If you’re making coffee in a café, then the benefits of tamping are obvious. For the sake of the few seconds it takes to compress the grounds, you’ll reliably improve the taste of the final drink. But even if you’re just making coffee in your kitchen, a high-quality tamper will help to ensure that your espresso is of a quality that can match up with your local café. So, if you’re into great tasting coffee (like we are), then check out our array of tampers!
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What Is A Tamper?
The Espresso tamper might not be among the most well-known pieces of coffee-making kit, but if you’re serious about putting together a quality shot of espresso, then they’re an obligatory one. They’re typically built from either metal, wood, or plastic – with weightier tampers being able to more easily squash down espresso.
The role of the tamper is to ‘tamp’ your grounds into the top of your filter. This ensures that they’re tightly packed together, ensuring that your hot water will flow through slowly enough to pick up all of those gorgeous coffee flavours along the way. It’s vital that this compression occurs evenly across the entire batch; otherwise, the water will ‘channel’ through one side of the batch, completely bypassing the other. This is why the evenness and weight of your tamper will have such a sizeable impact on the quality of the final drink – a good one won’t require too much force, and will be easy to keep level.
How Do You Use It?
While tamping, be sure that your wrist is straight, and that your elbow forms a ninety-degree angle. That way you’ll be using your entire arm to apply force, rather than just your wrist.