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Gear Review: Nanopresso Portable Espresso Machine

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I’m a fan of good coffee and have always dreamed of being able to bring my coffee machine along while camping, backpacking or travelling. My dream has now come true. With my new Nanopresso Portable Espresso Machine I can have a delicious shot of hot coffee no matter where I happen to be.

At first, I was very skeptical and couldn’t believe that such a simple hand-held coffee maker would produce a quality drink. But after conducting several tests at home and in the woods, I realized that Nanopresso would now become one of my favorite pieces of camp kitchen gear. The coffee I made with this portable espresso machine was amazing – rich and tasty with nice creamy foam on top.

The Nanopresso is a perfectly designed, compact and relatively lightweight portable coffee machine when compared to similar devices available on market. Together with its hard carry case, Nanopresso weighs just over four hundred grams. All the parts fit together with absolute precision, like very good construction. It’s also very easy to use as I didn’t even need a User Manual!

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However, in order to get a perfect shot of espresso, you need a little practise, just like with any coffee machine. The secret to good coffee lies in the quality of the coffee beans, the degree to which they’ve been roasted and ground, in the water quality and even in the power of pump pressure. I got the best results when I used medium ground coffee and compacted it fairly tightly into the filter basket. Before brewing, you need to run hot water through the machine to warm it up a bit.

For those who need an even easier method of preparation, Wacaco also offers a NS Adapter. This allows you to use Nespresso or Nespresso-compatible capsules instead of ground coffee. Using the pod adapter also makes for an easier cleanup.

The Nanopresso Portable Espresso Machine met all my expectations. It delivers incredibly delicious espresso on the go, which any coffee lover dreams of.

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Tech Specs:

Manufacturer: Wacaco
Average price: 79.90 USD (with case)
Dimensions: 6.14×2.8×2.44 in (156x71x62 mm)
Weight listed: 0.74 lb / 336 g
Weight actual: 0.92 lb / 417 g
Includes: Nanopresso, protective case, built-in espresso cup, filter basket, scoop, brush, multi-languages instruction book, warranty card and two stickers.

Notes: For using Nanopresso with NS adapter, choose the Nano-Mini case.

Pros:
Great product at an adequate price
Produce an excellent shot of espresso
Compact and very portable
Extremely easy to use
Easy to clean
Well-made. All parts fit ideally
Doesn’t require electricity or batteries

Cons:
A bit heavy for a multi-day trip in a wilderness.

Best uses:
Short backpacking trips, camping and travelling

 

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