July 19, 2006

Preva xSport - Espresso on the Mountain


We found our North this past weekend. The Preva xSport came with us this weekend as we hiked up Mount Washington in NH and stayed over a the Lakes of the Clouds Hut on Saturday night. The hiking was pretty serious up a couple of thousand feet to this great little oasis at 5050 feet above sea level. The Lakes hut is perched just below the summit of MT Washington, in the saddle between Mt Washington and Mt Monroe. The hut holds 90 people for an overnight, and is a full service hut, which means that they provide meals and shelter provided by a staff of about 10. While they offer coffee, they don’t offer a nice espresso. We toted the Preva up the mountain along with a dozen Starbucks Espresso Pods for use while up there. Since the hut was providing the boiling water, I got to try out the Preva without needing to boil my own. It’s not going to give you an espresso that rivals your coffee shop, but keep reading; I thought it was great.

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It was fantastic to wake up to a good espresso with the White Mountains unfolding in front of you as the sun came out. Before long, I had dished out several espressos to hut-mates, and I got big smiles in return. Carbon1Making an espresso with the Preva is easy. An ESE pod goes in the basket, which gets screwed on the bottom, a shot or two of boiling water goes in the top, and with that secure, you pump about a half dozen times. A respectable espresso comes out the bottom and with a bit of sputter; you even get a little foam. I wouldn’t quite call it crèma, but it definitely announces that the espresso is now ready for enjoyment. The process is easy, and I pulled a half dozen of these in a few minutes. Considering that it only weighs 16 ounces, and the weight of pods are almost negligible, the Preva gave me some great espresso for above the tree line enjoyment.

The Preva xSport is available at REI and at the Preva website.

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Posted by Scott Martin at July 19, 2006 10:03 AM
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