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October 15, 2004 (MEDFORD, OREGON) Cafe West Distribution, Inc. is pleased to announce that it will begin distributing the first ever mass-produced automatic handheld espresso tamper, manufactured by Espro, Inc. (www.espro.ca). The patent-pending function and form of the Espro Tamper provides the ideal amount of force for the perfect cup of espresso.
Espresso tampers are traditionally used to prepare a bed of ground coffee in a portafilter (the espresso machine's "handle") before pressurized water is introduced. Tampers are used in the preparation of espresso to ensure higher quality espresso shots, and consistency, especially in the workplace.
When professional Baristi are trained in the use of tampers, they are often told to press down with the tamper on a bed of coffee with 30 pounds of force. Until now, the resulting shots of espresso always varied in quality, as there were no purpose-built tools to give an accurate measurement or feel for 30 pounds of force; under-tamped shots resulted in thin espresso lacking depth, and over-tamped shots resulted in bitter espresso.
The new Espro Tamper puts Baristi in complete control of their espresso equipment. It is designed to provide positive, tactile feedback for 30 pounds of force. The tamper has an internal spring mechanism that will compress by approximately 1 millimeter and give a subtle click when the user presses down on it with 30 pounds of force.
This unique tamper is an ideal training tool for professional Baristi, but is also the ideal tool for home espresso enthusiasts because they can achieve consistent results and accuracy in the preparation of their espresso, delivering a superior beverage.
The Espro tamper is made with an anodized black aluminum handle and a polished stainless steel base. The smooth finished black handle is comfortable in the palm of the hand even after hundreds of repeated uses that a professional Barista may give the tamper in a typical workday. The heavy-duty construction gives the tool a comfortable and balanced weight.
The Espro Tamper allows Baristi to tamp as they always do, with the feedback they need to add precision to their individual style. This revolutionary patent pending mechanism makes it possible for a perfect tamp every time, with the recommended industry standard of 30 lbs of force. The simplicity of the Espro tamper is brilliant, and it has been a joy to use for all who have tried it.
Cafe West is offering this innovative product for immediate shipment to their customers. It comes in two different sizes 58 mm and 53 mm with flat bases (called the North American style). For reseller and pricing information, please contact the Cafe West Distribution, Inc. sales department by calling toll free 888-437-8340 ext. 305.