Tuesday, August 31, 2010

tamper...


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.

-angelo

3 comments:

Beth said...

The Mr. Clean of human coffee makers, if you will.

In the top image, though, the tamper looks big in relation to the model's hand. I saw it and wondered, "Is he making espresso for a group?"

Then again, I've not spent a lot of time noticing the size of tampers.

But you're right that they're beautiful. I want to buy one and use it to pound out wee pieces of chicken and meat.

mrsben said...

It's so attractive, I would be tempted to use it as a paper weight. -Brenda-

Barbara said...

Those are goregous! I would love them as door knobs...the wood and steel in particular.

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