What is a Coffee Tamper?
A coffee tamper is a device used to hold your cup of coffee while it’s being brewed. A good quality coffee tamper will not only make brewing your favorite brew easier, but it’ll also prevent spills and other mishaps from happening during the process. There are many different types of coffee tamps available online, some have handles or latches that allow them to be opened easily; others have no lids at all. Some coffee tamps come with built-in filters, which makes cleaning up after a brew even easier.
The most common type of coffee tamper is the disposable one. These are designed to be thrown away after use.
They’re made out of plastic and are easy to break if dropped on the floor or into a puddle of hot water (or any other liquid).
Coffee tamping is often recommended when making espresso shots. However, it’s important to note that not all coffee tastes the same.
Some coffees require a bit more care than others. If you want to enjoy a full bodied and complex taste without the bitter aftertaste of too much acidity, then you may need to grind your own beans yourself!
How do I choose my best coffee tamper?
There are a few things you’ll want to take into consideration before making your choice.
Coffee grind size – Your coffee tamper needs to be the right size to accommodate the size of the coffee grinds used. If the cup is too small, you won’t be able to force enough coffee in there.
If the cup is too big, then you run the risk of getting coffee grinds all over the place.
Coffee grinds – If you’re using a smaller coffee grind, you’ll need to use less force when tamping. However, if you do it too softly, then the coffee grinds might shift around a little and mess up your brew.
On the other hand, if you tamper too hard then the coffee grinds will become too packed in the grind allowing water to pass right through them without extracting any flavor from them at all.
Sources & references used in this article:
Force-adjustable hand-held coffee/espresso tamping device by RJ Foster, ZA Kelly – US Patent 6,978,682, 2005 – Google Patents
Clark’s Pre-Tamp by CW Gillaspie – US Patent App. 12/806,910, 2012 – Google Patents
Coffee tamper by S Kunlun, L Zhengmao – US Patent D810,521, 2018 – freepatentsonline.com
Brewing head of an espresso maker by HP Frei – US Patent 5,622,099, 1997 – Google Patents
Deterministic circuit variation for anti-tamper applications by DP Jyothi – Indian Coffee: Bulletin of the Indian Coffee Board, 2003 – Coffee Board.
Made by Hand: My Adventures in the World of Do-it-yourself by S Rao – 2008 – Bukupedia
Hardware-Oriented Security by JT McDonald, Y Kim, D Koranek – … of the Seventh Annual Workshop on …, 2011 – dl.acm.org