58mm espresso tamper

58mm Espresso Tampers

All professional espresso tampers, from all manufacturers, are 58mm in diameter. It's the chosen standard for all commercial espresso machines and nearly all high-end home ones.

If you are in the market for a 58mm espresso tamper, we are here to help. The commercial world has settled on 58mm tampers are being the standard, which means there are a huge number of options, but navigating those options is challenging.

Espresso Tampers Explained

An espresso tamper is a basic tool. It's designed to apply pressure to finely ground coffee which is contained within a portafilter basket. The application of pressure is important because otherwise the water from the espresso machine would simply run through the grinds, leaving you with hot, brown water instead of thick, sweet espresso. Tampers come in a huge range of materials, a wide range of prices, and a significant level of difference in precision, style, and technology behind them.

This video is one of our favorites. It's an fine introduction to espresso tampers:

While espresso tampers come in all shapes and sizes, this site will be focused on 58mm tampers. Other resources can provide help on other sizes, such as the best 49mm espresso tampers. but we'll focus on 58mm ones for casual, enthusiasts, and professional use, with some examination of high-end "exotics."

Popular Espresso Machines That Use 58mm Tampers

This is a brief list of the most popular espresso machines that use 58mm tampers. It is by no means exhaustive or a list of recommendations, rather it's sorts by sales rank and popularity people with buyers who have a propensity to upgrade their tamper past the one included with their machine.

Best 59mm Tampers - Budget (under $30)

Best 58mm Tampers - Premium (Over $100)

Type Materials Price (USD) Available? Link
Reg Barber Wood, Brs, Cpr, SS, Al $80+ Yes Reg Barber
VST SS $149+ Yes VST
Espro SS $199 Yes Lowest Price

Best 58mm Tampers - Mid-range ($31-$99)

Espro Calibrated Tamper Review

Espresso Tamper Basics

A tamper is a simple device, but it's worth brushing on on the basics. The factors you'll want to keep in mind are Price, Precision, Materials, Weight, Technology, Base, Ergonomics, and Design.

This will mostly be self-explanatory, but some are worth thinking through. For example, you can get a high-end espresso tamper with a polished brass base. It'll looking amazing... until it tarnishes. Do you want to maintain it over time? Or you can buy a wood handle tamper that matches your kitchen, but how much does the selection of wood type effect the weight? Or lots of espresso tampers are "calibrated" so that they will help you level your tamper. Sounds awesome, right? Do you always use the same 25-30 pound tamper or do you like to experiment with heavier/lighter tamps?

Ultimately the main question for most people will be price. If you are a professional user who is making dozens of drinks a day then ergonomics and durability will be a factor (as will the ability to take a drop) but for the home user price and design tend to be the major factors in making one's selection.

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