Ok, so maybe the world isn't ending yet, but just in case things start to fall apart, you can bring your battery operated espresso machine with you. This new item is a battery operated espresso machine from Trisa Electronics delivers about 16 shots before the end of the battery's life.
With a 350ml reservoir, the machine will be good for 7-8 shots. It can take an ESE espresso pod, making this an easier on-the-go experience. If you need a quick charge, a 12v power cord helps out in a pinch if your car is still working wherever you are.
A lot of consumers are looking for a machine that provides some authentic pump-extracted espresso, with a minimum amount of work to get high quality results. With a machine like the Krups EA5280, preparing a good espresso comes easy. We aren't talking about high-end customized extraction here, but we are talking about good espresso from your own ground coffee, in an easy to use package.
Krups EA5280 includes a feature to tamp the ground coffee, called Precise Tamp, that reportedly sets the right pressure on the grounds before extracting. This is less important in a consumer model than it is at your local barista's, but it adds to the confidence that your espressos are going to be great.
The Krups EA5280 also includes a portafilter that can use ESE espresso pods, an easy to use steam wand, and a 15-bar pump. Comes in a nice looking stainless steel.
UPDATE: Price is about half off right now at Amazon; $192 down from $399 list price.
Espresso machines are great, and if you;re giving one as a gift, maybe you should grab an espresso cup or something to put that new latte in it. Here are a few ideas to help out.
Bodum Pavina(or any Bodum glass line) - these are made from lab glass, and are handblown. Your creation looks oh, so cool in it. The beverages float in the doubles walls. Dishwasher safe. Get the Espresso ones for an espresso lover and maybe the 12-ounce for the Latte variety. These are really my "go-to" cup/glass on a daily basis.
"Espresso" Cups - these are simple espresso cups that have "ESPRESSO" written across them in black and white. A fun design take on the espresso cup.
Illy Art Cups - usually pretty stunning in their design, and often collected, these cups are designed by world renowned artists and issued annually. There are some less expensive and classic standard illy cups in their collection too. One of this year's art cups is shown above.
CBTL and Target are running a special - buy a CBTL Americano and get four free boxes of capsules. That's worth about $45. The CBTL Americano brews the CBTL capsules which come in several coffee and espresso varieties as well as several flavors of tea. I like the Premium Espresso the best for its slightly sweet and caramelized flavors.
Below you can see the price tag at Target for the CBTL brewer, and the special offer for free capsules.
Nespresso has a deal going on right now that will give you a $100 credit from the Nespresso Club store after buying a Nespresso Machine for $199 and above. The special runs from 11/23 through 1/21/13.
Nespresso has 16 Grand Crus to choose from, and delivers to your house in a couple of business days. I've been pretty happy with my deliveries, and after running through the sampler that comes with the machine, you can pretty much nail it down to one or two that you like, and grab a few boxes of them in the first order.
Eligible machines include; The narrow and sleek Nespresso Citiz, the even smaller Nespresso Pixie, the espresso and latte brewing Lattissima Plus, The big and powerful Nespresso Maestria. The Nespresso U is technically eligible, but watch out; Amazon sells it for $198.95, five cents less than Nespresso's stated $199 floor. Not sure if this makes a big difference, but I'd hate to lose out on $100 of free capsules over five cents. Nespresso does list the New Nespresso U as one of the potential machines, but I am not sure about the requirements on your proof of purchase and how they might check the purchase amount.
See more at the Nespresso Rewards page where you enter your information for the credit. The credit is good for one year after you receive it.
Keurig is no stranger to brewed coffee, but they aren't well known for their work in espresso. They announced earlier this year that they are working with Lavazza, the famed Italian coffee company to bring an espresso system to market in the US that uses Lavazza coffee, and a milk frothing system to address the US market tastes.
The Keurig Rivo Machine
With 15-bars of pressure, the Rivo brings out coffee flavors like only pressure can, leaving a née creme on top. The capsules, in several different espresso varieties, are from Lavazza, including Intenso, Classico, Delicato and Decaf.
Using fresh milk the frothing is going to take place in a sidecar, letting you manually pour the milk from the carafe into your cup. not elegant, but it works.
Brewing the espresso gives you the push button choice of shorts and longs, and brews in under a minute. the reservoir is on the side, where it is easy to refill.
Check out the Keurig promo video below of the Keurig Rivo:
UPDATE 12/11: Macadamia Nut Variation is out of stock too.
Nespresso blew it out this year with their Coconut Variation 2012 capsules (See my Full Review of Nespresso Variations 2012), and who knew it would be so popular. If you are one of the lucky or smart ones that have all the Coconut Capsules that you want; you did better than me. By the time I realized that these were some of the best capsules in years, they were sold out.
I was hoping that somewhere there were some extras in the world and that they would find their way to the US market. Sadly, it's not going to happen.
A Nespresso spokesman confirmed, "We are unfortunately sold out of our Nespresso Coconut Variation. They were very popular, and they did sell very fast."
On top of the 16 Grand Cru varieties that are offered year round, every year, Nespresso has a holiday set of Nespresso Variations; flavored espresso capsules that are a new twist on a shot of espresso. Always flavored, these variations are always fun to trey.
Nespresso still has the Hazelnut and the Macadamia Nut Variations at the Nespresso Club
Superautomatics do just about everything for you; grind, tamp, extract, steam the milk and more. For that, they tend to cost a lot. The Krups EA82 is close, and gets the espresso end automated so you can take advantage of great whole bean coffee, and get the freshest cup of espresso on the block. What it won't do is automatically steam your milk right into your cup for you in the way a typical super automatic would. Sorry, you'll have to use the steam wand to do that.
The Krups EA82 holds a few day's worth of whole beans in the hopper (seals to keep beans fresher), grinds with its burr grinder, and extracts via their thermoblock heater and 15-bar pump. The heat time is fairly short, and the LCD screen gives you a quick and easy path to what's brewing: anything from an espresso to a taller coffee, it brews up to about 8 ounces.
The used espresso cake or puck gets ejected into a bin which will hold about 14 pucks. The 60-ounce reservoir should keep you going for a while. Pretty easy to maintain overall.
On sale now at a pretty good discount off the $1,200 list price; coming in at around $740 at this writing. Available in Black and Red.