Part of the joy of making espresso is the interaction between the barista and the bean. Tamping by hand is one such way a barista can ‘stamp their authority’ on their coffee so to speak. At Bang, we use a specially designed coffee tamper to exert around 10 kilograms of perfectly straight downward pressure onto the ground coffee. This process compacts the ground coffee evenly ensuring that there is no ‘path of least resistance’ for the brewing water to pass through ensuring an even and full-flavoured espresso extraction. Given that a barista at a good cafe will potentially make hundreds of coffees a day, tamping becomes a consistent and almost mechanical action. There are many variables in any given day that will require some action be taken by the barista to ensure the quality of each espresso extraction. A consistent tamp enables the barista to concentrate on grinder adjustment to address these variables, confident in the knowledge that his or her tamping pressure is always spot on.
Tips & Tricks: TampingJuly 14th, 2009 | Posted in Blog | Comments Off
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