Tamping is known throughout the coffee industry as one of the most injury-prone aspects of a barista’s job. Repetitive Strain Injury and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (A.K.A “Barista wrist”) are predominantly due to the unnatural posture required to use traditional coffee tampers. The first thing you notice with PUSH is its flat, "hockey puck" like design. Now, forget the awkward motion you’ve always used with traditional tampers. Place your palm flat and just, PUSH.
Thanks to La Marzocco and Dr Diane Gregory of Wilfred Laurier University (Waterloo, Canada), PUSH is the only espresso tamper developed with and tested by independent ergonomics experts. PUSH has been found to significantly reduce the risk of injury when compared with other coffee tampers. The control offered by PUSH also allows users to alternate their tamping hand to further reduce physical strain, without sacrificing results.