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Awesome travel espresso
December 23, 2016
This is perfect for when I am traveling. I think it could be slightly smaller and lighter, but I won't complain about that too much. My one reservation is whether I am going to be able to keep the nozzle clean enough, as it does not seem to be possible to disassemble it for cleaning. So far it seems to rinse out clean relatively easily, though.
I was slightly skeptical, but I have made half a dozen espressos so far, and it is every bit as good as those I get from my Nespresso machine. Here are a couple of tips:
If you have trouble with grip, such as if you have arthritis, you will probably find it too hard to squeeze the pump. It takes about 20 or 30 pumps to get a full shot, and you need to do this twice, because you need to do it once with plain hot water to warm everything up.
Speaking of warming up, if you do not run boiling water through the machine once before making a shot, your espresso will be cold. I recommend heating up your cup as well.
If you have used a Nespresso machine, the pumping speed will be intuitive. Just pump fast enough to match the flow, and you will get the right brew time and a great shot.
Seattle coffee gear has a YouTube review if you want to see it in action before using it.
All in all, this is easily my new favorite travel coffee maker, and I will no longer be carrying a grinder, beans, and an Aeropress machine when I travel. Hooray!
I am attaching a photo just after making a shot, including a kitchen knife for scale.