Name: Bogav Classic Tamper
Price Range: $85 - $95
For the past few years at work, Iíve been using a Coffee Lab tamper and during that time, Iíd found myself wondering about a tamper that would better fit in my smallish hand. Looking around at tampers on the market, it seems that they are mostly designed to fit the larger palm of a male hand. I have less to stretch over the top of a tamper! Not that I have ever experienced any hand strain issues from the Coffee Lab but I was just wanting to try something else.
Chris from Talk Coffee sent me up a Bogav Classic Tamper after weíd had a similar discussion when I was down in Melbourne last year and he saw me sizing it up in my hand.
Out of the box, the Bogav Classic is a fairly basic looking tamper. No fancy colours, nothing fancy in the design, just simple black handle and polished metal base. There is nothing that would really make you look twice at it. Then I had a go at using it...
At first, I was completely taken aback by how a different tamper could really change the way my coffee was pouring! After seeing and hearing the talk about how tampers can also play such a big part in the coffee process, this real life experience really made me think about that! The Bogav tamper base is only about half of the depth of the Coffee Lab one and I found that I had to make adjustments to my whole method of filling the basket and tamping. It was all good however and within a few goes I had it sorted and the coffee was pouring great.
Iíve found the Bogav Classic to be a lot lighter in my hand, that is especially noticable for me as the Bogav has a lot less metal in it compared to my other tamper. I donít think Iíve adjusted my tamping pressure because of the tamper being lighter. I like that it is lighter, though I hadnít realised just how heavy the old tamper was until I had a lighter one.
The biggest plus is that the Bogav Classic is a nice fit in my hand, my palm fits around the top nicely and my fingers reach the tamper base comfortably. Iíve not had to worry about any spacers being taken out or needed. Straight out of the box the Bogav has been a neat fit for my hand, along with it fitting well into both my Expobar and Electra portafilter baskets. If youíre looking for a tamper that will fit your hand, have a nice feel, not be too heavy and help you take your skills to the next level, then Iíd be happy to recommend that you give the Bogav Classic a go.