Anti-slip Espresso Mats

Silicone espresso mats are an accessory that may seem odd to low-profile home users. For true espresso aficionados, those with a barista spirit and who frequently experiment at home, it is an indispensable complement to their coffee press or tamper and their picamarro drawer. They can also be found as coffee mats.

Obviously, if you don’t use an espresso machine at home or have these other instruments, the non-slip coffee mat will not do you any good. It is a rather cheap accessory, but very specialized. Not surprisingly, many coffee presses have their own mat included in the pack.

When buying a non-slip espresso mat, an essential tool for the barista, you won’t have to spend more than about 10 pounds. These are some of the options available on Amazon today:

What is the purpose of non-slip coffee mats?

If you have ever used a coffee tamper, you will quickly understand the usefulness of the mat or espresso mat.

The process of pressing the ground coffee into the filter is key to ensuring that the surface of the coffee is completely flat and even, and that the coffee is compacted to the right size. No more, no less. Slight variations in the pressing affect the time it takes for the water to filter the coffee, and therefore the taste of the drink.

In order to carry out the pressing with the precision it deserves, it is necessary to have all the guarantees. The filter holder of the coffee maker, as you know, is never flat underneath, so you can’t just lean it on the table and press it.

It has to be secure, and that’s exactly what the coffee mat is for. It has a small die cut with the right shape (usually a semicircle) to fit the filter holder, and so support it so that when you exert pressure with the tamper the filter does not move even a millimetre.

In other words: the espresso mat serves to ensure that your coffee is pressed with optimum precision and safety.

In the following video you can see how the mat is used for the coffee press:

Why are espresso mats made of silicone?

Because the coffee tamper mats protect the work surface (table, worktop, etc.) from damage and scratches. There are other non-slip materials, of course, but silicone is the one that usually offers the best balance between grip, hold, cleaning and protection of your furniture.

The finishes are usually black, although there are also versions in other shades such as grey or brown. The dimensions also vary, but it is normal that the espresso mats are between 15 and 25 cm wide.

As you can see in the picture, apart from the hole to support the filter holder, the rugs also have a small hole of the right diameter to support the tamper there and have it at hand.

We selected the best mat for your coffee press

Most of the non-skid espresso mats that can be found on the market come from Asian suppliers, and are all very similar in both quality and price. So it is difficult to make distinctions.

If we have to suggest a model, we would opt for this one:

Liuer Espresso Tamper Mat, Food Grade Silicone Brown Multi-Function Thicken Anti-Skid Wear...
  • Size: 25 x 15 cm (9.8" x 5.9"), It can fully fit for the coffee temper whose diameter is less than 60mm. For those who like to press coffee power on the edge of the table with their hand directly.
  • Material: food grade safe Silicone which is Slip-resistant(package Just include coffee tamper mat, Not include the coffee tamper).
  • Use: edge of the table.keep it stay at the edge of the table,no need to move it after use,and no need to dig you drawer again. Make full use of your space.
  • Fit for the edge of the desk, bar or operating table. The perfect barista accessory for all friends of quality espresso and cappuccino.
  • Fit for the edge of the desk, bar or operating table. The perfect barista accessory for all friends of quality espresso and cappuccino.

It is a 25 cm wide, brown mat with a space where any tamper of 60 mm diameter fits (the largest). We have chosen it because the price is very tight and, although there are cheaper ones, it includes a metal measuring spoon as a gift.

Another less common option is to find only the silicone base: just enough space to fit the press. Of course, you can also rest the filter holder on it to compact it safely while you have the tamper in your hand. It’s not made of non-slip silicone for nothing, is it?

Tamper mat for perfect tamping of your espresso coffee with the portafilter, tamper stand and...
  • With this tamper stand your tamper will get a dedicated and clean space in your kitchen. Perfect for hobby baristas.
  • Use the rubber coffee mat tampering the espresso in the portafilter you will generate the optimal pressure to perfection your coffee and protect your kitchen counter.
  • High quality production, 100% odorless silicone. The tamper mat is so sturdy even the highest pressure when using as tamper mat will not harm it.
  • The perfect barista accessory for all friends of quality espresso and cappuccino. Idea for 51mm to 58mm espresso tampers.
  • Get one now, you will have 2 kitchen accessories in one: Tamper mat and pressure station for the portafilter.

In any case, if you are looking for the best non-slip mat for your coffee tamper, the ideal is to buy a press that already has its own mat included. This way you can be sure that the dimensions of the mat and the quality are right for your presser, as it will be made to measure.

If you choose to buy a universal model, we recommend that you first check the diameter of your tamper (between 50 and 58 mm is usually the norm), and buy a mat adapted to it.

Note: We remind you that this accessory should be used together with a coffee press, and ideally with its picamarro drawer.