So for those of us who are still making the old-fashioned espresso with your own old-fashioned plastic tamper, it might be time to consider buying a new tamper. There are many good opinions about coffee tampers ranging from ‘beautiful wood handled tampers are worth every penny’ to ‘a tamper says something about you as a person and ‘no, I won’t drink your beans’. But what’s the verdict on coffee tampers for coffee drinkers?
So, just what are coffee tamers? They’re little metal tubes that have a spout on the end, which you can pour in the coffee and water and let to set. After a while the coffee will have a frothy head and you can pour it out and you have your perfect cup of coffee. And that, my friends, is what they are meant to do.
To start with, tampers come in all different shapes, sizes and materials so there’s no need to limit yourself to one type of design. I have to admit that I bought my first one when I was in my twenties (my ‘perfect’ tampers), and they were quite tiny and looked like the ones you get to make at home by pouring hot water into a glass jar. If you’re looking to go for the more traditional look, then go for a steel or brass model, but if you want to be a bit more modern and stylish than go for a plastic one, which can be bought online or even at some second hand shops.
There’s nothing wrong with buying coffee tamers for coffee drinkers, although it’s not a very fashionable item of kitchenware. And yes, you may well find that you have to buy them in large numbers if you want to have a real supply. But they’re so cheap and so simple to use, that there’s really no reason not to get hold of them.
I can also say that the best coffee tamps are made from natural ingredients, so they’re not full of chemicals or dangerous solvents, and are very safe to drink. Also, some of the better manufacturers use a special type of coffee in the tampers which means they’re always freshly ground, so you never have to worry about buying the same old coffee over again. This means that they’re also very economical.
So there you have it – now you know what a tamper is and why you should be buying one. !