Properly good artisan coffee has found its way to Sheffield. Tamper is a little slice of Kiwi-inspired coffee heaven.
Just over a year old, Tamper is one of Yorkshire’s newest ‘third wave’ coffee shops. Owned by Kiwi Jonathan Perry, it seems New Zealand still has a thing or two to teach the UK about coffee.
Tamper is right at the cutting edge. Supplied by up-and-coming artisan roastery Ozone (enjoying its breakthrough period, despite being around since 1998), Tamper does all the usual coffee options: espresso-based drinks (like a flat white), V60 drip brews, Aeropress and the like.
The modern range of coffees may be a little daunting to the uninitiated, but don’t worry – just ask the knowledgeable baristas and they’ll help you out. If you’re in Sheffield and fancy expanding your coffee horizons, there’s nowhere better than Tamper.
Mrs Cosy and I each had a different drip brew, both recommended by the staff. Both were excellent – though, as usual, Mrs Cosy chose better than I did.
It’s a small place and was very busy when we arrived on a cloudy Saturday afternoon. But it crams a fair few seats into its limited square-footage, perfect for unhurried nattering.
Excellent sweet and savoury food is on offer to satisfy the peckish, to be enjoyed in the joyfully scruffy, unpretentious surroundings.
There’s nothing not to like about Tamper, surely Sheffield’s best coffee shop. Friendly and knowledgeable baristas, superb coffee, modest decor. Kind of like the marvellous Laynes Espresso in nearby Leeds.
This is all a bit gushing, but it’s the sort of place that really appeals to me, and I’m chuffed to find it in my home county of Yorkshire.
Tamper is named after the heavy round metal object baristas use to compress ground coffee with a good push from the shoulder. But there’s no hard work to be done here – just rock up, order a superb coffee and relax.
9 Westfield Terrace
We visited on 9 February 2013.