Portable Espresso Maker- Is It Worthless?

Portable espresso maker

How many of you own a portable espresso maker?

To be honest I just tought of it yesterday. Not once in my 37 years this product haven’t crossed my mind. I drink coffee a lot and it is expensive to go into coffee shop each time i want to have a coffee. Plus I’m travelling a lot and this kind of product would be a good addition in my “must take with me” bag. I typed my query into google and found couple of interesting portable espresso makers. My idea was to look at first couple of pages on google and read reviews about product of my interest, and to check google trends to see popularity of found products. I’m sure you’ve done the same thing many times before.

First page of google is filled with articles and reviews about Wacaco’s Nanopresso and Minipresso and there was Simposh’s Simpresso Portable Coffee Maker so I’ve decided to try with those three first. If neither one of them don’t meet my expectations I’ll look forward. I was looking for something that will save me money that I usually spend in coffee shops. Something that will make me a good espresso and it’s not big and complicated so I can take it with me where ever I go.

After 2 hours of research I came up with bunch of informations from manufacturer and what is more important, I came up with lots of informations from people who already purchased those 3 portable coffee makers. If you are also interested in portable coffee makers and thinking to buy one then keep reading because I’ll sum up all informations I’ve found to save you time of doing research on your own.

Wacaco’s Minipresso portable espresso maker

  • Manufacturer: Wacaco Company Limited
  • Dimension: 175×70×60 mm
  • Weight: 360g
  • Water capacity: 70ml
  • Average pressure: 8 bar
  • Other: Built-in espresso cup and scoop
  • Price: 49.90 $
  • Addons: Minipresso kit ( 120ml water tank+3 filter baskets with caps ) for 22.99 $ and Protective case for 19.90 $

With its dimensions and weight Minipresso is designed to be the smallest and lightest portable espresso maker. It doesn’t need compressed air, N2O or electricity to make you espresso. With help of semi-automatic piston, with couple of pushes, Minipresso will reach 8 bars of pressure and extract rich espresso with crema on top. Just keep in mind that Minipresso doesn’t heat up the water. If you want hot espresso you have to fill the tank with hot water.

It is mostly made of plastic that is BPA free and in compliance with LFGB and FDA regulations. In order to insure that your Minipresso remains functional for long time manufacturer recommends that you clean the cup and coffee adaptment compartment under running water after each use. Never put it in dishwasher.

If you order Minipresso from manufacturer website shipping is free worldwide. But their shipping base is in Hong Kong so it can take a while before you get it delivered. You’ll get warranty for 12 months from the date of purchase plus they have satisfaction guarantee. If you’re not happy with their product you can contact them within 30 days and they will give you refund or replacement. And they are also giving a free gift with every purchase, Barista Towel Pack.

What customers are saying about Minipresso

PROS

  • Solid plastic production.
  • Small, fits in any bag without problem. You can take it to work, camping, road or business trip.
  • Easy to use and maintane if you follow manual but pump can be a bit tricky at first and it can be hard for old people to press hot water through.
  • Great taste of espresso with lasting crema on top.

CONS

  • For occasional use, pumps stop pushing water if used daily.
  • Seals quickly breaks.
  • Cup just pops on and off without screwing.

Tip: Don’t tamp coffee, just flatten it out with scoop.


Wacaco’s Nanopresso portable espresso maker

  • Manufacturer: Wacaco Company Limited
  • Dimension: 156×71×62 mm
  • Weight: 336g
  • Water capacity: 80ml
  • Ground capacity: 8g
  • Maximum pressure: 18 bar
  • Other: Built-in espresso cup, filter basket, scoop, brush and pouch
  • Price: 64.90 $
  • Addons: Nanovessel (keeps water hot for hours) for 24.90 $ also compatible with Minipresso, Nanopresso Barista Kit (for double espresso, 16g of coffee and 120ml of water) for 29.90 $, and Nanopresso NS Adapter (for Nespresso capsules) for 19.90 $

This is 2nd generation of Wacaco’s portable espresso makers. With its ergonomic design and shorter lenght it’s even easier to take it with you wherever you go. Nanopresso need 15% less force for pumping. They improved this from last generation of espresso makers and now you don’t need as much power in your hands to press the hot water through. With its newly patented pumping system, Nanopresso can achieve up to 18 bars of stable pressure for extraction. This coffee maker won’t heat up your water so again you’ll need hot water to drink hot espresso.

