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Espresso Tampers

If you are getting an espresso machine, you'll need a coffee tamper to get good consistent extractions from your espresso machine. But make sure that the diamerter of the coffee tamper that you get will fit the portafilter of your espresso machine. If you have an espresso machine, this is an essential accessory. You can't make consistent shots without a coffee tamper.


Coffee Tamper (49 mm) Stainless Steel with Red or Blue Top
Sale price: $17.65
Coffee Tamper (52 mm.) Stainless Steel Base with Hardwood Handle
Sale price: $29.50
Coffee Tamper (52 mm) Solid Stainess Steel
Sale price: $25.00
Krome Coffee Tamper   (52 mm.) with Black Handle
Sale price: $24.95
Coffee Tamper (53 mm.) Rosewood Handle with Stainless Steel Base
Sale price: $36.00
Coffee Tamper (57 mm) Solid Stainless Steel
Sale price: $32.00
Tiamo Coffee Tamper (57.5 mm.) "Ali" is a 1.75 lb. Heavyweight!
Sale price: $65.95
Coffee Tamper (57.5 mm.) "Captain Hook" is a Single Solid Piece!
Sale price: $47.95
Krome Coffee Tamper (57 or 58 mm.) with Navy Blue Handle
Sale price: $24.99
Joe Frex Tamper (57 or 58 mm.) in Red or Black with Flat or Convex Bumper Base
Sale price: $49.95
Galaxy Tampers (57 or 58 mm.) in 5 Cool Shades, with Flat or Convex Base
Sale price: $49.95
Galaxy Tampers (57 or 58 mm.) in 5 Bright Colors, with Flat or Convex Base
Sale price: $49.95
Joe Frex Tamper (57 or 58 mm.) Walnut Handle with Flat or Convex Bumper Base
Sale price: $54.95
Joe Frex Tamper (57 or 58 mm.) Polished Stone Handle with Flat or Convex Bumper Base
Sale price: $98.95
Convex Base Coffee Tamper (58 mm) Stainless Steel with Red or Blue Top
Sale price: $21.45
Coffee Tamper (58 mm.) "The Door Knob"
Sale price: $38.95
Coffee Tamper (58 mm.) "The Candlestick"
Sale price: $37.50
Coffee Tamper (58 mm.) "The Carioca" Brazilian Cherry Handle & Stainless Steel Base
Sale price: $37.00
Coffee Tamper (58 mm.) "The Walnut Blonde"
Sale price: $37.00
Coffee Tamper (58 mm.) The Silver & Black "Muscle Classic"
Sale price: $38.00
Coffee Tamper (58 mm.) The "Black & Grey Gentleman"
Sale price: $44.00
Coffee Tamper (58 mm.) Blue Annodized Aluminum Handle with Chrome-Plated Steel Base
Sale price: $38.00
Coffee Tamper (58 mm.) The "Silver Surfer" - A Heavyweight!
Sale price: $42.00
SALE: Coffee Tamper (58 mm) - The "Chrome-Dome" 2-Piece Stainless Steel
Regular price: $52.00
Sale price: $32.00
Joe Frex Solid Glass Tamper (58 mm.)
Sale price: $49.95
Coffee Tamper (58 mm) - The "Platinum Doll" 2-Piece Stainless Steel
Sale price: $64.00
Coffee Tamper (58 mm.) The "Black Beauty" is Gorgeous!
Sale price: $48.00
Coffee Tamper (58 mm.) - with a Convex-Base ( a.k.a "Fat Man")
Sale price: $41.00
Coffee Tamper (58 mm.) The "Red Robbin"
Sale price: $36.00
Coffee Tamper (58 mm.) The "Citizen Kane" with a Rosewood Handle
Sale price: $37.50
Concept-Art Solid Aluminum Tamper (58 mm)
Sale price: $34.95
Espro Callibrated Tamper with a "Click" (58 mm)
Sale price: $99.95
Coffee Tamper Pad: A Rubber Base to Protect Your Coffee Tamper
Sale price: $2.95
Coffee Tamper Pad with a Thick Base and a Hightened Rim
Sale price: $9.95
Coffee Tamper Mat: Raised-Edge Mat - Hard Rubber (6" X 8")
Sale price: $13.50
Angled Tamping Mat with Raised Edge (4.25" X 6.25") for Table End
Sale price: $16.95
Coffee Tamper Stand: Sturdy! Made with Thick & Solid Stainless Steel
Sale price: $26.95
Delux Barwell Tamping Mat with Portafilter Brace and Tamper Stand
Sale price: $32.95
Heavily Padded Sturdy Coffee Tamper Stand and Coffee Tamper Storage Base
Sale price: $42.95
Coffee Tamper Cleaning Station
Sale price: $19.95
Dynamometric Coffee Tamping Unit
Sale price: $435.00

Generally speaking, lever espresso machines will have portafilter baskets with 53 millimeter diameters, and standard espresso machines will have portafilter baskets with 58 millimeter diameters. Therefore, you'll need to get the appropriate coffee tamper. Note that 52 millimeter coffee tampers will fit into a 53 millimeter portafilter, and 57 millimeter coffee tampers will fit into a 58 millimeter portafilter.

