Ladon Apple Partially Rusticated Briar Espresso Tamper
Inspired by the apple pipe shape, the Ladon Apple Partially Rusticated Briar Espresso Tamper is simply epic. The mighty movement of pattern and the scar-like rustication reminded us of some awesome and mysterious scarred dragon. So I named this tamper after Ladon, the dragon of Greek myth who protected the golden apples in the Garden of Hesperides and was slain by Heracles.
The grain pattern of the Ladon Apple stands out because of the great deal of flame and vertical grain that rises out of exceptional random grain on one side. Rustication winds its way from the top of the neck along the side of the head forming a scar-like shape. When you are able to take your eyes off of this captivating tool and actually use it, you will find it to be as epic to the hand as it is to the eye. With a narrow, almost straight neck and a gently rounded head, this espresso tamper is a thrill to hold. I have no doubt that this work of majesty will help make espresso worthy of its own legend.
Handle and 58mm Flat Base:Height: 4 1/8"
Width: 2 5/16"
Weight: ~12.7 oz
Handle Only:Height: 3 1/2"
Width: 1 1/2"
Weight: ~2.2 oz
58mm Flat Base Only:Height: 3/4"
Width: 2 5/16"
Weight: ~10.5 oz
$48.62Tampers are as diverse as the baristas who use them. Our new tamper meets the needs of almost any barista, whether professionally trained or newly beginning. With its durable aluminum handle and wide, smooth top, the tamper is ergonomically designed to fit comfortably into the palm unlike other overly rounded handles which can press a little too tightly into the hand of the barista, or flat topped handles which can become uncomfortable after extended use.
The base of the Prima tamper is of a hefty 304 stainless steel design. This solid steel base combined with the light, detachable aluminum handle adds balanced weight to the tamper which helps aid the barista in providing an even tamp, shot after shot.
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