Also made of BPA free plastic and complies with FDA, EU, RoHS, LFGB and GB regulations. This portable espresso maker use a pressurized head to improve consistency and extraction when you use coarser ground coffee. You can use it without it but then your coffee needs to be perfectly ground for espresso. You also need to tamp properly for pulling best tasting espresso shot. Cleaning is much easier and maintanance after each shot takes only couple of seconds and every component of portafilter is easily separated for deeper cleaning. Nanopresso isn’t dishwasher safe. Manufacturer recommends washing scoop, brush, cup, portafilter, filter basket and area where filter basket is positioned with running water and other parts with wet clothes.

When it comes to warranty it lasts for 12 months from the date of purchase for defects from bad materials or workmanship. Satisfaction guarantee is also included, so if you aren’t happy with Nanopresso contact them within 30 days and they’ll give you a refund or replacement. They are shipped worldwide and if you purchase it from their website then shipping is free but like I said before their shipping base is in Hong Kong so it can take a while before you can use it.

What are customer saying about Nanopresso

PROS

  • Great taste of espresso
  • Very easy to use and clean
  • Very fast process of making espresso
  • Small enough to take it anywhere you go
  • Durable
  • Great crema
  • Practical

CONS

  • Water reservoir might not fit tightly

Nanopresso


Simposh’s Simpresso portable espresso maker

  • Manufacturer: Simposh
  • Dimension: 215×80×65 mm
  • Weight: 350g
  • Water capacity: 120ml
  • Ground capacity: 9g
  • Pressure: 15-19 bar
  • Other: 4 reusable smart capsules, Nespresso capsule filter basket, waterproof travel bag, scoop, cup
  • Price: 79.99 $
  • Addons: None, this one is all-in-one portable espresso maker

Simpresso is designed to be all-in-one portable espresso maker. Lightweight and compact, great for any occasion. You can take it to office, train, bus, hotel, beach, airplane, road trip, fishing, hiking, camping, pretty much anywhere you go.

It is equiped with mechanical piston that is linked to a leverage handle that generates pressure from 15-19 bars and 120ml water tank. Simpresso won’t heat up your water so you’ll need a source of boiling water. Double-wall heat insulated water tank is transparent so you can see how much water is in the tank. It also includes 4 reusable smart capsules to use your favourite ground coffee but it’s also compatible with Nespresso and most other capsules. Simpresso is made of 100% BPA free and food contact safe materials. It’s worth mentioning that cup have markings for ristretto (25ml), espresso (40ml) and lungo (110ml).

Simposh is offering free domestic standard shipping for orders of 30 $ and more, so that means that shipping for Simpresso is free. But the risk of loss and title for Simpresso passes to you when shipping carrier takes your package. If you aren’t happy with Simpresso they accept returns withing 30 days from the date of purchase and they will charge you a 10% restocking fee. I couldn’t find any info about warranty but buyers reported that customer support is great and they replaced broken parts without problems.

What are customer saying about Simpresso

PROS

  • Great and quality product
  • Solid extraction
  • Looks and feels endurable
  • Good taste of espresso
  • Easy to pump
  • Very simple cleaning
  • Easy to use

CONS

  • Annoying sound while pumping
  • Espresso cools down fast
  • Lots of pumping needed to get the water flow through grounds

Conclusion

Wacaco’s Nanopresso and Minipresso fits better to me because of the design but it’s more expensive with all addons if you compare them to Simpresso which is all-in-one product. Only thing that i didn’t like about Wacaco’s products is that they ships from China and first thing that came on my mind was that if I order it I’ll get something like toy for 1 year old. This happened to me couple of times when I was ordering from Wish. Did you had some bad experiences with products shipped from China?

Well, I’ll try my luck with Nanopresso. Which one would you choose?

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