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Coffee Tampers

A coffee tamper is a tool used in the process of making espresso. It is used to compress or "tamp" ground coffee beans into a compact puck inside the espresso machine's portafilter. This step is critical to ensuring consistent and even extraction of flavour and aroma compounds from the coffee grounds during the brewing process.

The tamper handle is typically made of aluminium or timber, with a flat base stainless steel that matches the size of the espresso machine's portafilter. The base is pressed down onto the ground coffee in the portafilter to ensure an even and level surface. This compacted coffee puck allows the hot water to pass through the coffee grounds more evenly, resulting in a better-tasting espresso shot.

Coffee tampers come in a variety of sizes and styles, ranging from basic hand tampers and palm tampers to more complex calibrated tampers and also automatic coffee tampers. The choice of tamper will depend on personal preference, as well as the specific needs of the espresso machine being used.

A high-quality coffee tamper can make all the difference in the taste and quality of your espresso shots. Here are some of the key benefits of using a good coffee tamper:

Consistency: A well-designed and properly-sized tamper helps to ensure that the coffee grounds are evenly and consistently tamped down. This leads to a more even extraction and a more consistent flavour profile in each shot of espresso.

Pressure: A good tamper allows the barista to apply the correct amount of pressure to the coffee grounds, which is critical to achieving the perfect balance of flavours and aromas in the finished espresso shot.

Durability: A good tamper is typically made from high-quality materials like stainless steel or aluminium, which ensures that it can withstand the rigors of daily use in a busy coffee shop or home espresso setup.

At Barista Supplies, we offer a wide selection of coffee tampers to suit the needs of both professional baristas and home espresso enthusiasts. Whether you're looking for a simple and affordable tamper or a precision competition coffee tamper, we've got you covered.

Investing in a good coffee tamper is an investment in the quality of your espresso shots. Browse our selection today and take the first step towards making the great espresso.