We wouldn't dare call you high maintenance for wanting a delicious espresso shot in the middle of the forest or at that roadside motel you stumbled upon during your cross-country road trip. Have you had those horrible pre-packaged coffee packets at motels? We certainly have. And no one blames you for expecting the same flavorful cup of espresso on the road that you get at home. Meet the Handpresso Portable Espresso Machine, an easy-to-use, hand-held tool that goes everywhere you go and makes brewing espresso a snap. All you'll need is boiling water and your favorite pre-ground coffee (ground to espresso fineness), and then the Handpresso Portable Espresso Machine delivers an excellent espresso on the go. Compact, durable, lightweight and requiring little maintenance, you'll enjoy your Handpresso's single-shot creations for years to come.
|Ease of Use||5|
|Ease of Care and Maintenance||5|
|Overall Value for the Money||5|
|How Does it Compare?||The Handpresso Portable Espresso Machine is lighter than the MyPressi and takes ground coffee rather than pods.|
|Tips and Tricks||We suggest purchasing the Handpresso Intense Portafilter Lid. It really does make for a better shot.|
|Product Weight (lbs.)||1.0750|
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Howard V. Jul 26, 2012
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Warranty Information for the Handpresso Portable Espresso Machine
|What it Covers:||
Handpresso portable espresso maker
|Who Supports the Warranty:||Seattle Coffee Gear|
|Warranty Contact Information:||866-372-4734 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Notes:||Read more about Seattle Coffee Gear's Warranty coverage.|
|Eligible for SCG Extended Warranty?||No|
Caring for the Handpresso Portable Espresso Machine
Do not use any alcohol or detergents on the machine's components. It is not dishwasher or microwave safe.
Where have you been?Review by Karen that Scooter Girl
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Although cleaning the handpresso domepod is a bit of a mess, what other machine cleans itself?-- i mean I love it for its ability to pull a delicious crema-filled shot when used with freshly ground espresso, but I hate cleaning up so that the product is well taken care of. the downside is just when I clean, my shot is getting going cold. Other than that which of course is with all machines, this baby is a winner in my book. if you're in need of that one shot to keep you sane than this is a quick shot machine for you. It serves its purpose without the need of C02 or an outlet. Its downright awesome!
Quick Brewing, Easy To Use, Quiet, Great Taste
(Posted on 10/2/11)
Handpresso Domepod vs. MyPressi TwistReview by shade
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If you're looking for a portable solution to making true espresso, two options are the [$] Mypressi Twist and the [$] Handpresso Domepod. Both use freshly ground coffee, though there is a version of the Handpresso that works with espresso pods, and there is a pod adapter that comes with the Mypressi Twist. One of the major differences between the two is how they are powered. The Mypressi is powered by n2o whip cream chargers, while the Handpresso is powered by your own elbow grease.I was looking for a way to make espresso while on the road or camping with the family. I was seeking a quick and easy solution, and after doing considerable research on both of these devices, I decided to try them both in order to have a head to head comparison.Bottomline: For my needs, which is mostly pulling double shots, the Mypressi produced more consistent, flavorful shots with good mouth feel. The shots from the Mypressi came close to what can be produced on a good home espresso machine.Mypressi-twist-espresso-machineMypressi Twist hand held espresso makerThis isn't to say that the Handpresso is capable of making decent shots. It just was much more difficult to pull off consistent shots that weren't on the bitter side and a bit watery. There are also several advantages that the Handpresso has over the Mypressi Twist.HandpressoHandpresso Wild Domepod for use with ground coffee only (no pods).I paired both devices with a Kyocera hand grinder to complete my mobile espresso solution. (More on this competent grinder in another post).In seeking a mobile solution, I wasn't looking to match what is capable from a home machine, but rather something that would come as close as possible.First, the Handpresso Domepod. The Domepod uses a small filter basket in which you place freshly ground coffee. It has a bicycle pump-like design that allows you to pressure the device to 16 bar using your own strength. It charges quickly, and it wasn't difficult or tiring to pump, though you probably wouldn't be cranking out shot after shot for your camping crew. Once the filter basket is full, you add hot water to the dome, lock it all in place and then pull the trigger.I found the Hanpresso capable of making pretty good shots, though I was never able to pull shots with good crema. The shots, while tasting good, were always a bit on the watery side, and that was even with using a tamper (which, in my opinion you absolutely need). Again, these shots were good, and, especially when used to make a milk-based espresso drink.The Handpresso coffee baskets hold approximately 8 ounces of coffee, and this is where the Mypressi Twist moves in. In making a true double shot, the basket for the Mypressi Twist is capable of holding up to 18 ounces of ground coffee, making it a true double shot.Unlike the Handpresso, the water is forced through the grounds by pulling the trigger which releases the gas in the n20 charger. No pumping necessary. The shots from the Mypressi were consistently good, with crema, good mouth feel, but a bit on the bitter side (probably due to the relatively low temps of the water).So, the n2o charger employed by the Mypressi Twist seems to give it an advantage, though some have said the shots produce feel "gassy." The downside of course is that you have to find and use these chargers. You can't bring them on an airplane, so if you were traveling via airplane, you'd have to arrange to have the n2o chargers waiting for you at your hotel, or acquire them somewhere at your new destination. I can see several situations where this would be pretty unrealistic (i.e. multiple flights and destinations in a short period time like during a business trip).The Handpresso's simplicity is a huge plus. You can travel with it easily. Pack it up with some good coffee and your hand grinder and you're all set. This simplicity compelled me to pick up the Handpresso first. However, after comparing the quality of the shots pulled, I ended up choosing the Mypressi Twist. I don't travel enough that the chargers are a big issue.If you make milk-based drinks (latte, cappuccino, etc.) you'll need to figure out a way to heat and froth milk. If you're in a hotel and have access to electricity, the Nespresso Aeroccino is a great option. I'll write more on this later. There are also manual hand frothers that work quite well. There are even some options available under the accessory page on both the Mypressi and Handpresso websites.Lastly, with either device you'll need a way to make hot (boiling) water. If you're camping, you've always got the camp stove and that works great. If you're traveling in hotels, I highly recommend picking up a small electric kettle. The water made in a hotel room coffee maker simply will not be hot enough to pull a good shot with either machine.
Easy To Use, Easy To Clean
(Posted on 4/21/11)
My new travel companionReview by Major
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All of the hotels I stay at during my business travel have kettels but only provide instant coffee. Well now I have the opportunity to enjoy a nice espresso while on the road. Awesome machine!!
Easy To Use, Commercial Grade, Great Taste, Easy To Clean
Small Water Container
(Posted on 10/25/10)
handpressoReview by chudu
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makes good espresso, delayed from buying $1000 machine anytime soon.
Easy To Use, Great Taste, Commercial Grade, Easy To Clean
(Posted on 4/29/10)