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Best Automatic Tamper Review: PUQPress, Slingshot Kilo, Compak Cube, Sipresso and CINOART PT2

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Introduction

Almost every barista expects to know the problem: how to tamp coffee quick; how to avoid tamping coffee over-press; sometimes even in the worst situations, wrists get harm after frequently tamping. Whether you are a barista or a coffee shop owner, Automatic Coffee Tampers has been a popular option, such as PUQPress, Slingshot Kilo, Compak Cube, Sipresso and CINOART Precision Tamp 2, and it helps some coffee shops to service more clients.

How a Automatic Tamper Works?

On the most basic level, an automatic tamper consists of one tamper disk, one motor to drive the tamper disk, one sensor to monitor the portafilter, and one portafilter support to support the portafilter during tamping.

There are some differences between different brands, please keep reading.

How To Be The Best Automatic Tamper?

While, understanding a little bit about how an automatic tamper works will help you to select out one that meets your business best.

First and Foremost, an automatic tamper with a perfect coffee bed after tamping is best, because it affects the water past the coffee during brewing.

Then, nano-coating performs best, because it could reduce the ground coffee stick on the tamper disk.

The third what materials the nano-coating is made of also matters.

What Points in Selecting a Best Automatic Tamper?

Or we could say, these are the points onto an automatic tamper Performance.

The size, the footprint is very important. As we know, the countertop is full with many equipment and related tools.

Then, we come to the efficiency, which is a good indicator of quality. If the coffee bed after press is flat, if there is some ground coffee stick the tamper disk. Because we use automatic coffee tamper because we want to save time, in this situation, automatic coffee tamper didn’t help us to save time.

Thirdly, we have to consider if the auto tamper is stable, as a commercial tamper, we don’t want to repair it again and again.

Lastly, then we should also consider the automatic coffee tamper’s warranty, even though that is not a big investment. Knowing how long the warranty is and how to contact customer support if you have any issues goes a long way.

CINOART Precision Automatic Tamper

CINOART PT2 Automatic Coffee Tamper


Price:
$600.00

CINOART PT2 is an upgraded version of the previous CINOAT PT1. It’s much smaller and lighter, but don’t let it fool you; you can adjust the pressure from 2kg to 38kg, and it’s made of stainless steel. We use only the best materials when making automatic coffee tampers.

Features

  1. Precise – GLS – Guide Levelling System
    CINOART’s patent GLS “Guide Leveling System” prevents channeling caused by uneven tamping ensuring the coffee bed is flat every time.
    GLS upholds cup quality consistency as an uneven coffee bed creates under or over-extraction resulting in unwanted flavors.
  2. Precise – Pressure Control
    Select the ideal pressure setting for your desired recipe extraction times from between 2kg to 38kg.
    Assured pressures are delivered consistently even upon different particle sizes and dosed volumes.
    Three programmable multi-tamp settings.
    Built-in recording function to calculate total usage / cycles.
    Easy to adjust and fit a variety of Portafilter handles.
  3. Precise – Segmented Multi Tamping
    1: Choose from a single, double, or triple tamp
    2: Each tamp cycle can be independently set with a different tamp pressure
    Example: 1st Tamp value at 8kg followed by the 2nd Tamp at 30kg of down pressure or any value combination in between 2kg – 38kg
  4. Precise – Safety
    Group handle detection sensor only activates with metal (not fingers)
    Operating on only 12 Volts to the unit via an inline stepdown transformer
    Surge protection designed for the main electronic control board ensuring longevity and reliability.
  5. Non-Stick Coating
    Nano Non-Stick Technology eliminates residual build-up of the coffee fines and oils maintaining clean tamping.
  6. Construction
    A strong cast alloy housing and all-metal features ensure durability and reliability.
    Easy access for technical servicing.

