Best tamper size for La Pavoni Europiccola Millenium - 51.0mm or 51.5mm ?

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agnaramasi

#1: Post by agnaramasi »

I am presently ordering a Reg Barber custom tamper for my new Pavoni Europiccola. My question is simple: what size of tamper will fit my basket best? I am confused as some posters suggest 51mm and others 51.5mm. Should I choose one somewhere in between?
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#2: Post by ntwkgestapo »

Typically, the BASKET is @ 51.5mm, I use an EPNW EP5 flat bottomed tamper that measures EXACTLY 51mm. IF you were to use a 51.5mm it'd more than likely bind as it went down inside the filter basket.

EDIT: this is for a newer system... Older,. pre 2000 systems were 49mm filter baskets.
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agnaramasi (original poster)

#3: Post by agnaramasi (original poster) »

so the 51mm is perfectly adequate for you?
I just want to get this right, as the cost is not negligible.
J

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#4: Post by ntwkgestapo »

Works just FINE for me... Does all that I could ask of it!
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Fullsack

#5: Post by Fullsack »

I have a 51.2 for my Europiccola and it is a little tight for low dosing in the tapered basket. Get a 51.0 or 51.1, nothing larger.
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jamhat

#6: Post by jamhat »

My 51.0mm Thor works like a champ. Fullsack made a good point about the single basket being narrower at the bottom - n.b.

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cafeIKE

#7: Post by cafeIKE »

IMO, anything tighter than 0.5mm is a PITA.

See John Weiss' 51 in 58 test in Tamping Twaddle

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#8: Post by IMAWriter »

agnaramasi wrote:I am presently ordering a Reg Barber custom tamper for my new Pavoni Europiccola. My question is simple: what size of tamper will fit my basket best? I am confused as some posters suggest 51mm and others 51.5mm. Should I choose one somewhere in between?
J
If you don't mind the expense, you can send your basket to Reg, and he'll custom fit it.
I've heard that these basket varied very slightly.

EDIT...I meant the mailing expense.
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r-gordon-7

#9: Post by r-gordon-7 »

Another vote for 51.0 mm being fully adequate (in my case, for the Gaggia Factory, which has the same p/f & basket size as the Pavoni Millenium). Anything larger (or possibly larger than an additional .1mm) will likely bind, especially when low dosing or using the single...

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#10: Post by Lockman »

IMAWriter wrote:If you don't mind the expense, you can send your basket to Reg, and he'll custom fit it.
I've heard that these basket varied very slightly.
So if I buy another basket, my $80 Reg might not fit? :roll: The .5 under is looking better now to me.
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