This new Tamping Stand is made from solid 304 stainless steel, and is 50% heavier than the previous Cafelat tamping stand. The top and bottom feature durable rubber pads. You can use this with either a spouted or naked portafilter to keep your work surface clean and and scratch free. It also keeps the spouts free of coffee grounds so they do not end up in the cup. The exterior has been expertly finished by Cafelat in-house with a wonderful mirror finish.