There's no getting away from it, tamping is an essential step in making espresso.
And whilst you may not want to pay $100 for one, the standard bendy plastic number that comes packaged with your machine is just, well, not up to standard. In fact, it's a bit of an embarrassment.
So you're gonna need a replacement and this is where this little guy comes in. The feel and quality of this 58ml stainless steel tamper belies its reasonable price. It's great to hold, has a really nice weight (370g), and looks pretty good on the counter, next to your pride and joy.