What do you get a coffee aficionado that has everything?
The water temperature is set to exactly 93 degrees for the absolute optimum flavour for each espresso
A double espresso has 20 grams of ground coffee in the portafilter with a coffee extraction time of 30 seconds and milk is heated to 70 degrees for cappuccinos and lattes.
Everything is set up perfectly. Hundreds of pounds of coffee equipment finely tuned to deliver a coffee worthy of the Barista world championships.
Once the coffee is ground and sits in the portafilter in a heap we need to make sure that it is pressed down in exactly the correct manner so that all of the other elements of espresso preparation fall perfectly into place.
A coffee tamper is crucial to making sure that the coffee is pressed down just enough but not too much.
If the coffee is too loose then you will get what we call in the business “water channelling”. This means that when the pump is activated and water is forced through the coffee at high pressure, water will travel through the path of least resistance which in this case will be down the side of the coffee and not through it causing a more watery and diluted final product.
If the coffee is too tightly packed then the pump will not be able to force the water through the coffee and you’ll just get drips of coffee coming through and you will have to start again.
How do you know if you have it just right? Coffee scientists have proven that the best way to achieve just the right pressure to get just the right amount of compression on the ground coffee is to press it down with 30 pounds of pressure.
If you ask a Barista, they will tell you that this means quite firm but not too firm. Bottom line is that you will be guessing and you won’t really know if you are getting any water channelling or not.
The best way to take all of the guess work out of play is to get a coffee tamper that applies exactly 30 pounds of pressure and makes sure that you get it absolutely spot on every single time.
Introducing the Yolococa coffee tamper. This is a tamper like no other.
It has a 58mm diameter which is the standard size for most espresso machines but it also comes in a 56mm as well. best to measure the width of the portafilter first.
This will certainly not break the bank and in our opinion, the cheaper ones are best avoided because over time they will rust and/or flake and you could end up with unwanted “bits” from the tamper in your coffee which you certainly want to avoid at all costs.
This is made of high-quality stainless steel that will not rust and will last for years
With other tampers you will have to manually press down and guess the pressure but with this one, all you need to do is press down lightly and wait for the “click”. When you hear it, release and you have the exact pressure you need for the perfect cup of coffee.
This is the finishing touch to add to the collection of the keenest coffee connoisseur.
This will work as a treat for yourself in your pursuit for coffee perfection or will make a wonderful gift for someone else at any time of the year.