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|Product Dimensions||6 x 7 x 15.6 cm|
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WACACO Nanopresso Portable Espresso Maker, Upgrade Version of Minipresso, Extra Small Travel Coffee Maker, Manually Operated. Perfect for Camping, Travel, Kitchen and Office
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And this little gadget delivers the goods. All you need, other than espresso, is a way to boil water. So any camp stove will do the trick in the outdoors and you can normally get hot water at any hotel that makes tea available.
The actual process of making an espresso with this is not terribly complex. You add hot water into a little reservoir, then run it through the machine by pumping it a dozen times or so to get the insides hot. Then repeat the process with espresso added into it. The whole procedure takes less than 5 minutes and it is not at all hard to master. It is a little fiddly, but not excessively so. You just pump slowly until the water is used up. It even has a little cup for you to drink the espresso from built right into it. The whole thing is quite ingenious and everything is nicely made.
I just used the illy espresso in the silver can, and the espresso this thing makes using that coffee is honestly pretty good. Even preheating the machine, you will want to drink it immediately, as it is not exactly scalding hot when it comes out. I found it very smooth and pretty similar to what my basic home machine can do with identical coffee.
Now, here is the big limitation. If you are home or somewhere with a sink, the next step after enjoying your espresso is to go to the sink and take everything apart, rinse it all off, and then put all the pieces in the dish rack to dry. Realize that there are a lot of pieces and some of them are rather small: Water reservoir, pump section, coffee holder, steel filter/dispenser end, cup, and measuring cup. But under running water it takes just a moment to rinse everything out and lay everything out to dry. So in your house, the clean up is not much worse than what it takes to clean your regular espresso machine. You mainly just have to be careful of the small pieces.
But nobody is buying this to make espresso at home, it is for traveling. How are you going to easily handle the clean up of all those pieces if you are backpacking or camping? Or even in your hotel room if you are going to be checking out in half an hour? The answer is that you really can't. You'll have to pack it up dirty or at least a bit wet inside and wait until you are somewhere where you can properly clean it and let all the little pieces sit out to dry. I suppose you could wash and then hand dry every little piece, but you are now starting to get into a level of hassle that I am not sure most people will really want to deal with. And the design doesn't make it easy to hand dry the pieces even if you wanted to.
Now I am still a fan of this thing, because it does what it promises, and it does it well. It is still coming with me when traveling in civilization, but I am less excited about even car camping with it, and I think it is just too fiddly for backpacking, even if one was inclined to carry something this heavy into the backcountry.
That said, in the beginning when it did work it made absolutely amazing coffee!!!! Best I’ve ever been able to make at home by any method. Only difference versus the from a real barista at a good coffee shop is slightly less crema. Would buy again if it weren’t for the quality issues.
At the same time there are several reasons why I did give it four! out of five stars. So after that large list above, why do I still give it four out of five stars? First it makes a mean cup of Joe baby! Second, it’s a very visceral experience, especially if you purchase a good manual Burr grinder with variable coursenesd ability. Third, this is a must have when camping and or traveling to rural places where you cannot get a good cup of coffee. I love the crēma that this device produces.
Warning, when you first purchase this device and start developing your own technique, be careful of the amount of the coffee that you drink. This is going to be stronger but much richer tasting coffee. When you get to your third and 4th cup you can really overdo it.
The manual grinder I use allows to manually set the courseness of the grind of the coffee. I grind it to, just a fine enough degree, where it won’t put the grounds into the coffee. In other words, as fine as I can do it without putting gritt into the coffee. The second major part of my technique, is when pumping to create the pressure, I stopped pumping just win a little bit of the first amount of coffee starts to drip out. Then I stop and let it steep. For the exact same reason why you would let coffee steep in a French press.
-The water reservoir is only plastic and does not feel like it fits tightly when you twist it into place, the plastic just sort of feels like it’s giving way instead of really locking in.
-Also, it only fills that little demitasse cup, that it comes with, about half full.
-And lastly, it is a bit awkward to hold, I find you kind of have to hold it in one hand. I broke my hand a couple of years ago, it’s just not the same as it was but, for me and my goofy hand the pumping part was hard.
It is a pretty fast process though, which I appreciated, heating the water was the longest part.