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Topic: Thor Ridgeline Tamper A Review (8 msgs / 190 lines)
1) From: Barry Luterman
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Recently, I purchased one of Les's new Ridgeline tampers. As to the =
beauty of the wood and quality of Les's craftsmanship a picture is worth =
a thousand words. The tamper is featured in 2 pictures on Les's home =
page. It is the tamper in Hawaii.
I can report on the functionality of the tamper in respect to my =
equipment. I am using a Mazzer Mini grinder with a canning funnel =
modification. A Brewtus espresso machine and of course the new =
Ridgeline.
Until I started using the Ridgeline I was using a regular 58 mm Thor =
tamper. The Mazzer ground the beans perfectly so that the coffee did not =
clump. The canning funnel technique resulted in a level load prior to =
tamping. All that was left was to carefully tamp at about 35 lbs of =
pressure rocking the tamper in 8 directions and then polishing the tamp. =
If I paid attention and the grind was set right I would get a 27 sec =
shot more than 90% of the time.
Using the same basic equipment except substituting the new Ridgeline =
tamper. All I  have to do is use a polishing move with the tamper and if =
the grind is set right a perfect 27 sec shot results 100% of the time. =
This result occurs even when I am not paying much attention to what I am =
doing. Another advantage is my previous tamper fit down into the funnel. =
Over time the sides of the funnel wore the finish off the tamper.With =
the new Ridgeline the Corian fits into the lumen of the funnel and =
spares the wood finish
I haven't figured out how to make a Ristretto with the new tamper yet. I =
guess the best way would be to fill the PF half way use my regular Thor =
tamper then fill completely and top off with the Ridgeline.
The only fault I have found with the new tamper is that the Corian does =
detract somewhat from the beautiful wood Les uses in the manufacture of =
his tampers. It comes down to a matter of form follows function. For me =
the trade off of aesthetics for use is worth it. It also remains to be =
seen how the Corian stands up over time. On first impression and use I =
would score the new Ridgeline a perfect 10. 

2) From: Robert Gulley
Way to go, Les!! Nothing like a satisfied customer to make your day!
RG
At 03:50 PM 9/14/2007, you wrote:
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3) From: Lisa Carton
thanks for the review barry-----
i JUST received my brand spanking new Th=
or  Ridgeline, (it came last night), for use in my newly acquired LaPeppina=
 espresso machine.......(Thanks, Les!!!!) I have only used it once so far, =
today, and i can say that i will also be exploring how to do ristrettos, et=
c.......but so far i absolutley LOVE it!  The Corian buffs it real nice and=
 smooth.....it is GORGEOUS, of course, and fits PERFECTLY in the basket (Le=
s custom fit it!). My learning curve here is with LaPeppina as well as the =
tamper, but i can say i pulled a real yummy shot FIRST try and drank it as =
a cappuccino........AWESOME!
Thanks so much Les for a wonderful tamper=
!
You ROCK!
 
~~~~> Come see my Coffee Blog at http://lisabeee=n.blogspot.com    
----- Original Message ----
From: Barry Lut=
erman 
To: homeroast
=
Cc: Zara Haimo 
Sent: Friday, September 14, 2007 3:50:57 =
PM
Subject: +Thor Ridgeline Tamper A Review
Recently, I purchased=
 one of Les's new Ridgeline tampers. As to the beauty of the wood and quali=
ty of Les's craftsmanship a picture is worth a thousand words. The tamper i=
s featured in 2 pictures on Les's home page. It is the tamper in Hawaii.
=
I can report on the functionality of the tamper in respect to my equipment.=
 I am using a Mazzer Mini grinder with a canning funnel modification. A Bre=
wtus espresso machine and of course the new Ridgeline.
Until I started us=
ing the Ridgeline I was using a regular 58 mm Thor tamper. The Mazzer groun=
d the beans perfectly so that the coffee did not clump. The canning funnel =
technique resulted in a level load prior to tamping. All that was left was =
to carefully tamp at about 35 lbs of pressure rocking the tamper in 8 direc=
tions and then polishing the tamp. If I paid attention and the grind was se=
t right I would get a 27 sec shot more than 90% of the time.
