January 20, 2008
Unboxing Handpresso - The Coolest Espresso Gadget
Well, we are fortunate enough to have a Handpresso Wild in for review and I thought I would offer a few pictures of the coolest little espresso gadget I have ever seen. The Handpresso is a hand-pump espresso maker that allows you to pump up the handle to 16 bar, add hot water and an ESE Espresso pod to the brewing chamber flip the switch and go. The result is a freshly brewed authentic tasting espresso wherever you can access hot water.
The Handpresso in its box.
Four Easy Steps: 1) Pump the handle to get 16 bar, 2) Add Hot Water, 3) Add an ESE Pod, 4) Press the brew button to get your Espresso.
The unit comes well packed and secure from the maker in France. "Well Packed" in an understatement. I mean Apple could learn a thing or two from Handpresso. The Handpresso comes packed in a box that I would say is more like a presentation quality box that a fine Cognac would come in.
The Handpresso in a nice inner case. Slide the overbox off to find a textured, inner, heavy weight case.
Slide open the inner case that slides open to reveal its contents the foam packing.
Pull away the instruction manuals and the foam packing to see the Handpresso seated safely in its cocoon.
The water chamber unscrews where you insert the ESE pod and pour in the hot water.
On the top side you have 1) The water reservoir that holds 50mls, 2) The pressure gauge 16 bar (over 200PSI), and 3) The release or brew button.
With the pump handle extended; the Handpresso is only a little more than a foot long.
Over the next couple of weeks, we'll be brining the Handpresso along to a few places so that we bring espresso convenience to the masses. The first stop is going to be work, where the office coffee will be replaced with a nice shot of espresso every now and then.
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Posted by Scott Martin at January 20, 2008 10:52 PM
I purchased the Domepod version, and it worked great while it worked... After about 10 months, the O-ring that is essentially the "piston ring" fell apart. Being mechanically competent, I tried to get the O-ring from WholeLatteLove, where I purchased the HandPresso. No dice. We must have back and forthed every O-ring EXCEPT the right one, along with repeated requests from them to send it in for repair. That's not going to happen when I know how to repair it; just send me the part, please. Well, that never happened either. Also, repeated emails directly to Handpresso had the same effect as yelling into an empty rain barrel. Really stellar customer service, guys. The end result is that it's gathering dust on a shelf in the basement. I'm pretty chuffed over the whole experience, and can't recommend it to anyone.
@ Bob - I totally agree. Because of a failed handle pump, and a failed service warranty, then I'm stuck with a great little machine that I can't really do much with. The cost of sending it, getting it repaired, getting it sent back..... will cost so much, that I could buy another one. Question is: Do I want to?!
Purchased the device in the UK from their main dealer (fairfax coffee). The handle of the pump broke after 3 months of usage. I did enjoy the ownership of the device and the resulting coffee. However forget warranty, the 2 year warranty is a lie as the main dealer is not responsive at all when asked for a repair. Shame on Handpresso in their choice and also the fact that this coffee machine is quite fragile. Since I cannot get anybody from handpresso to get my coffee machine repaired or at least be in touch with me. I am going to purchase the mypressi twist instead.
Reboxing Handpresso... uncool
Unboxed, worked great for 3 weeks, now won't keep any pressure, boxed again... broken.
No warranty and limited US customer service. Would not buy again.
I wonder if there would be any way to get some kind of re-usable ESE pods so you can use some fresh coffee instead of the stale pre-ground stuff that Grendel was talking about.
Did you get the fancy leather case as well?
Do they have a distributer in the US? or can you buy them in the US?
Nice idea - except for the pods. Stale, pre-ground coffee is never going to cut it for espresso.
From the video it looks like the ESE pod is a coffee pack made specifically for this device. If you can't find a store with pods you can't have espresso. Also, you can't have your favorite coffee brand/flavor if this company doesn't sell it.
ESE Pods are available all over the place (on the Net), and sometimes in stores. Most Starbucks stores have their own pods available too; just ask.
Yes, but how in the hell does one steam the milk?
I would use this every afternoon at work- if it makes a good cup.
looks like fun!
but honestly i cannot immagine people using the handpresso every morning -
half sleepy - needing to pump up a half an exercise - probably not many people want that...
for those who dont mind its probably a nice toy.
but i personally consider the handpresso only as a gadget - maybe because i am more pragmatic i would
always prefer a classic mokka can. which is even smaller, less expensive, needs less preparation steps and is even faster
And how much does this great device cost ? And where can I order it ! Great, I will replace my bike pump with this thing !