Specifications

  • Baskets Compatibility: Stander 58mm. All types of portafilters, all brands, single, double spouts or bottomless.
  • Tamper Diameter: 58mm (customized, tolerance +/- 0.1mm), suits basket sizes ranging from 58mm.
  • Tamper Shape: Flat bottom
  • Adjustable Pressure: 2kg~38kg
  • Cycle Duration:1.2 seconds
  • Lower Portafilter Support: Adjustable height to suit different portafilters via hex key
  • Display: LCD display for pressure adjustment
  • Cleaning Setting: Available via one-touch LCD display
  • Warranty: 24-month parts & 3 months labor warranty
  • Power: 60 watts
  • Input Voltage: 110-230 Vac, 50-60 Hz
  • Dimensions: 127mm (L) x 127mm (W) x 318mm (H)
  • Net Weight: 3.7kg
  • Extras: Anti-slip rubber mat & feet
  • Multi Segment Tamping: 1, 2 or 3 times

PUQpress Automatic Tamper

PERFECT TAMPING, FOREVER

In 2011 Barista Technology released the first version of “Puqpress” and in 2015 the 3rd generation of Puqpress was launched.

At the beginning years, there are some other automatic tamper competitor such as Mano, Uno 2, InfiniTamp and EazyV3.

Product Features and Pricing

Puqpress MINI


Price:
$790.00

Designed for the home barista or small cafe the new Puqpress offers the same level of engineering you’d expect from Puqpress. Looks great with your La Marzocco Mini or other high end home coffee machine.

Features

  • More consistent shots
  • Reduced channelling shots.
  • No RSI issues.
  • More consistent espresso flavor.
  • Industry-proven technology.

Specifications

  • Portafilter Compatibility:Suits 58-58.3mm baskets including VST. All types of portafilters, all brands, single, double spouts or bottomless.
  • Tamper Diameter:58mm (customized, tolerance +/- 0.1mm), suits basket sizes ranging from 58mm.
  • Tamper Shape: Flat bottom
  • Adjustable Pressure:22-66lbs
  • Cycle Duration:1.3 seconds
  • Lower Clamp Height: Adjustable height to suit different portafilters via hex key
  • Display: LCD display for pressure adjustment
  • Cleaning Setting: Available via one-touch LCD display
  • Warranty: 24-month parts & 3 months labor warranty
  • Cable Length: 2.5-metre power cable
  • Power: 60 watts
  • Input Voltage: 110-230 Vac, 50-60 Hz
  • Dimensions: 125mm (L) x 150mm (W) x 220mm (H)
  • Net Weight: 4.8kg
  • Extras: Anti-slip rubber mat & feet

Puqpress Q1


Price:
$990.00

The state-of-the-art design of the Puqpress automatic tamper ensures perfectly compressed coffee grounds and a precisely level tamp – every time. The Q1 Puqpress automatic coffee tamper offers the latest in precision technology in an affordable package to provide a consistent tamping experience for every cup of coffee.

Features

  • More consistent shots
  • Reduced channelling shots.
  • No RSI issues.
  • More consistent espresso flavor.
  • Industry-proven technology.

Specifications

  • Portafilter Compatibility: Suits 58-58.3mm baskets including VST. All types of portafilters, all brands, single or double spouts
  • Tamper Shape: Flat bottom
  • Adjustable Pressure: 10-30kg (+/- 1kg) | 20-60lbs (+/- 2bs)
  • Cycle Duration: 1.3 seconds
  • Lower Clamp Height: Adjustable height to suit different portafilters via hex key
  • DisplayLCD display for pressure adjustment
  • Cleaning Setting: Available via one-touch LCD display
  • Warranty: 24-month parts & 3 months labor warranty
  • Cable Length: 2.5-meter power cable
  • Power: 60 watts
  • Input Voltage: 110-230 Vac, 50-60 Hz
  • Dimensions: 125mm (L) x 150mm (W) x 220mm (H) | 4.92″ (L) x 5.91″ (W) x 8.66″ (H)
  • Net Weight: 4.8kg | 10.58lbs
  • Extras: Anti-slip rubber mat & feet
  • Tamper Diameter: 58.3mm (customized, tolerance +/- 0.1mm), suits basket sizes ranging from 58mm-58.5mm.

