As any barista trainer will tell you, one of the most difficult barista skills to master is tamping. Sure, it looks easy enough. You just take the tamper and press down. But even the slightest inconsistency in your tamp will have an adverse effect on your shot. But new tamper from German manufacturers Mahlgut aims to change that.
The Mahlgut Tamper Palm has two interesting design features that seek to solve the problem of inconsistent tamping. The first is an exterior rim that uses the rim of the portafilter as a guide to ensure the tamp is perfectly level. The second design feature is an adjustable base which gives the barista control over the density of the tamp.
Mahlgut has graciously asked us to review their new tamper, and we’re excited to report back in a few weeks whether the Mahlgut Tamper Palm lives up to the hype.