wacaco saves the workday with hand-powered portable espresso machine
wacaco saves the workday with hand-powered portable espresso machine wacaco saves the workday with hand-powered portable espresso machine
oct 02, 2014

wacaco saves the workday with hand-powered portable espresso machine

wacaco saves the workday with hand-powered portable espresso machine
all images courtesy of wacaco




the workplace of is filled with employees that are powered by warm brews of coffee throughout the day. in order to get their fix, they escape, just for a couple minutes, to the nearest shop around the corner or walk down the thin pathways between cubicles towards the break room. once a cup has been poured, every sip is a hybrid of rejuvenation and relaxation so they can focus on the tasks ahead. but getting a dose of caffeine isn’t always easy. there can be long lines served by overwhelmed baristas or unclean, burnt pots left in the office from the day before. taking away the stress that can consume a person during this sequence of events, wacaco has developed ‘minipresso’, a device that helps you prepare shots with the quality of a traditional machine.


video courtesy of wacaco




the ease of use lies in its conception. the product doesn’t require compressed air, N2O cartridges, or electricity for its operation. with 6.95 inch tall, hand-operated body, users can control the quantity of extracted coffee. a few pumps on the semi-automatic piston and they can concoct smooth espresso full of flavor. once perfected, a built-in cup takes away the need for a mug. ‘minipresso’ is available with adapters for coffee grounds or caffitaly capsules.

wacaco minipresso hand powered portable espresso machine
the device features a built-in cup with cool touch rubber band



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  • Nice. Reminiscent of my favorite coffee maker, the Aero Press, but maybe a bit simpler. Any plans for a version that would make full-sized cups (8-12 oz of regular strength coffee instead of 2 oz of espresso)?

    Ken Winter says:
  • This product is cool, but flawed. If I’m in a place that is remote, say on a rural walk and I am carrying this item, I still need HOT water to make coffee. If I need to start a fire or use a gas cooktop to heat water, I may as well just bring my Bialetti.

    Francesco says:
  • Although have the limitations of a portable device that tries to make the functions of an espresso machine, I think it is a good option to enjoy a espresso. The Bialetti never achieve the quality of an espresso prepared with unboiled water pressure. For something it known as “Moka Espresso” for distinguish it from the espresso machines. It is true, we depend on a good thermos, for to prepare enough hot water, and although we know that does not preserve the perfect temperature more than two hours, worth it for have an espresso when we are far from a decent machine.

    Fraarrmat says:
  • I agree with Francesco. The flaw lies in the fact that you are porting two containers. It would be better, if the machine enclosed a thermos. Also, in the time it would take to make this espresso (and clean up any grinds) I would be more relaxed running to the coffee shop. And it isn’t really a true espresso because you can’t build up the necessary pressure (BAR) for it.

    Kimberley says:
  • I agree with some of the other critical reviews of this; as I don’t see this being feasible when outdoors, but I can see myself possibly using this at my desk (at work; that is) when there isn’t an espresso machine on the premises and a microwave is available (as in most work on-site kitchens). But it seems like a lot of work to go through… especially in the constant pressing (doesn’t seem very ergonomic either; as I would have preferred the pumping action to be top down; not horizontal). But it’s a truly nice design!

    Chris.Santos.id says:
  • The product will come out soon with some solutions about thermos, and it’s high pressure enought to make espresso ,

    ronboard says:
  • Handpresso does this since years (and well). With more pressure, which is besides hot water the most important thing about espresso.

    Girt says:
  • This concept has already been around for a few years with the handpresso

    dan says:

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