…his espresso tamper may very well be a Cavendish Series espresso tamp from Prima Coffee.
The Cavendish Tamper series was inspired by the use of Mediterranean briar wood in the making of tobacco pipes. No matter how you feel about the use of tobacco or its health complications, there’s just something ineffably classy and charming about a pipe. It reminds us of time long past, when gentlemen smoked and discussed issues in the library. It reminds me of my great-grandfather, Mitchell, sitting in his creaky desk chair at the table by the window, watching the UNC football game on the television with the sound turned off. He chose instead to listen to the game announcer on the radio. While he listened to the game, he alternated between watching the game and poring over the local paper. Periodically, he would take up his pipe, tap the ashes from the bowl, and attempt to refill it with his favored Granger Select tobacco. I say attempt, because he had Parkinson’s disease, and typically got tiny fragments of fragrant cured tobacco all over the table, his shirt, the paper, and anything else within drifting room. He’d eventually get his pipe filled and lit, puff on it a few times, then set it down and promptly forget it until it had burned itself out. And the process would begin again.
Some gratuitous manly pipe photos for no other reason than that I liked them. 🙂
So, when I started thinking about what I would want my espresso tamp to be, I asked Lee Sill at Prima Coffee about what was possible for a custom sized tamper. I have large hands, and most of the tamps I’ve used never fit my hand or grip. I had very specific ideas about what I wanted, and Lee and I were able to come up with something I liked. You can watch the Prima Cavendish series handles as they’re made in this video here.
And this is the result…the Pear Alto Smooth Briar espresso tamper.
I got 3 tamper bases to go with the handle: a 58mm flat, a 58mm convex, and a 53mm flat for my MyPressi Twist. Now I just need an espresso machine…. 🙂