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Barista Tamper

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The Barista tamper is our flagship product, perfectly complemented by the precision and balance of the Big Step and Barista base. Offering a great blend of style and durability, useful for both commercial and home use, the Pullman Barista tamper is the Ultimate Barista tool and may well be the last tamper you ever need to buy. Released in 2008, your Barista tamper has...

  • Unique and personalised handle engraving options
  • 3 height adjustable spacers (2,5,8mm)  for Barista comfort, support and ergonomics.
  • TrueTamp rings to assist in achieving a level tamp
  • A Lifetime warranty
  • Flat or convex base options
  • The option to add a TampSure kit to ensure quality and consistency in extractions.
  • Repair/repolish service available for $20 + shipping.  Email us for this service.

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Handle Selections

Acetal Plastic

An acetal handle provides the user with the balance and tactile benefits of hardwood (warm to the touch and bottom-heavy) but with the strength and durability of aluminium, so it is ideally suited to a commercial operator who prefers a bottom-heavy tamper.

As with the aluminium handled tamper, it can be washed or wiped as required; custom engraving shows up gloss black against the matte black surface finish.

Weight = 315g

Anodised Aluminium

This combination provides you with a beautifully balanced tamper in a selection of nine colours plus a gloss or matte finish.

The strength and balance of this handle would make it an ideal choice for a commercial outfit or for a home barista looking for a tamper with a contemporary look. Aluminium is an inherently soft material but anodising is a chemical process that affects the surface of the aluminium itself, making it harder and allowing the application of colour at the same time.

The tamper's impervious materials mean it can be easily washed or wiped to get it clean in a flash, and the intense colours provide a great contrast for custom engraving.

Weight = 375g

Powder Coated Aluminium

As perfectly weighted as the anodised version, a powder coated finish offers a great variety of colours and textures. Great for matching with your decor, equipment and even crockery, Choose from our stock of 9 colours or we can customise to your requirements.

Weight = 375g

Hardwood

The Barista timber handles are available in a number of different species and provide a very warm, natural surface to touch. Lighter than their metal counterparts, they are popular for the discerning barista who favours a bottom-heavy tamper. Custom engraving is always available and adds a professional and personal element to the tamper.

With a choice of 13 hardwoods to suit your needs and setup, you are sure to find your timber match! Please send us your own timber if you want that extra special item.

Weight = 275g

Leather

Leather is undoubtedly one of the most luxurious-feeling materials available so its only natural to have your tamper made from the finest furniture-grade European hide! Very soft to touch you have 5 indulgent choices of leather and stitching colours. Great for gear sticks and other accessories too! Just ask!

Weight = 360g

Usage Information

Pullman Tampers are engineered to provide optimum results for a lifetime and we know you will get many years of satisfaction from your new tamper. This quick-start sheet provides a few tips to help get the best results from your tamper.

Grinding and Dosing

Best results always come from fresh coffee correctly ground just before use. We therefore recommend the use of freshly roasted coffee beans and the purchase of a good quality burr grinder to ensure the coffee you use is the best it can be. To achieve an equal distribution of coffee throughout the basket, we recommend you fill your filter basket with your desired dose. Most baristas like to weigh their dose to achieve uniform taste and extraction. You can gently level the ground coffee with your finger or straight edge.

Using the Tamper

usagebarista1usagebarista2Everyone's grip is different, however these are a couple of common ways of holding the tamper. Whatever you choose, make sure the grip is comfortable and that you can control the tamper easily.

Your Barista tamper comes with three height-adjustment spacers which provide four different handle heights. Simply unscrew the handle to install or swap the spacers. Generally speaking, people with larger hands will prefer a thicker spacer while people with smaller hands may prefer a thinner spacer or no spacer at all. However this will be affected by the grip you use so we would recommend trying all the spacers to work out which one best suits your grip. Keep the other spacers in a safe place in case you ever want to experiment with a different height.
Once you are happy with your grip, rest the portafilter on a tamping station, stand, mat or with its edge on the edge of a bench, and position your body as close to the tamper as possible. Rest the tamper in the filter basket and, using the TrueTamp rings as a guide, adjust the angle of the tamper as required so it is exactly level. Then, keeping your wrist straight, apply firm even pressure from your shoulder through your elbow and into the tamper to compress the ground coffee while watching the TrueTamp rings to ensure the tamper stays level.
Once you've done it a few times, it's normally quite easy to be consistent, especially if you note the depth of the TrueTamp rings at the desired force and aim for the same depth each time.
Once you have completed the tamp, release the pressure on the tamper and spin the tamper about 90 degrees. This 'polish' helps give the puck a clean smooth surface and unsticks any coffee grounds that may have stuck to the tamper. The tamper should spin freely; if it scrapes on the side of the basket it means the tamp wasn't level, so watch out for that next time.
You can now load the portafilter into your coffee machine and brew a shot of espresso. To start with, aim for about 30ml of espresso per cup (i.e. 30ml total from a single basket and 60ml total from a double basket) in about 25 seconds, timed from when you activate the brew switch. If it takes longer than this, make your grind a bit coarser; if it's faster, adjust the grind a bit finer. It's all about the taste you prefer!

Care and Maintenance

Tampers with acetal plastic or anodized aluminium handles are all impervious to boiling water and common cleaning agents so can be washed or wiped as required. Do not clean in commercial dishwashers or any harsh or caustic chemical cleaners such as bleach or caustic soda, and do not allow any chemicals to dry on the tamper. Tampers with wooden handles are pre-treated with Danish Oil and will absorb skin oils during normal use so it should not need any re-oiling. If the handle gets dirty, a quick wipe with a damp cloth is adequate, but do not allow wooden handles to get overly wet. If you find the wood is getting dry, a coat of wood oil, boiled linseed oil or even Canola oil can be beneficial to the wood, but make sure you wipe it all off after a few minutes to ensure a dry, dust-free surface. These oils are not as good as Danish Oil but they should work.
The base can be unscrewed for cleaning if you wish, however once again a wipe with a damp cloth will remove any dried coffee residue. If you find the surface of either the base or handle has become damaged through hard use, we can arrange to have these restored for you.