Using the sa=
me basic equipment except substituting the new Ridgeline tamper. All I  hav=
e to do is use a polishing move with the tamper and if the grind is set rig=
ht a perfect 27 sec shot results 100% of the time. This result occurs even =
when I am not paying much attention to what I am doing. Another advantage i=
s my previous tamper fit down into the funnel. Over time the sides of the f=
unnel wore the finish off the tamper.With the new Ridgeline the Corian fits=
 into the lumen of the funnel and spares the wood finish
I haven't figure=
d out how to make a Ristretto with the new tamper yet. I guess the best way=
 would be to fill the PF half way use my regular Thor tamper then fill comp=
letely and top off with the Ridgeline.
The only fault I have found with t=
he new tamper is that the Corian does detract somewhat from the beautiful w=
ood Les uses in the manufacture of his tampers. It comes down to a matter o=
f form follows function. For me the trade off of aesthetics for use is wort=
h it. It also remains to be seen how the Corian stands up over time. On fir=
st impression and use I would score the new Ridgeline a perfect 10.
==
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4) From: Eddie Dove
Ditto on the comments from Barry and Lisa!  I just received mine a few
days ago.  On Les' web page (www.thortamper.com), it is the one below
Barry's that is making it's home in Mississippi.  The picture just
doesn't do the tamper justice; the colors of the wood become richer
with time and are already notably richer than that picture.
The Corian comes out as smooth as glass and does an excellent job of
polishing the puck!
Mine will be getting a workout next weekend while the rest of the
family is out of town.
Got Ridgeline?  I got mine.
Eddie
-- 
Vita non est vivere sed valere vita est
Roasting Blog and Profiles for the Gene Cafehttp://southcoastcoffeeroaster.blogspot.com/

5) From: Les
Ristrettos are easy.  Just level, tamp, refill the PF, level again,
and tamp again.  I made 3 perfect ones this morning.
On 9/14/07, Eddie Dove  wrote:
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6) From: Lisa Carton
i guess i know what i will be drinking tomorrow morning! 
;D
 Thanks=
 again, Les!
~~~~> Come see my Coffee Blog at http://lisabee=en.blogspot.com    
----- Original Message ----
From: Les 
To: homeroast
Sent: Friday, S=
eptember 14, 2007 5:06:33 PM
Subject: Re: +Thor Ridgeline Tamper A Review=
Ristrettos are easy.  Just level, tamp, refill the PF, level again=
,
and tamp again.  I made 3 perfect ones this morning.
On 9/14/07, E=
ddie Dove  wrote:
> Ditto on the comme=
nts from Barry and Lisa!  I just received mine a few
> days ago.  On Les'=
 web page (www.thortamper.com), it is the one below
> Barry's that is mak=
ing it's home in Mississippi.  The picture just
> doesn't do the tamper j=
ustice; the colors of the wood become richer
> with time and are already =
notably richer than that picture.
>
> The Corian comes out as smooth as=
 glass and does an excellent job of
> polishing the puck!
>
> Mine wi=
ll be getting a workout next weekend while the rest of the
> family is ou=
t of town.
>
> Got Ridgeline?  I got mine.
>
> Eddie
> --
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a non est vivere sed valere vita est
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 Gene Cafe
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7) From: Brian Kamnetz
Thanks for posting the link, Eddie. I always enjoy browsing though Les's site.
I especially was interested in the "stabilized wood", impregnated with
polymer (wonder when the baby polymer is due?). There is something
about the box elder wood that is appealing to me. Who'd a thunk that
box elder wood could be appealing? I'm almost as surprised as I was
the first time I saw poplar cabinets.
Brian
On 9/14/07, Eddie Dove  wrote:
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8) From: gin
Barry:
Thanks for the great review.
I am on the waiting list for a Ridgeline. Les has had my wood for some time and I was not sure what to do! I saw the Ridgeline and knew what I wanted...
Can't wait!!
Les is an artist.
ginny
---- Barry Luterman  wrote: 
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