Essential tool for the libertarian barista

File this under stuff I really like. Now that I’m back behind the espresso bar, I decided it was time to invest in my own tamper. (For the non-coffee people in the audience, a tamper is the thing a barista uses to compress loose espresso grounds into a puck before extracting a shot from them.) Deciding on a brand of tamper was easy. The hard part was coming up with an appropriate engraving. Then I hit on this libertarianesque design and I knew I was in business:

libertarian espresso tamper

Coffee geeks will recognize the tamper as a Reg Barber. Libertarian geeks will recognize the cuneiform as “amagi,” the earliest known written depiction of the word “freedom.”

It just arrived today. Can’t way to start using it.


  1. Wendy says:

    That’s pretty, Jacob!

    When we open our coffee shop (or when I’m ready to make special guest appearances behind your bar), I think I’ll ask them to make me one that’s all copper — assuming it feels good, of course.

  2. Zhubin says:

    That’s pretty nice – it’s too bad there’s no left counterpart. You’d be amazed how difficult it is to find ancient symbols that convey the gist of “Property is theft.”

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