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Topic: Breakthrough in Tampers! (16 msgs / 622 lines)
1) From: Eddie Dove
Hey folks,
Have you folks checked out Les' website recently athttp://www.thortamper.com/?Les has created a new tamper called the THOR RIDGELINE and it looks
awesome!  It still has the same great, elegant beauty of the wood handle,
but incorporates some other material for a newly shaped base of the tamper.
The new design of the base is not just for artistic flair.  The shape of the
base serves a functional purpose which is to automatically level the tamp.
For Christmas, my wife got me a beautiful Thor Tamper to go along with the
Gaggia Carezza.  I love the tamper, how it tamps and marvel at its beauty;
it is ALWAYS on display in the kitchen.
Do any of you already have one of these?  I believe there is another Thor
Tamper in my future.
Respectfully,
Eddie
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2) From: Kevin
Eddie,
Have you succumbed to the dark side now?
Kevin

3) From: Eddie Dove
Kevin,
Perhaps the shill side ...
I love the beauty of natural wood and what Les does with these tampers
I am sure requires skills that I will never have, but can certainly
enjoy.  I had to have one and decided I could get an espresso machine
to go along with it.
Now I will have two Thor Tampers!
Eddie
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4) From: Dan Bollinger
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Thanks for posting that, Eddie. They are gorgeous, aren't they? I've =
been doing woodturning for 30 years and can tell you that Les' work is =
top notch. By the way, his work falls into the craft designation of =
'treen.'  That is, turned work used for practical use, usually in the =
kitchen, as in wooden bowls and spoons. Treen goes back to the earliest =
days of wood turning and bowl turning continues to be the epitomy of =
turning skill.  
You say 'automatic', technically, it isn't automatic because there is no =
feedback loop. 'Self-leveling' is the proper term, at least for us =
designers and engineers. Feel free to call it anything you like! 
Dan

5) From: Leo Zick
interesting..
now, there has been the comeback of under-dosing recently.  (see the h-b
threads on this, or talk to any italian, as they underdose and fine grind)
This would obviously affect a smaller does, as the tamp wouldnt get deep
enough into the basket to compress the grounds.
there is also the issue of basket shapes, or shower screen depths. dont
these vary by manufacturer?  for example, my lever works better with more
headspace, and my giotto can pull off a ristretto with tighter headspace.
even with perfect levels though, the 1/4" space on the lever is more than
the xx" space for the giotto.  so, will different tampers be offered for
different setups?
i received a thor tamper with my lever machine.. it is really nice looking,
fits well into my hand, but the wood scratching on the coffee is still
something i cant get used to.. almost as bad as fingers on a chalk board.
:o  so, i just tamp more lightly now.. hehe.
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6) From: Sandy Andina
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I have a Thor in cocobolo--in fact, it was the first "real" tamper I  
ever owned. My problems with it was it took forever to lose the wax  
smell (I finally buried it in some over-the-hill "sink shot" coffee  
beans for a couple of days--the beans absorbed the odor); and that it  
does not spin when I try to polish. My Lava and my no-name Rancilio  
logo steel tampers do so like little dervishes. But it sure is  
gorgeous, and it does level the puck better than the others. I just  
find it a PITA to have to use two tampers to prepare a shot.
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I have a Thor in cocobolo--in =
fact, it was the first "real" tamper I ever owned. My problems with it =
was it took forever to lose the wax smell (I finally buried it in some =
over-the-hill "sink shot" coffee beans for a couple of days--the beans =
absorbed the odor); and that it does not spin when I try to polish. My =
Lava and my no-name Rancilio logo steel tampers do so like little =
dervishes. But it sure is gorgeous, and it does level the puck better =
than the others. I just find it a PITA to have to use two tampers to =
prepare a shot.
On Aug 1, 2007, at 7:36 AM, Kevin =
wrote:
Eddie,   Have you succumbed = to the dark side now?    = Kevin Sandy = Andinawww.sandyandina.comwww.myspace.com/sandyandina=

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7) From: Brian Kamnetz
If I understand the posts correctly, the Thor Ridgeline differs from other
Thors in that the base is Corian, not wood. So I'm wondering if some of the
difficulties Sandy describes might be designed out of the Ridgeline.
Brian
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8) From: Les
The Corian is polished with a fine diamond honing wheel and it does spin
much easier than Lignum Vitae.
Les
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9) From: Woody DeCasere
I have a Thor Tamper and have had no such issues, simply put it is perfect
for me, the balance is great, heavier than i thought it would be, and it's a
work of art on top of that.
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10) From: Sandy Andina
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Let's hope! Eager to hear a report on how well it spins.
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Let's hope! Eager to hear a =
report on how well it spins.
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Brian Kamnetz wrote:
If I = understand the posts correctly, the Thor Ridgeline differs from other = Thors in that the base is Corian, not wood. So I'm wondering if some of = the difficulties Sandy describes might be designed out of the Ridgeline. = Brian On = 8/1/07, Sandy Andina <sandraandina> = wrote: I have a Thor in cocobolo--in fact, it was the = first "real" tamper I ever owned. My problems with it was it took = forever to lose the wax smell (I finally buried it in some over-the-hill = "sink shot" coffee beans for a couple of days--the beans absorbed the = odor); and that it does not spin when I try to polish. My Lava and my = no-name Rancilio logo steel tampers do so like little dervishes. But it = sure is gorgeous, and it does level the puck better than the others. I = just find it a PITA to have to use two tampers to prepare a shot. = = Sandy = Andinawww.sandyandina.comwww.myspace.com/sandyandina=

