The stylish mural painted on the brick wall inside Tamp & Tap downtown offers guests the option to Grind or Unwind, which is an appropriate message for a coffee and beer concept. If you’re wondering about the name: the tamp is the metal thing for pressing grounds to make espresso, and the tap is of course, a beer tap. Tamp & Tap has been open for a few months, and they serve breakfast as well as inventive sandwiches and salads for lunch or dinner.
I went with a friend one morning for coffee. He got a vanilla latte, and I chose the brewed-to-order pourover coffee, a process that takes about three minutes. The small coffee pot is delivered to your table on a wood block along with the mug, which was cool. The wait for our two drinks was longer than expected even with the pourover process (they weren’t busy) but we were pleased when the coffee arrived.
I’m not an expert, but I can tell when I’ve got a good cup, and this was a good cup. There was enough for a refill in the pot as well. They also have iced coffee cold-brewed in a giant hourglass-like contraption. Why? 1. It’s neat to look at. 2. It is less acidic than traditionally brewed coffee.
There are plenty of tables and chairs where people park with laptops and books, and a few more lounge-like seating areas that seemed like a good spot to enjoy an after-work beverage. The morning that we went, they had 7 local and regional beers on tap.
Another time I went to Tamp & Tap after Trolley Tour; there was a decent crowd that night, and servers brought around complimentary popcorn topped with crispy leeks that went well with my High Cotton Saison summer ale.
Trivia is on Wednesdays (it’s 90’s TV themed for the next few weeks), Pint Night is Thursday, and Kill the Keg parties will be on the last Friday of each month, coinciding with the South Main Trolley Tour. Morning happy hour is $1 off drinks from 10 – 11, afternoon happy hour is $1 off all drinks from 5 – 6.
Tamp & Tap is open from 7am until 9pm or later if there's a crowd. You can park in garages nearby or metered spots if you can find them, and the building is ADA accessible. Kids with adventurous palates might like this spot during the day, and there are plenty of vegetarian menu items as well as some vegan baked treats at the counter.
Tamp and Tap
122 Gayoso Avenue
Memphis, TN 38103