Handpresso Wild, the uber-cool Bike Pump looking portable espresso brewer is now available in the US allowing folks on this side of the Atlantic to enjoy this Euro originated brewer without the hassle of overseas ordering. We enjoyed getting our Handpresso in January, covering it with an Unboxing of the Handpresso
, and then a First Impressions post
quickly after that.
I continue to use the Handpresso on a regular basis at work, and really think that it's a great way to enjoy espresso away from the coffee shop or my army of brewers at home. I get a fair amount of strange looks, but the little break is a great way to enjoy an indulgent little pick-me-up in the afternoon. I usually hit the office coffee maker for some hot water to pre-heat the cup, and Handpresso reservoir to make sure I get a good shot. The office brewer does not put out terribly hot water, so I need to nurse out every bit of heat that I can before brewing. I pour out the pre-heat water, add the brew water, the pod and I am ready to go.
I have been using a few different pods, especially some of my favorites like the Lavazza Grand Crema and the Mokarabia Strong ESE Pods.
The $149 is not a cheap price to pay for such an indulgence, but you get what you pay for, and in this instance, it's a very solidly built unit. Better to pay the price for something that will work well and last, versus paying a cheap price and having the unit fall apart.
The whole thing comes in at over a pound, and is made of aluminum, with a high quality feel and action. It comes with an extra "o" ring, but in the couple of months I have been using it, I haven't seen any issues.
So, while it might be great for camping, it is also a great brewer for a quick brew at work, or anywhere else good coffee is scarce.
At Amazon - The Handpresso Wild
The VeV Kontessa is a beautiful statement in stainless steel to make a powerful statement on any countertop or stove. Well known for its high quality products, the VeV Kontessa is also a powerfully good stovetop espresso maker that can turn out great espressos day after day. It comes in 2, 4, 6, or 12 cup sizes (Demitasse cups).
So, yesterday we showed you the Gaggia 77002 manual espresso machine, but here’s another beauty from Gaggia, the Gaggia Achille Espresso machine
, another manual espresso machine that is lever operated. This has a few modern conveniences though, like en ESE Espresso Pod basket and a nice turbo frother that is sure to crank out the lattes and cappuccinos. To operate, just raise the lever on the front of the unit, which allows water to infuse the coffee in the filter holder. Then, lower the lever to brew; the pressure forces water through the coffee and into the cup.
Gaggia is well known for its espresso machines, but have you seen this one? This is the Gaggia 77002, a manual espresso machine that will have you pulling espressos like the old days. This chrome plated beauty has an excellent look and feel to it. By lifting the lever, a piston inside the group is raised allowing water under pressure to infuse the coffee in the filter holder. The lever is then lowered causing the piston to force the water through the coffee and into your cup making one or two cups of perfect café quality espresso. The machine has a water level site gauge located on the side of the machine. Capable of making 16, 2oz cups. Maybe not for the faint of heart, but looks great on the counter.