guy -- nevertheless, the "Rapha" premium is seemingly noticeable to say the least -- oh well, to each their own -- I fully expect a "DT Swiss / Assos" tamper for $500 just in time for X-mas!
    I know, not coffee-related, but would you settle for a $275 corkscrew?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Love Commander View Post
    I know, not coffee-related, but would you settle for a $275 corkscrew?
    Holy crap -- I had no idea this kind of stuff was out there -- if they put "Super Record" on it somewhere, I might consider the Campy Corkscrew for a mere $275...

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    I like it... And to be honest, with free shipping to Australia it's not a bad price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by colorider7 View Post
    Holy crap -- I had no idea this kind of stuff was out there -- if they put "Super Record" on it somewhere, I might consider the Campy Corkscrew for a mere $275...
    Holy S%&#t. WHo the hell is buying these things

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtor View Post
    Holy S%&#t. WHo the hell is buying these things
    Well, surely the same guys that buy 10 000$ bikes because they can, they like them and it's their passion !!! you know, someone can have another passion other than bikes (I know, it's weird but.. )

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    Quote Originally Posted by Love Commander View Post
    Some people are willing to pay a premium for things they enjoy. Plus, it matches your $120 CK salt and pepper shakers!

    That said, I'm not sure why it's so much more expensive than the non-Rapha version. Ooooo! It's got a pink bit and an R! What a collabo!
    $85 for a good tamper is expensive, but then so are Chris King hubs. Both are probably worth the money to people who like cool stuff.

    Im going to order the tamper now.

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    Get a Tor, Best tampers I have come across and you can them specific to your basket.

    Tamper TORR - Cafe Kultur

    I love my King hubs, but coffee should be purchased locally, and tampers from the pros.

    Would you buy your hubs from a espresso machine grinder manufacture?

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    Tamper/Technique makes the shots
    But a pink CK would still be cool on the counter.
    Style beside my Park Tool Pizza cutter.
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    430 grams is a deal breaker for me. Hope they'll come out with a carbon version.

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    Ouch, that's steep. I'll keep using my nice Rattleware stainless tamper. It really does the job quite well.

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    I'm afraid to ask what the Campy version would cost.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spade2you View Post
    I'm afraid to ask what the Campy version would cost.
    Agreed -- but whatever that might be, it would be peanuts compared to the DT Swiss / Assos version...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dersnap View Post
    Get a Tor, Best tampers I have come across and you can them specific to your basket.

    Tamper TORR - Cafe Kultur

    I love my King hubs, but coffee should be purchased locally, and tampers from the pros.
    I have a Torr African Blackwood classic tamper. Beautiful tool for expresso just like a beautiful bike is for riding.

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    $120 Chris King / Rapha Espresso Tamper

    Interesting on the black wood. I never could quite get the right feel for wood in my tamp. Shame as I live the looks of them.


    Just got my ECM Mechanika out today after 6 months because of a move. Tomorrow morning will be testing out some olive roasted espresso.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rearviewmirror View Post
    I like it... And to be honest, with free shipping to Australia it's not a bad price.
    Heck, you could think of it as free and just pay shipping..

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