The Barista Hustle Tamper is essetinally version 2 of the “Pergtamp”. The lessons learnt applied.
There are two versions of the tamper. While the base fits in both (and we believe is the reason this tamper is a winner), there is an aliminum and plastic version. Both of them fit well in the hand, and are quite light (the aluminum is the heaviest at 250g).
Personally we prefer the plastic version, but it may be more suitable to home use. The Aluminium version may do better in high volume environments.
The Barista Hustle team chose Aluminium. It’s a high performance metal commonly used to replace more expensive parts. It’s strong, durable, and food safe. When hard anodised it has a wonderful tactility.
The most stricking thing about the tamper is its design. In this case the double flange is distinct. Specifically designed like this, the double flange allows for easy replacement of the base. In addition the double flange is claimed to reduce the backward vacuum, when the tamper is withdrawn from the fresh pressed puck. Since the base is 4mm larger than a standard base, this is probably neccessary.
Also part of this design, is the two peice construction. Both handle and base are machined from solid rod stock, with an incredibly precise CNC machine. As a result this tamper feels like quality.
The handle is designed to sit right in the middle of most common hands. Not too big for small hands, not too small for large hands. Interestingly the most important dimension here was the width of the top end. Of course one size cannot fit all, so the may be an additional size released early next year.
Design for Precision Baskets
This tamper is designed specifically for use in Precision baskets, like the VST, La Marzocco and IMS. These baskets made a massive impact on extraction, and the Barista Hustle team claim the tamper increases extract by at least 2% more.
There is very little to fault with this tamper. If you have precision baskets then perhaps this is the next tool you may find helps just push you espresso extraction percentage up.