Tamper 51 mm vs 51.5 mm for La Pavoni lever machine

There are several filter diameters for espresso machines. The La Pavoni Europiccola coffee machine that I use has 51 mm diameter filters. Upon purchase, a plastic tamper is provided. As a result, the investment of a metal tamper becomes necessary. For this type of accessory there is a price range from 15 to  150 $.

The first tamper I bought for this machine was a 15 $ model found on Aliexpress.

A few months later, I bought the official tamper La Pavoni (manufactured and designed by BPlus, the same company that makes the excellent Apollo coffee grinders) for 90 $. Precision, for 90 $, the tamper is marketed with a funnel for filter holders which reduces by the same the difference in price. The funnel for filter holder is an accessory not essential but really usual. I will present it with other practical accessories for coffee machines in a future article.


The difference in the diameter of the two tamper alone justifies the reason that pushed me to write this article. One (the first price) is exactly 51 mm in diameter, the other (the La Pavoni) is 51.5 mm in diameter.

In use I actually noticed a difference between the two products. With the 51mm tamper (on the right picture) you can notice that there is coffee left over the edges of the basket. With the 51.5 mm diameter model La Pavoni, this problem does not appear.

The diameter of the tamper The Pavoni is slightly greater than 51mm (It is 51,5mm). There is no coffee remaining on the edges of the filter.
As the diameter of the first price tamper is exactly 51mm, there is coffee left over the edges of the filter. This requires a tap on the filter holder to drop the coffee from the edge.

As a result, if you are looking for an ideal tamper for your La Pavoni coffee machine, I recommend you look for a 51.5 mm diameter tamper. I opted for the BPlus that suits me perfectly. BPlus also markets 49.5 mm tamper for La Pavoni Pre-Milennium.

The weight

On the tamper The Pavoni, the whole tamper is made of stainless steel. Because of this, it is heavier than the other model presented. It is the pleasure of everyone to prefer a heavy tampering or a light tamper. Overall when you take a tamper with the aluminum or wooden handle, the weight is around 400g.


In conclusion, if you are looking for a tamper for your La Pavoni coffee machine, I recommend that you favor a 51.5 mm tamper rather than 51mm diameter. this half-millimeter makes all the difference because it avoids that there is coffee that hangs on the edges of the filter.

If you want to buy a 51mm (or 51.5mm) tamper, you can buy it on Amazon by following this link.


    1. I am so disappointed with La Pavoni
      Why oh why so they supply such a poor cheap plastic tamper.this company know very well the sensitivity of correctly tamping the grinds. Why do they not support their product with a quality Fitting Tamper and basket.
      Will never buy another Pavoni product again.

  1. Did you buy it after 2019? Smeg purchased Pavoni then. How was the supplied tamper pre-2019? It keeps the initial cost lower, and allows people to choose a tamper of their liking (or one they already own). Honestly the half mm makes very little difference except to the aesthetics. Just DO NOT TAP/KNOCK your portafilter after tamping to knock the coffee on the sides down, that can cause puck to crack and channel. After main tamp, simply tamp 2 or 3 times lightly while moving the tamper to the side to get all grounds down.

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