Puqpress Q2


Price:
$1290.00

Features

  • More precise shots with reduced channeling and improved flavor.
  • Adjustable tamping pressure between 22-66lbs.
  • No RSI issues.
  • Constancy between every Barista.
  • Speeds up the workflow – calm baristas and happy customers.
  • Industry-proven technology.
  • New 24 Month Warranty

The new features of the Q2 are:

  • Nano non-stick tamp head reduces coffee build-up.
  • The new advanced stiffer frame provides even better consistency.
  • A new easy adjustment wheel makes setup easier.
  • Now works perfectly with bottomless porta-filters.

Specifications

  • Portafilter Compatibility: Puck press Suits 58-58.3mm baskets including VST. All types of portafilters, all brands, single or double spouts
  • Tamper Diameter: 58.3mm (customised, tolerance +/- 0.1mm), suits basket sizes ranging from 58mm-58.5mm.
  • Tamper Shape: Flat bottom
  • Adjustable Pressure: 22 to 66 lbs
  • Cycle Duration: 1.3 seconds
  • Lower Clamp Height: Adjustable height to suit different portafilters via hex key
  • DisplayLCD display for pressure adjustment
  • Cleaning Setting: Available via one-touch LCD display
  • Warranty: 24-month parts & 3 months labour warranty
  • Cable Length: 2.5-metre power cable
  • Power: 60 watts
  • Input Voltage: 110-230 Vac, 50-60 Hz
  • Dimensions: 125mm (L) x 150mm (W) x 220mm (H) | 4.92″ (L) x 5.91″ (W) x 8.66″ (H)
  • Net Weight: 4.8kg | 10.58lbs
  • Extras: Anti-slip rubber mat & feet

Puqpress M1 Automatic Tamper for Mahlkonig Grinders


Price:
$1490.00

Puqpress M1 is one kind of automatic tamper with coffee grinder, has been developed to offer cafes a combined grind on-demand and precision tamping solution. Designed for the K30 Vario Air or Peak grinders for cafes with tight spaces. Ideal for tight spaces and available with a stand to accommodate all other grinders.

Parameter

  • Portafilter Compatibility: PUQ Press Suits 58-58.4mm baskets including VST. All types of portafilters, all brands, single or double spouts
  • Tamper Diameter: 58.4mm (customised, tolerance +/- 0.1mm), suits basket sizes ranging from 58mm-58.5mm.
  • Tamper Shape: Flat bottom
  • Adjustable Pressure: 22-66lb
  • Cycle Duration: 1.3 seconds
  • Lower Clamp Height: Adjustable height to suit different portafilters via hex key
  • Display: LCD display for pressure adjustment
  • Cleaning Setting: Available via one-touch LCD display
  • Warranty: 24-month parts & 3 months labour warranty
  • Cable Length: 2.5-metre power cable
  • Power: 60 watts
  • Input Voltage: 110-230 Vac, 50-60 Hz
  • Dimensions: 290 (D) x 240mm (W) x 270mm (H)
  • Net Weight: 5kg
  • Extras: Anti-slip rubber mat
  • Warranty: 24-month warranty

Features

  • More precise shots with reduced channelling and improved flavour.
  • No RSI issues.
  • Constancy between every Barista.
  • Speeds up the workflow – calm baristas and happy customers.
  • Industry-proven technology.

Puqpress M2 Precision Tamper Nouva Simonelli Mythos One & Mythos 2


Price:
$1490.00

Features

  • More precise shots with reduced channelling and improved flavour.
  • No RSI issues.
  • Constancy between every Barista.
  • Speeds up the workflow – calm baristas and happy customers.
  • Industry-proven technology.

The new features of the M2 are:

  • Nano non-stick tamp head reduces coffee build up.
  • New advanced stiffer frame provides further precision and life span.
  • New easy adjustment wheel simplifies correct setup.
  • The new updated design now works perfectly with naked portafilters.

