Eazytamp FAQs

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1. I have a VST basket. What is the best size tamper that I should buy?
2. How can I measure the size of my filter basket to work out what tamper size I need?
3. Can I order a base size that isn't listed online?
4. How do I know what compression base I should buy for the Eazytamp 5 Star Pro coffee tamper?
5. I received my tamper, but the base has superficial scratch marks on it. Does this effect the extraction I’ll get from my coffee when I use the tamper?
6. My handle has lines marking around it, particularly near the top. Is this normal?
7. I received a red and blue spring with my package. What are these springs for? Do I need to add this to the tamper to make it work?
8. How do the pre-calibrated pressure springs work?

Q1: I have a VST basket. What is the best size tamper that I should buy?

For any VST baskets, the most appropriate size tamper is 58.4mm for the either the 5 Star Pro or Original Eazytamp.

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Q2: How can I measure the size of my filter basket to work out what tamper size I need?

There are few ways you can check the size of your basket:

  1. If you have a pair of vernier, you can use this to measure the inside of your basket. If you don’t have a vernier, you can you can measure the size of your filter basket by cutting a business card to size to fit inside the filter basket, then measure the size of the card.
  2. You can use a search engine and look online to check the specific dimensions for your filter basket by typing in the brand name/model of your coffee machine.
  3. You can use the measuring guide on our website to check what size you need. For access to the measuring guide, click here.

If you use different filter baskets or different coffee machines that vary in diameter, we recommend that you purchase a few bases of the appropriate width which you can interchange as needed.

Please ensure you review options 1-3 before contacting us regarding the appropriate base size. The customer bears ultimate responsibility for choice of flange width/thickness (as  in the case of the 5 Star Pro).

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Q3: Can I order a base size that isn't listed online?

Yes. We make base sizes between 49-60mm in diameter. If you require a size that is not provided as an option to buy, please contact us prior to placing your order, and record your selection in the notes section when you check out.

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Q4: How do I know what compression base I should buy for the Eazytamp 5 Star Pro coffee tamper?

We manufacture compression bases (the base that mackes contact with ground coffee) that are of varied thicknesses - 5mm, 7.5mm and 12mm. These varied thicknesses allow the users to manage changes to the depth of tamping required. This may vary depending on dosage parameters used by the particular barista, or to accomodate fluctuations in different coffee bean densities.

In general terms, you will only require a 12mm thick base if you significantly underdose your coffee e.g. 14g in an 18g basket, or use beans that grind finer.

If you dose the recommended dosage for your filter basket e.g. 21g in a 21g basket, or if you’re using VST, IMS or other competition filter baskets we recommend that you buy the 7.5mm thick compression base. For all other filter baskets, including those that come standard with your coffee machine, the 7.5mm thick compression base will also be suitable.

The 5mm base is appropriate for machines with filter baskets between 49mm-51mm.

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Q5: I received my tamper, but the base has superficial scratch marks on it. Does this effect the extraction I’ll get from my coffee when I use the tamper?

No. The small markings on the base of the tamper are part of the normal manufacturing process and just superficial marks. Every tamper will have a mark of one kind or another because it is stainless steel. Our stainless steel bases are machined using a lathe. When they come off the lathe they fall into a basket which contain other bases. As they touch other bases they might mark. These markings do not interfere with the quality of the tamping and make absolutely no difference to the extraction flavour or consistency of the extraction.

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Q6: My handle has lines marking around it, particularly near the top. Is this normal?

Yes this is normal. Our acetal handles are hand turned, not injection moulded. These lines are a normal by-process of manufacturing. 

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Q7: I received a red and blue spring with my package. What are these springs for? Do I need to add this to the tamper to make it work?

Each tamp comes with a 15-kilo spring (silver) already inserted inside the assembly.

In addition, we include a complimentary red spring with the package. This red spring is a spring that compresses 10 kilos. It is provided for home baristas who might have older style domestic coffee machines with internal water pumps that can’t handle the strength of a 15-kilo spring. We provide this spring as an option for these customers so that it doesn’t undermine the functionality of the coffee machine.

The blue spring compresses 7kilos of pressure.

If you are using the tamper with a commercial coffee machine, or newer model one-group coffee machine for home use, we recommend you use the 15-kilo spring.

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Q8: How do the pre-calibrated pressure springs work?

The springs used in our coffee tampers work in the following way.

When the springs are inserted into the assembly they are placed under pressure. In order to exert the pre-calibrated pressure of either, for example 10 or 15 kilos (red or silver spring), the spring travels 3mm inside of the assembly. For example, when the 10 kilos spring is used inside of the assembly, it is placed under 7 kilos of pressure. When the spring travels 3mm (as the barista pushes down the handle of the tamper, and the handle reaches the base of the tamper) it compresses the pre-calibrated 10 kilos of pressure. The same science applies for the 15 kilo spring. When the 15 kilo spring is used inside of the assembly, it is placed under 10 kilos of pressure. When the spring travels 3mm (as the barista pushes down the handle of the tamper and the handle reaches the base of the tamper) it compresses the pre-calibrated 15 kilos of pressure. 

Between these two springs it is therefore possible for a barista to manually compress anywhere from 7-15 kilos of pressure (if they so desire).

If your question has not been answered, feel free to contact us here.

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