Nomadic Espresso: The Handpresso

Nomadic Espresso: The Handpresso

Faith Durand
Feb 8, 2008

Have you seen the Handpresso? It's a marriage of a bicycle pump and an espresso machine - two very functional items that obviously belong together. Right? OK, maybe not. It's a portable espresso machine that works through a hand-pump. Can you really make a good espresso with a perfect crema with a modified bike pump?

That's what the website claims. We are deeply skeptical about this, especially since the gadget only works with coffee pods. It doesn't look like you can use your own freshly roasted, freshly ground espresso beans.

The pump works up air pressure, so you can get a high-pressure extraction, but we are wondering what the point is, if you don't have fresh beans to extract from. But it would let you have something approximating espresso when camping or out away from civilizations and proper coffee shops. We would probably choose the Aeropress for a camping trip, though, or try our hand at cowboy coffee.

But maybe we are too cynical - has anyone tried this gadget? It's available in their web store for 99 euros.

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