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When you’re camping, hiking or traveling, keeping your gear lean is key. But sometimes you just need the comforts of home. One of mine is a hot, fresh espresso. I’m Erin TGC and When I heard about the Wacaco Nanopresso I knew I had to check it out, particularly since I’m often on the road.
Wacaco Nanopresso is a small hand-held espresso press. It uses boiling water, and hand-pumped pressure to squeeze out a shot of espresso from its compact body (it weighs less than a pound and is about 6” long).
The Nanopresso consists of several parts, which you’ll see the first time you unpack it. Some of them may be a bit mystifying:
The press body
The water cup, which has a removable drinking cup
The filter head/portafilter
A filter basket
A measuring cup for the ground coffee
A cleaning brush
To use Nanopresso, you’ll take everything apart and fill the filter basket with appropriately ground espresso beans. You’ll need boiling water, so whether you start some in the microwave, get it from your water cooler-hot water tap, or put a kettle on, you’ll want to get that going.
You’ll place the filter basket into the filter head, then screw that into the body. At this point, twist the pump dial so that it pops up from the body; this pump will be how you create the pressure inside the device.
Once your water is ready, fill up the water cup, then carefully attach it to the body by screwing it into place. Turn the Nanopresso upside down so the small opening is over your cup, then begin to pump the espresso into your cup. Keep pumping until no more liquid comes out.
The Nanopresso has been redesigned and improved from previous versions. I’m told it now requires less force to pump. Since I think the current pressure was very easy to operate, I can only say this must be a big improvement. The water tank also holds up to 10ml more liquid.
I was suitably impressed with the crema quality on the Nanopresso. It seems like the machine puts out enough pressure to make a good shot and a decent crema (the coffee foam formed during extraction).
Nanopresso says, “the patented pumping system makes it capable of reaching 18 bars of stable pressure during extraction, comparable to what you might expect from the commercial espresso machine at your local cafe.”
Overall I found I got a pretty good shot using the Nanopresso. While getting that ultimate thick and creamy espresso that comes from professional machines is hard, Nanopresso does a good job at giving you drinkable espresso. It might be a touch on the watery side for you coffee snobs, but in my experience, it’s no more so than you’d get from machines like a Jura Impressa, a handpresso or a mocha pot.
The Nanopresso is pretty easy to clean. Take it apart when it’s done and use the brush to remove any stray grounds from in and around the portafilter. Depending on how your feel about soap and coffee oil build up, either rinse it out and let it dry or use a bit of soap to scrub it clean.
Overall I like the small size and portability of Nanopresso. I like the fun new colours available. Despite its multiple parts and accessories, it fits together easily and compactly and it makes a good shot of espresso. If you’re looking for your morning Joe on the go for camping, RV or hiking use, the Nanopresso is a good bet.
Nanopresso sells for about $65USD from the company’s website and Amazon