Puqpress M3 (Suits Mahlkonig E65S & E65GBW Grinders)


Price:
$1490.00

Features

  • Nano non-stick tamp head reduces coffee build-up.
  • New easy adjustment wheel simplifies the correct setup.
  • The new updated design now works perfectly with bottomless porta-filters.
  • New advanced stiffer frame provides further precision and life span.
  • Designed specifically for the latest Mahlkonig E65S & E65 grind by weight grinders.
  • Perfect workflow from top to bottom flow.
  • No space required as sits under the grinder.
  • More precise shots with reduced channelling and improved flavour.
  • Consistency between every Barista.
  • Speeds up the workflow – calm baristas and happy customers.
  • Industry proven technology.
  • No RSI issues.

Puqpress M4 suits Fiorenzato F64 & F83


Price:
$1490.00

Features

  • More consistent shots
  • No RSI issues.
  • More consistent espresso flavor.
  • Industry-proven technology.
  • Reduced channeling shots.

Puqpress M5 Bundle Mahlkonig E80 Supreme Grinder


Price:
$1490.00

Features

  • Net weight: 5.5KG
  • Dimensions(DxWxH): 33.8×23.3x14cm
  • Input: 110-240Vac 50-60Hz
  • Power: 72 W
  • Plug type: All
  • Cycle duration: 1.3s
  • Tamper diameter: 53.0 – 58.3mm
  • Suitable for: All types of portafilters. Naked, Single sprout and double sprouts
  • Naked portafilter compatibility: Yes
  • Non-stick coating: Yes
  • Fine adjustment lower damp: No
  • Force adjustment: Steps of 1kg in the range from 5- 30kg
  • Available colors: Matt Black / White
  • Certifications: CB,CE, cETLus, KTC, EAC, ETL sanitation


Tamp

Mano,
Wold’s most precise tamping system

Tamp uno2 Automatic Coffee Tamper


Price:
$800

Tamp uno is the first work of the Tamp series. Made with the concept of ‘System Tamper, which can be easily used by anyone’, Uno is able to extract espresso evenly and stably, regardless of who uses it, thanks to its durability and perfect leveling.

The tamping pressure option, which can be adjusted in 1kg increments, allows stable tamping even for part-time or non-skilled baristas.

Uno, experience system tamping that makes your store more efficient.

Parameter

  • Electricity : 220-240 Volt or 100-120 Volt (Free Volt) , 50/60 Hz
  • Adjust pressure : 10Kg ~ 30Kg (min ~ max)
  • Size : 130 mm x 200 mm x 335 mm ( W x D x H )

Feature

  • Accurate: uno2 adjusts the tamping force in 1kg increments and tampers it exactly vertically.
  • Fast: Perfect tamping in 3 seconds after dosing. It’s fast and efficient.
  • Stable: Powerful DC motor, perfect flatness and pressure. No matter how busy your store is, tamping does not shake.
  • Safe Tamping: It is safe to put your hands on the safety guard and the portafilter recognition sensor

Tamp mano Automatic Coffee Tamper – Tamping Master


Price:
$1300

Tamp mano is a system tamper designed for professional baristas. Elements of tamping that baristas consider important – perfect leveling, 1kg of fine pressure adjustment can be reproduced at any time, helping maintain espresso quality even during busy times.

Especially, you can use the base of tamper (Canadian R company, Australian P company etc) which is favored by professional barista as it is. This allows you to apply a variety of type, such as curves, flat, ripples, etc., depending on your extraction concept. Barista’s tamping finish, Polishing (tipping off at the end of tamping) is implemented to prevent the puck from coming up in the vacuum.

In addition, safety guard and three-point contact sensor have made enough safety for baristas. It can be used safely and at the same time, it can be used in any shop or any situation because you can use Naked (Bottomless) portafilter, which is widely used in specialty coffee shop, not just classic spout portafilter.

Mano, experience the exact and uniform tamping as if it were tamped directly by the barista.

