Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Portable Espresso Makers


I received a press release today from a company called mypressi that makes a handheld espresso maker, called the Twist. From the promo photos, it looks gorgeous. Apparently this device, which can use either pods or grounds, gets 9 bars of pressure, the standard required to officially make espresso. It says it doesn't require external power to work, just hot water and gas cartridges that you can find at kitchen retail stores. Don't see price information, which would be a big factor in how many of these are actually sold. It's biggest claim to fame so far is that it was awarded the "best new consumer product" by the SCAA recently.

While mypressi claims the Twist is the first portable espresso maker, I've certainly seen others advertised elsewhere.

Here's the Handpresso, a device that's currently priced below $90 on amazon.com


Reviewers seem to like it a lot.

I don't personally travel enough for this to be an issue, although when I do travel, I always try to find a third-wave cafe or roaster at my destination so this doesn't become an issue. Of course, if you're camping, then something like this, or the AeroPress is pretty cheap and easy to use.

2 comments:

Stephen O'Brien said...

Thank you for your kind comments on the mypressi TWIST. In comparative testing the TWIST is the only handheld espresso maker to hold at least 9 bars (135 psi) of extraction pressure across the entire 20-30 second shot. This is widely considered to be a minimum requirement for any espresso maker, portable or otherwise. The benefits of a good extraction include a richer and smoother espresso with an ideal crema. The TWIST is the only handheld product to have won the SCAA's top award. It has an MSRP of US$129 and will be available in the fall.

Abigail Albino said...

Cool coffee gadget/equipment! I have been considering other coffee presses before, but this is so far the cutest thing I've ever seen...

I'll definitely get a hold of this one so that I'll have my own coffee shop sessions at home...