Espresso Supplies in LA
Anyone know a store with good prices on tampers, milk thermometers, bean containers, etc.?
Does Surfas have this kind of stuff?
Surfas does have some of this stuff, might want to call first incase they got depleated over the holiday.
re: Bob Brooks
You can check out the prices at Pasquini, but I think you could do much better elsewhere.
Nothing against Pasquini, but from my experience they never impressed me as being a bargain kind of place. I bought a Pasquini burr grinder for $300 many years ago which I am very happy with (19 years), it's a commercial grade grinder. Their home espresso machines start at $865...don't get me wrong they are high quality machines.
Depends on how in to espresso you are. Surfas has nothing (as far as I am concerned) and no good tampers. Sur La Table, et al, nope. I haven't been to Rosito Bisani, and while it looks like quality equipment, it looks limited. Intelligentsia or LA mill have some good home stuff with fair, but not great, pricing.
Personally I buy tampers from an Ebay vendor Cafesospeso, and also from espressoparts.com and 1st-line.com. Wholelattelove.com and Seattlecoffeegear.com are frequently recommended too. You might also try coffeegeek.com and see if anyone has a rec.
Still, this depends on what you need. If you have an E61 machine and need supplies, LA is not a great place to get stuff. If you have a Krups espresso machine you might find what you need at any of these places.