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Project by mafe posted 12-12-2010 03:01 AM 2841 views 0 times favorited 36 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Espresso tamper
Yes I’m a fanatic when it comes to coffee

Christmas came early this year! Or actually it comes always at the same as always… But gifts came early and this year I was spoiled for my espresso passion.

A Handpresso wildlife, and I was more than thrilled.
For those who have never heart of this, it’s an espresso maker to use on the go, as when you are fishing, a day in the forest or on top of a mountain… Sound crazy? Then watch this:

So I got this wonderful espresso maker, but since I’m a fanatic in espresso, I wanted a tamper (the tool you use to add the right pressure to the coffee in the filter) for my new Handpresso.

So time for the workshop:

First picture The espresso maker, coffee cup, filter with coffee, thermo with hot water, and the tamper (ohhh yes and some nice tobacco).

Second: A piece of old table leg Palisander I think, and a piece of aluminum rod, held together by a threaded rod, and epoxy glue.

Third: A spin on the lathe, my HSS irons are doing fine on the aluminum even the alu get quite hot (not good for the glue).

Fourth: Here my little new tamper tamping the coffee in the filter, so I get the perfect even water run through when brewing the espresso.

Fifth: Brewing a cup of coffee after a good tamp.

And number six And finally drinking these drops of liquid religion! Yes you are allowed to call me a fanatic, but this Handpresso makes a wonderful coffee, so I cant wait to sit in a beautiful spot with my beloved Caroline, and share a wonderful cup of espresso.

To those who think this is crazy, watch this video and see the effort I do for my normal coffee at home…


(It’s not my video, just the same espresso machine).


You don’t need to spend 100 dollar on a tamper, an old table leg and some scrap alu will do just fine.



Best thoughts,

MaFe

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.





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mafe

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#1 posted 12-12-2010 03:07 AM


I forgot to tell that I was cooking frog legs for our christmas dinner – yes you read me correct, frog legs!
Not quite sure what to tell about this, reminded me most of chicken, but I must admit, to sit and suck these little frog legs from meat, and look at the piece of spine that comes with them, that was…. crossing my border a little, just a little, but enough to say I think it will be the last time I cook frog legs.
(I think you can see it in my eyes).
Smiles,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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rivergirl

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#2 posted 12-12-2010 03:45 AM

Mads, did you get a horse with your handpresso machine? And …. what… gave you the idea… that FROG LEGS would be an exciting and appropriate thing to cook for Christmas dinner? You poor Caroline…. I bet she will get you all straightened up and in line when you both live in one house.. full time… forever. :) FROG LEGS? Are you KIDDING ME? HO HO HO !

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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patron

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#3 posted 12-12-2010 04:15 AM

merry christmas

the cubans taught me
to make coffee

1 sauce pan full of water
1 lb coffee
5 lbs sugar

boil

drink
in little paper cups

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Dennisgrosen

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#4 posted 12-12-2010 04:19 AM

I knew you was cooking on something crazy…. and I was right …..LOL
thow I had never gessed it was a tamper :-)
well we have to try that little breuwer next time just remember to have the big mashine as a backup ..LOL

good to see you back in the shop Mads your daily new gismo has been missed :-)

take care
Dennis

ps. frogleggs what ”#@& where you thinking of ….crazy mad man ….LOL

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NBeener

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#5 posted 12-12-2010 04:27 AM

Never seen anything like it, et j’aimerais à la tasse de votre café trya :-)

Very cool!

-- -- Neil

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fernandoindia

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#6 posted 12-12-2010 05:32 AM

Hi Mad,
It seem both enjoy the Espresso night !!

Never heard before of the handpresso. Cool. Smaller than your pipe!!! LOL

I always wonder where did cowboys stow all the kitchen stuff. Watch the size of the kettle. Unbelievable.

BTW , how many frog legs need a human to feel well fed, 200?

Merry Xmas, & Take care

-- Back home. Fernando

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swirt

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#7 posted 12-12-2010 06:12 AM

That’s great. Too funny too.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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MichaelA

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#8 posted 12-12-2010 07:58 AM

Sounds like you two had a great time.Thats what its all about.I smile mafe.

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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lanwater

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#9 posted 12-12-2010 08:11 AM

Mafe you are full of surprises!

Thanks for introducing the handpresso!

Ps: j’ai beacoup aime la deuxieme video (pas d’accent sur ce clavier de merd…)

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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mafe

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#10 posted 12-12-2010 11:20 AM

Hi there,
Kelly, no I was looking again and again in the box for a horse, but was very disapointed when I realized there were no horse with it… I have to tell you the French love frog legs, and it’s a delicatesse there, so Caro was happy to have me cooking her these little legs. Me on the other hand, I had a little hard time to eat them even they tasted wonderful. Straightend up me? This part I completely dont understand… ;O(])
David, I have to try this one day, even I have a difficult time beliving it will match up with the espresso. Acually I like the Turkish coffee a lot, so why not.
Dennis, I laugh – and don’t worry I’m not thinking too much, just trying to be. Yes I also missed LJ when I was on holyday, but decided to stay of most of the time. I’ll post soon some pictures from Croix, even I don’t know where to post them now, since we don’t have a coffee launge anymore. I’ll just make a normal blog, and hope not to be in trouble.
Niel, yes there are nothing like a good cup of coffee.
Fernando, yes you need a lot of these little legs to get full, and this was what made it so grotesque for me, to pick up on pair of legs after the other and suck those little pieces of meat, I probaly eat 100 legs. Yes I love my morning and my evening espresso, I have friends here that look like they have seen the garden of eden when they drink a good espresso, and for me I have never bought my self a better gift, than my espresso machine when I divorsed eight years ago – this machine brings me every day at least one smile on my lip, it’s never just a cup of coffe, no it’s a travel in flavores, a incounter, and I love this every day for eight years now. Best money ever spend.
Swirt, yes a wonderful gadget, that now have a little tamper for perfection.
Michael, yes we did, infact so good that it was tough to say goodbye since we have to wait for newyear to see eachother again. But I feel so blessed to have my beautiful Caroline.


Here while I was cooking (in plenty of white wine, and some fresh parsille).

And here the dinner beeing served (frog legs and pasta, ala MaFe).

Best thought and a big wonderful froggy smile,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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BritBoxmaker

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#11 posted 12-12-2010 01:21 PM

Wonderful project, Mads. Less truly is more.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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mafe

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#12 posted 12-12-2010 01:25 PM

Yes Martyn, as you can see I also like to keep my post simple… Laugh.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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BritBoxmaker

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#13 posted 12-12-2010 01:54 PM

lol. I meant the project. A simple device to give so much pleasure. Yes I do mean the tamper. lol

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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Flemming

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#14 posted 12-12-2010 01:55 PM

I WANT A HANDPRESSO!!!!!!!! :D
looks like you had a wonderful early christmas. it seems santa did come to paris a little earlier than copenhagen this year.
that’s a sweet tamper :)
I have a friend in svendborg who dreams of owning a coffee shop and being a barista. he is also a coffee bean fanatic and he was a little jealous when i told him you had a rancilio machine, hahahah :)
all the best mads

-- Flemming. It's only a mistake if you can't fix it.

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rivergirl

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#15 posted 12-12-2010 02:33 PM

Frogl legs a delicacy? For Christmas dinner? GROSS… Mads, now I know why it is said, “Never trust the French.”

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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