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11) From: Sandy Andina
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I just ordered an Espro last night--once I've confirmed that I've  
gotten the 30# tamp down pat, I'll order the Corian Thor..
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I just ordered an Espro last =
night--once I've confirmed that I've gotten the 30# tamp down pat, I'll =
order the Corian Thor..
On Aug 1, 2007, at 3:59 PM, Les =
wrote:
The Corian is polished with a fine diamond honing = wheel and it does spin much easier than Lignum Vitae.  = Les   On 8/1/07, = Brian Kamnetz <bkamnetz> = wrote: If I = understand the posts correctly, the Thor Ridgeline differs from other = Thors in that the base is Corian, not wood. So I'm wondering if some of = the difficulties Sandy describes might be designed out of the Ridgeline. = Brian On = 8/1/07, Sandy Andina <sandraandina > wrote: = I have = a Thor in cocobolo--in fact, it was the first "real" tamper I ever = owned. My problems with it was it took forever to lose the wax smell (I = finally buried it in some over-the-hill "sink shot" coffee beans for a = couple of days--the beans absorbed the odor); and that it does not spin = when I try to polish. My Lava and my no-name Rancilio logo steel tampers = do so like little dervishes. But it sure is gorgeous, and it does level = the puck better than the others. I just find it a PITA to have to use = two tampers to prepare a shot. = Sandy = Andinawww.sandyandina.comwww.myspace.com/sandyandina=

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12) From: Eddie Dove
Sandy,
Did you ever take Les up on his offer the last time you mentioned this?
12/26/2006
Sandy,
Polish your lignium vitae base with a cotton cloth.  Just give it a
good brisk rubbing and it should slick right up and you should be able
to polish the puck with no problem.  If there is a problem, I will
recondition the tamper for you free.
Les
(Thor Tampers)
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13) From: Sandy Andina
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I polished till my arms ached--to no avail.  I think those vaunted  
sharp right angles that produce an absolutely level puck also scratch  
it when turning. Reconditioning won't help, I'm afraid, since it  
performed that way even when new. I do notice there is now a slight  
radius, but it doesn't seem to help it spin.
On Aug 1, 2007, at 4:23 PM, Eddie Dove wrote:
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I polished till my arms =
ached--to no avail.  I think those vaunted sharp right angles that =
produce an absolutely level puck also scratch it when turning. =
Reconditioning won't help, I'm afraid, since it performed that way even =
when new. I do notice there is now a slight radius, but it doesn't seem =
to help it spin.
On Aug 1, 2007, at 4:23 PM, Eddie Dove =
wrote:
Sandy, Did you = ever take Les up on his offer the last time you mentioned = this? 12/26/2006Polish your lignium vitae base = with a cotton cloth.  = Just give it agood brisk rubbing and it = should slick right up and you should be ableto polish the puck with no problem.  If there is a problem, I = willrecondition the tamper for you = free. Les(Thor = Tampers) On 8/1/07, Sandy Andina <sandraandina> = wrote: I have a Thor = in cocobolo--in fact, it was the first "real" tamper I everowned. My problems with it was it took forever to = lose the wax smell (Ifinally buried it in some = over-the-hill "sink shot" coffee beans for acouple of days--the beans absorbed the odor); and = that it does not spin whenI try to = polish. My Lava and my no-name Rancilio logo steel tampers do = solike little dervishes. But it sure is gorgeous, = and it does level the puckbetter than = the others. I just find it a PITA to have to use two tampers = toprepare a shot. On Aug 1, 2007, at 7:36 AM, = Kevin wrote: Eddie, Have you succumbed to the dark = side now? Kevin Sandy Andinawww.sandyandina.com -- Vita non = est vivere sed valere vita estRoasting Blog = and Profiles for the Gene Cafehttp://southcoastcoff=eeroaster.blogspot.com/homeroast mailing listhttp://li=sts.sweetmarias.com/mailman/listinfo/homeroastTo change your personal list settings (digest = options, vacations, unsvbscribes) go to http://=sweetmarias.com/maillistinfo.html#personalsettings = Sandy = Andinawww.sandyandina.comwww.myspace.com/sandyandina=

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14) From: True, Dennis W. FC1 (CVN69)
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Les,
    Will you consider using different colors of corian to contrast with
the wonderful wood you are using?
Dennis
	

15) From: Les
Yes,
I am still looking for a color that I am in love with.  I just ordered
more samples!  I think I found a black that I like.
Les
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16) From: RK
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nice new design Les I like the ridge line.
RK


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