In my youth, I spent a great deal of time working as a "barista" (really thought of myself as a human coffee maker...kind of a bald Mr. Coffee, if you will) and tampers were an extension of my hand. To this day I sometimes mime the tamping motion when making espresso before I catch myself. My espresso machine doesn't require tamping. Purists everywhere are shaking their fists at their computer screens as they read this. Sorry.
So imagine when I came across these tampers. The one I used for years was plastic. It did the job. I never thought of it other than it's smart, utilitarian purpose--thought the shape was well designed but it never occurred to me that it could be beautiful. Maybe I needed more coffee.
Each tamper is handcrafted in a variety of handles and in two different piston sizes. It's simple, functional design at it's finest.