Pullman Big Step Tamper

Product Code
bigstep-white
$165.00

Measurements

Weight
0.99 lbs
Length
2.5 in
Width
2.5 in
Height
4.5 in

Details

Pullman's Big Step tamper has great heft and balance, and the precisely machined parts exhibit obvious craftsmanship. This is a tool you'll be happy to use every day, and one you'll want to take great care of. The patent-pending piston is designed to snugly fit the Pullman Filtration Basket, as well as VST-style ridgeless baskets (58.70 mm diameter or larger), giving you full compaction with little to no residual grounds on the side-walls. That means you're compacting your puck fully and evenly across the entire surface, which greatly helps in reducing edge channeling and donut extractions, and can increase extraction yields. The tapered step in the base design reduces suction while removing the tamper, so dislodged or fractured pucks are much less of an issue.

Big Step bases are made from 440 grade stainless steel stainless steel (MKII 440C), so they're hard enough to stand up to busy bar use and will hold their edge longer than the previous 630 grade stainless - but they're still not invincible. It's important to care for your Big Step and protect the base from damage, so it's recommended to store on a soft surface like a rubber tamp stand. Each Big Step tamper includes three handle spacers to adjust the handle height to your preference, and the rubber piston grip helps to ease finger strain throughout the day. We currently carry powder-coated aluminum handle styles only, in a variety of colors. Select the color of your choice from the drop-down menu when adding the product to your cart. Pullman tampers are designed and made in Australia.

 

Features

What's in the box:

  • Pullman Big Step Tamper
  • 3 handle spacers: 2, 5, and 8 mm
  • Product guide and care manual

Features:

  • 58.55 mm base sized to snugly fit VST ridgeless baskets and Pullman baskets (may not fit ridged baskets)
  • Evenly compacts coffee with little side-wall residue
  • Patent-pending stepped piston design reduces suction when removing tamper - no more dislodged pucks!
  • Comfortable rubber grip eases stress on fingers
  • Spacers included to adjust handle height for barista preference
  • Durable 630 grade stainless steel tamper base
  • Made in Australia

Specifications

Model: Big Step Tamper
Height: 9.2 cm / 3.6 in (adjustable with included spacers)
Base Diameter: 58.55 mm
Base Style: Flat
Weight: 375 g / 13.2 oz
Materials: 630 stainless steel base, rubber grip, steel spacers, powder coated aluminum handle, delrin insert
4.9375 stars, based on 16 reviews

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10/9/2018 11:23:01 AM

5 / 5 stars

Pullman Big Step: Excellent Tamp

This tamper fits the VST un-ridged basket perfectly, as advertised. I suspect it will fit a ridged VST, however some have raised concerns. I have a triple basket which came with a bottomless pf for e61; this basket resembles VST and the Pullman tamp also fits perfect. On to the review -- a tamp that fits your basket well, and a top-quality basket are the little details that help me pull consistent, even shots, day after day. The tamp really matters, and the results during bottomless portafilter extraction and in the cup are noticeably better than tamping with a smaller diameter tamp. This is one of my favorite tamps; the other is a Mahlgut level tamper buzzer which happens to be the same diameter as the Pullman Big Step. Which is better? The Pullman gives me more feel for pressure and is easy to get level, but the Mahlgut is dead level every time. It's a toss up.

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8/4/2018 12:29:24 PM

5 / 5 stars

U couldn't be happier

THIS was the tamp I have been waiting for!

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Verified Buyer

5/10/2018 12:00:00 AM

5 / 5 stars

Great tamp

Love the feel of this tamp and it works great with the Pullman baskets.

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Verified Buyer

5/2/2018 12:00:00 AM

5 / 5 stars

Works great with vst ridgeless basket

Perfect size.

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Verified Buyer

3/30/2018 12:00:00 AM

5 / 5 stars

Great tool

I really think this is an amazing tamper. It helps to eliminate any channeling along the sides and works very well with the vst baskets.

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Verified Buyer

1/8/2018 12:00:00 AM

5 / 5 stars

Great Tamper

It's expensive... but effectively achieves everything it claims. Really enjoyed it so far, good feel, good performance... if you've got the coin go for it.