Parameter

  • Electricity : 220-240 Volt or 100-120 Volt (Free Volt) , 50/60 Hz
  • Adjust pressure : 10Kg ~ 30Kg (min ~ max)
  • Size : 130 mm x 200 mm x 335 mm ( W x D x H )

Feature

  • Equipped with all uno safety features
  • Tamping frequency setting (1 time to 10 times)
  • Naked (Bottomless mode) setting
  • Tamping recipe can be checked with front display
  • Compatible with base of existing tamper (”R” and “P” company tamper etc.)

Pullman

InfiniTamp – Pullman Automatic Tamper


Price:
$2189.00

Pullman Coffee was Established in 2002, based in Edwardstown, South Australia, Specialties: coffee tools, coffee tampers, coffee, and barista gear. Manufactured in Adelaide, Australia for high volume, tight workspaces, it’s given a low, flattop auto tamp. Made of steel and aluminum, it has been made as tough and sturdy as possible. With a daily counter reset, quiet operation, and always the Pullman guarantee of quality. By placing essentials on top you can have convenient and easy access to your important bench space.

Parameter

  • Voltage input (v): 200-240
  • Frequency (hz): 50/60
  • Power (w): 150w max
  • Weight (kg): 9
  • Dimensions (lxwxh- mm): 350 x 180 x 215
  • Tamper diameter (mm): 58.40
  • Temperature (0 c): 5-35
  • Battery model: cr 1220

Feature

  • Made in Adelaide, Australia
  • You can put 100kgs of anything on top
  • High torque motor, 65kgs pressure max
  • Solid construction, no plastic, all-metal moving parts
  • Touch screen display
  • Custom programmable option. There will be a PRO version released that is fully programmable.
  • ASA Certified – 194026-EA

Eazytamp

Eazytamp is a product by another Australian Company. They are a family-owned business based in Melbourne, which established in 2006. The Eazytamp is an intelligent spring-loaded coffee tamper designed to control
variables that arise when tamping the ground coffee. Currently Eazytamp is only marketed in Australia

EazyV3 – Fully Automated Coffee Tamper


Price:
$2800.00 AUD

This EazyV3 is the world’s most advanced coffee tamper. It’s fully automated and is designed to replace the traditional manual coffee tamper. The EazyV3 is manufactured entirely in Australia, using high-quality stainless steel and aluminum, and they’re built to last.

Electronic and sensor operated, simply fill your portafilter with coffee, select your weight preference, and let the press do the rest. Just think – perfect coffee, every single time.

With the EazyV3, a touch screen allows you to select between 10 and 50 kilos of pressure, for one or two presses.

The patented bracket means uneven tamping and channeling are eliminated – reducing your coffee wastage. Plus, with temperature and humidity sensors that give you an immediate reading of your surroundings, you can simply adjust your grind size and the tamping pressure.

Parameter

  • Timing range: 0-999 seconds
  • Voltage display range: DC 0-99.9 V
  • Voltage detection error: ± 0.1V
  • Operating Power: DC 8~35V
  • Relay parameters: A set of conversion (normally open and normally closed)
  • Contact load: 10A/277V AC or 10A/30V DC
  • Contact resistance: ≤ 100mΩ (1A 6VDC)
  • Mechanical durability: 10 millions
  • Electricity durability: > 100,000 (10A-250VAC)
  • Operating Temperature: -40 ~ 85℃ Set display shut, the minimum current values are 7mA/12V (delay released) The pre-set parameters can be saved after power off.

Feature

This EazyV3 comes fully assembled, is ready to plug and play, and features:

  • A flat tamping base (7.5mm thick)
  • A touch screen to select between 10 and 50 kilos of pressure, for one or two presses
  • A patented bracket and sensor design where you insert your portafilter for tamping – some busy cafés also like to use this as a ‘group head ready waiting bay’ in-between coffees
  • Humidity and temperature readers – to help you tune your grind settings
  • Pin code safety and security feature
  • Daily and lifetime press counter
  • Date and time function
  • Certified to Australian/NZ safety and electrical standards

Each EazyV3 also comes with:

  • An instruction manual
  • A coffee dosing cup (holds 22g of coffee)
  • The EazyV3 is the first fully automated coffee tamper to be part of the Australian Made campaign.

