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Date: 04 Dec 2006 11:54:32
From: JC Dill
Subject: measuring portafilter and tamper size
I have a Melita Cafe Express. It didn't come with a tamper. I need
to get a tamper that fits. The problem is that I don't know if my
Melita has a "standard" sized portafilter or not, and I'm not clear
how to measure my portafilter so I can buy or order the right size
tamper

The portafilter measures 2 3/8 inches from outside rim to outside rim,
and 2 1/8 inches from inside to inside. (All measurements taken at
the top rim.) Is this a standard size for a portafilter? How tightly
does a proper sized tamper fit against the portafilter sides? My
current tamper measures just 1 31/32 inches wide and is at least 1/4
inch too small.

Sweet ias has tampers in these sizes:

58 millimeters = 2.28346457 inches
55 millimeters = 2.16535433 inches
53 millimeters = 2.08661417 inches

2 1/8 inches = 53.97500 millimeters

So does that mean I should get a 55 mm tamper? Or does the basket
narrow as it goes down, do I need the 58 mm tamper?

I'm going to email Sweet ias and ask but their website says that
they are 2-3 days backed up in answering email and filling orders.

Thanks!

jc

--

"The nice thing about a e is you get to ride a lot
of different horses without having to own that many."
~ Eileen Morgan of The e's Nest, PA




 
Date: 04 Dec 2006 12:40:50
From: Don C.
Subject: Re: measuring portafilter and tamper size

JC Dill wrote:
> I have a Melita Cafe Express. It didn't come with a tamper. I need
> to get a tamper that fits. The problem is that I don't know if my
> Melita has a "standard" sized portafilter or not, and I'm not clear
> how to measure my portafilter so I can buy or order the right size
> tamper
>
> The portafilter measures 2 3/8 inches from outside rim to outside rim,
> and 2 1/8 inches from inside to inside. (All measurements taken at
> the top rim.) Is this a standard size for a portafilter? How tightly
> does a proper sized tamper fit against the portafilter sides? My
> current tamper measures just 1 31/32 inches wide and is at least 1/4
> inch too small.
>
> Sweet ias has tampers in these sizes:
>
> 58 millimeters = 2.28346457 inches
> 55 millimeters = 2.16535433 inches
> 53 millimeters = 2.08661417 inches
>
> 2 1/8 inches = 53.97500 millimeters
>
> So does that mean I should get a 55 mm tamper? Or does the basket
> narrow as it goes down, do I need the 58 mm tamper?
>
> I'm going to email Sweet ias and ask but their website says that
> they are 2-3 days backed up in answering email and filling orders.
>
> Thanks!
>
> jc
>
> --
>
> "The nice thing about a e is you get to ride a lot
> of different horses without having to own that many."
> ~ Eileen Morgan of The e's Nest, PA

???

You say your pf measures 53.8 mm. A 58 or 55 mm tamper would not fit
even in to the top of the pf let alone down far enough to actually tamp
the coffee. A 53mm tamper might work nicely IF your basket does not
narrow. I don't know about the Melitta basket. Melitta should. I
know my basket does narrow by a couple mm from top to bottom. For me a
53 mm tamper works well if I overdose the basket but if I underdose it
jams against the side of the basket.



  
Date: 05 Dec 2006 09:09:38
From: JC Dill
Subject: Re: measuring portafilter and tamper size
On 4 Dec 2006 12:40:50 -0800, "Don C." <DonRCummings@gmail.com > wrote:

>You say your pf measures 53.8 mm. A 58 or 55 mm tamper would not fit
>even in to the top of the pf let alone down far enough to actually tamp
>the coffee.

D'oh! You are absolutely right, I was doing the math backwards there,
wasn't I! OK, so I guess I need a 53 mm tamper and while it won't fit
to the bottom of the basket I'm assuming it should work fine to tamp
when the basket is full of grounds (as it should be).

Thanks.

jc

--

"The nice thing about a e is you get to ride a lot
of different horses without having to own that many."
~ Eileen Morgan of The e's Nest, PA