Coffee lovers know that making a great espresso drink is a process meant to be enjoyed. An essential part is the tamping — tightly compressing loose coffee grounds into a puck-like shape in the portafilter. Tamping removes gaps or air pockets in the coffee grinds, which helps evenly release the flavour of the coffee. But tamping isn’t always easy to get right. That’s where Eight Ounce Coffee’s Cinoart PT2 Auto Tamper ($780) comes in: The barista-approved electronic machine automates the coffee tamping process to evenly tamper with the same pressure each time. So, no matter if you’re a professional barista or at-home coffee enthusiast, you’re guaranteed a perfect cup every time.
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