Slingshot

Slingshot Kilo Automated Coffee Tamper


Price:
$1590.00

Slingshot Kilo’ is an Automatic coffee Tamper designed for the busy coffee shop where speed, efficiency and consistency are required. Our goal is to “deliver a perfect level tamp for every shot, regardless of the barista on duty”. The downward tamping force ranges from a light 3 Kg to a heavy 30 Kg, and users can program the machine to tamp a single coffee bed up to three times, each at a different pressure. Baristas may choose different numbers and pressures of compressions for different origins prepared in different doses and grind settings.

Parameter

  • Tamping Disk: 58mm – 58.4mm – 54.6 mm
  • Tamping pressure: 3 to 30Kg
  • N. Tamping profiles: 3
  • N. Tamping : 1 to 3
  • Speed: 0.8 sec/tamp to 1.4 sec (3 tamps)
  • Power: 220-240v 60W
  • Weight: 3.5 Kg

Feature

  • Variable Tamping Profile
  • Precision Scale
  • Removable Tamping Disk
  • Cleaning Function
  • Tamping & Polishing
  • Tamping Counter
  • Concave Tamping Disk
  • Super Fast Tamping


Compak CUBE TAMP


Price:
$1,000.00

Spanish grinder maker Compak has revealed a new automatic tamping machine called the Cube Tamp.

The round-edged rectangular device offers a tamping pressure range from 10-30 kilograms, set from a screen on the front panel. An induction sensor automatically recognizes when a portafilter is inserted, and the height of the portafilter holder is adjustable with a manual knob.

Consistency of pressing in all services, flat and without residues.

Its small size makes it the ideal complement for coffee shops that want to guarantee optimal extraction.

Compatible with most filter holders on the market.

Parameter

Motor output 65 W
Compactor diameter 53 – 54 – 58 – 58,3 mm
Height x width x depth 280 x 165 x 185 mm
Net weight 6,3 Kg

Feature

  • Adjustable tamping pressure from 10 to 30 kg ( 22-66 lb.)
  • Measure unit selection ( Kg/lb.)
  • Portafilter holder adjustable height to fit all types of portafilter.
  • Manual cleaning mode
  • OLED display with touchpad
  • Enlightened tamping area

“SIPRESSO” AUTOMATIC PROFESSIONAL TAMPER


Price:
x00.00

The Sipresso gives you consistent and level tamping again and again. The pressure is adjustable between 10kg-30kg and it’s engineered to perform to 99.9% accuracy, why take the risk of having a different tamp every time?

Parameter

  • Voltage: 100-240 V, 50-60 Hz.
  • Sipresso works with both 110V and 220V.
  • Height: 312mm
  • Width: 132mm
  • Depth: 212mm 

Feature

  • Aisi 304 stainless steel piston/tamper 58.3 mm diameter
  • Aisi 304 stainless steel fork
  • Adjustable fork positioned in parallel with the piston, to guarantee perfect filter holder stability and well levelled tamping
  • Double protection for the barista’s safety: magnetic inductive reading sensor (detects the presence of metal) and pressure sensor, both consents are necessary for operation
  • Dynamic Twister System (DTS): dynamic rotation of the tamper on the coffee cake, for a consistent tamping without damaging the cake itself. It automatically varies according to the height and density of the coffee present in the filter holder
  • Multifunction display, easy to use and intuitive
  • Compatible with all 58mm filters (all types of portafilters, all brands, single or double spouts)
  • Ability to track all beats thanks to automatic counting
  • Clean function, for simple cleaning of the tamper
  • Stainless steel body, made to last even in the worst conditions
  • Colour: stainless steel

Verdict & Recommendations

Above are the main automatic coffee tamper suppliers / manufacturers. Automatic tamper has come a long way in a short amount of time. Long ago, we have to cost much time to learn tamp coffee. But now, we made that, any one can tamp as Pro.

If you want a more affordable automatic tamper, CINOART PT2 is optimal. Please comment below to tell me your thoughts if you have any better recommendations.

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