Our long-awaited solution to the espresso grind distribution problem. A hand-powered WDT tool built for speed and durability.

The AutoComb spins 12 carefully arranged needles at high speed. This movement mechanically fluidised the grinds organising them into a fluffy and homogenous mass ready for tamping.

  1. It consistently distributes grinds very well; no matter how they started or who’s using the tool.
  2. It’s built for brutal hospitality environments.
  3. The entire process takes less than 5 seconds.

Product Details

  • Needle depth is adjustable for all baskets up to 25g, tool-free.
  • Compatible with almost every popular 58mm basket and portafilter (see compatibility).
  • Needles can be removed and/or replaced easily by hand.
  • You can drop it on the bench or bash it onto a portafilter without concern.
  • No wrist twisting or RSI-inducing movements.
  • Comes with heaps of spare needles.
  • All moving/sliding parts are excessively over-engineered.
  • All components are removable and user-replaceable with allen keys (supplied).
  • Made from anodised aluminium, impact resistant ABS, acetal, and stainless steel.

Cleaning and Maintenance

  • Every part of the AutoComb is user removable with allen keys for cleaning or maintenance. The sliding carriage which holds the needles is removable without tools, so you can get up close with the needles, or run them under a tap. The white acetal slider is easily wiped clean if coffee grinds build up on the sliding surfaces.
  • The two ball bearings are fully sealed and lubricated for life.
  • This tool is NOT dishwasher safe. Hand washing only.

Testimonials from WBC Competitors

Don’t take our word for it. Anthony Douglas used it to win the 2022 WBC. Ben Put and Jack Simpson just used it to win their respective 2023 National Barista Championships.

We sent some units out to a few of this year’s WBC competitors, for free, with no obligations to use it. Here’s what they have to say:

Australia - Jack Simpson
“After trying countless distribution methods, the Autocomb is hands down the best I’ve tried”

UK - Ian Kissick
“The Autocomb is, by a mile, my favourite distribution tool. It is fantastic for competition - and has made my preparations for WBC so much easier - but I think its real value will be in the cafe.”

Romania - Katy Szasz
“As a competitor in the barista championship, autocomb made my espresso more consistent and more sweet. And yes 100% they will make all your shots way better in the cafe everyday”.

Guatemala - Paulo Melendez

“The tool is amazing!! Honestly it is the most consistent tool I have used so far.”

Greece - Nikos Santzaras.

“I really love how it works and distribute the particles by braking the clumps. Also it helps the coffee to degas and to release faster the CO2 from the coffee grounds.”

Indonesia - Patrik Vinsensius

“It greatly distributes the coffee ground and it’s very easy to use, the circular motion is satisfying, quite addicting I would say.”

Germany - Ella Simon

“As a Barista I think it’s important to guarantee a consistency in cup quality - so my guests will always enjoy their coffee with me.

So I need good and reliable tools like the bh autocomb. It helps me speed up my workflow while distributing the coffee particles well which results in an even extraction and tasty espresso.”

Saudi Arabia - Ahmad Bahaa

“The tool is really awesome”. “With just 3 rotations I'm able to distribute the entire bed of coffee from top to bottom: breaking up any clumps, ensuring an even density, and providing more flavour clarity”

Czech - Denis Kramf

“AutoComb quickly became one of my favourite tools in my routine! It is consistent and clean. It both save the time and enhance the distribution quality!”

designed for the Lab.
built for the Bar.

Barista Hustle is home to the best online coffee courses and certifications. Barista Hustle Tools is where we take our research and turn it into reality.

Specialty coffee is demanding for precision, while hospitality environments are notoriously rough. We go to great lengths to make tools with a balance of function and form.

In The Box

1 x AutoComb with 12 needles installed

Tube with approx. 38 spare needles

Allen keys

Card with qr code for the quick-start guide and manual

Additional Resource

AutoComb Spare Parts - Assembly Instructions



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