To this day, the man who started the custom tamper market is still the king and leader - Reg Barber. His tampers have become the industry standard, the one everyone else looks up to, and in many cases, copies. While there are other great tamper manufacturers doing great things (like another listed product - Cafelat), A Reg is a Reg is a Reg.
There are many suppliers of Reg Barber tampers out there, and we've chosen a CG supporter, Seattle Coffee Gear, to link to for this review as well as Reg Barber direct, in Canada. Seattle Coffee Gear allows you to really customize the tamper to the size, shape and materials you want, and most configurations come in at $74. Even more customization options are available from Reg Barber direct, including personalization for additional costs.
Once you've owned a Reg Barber tamper, you will really understand why people love this tool for their artisan crafting of espresso in the home or at work.
Column Description Whether it's up to the minute, happening this day, this week, or in the recent past, this column's goal is to present coffee and attempts to make the experience truly culinary. You'll find short reviews about past events, interesting coffees coming on the market, new and different ways to enjoy espresso and other brewing methods, and give an insight into efforts around the globe to make coffee a truly culinary thing. Column written by Mark Prince.