My brother Andy is a machinist. He’s also a creative guy, and likes things that are off-beat and “old school” in nature. It’s no surprise then, that when I asked him if he could make espresso tampers, he blew me away with the result. Because instead of the same old, same old, he figured out a way to turn rusting objects into beautiful pieces of functional art.
For his first foray into the field, he decided to focus on making tampers from pieces of antique farm machinery. Things that had a productive live 50 to 100 years ago, but now line the tree rows of Pennsylvania farm fields while they are in the process of returning to the earth. Andy takes selected portions that are suitable for tamper handles, cleans then to a stunning, natural patina, and mounts a brand new, 57mm stainless steel tamper base (also fabricated by him) on the repurposed machinery part turned tamper handle.
The result is a pleasure to look at, and to use. Weighing in at a heft 2 lbs and standing about 7 inches tall, these tampers offer generous gripping surfaces for ease of use, ensuring that your espresso beverages are crafted with as much love and dedication as the piece of history you hold in your hand.
We have several tampers similar to the one pictured, which are fabricated from eye-bolt style linkages. They do vary slightly in weight and height. Some are fitted with square nuts on the threaded portion, others with hex (pictured).
See the link HERE for purchase. (link is http://muddydogcoffee.com/coffee/product_info.php?products_id=304 )