Over 20 years ago, Reg Barber was inspired to create a better coffee tamper after using a flimsy, plastic tamper. Today, he is known as the man who revolutionized the coffee tamper into a modern, must-have piece of equipment for every barista. His coffee journey began in 1995 when he decided to open his own café, and went to Seattle, Washington for training. During his training, he was introduced to the existing tools for tamping coffee, but they were either poorly designed plastic tampers, or aluminum cylinders that were awkward and uncomfortable to use. Reg knew he could make a better tamper, and when he returned home to his workshop in Victoria, British Columbia he began designing what would become the modern tamper.
Many years have passed since then, however one thing remains the same: Reg's commitment to innovation and understanding the needs of baristas has helped him to constantly evolve his designs and offer the best in class coffee tampers. The business has also evolved and grown, prompting his daughter Julia to join the team in 2008. She started engraving and packing tampers to understand the business from the ground up, and quickly moved into sales where she excelled due to her experience in the advertising industry. Today, Julia is the General Manager and holds her level 1 barista certification and IDP certificate with the Specialty Coffee Association of America. She travels to most US barista and specialty coffee events, as well as going to Europe every year for the Specialty Coffee Association of Europe’s event with her dad, Reg.Shop Now
Have you ever wondered how we make these beautiful, functional coffee tampers? Check out our process to learn more about the workmanship and quality that goes into every tamper.FIND US IN A STORE NEAR YOU
We source the best exotic woods from around the globe and only use top-notch metals from the USA, including aluminum, stainless steel, copper and brass.
For handles the wood and metal are cut and chunked into various sizes for lathing. Similarly, for bases the metal is sized and the proper program for lathing is used.
This is where the Coffee Tamper begins to take shape. Both our wood and metal lathes are programmed to cut the raw materials into many different shapes and sizes.
Now the handles are sanded by hand and oiled for a smooth finish. Aluminum handles can be powder coated, anodized or polished at this stage. Bases go back in the lathe to be faced.
Handles can be custom engraved, and depending on the material are given a final polish or cleaning. The bases are sanded by hand for a smooth finish. We can put them together to make a tamper now!
For retail orders, once the order has been paid/processed delivery can take up to 2 weeks s to complete. For wholesale orders depending on the size Reg Barber will keep in regular contact to give the final processing and shipping time.