Many people want a coffee tamper that fits snugly into the portafilter, and some prefer a millimeter (or so) of wiggle room, so that they can more easily manipulate the coffee tamper while tamping. This is why we primarily carry 58 millimeter coffee tampers: so that they can be used with nearly any espresso machine.

You should look at our article "How to Use a Coffee Tamper Correctly for Uniform Extractions" (click the text to link to it) for the basics on using a coffee tamper. But there is another thing about using a coffee tamper that we should mention here. When applying pressure with your coffee tamper, it is helpful to twist the tamper about half a turn with your wrist. This will ensure (or indicate) whether you've used your coffee tamper to do a level tamp.

If you've used your coffee tamper correctly, when you rotate the tamper, the motion will be smooth - with no "wobble." If you've not made a totally level tamp (which will give you a uniform extraction), it will be obvious that when you rotate the coffee tamper that the slanted (albeit flat) surface will cause your hand to wobble. That is, by rotating the coffee tamper, you'll directly feel whether your tamp was done right.

Most coffee tampers have a flat tamping surface. This is the standard coffee tamper, and it's the coffee tamper used by most baristas. Therefore, most of the coffee tampers that we carry are flat. However some baristas prefer a convex surface on their tamper, because they believe that if the tamp leaves a (slightly) concave surface on the coffee in the portafilter, that the extraction will be better, because the water will be less likely to go around the puck.

So we do carry a convex coffee tamper for those that would like to experiment. Note that our convex coffee tamper matches (in appearance) our "Black Beauty" coffee tamper, so if you'd like to experiment, you can get one of each for a matching set of coffee tampers.

We had also mentioned that the tamping force that you use should be in the 40-45 pound range. That is, when using your coffee tamper, you should exert a downward force in this range in order to sufficiently compress your coffee puck. We carry a calibration coffee tamper that you can use to learn what the right pressure feels like. Our calibration coffee tamper has a calibrated spring inside, so that the handle will fully contact the base with an audible "click" when you've exerted 40 pounds of pressure. If you are practicing to be a real barista, you might want to get our calibration coffee tamper both to learn what 40 pounds of pressure should feel like, and to learn to make consistent tampings.

In addition to all of the coffee tampers that we carry, we have a number of coffee tamper accessories that are meant to be used with your tamper. We carry coffee tamper mats that are essential for protecting your countertop (especially if you're using it at home) from the spiked spouts on your portafilter when tamping. Note that if you exert 40 pounds of downward pressure on the portafilter while tamping, the spout on the bottom will gouge your counter badly over time.

If you use a nice thick coffee tamper mat, you'll protect your work surface. We also carry a heavy rubber coffee tamper base that holds your tamper handsomely while you're not using it, but can be used as a coffee tamping mat when you are. In addition, it's good to store your coffee tamper in this coffee tamper base so as to protect the face of your coffee tamper from scratches.

We carry a heavy duty coffee tamper stand that lets you hang your coffee tamper by its handle when you're not using it. This guarantees that the tamping face is not in contact with any surface or materials that could damage it. The coffee tamper stand is relatively compact, so it won't take much space, but it will make a handsome addition to your barista station.

We also have a combination coffee tamper stand and coffee tamper base that holds your tamper suspended when you're not using it, and that has a tamping pad on it's top surface too. Note that the tamping pad has an indented surface, also for holding your coffee tamper when you're not using it. The coffee tamper stand and base serves two functions at once. It makes a useful and impressive addition to your barista station.

And again, you should read our article on "How to Use a Coffee Tamper Correctly for Uniform Extractions" if you're not exactly sure how to use a coffee tamper. Note that "How to Use a Coffee Tamper Correctly for Uniform Extractions" was written with the professional barista in mind, so there are various moves described that sound complicated, but have more to do with not touching the coffee directly with your hands than with pure function. Of course, if you're making espresso for yourself, you might want to just use your hands on many of these moves (e.g., you can brush coffee grounds off of the portafilter rim with your finger pretty easily).

You definitely should get a good solid coffee tamper to use with your espresso machine. A coffee tamper is an essential tool for making a quality espresso drink.