When you are a barista, making the best cup of coffee each and every time is of upmost importance but repetitive strain is a huge issue. You need to have the bench at the correct hight, flooring correct etc but tamping is definitely the most stressful on your body. It's the pushing action which if not done correctly or with good equipment, can really hurt you long term.
This is where different tampers can make all the difference.
Pros and Cons
This tamper is very portable, affordable and easy to use. The disadvantages are around repeatable tamp pressure. Due to the manual tamp action it's muscle memory which produces the accuracy.
Push tampers have all the portability, affordability and easy to use like the traditional tampers but have one major difference. Push tampers allow for setting of the depth of the tamp to the millimeter. This allows perfect and repeatable tamp pressure which results in the cup. The push tamper action is better than the traditional too, it involves a push with the palm of the hand rather than gripping of a handle and pushing at the same time.
The lever tamper is similar to the traditional tamper in terms of pressure and accuracy. The advantages of the Lever tamper is the action is a lever pull rather than a push. This action change can result in a big difference for those who have repetitive action injuries.
The electronic tamper has all the accuracy and repeatability advantages of the push tamper but has zero stress and repetitive action to the automation of the tamp. The disadvantages are portability, possible malfunction and cost.
I will let you decide which is best for you but right now we are all over the Push tamper at Barista Talk. Such a great idea and should last you forever!»