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Verified Buyer

12/29/2017 12:00:00 AM

5 / 5 stars

Pullman Big Step

I love it! It Tamps the entire puck! I also purchased the chisel! Great products, great company!

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Verified Buyer

12/14/2017 12:00:00 AM

5 / 5 stars

Big Step is the best

More even extractions since starting using this tamper. Love it.

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Verified Buyer

12/13/2017 12:00:00 AM

5 / 5 stars

Match made in coffee heaven

The Pullman Bigstep tamper is that missing link to the equation. Along with other tools and careful crafting the tamper fits right in. A very solid and well made piece of equipment a good way to polish your craft, even if its just by 58.55mm (+/- 0.02mm) its enough to improve every extration. Its a must everywhere i go. A++

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Verified Buyer

12/8/2017 12:00:00 AM

5 / 5 stars

Amazing Tamper!

I love this tamper! Totally even tamp around the basket.

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Verified Buyer

11/13/2017 12:00:00 AM

5 / 5 stars

Loving this Big Step!

I just bought the Pullman Big Step Tamper and it's everything I wanted in a tamper. It fits my portafilter basket perfectly (I have a VST) and it's very comfortable in my hand. The stackers are perfect for adjusting to the size you need. I have one extra stacker on my pullman and it works perfectly. Such pride of ownership in this little piece!

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Verified Buyer

10/30/2017 12:00:00 AM

5 / 5 stars

Big step forward

I have been pulling shots and trying to refine my technique for a year now. Chuck Pfahler , owner of LaTerza Coffee in Cincinnati, recommended the Pullman Big Step and was he ever right! The tightness of the puck instantly improved and markedly decreased the channeling. There were now good "mouse tails‰Û�! Thanks Chuck for the recommendation!

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Verified Buyer

9/17/2017 12:00:00 AM

5 / 5 stars

Pullman and vST

Received a Pullman Big Step and VST basket. Prima sent me the wrong basket but quickly corrected my order. Thank for your excellent service.

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Verified Buyer

8/19/2017 12:00:00 AM

5 / 5 stars

I love this thing!

Simply put, I love tamping with the Pullman Big Step! It has a nice weight to it, it feels great to hold, and the rubber cushion provides my index finger and thumb a lot of relief at the end of a long bar shift. Using VST (and pullman) baskets I get perfectly compacted pucks with no residual grounds on the side walls and gorgeous looking and tasting extractions. Of course it can be hard to quantify whether or not this tamper has actually improved the flavor or overall quality of my shots, but I can say that I just love using it and my coffee is better for it. My only gripe is that there is still some suction effect happening if I try to remove the tamper too fast, of course which can be easily overcome by simply remove the tamp more carefully. Otherwise the Big Step rocks!

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Verified Buyer

7/15/2017 12:00:00 AM

5 / 5 stars

A big thumbs up for the Pullman Big Step tamper

This tamper works perfectly with my VST baskets. It's amazing how well it compacts the puck, covering its entire surface. It really helps eliminate channeling, which is especially appreciated when one is using a bottomless portafilter.

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Verified Buyer

7/6/2017 12:00:00 AM

4 / 5 stars

Feels custom and feels like a solid build

So I was really really excited to be able to order this for myself (and of course to use at our shop)! I first saw this from Chris Baca (Cat & Cloud) and couldn't wait to get one of my own, especially after all the wonderful things he said about it. The paint job on the handle is beautiful. The weight is nice and heavy. I love it. The shape fits nicely in my palm. These features may not be other folks' cup of tea. The base is nice and flat just how I like. Here's the BUT... So I'm not sure if this is the case for other folks, but using this with a 20g VST basket and the LM bottomless portafilter, and every time I tamp, I'm getting some binding or feel like it's jamming on the walls of the basket. I know Pullman also makes baskets, so are these best ONLY with their VST baskets??? Also, I feel like I'm pretty careful with it, but am starting to notice some light scratches on the base. Is this normal? I'd love to know what everyone else's impressions are. Not quite sure I'd pay the premium for another one... even though I originally wanted to customize my next one.

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