My friends know that I’m both a travel and coffee junkie. That’s why one of my favorite travel items, especially if I’m going to a place where good coffee is either unavailable (camping, treking) or prohibitively expensive. I’m a huge fan of the Handpresso Wild Hybrid Coffee Machine.
Handpresso Wild Handheld Espresso
The first thing people always ask me about this gadget is “does it make good coffee?” I think it makes above average espresso. The quality also depends on what espresso pods you use. I have been using the
Lavazza Gran Crema Espresso, Single Dose Pods (Pack of 150) which I find makes generally good espresso. While the brewing process does not result in a rich “crema” at the end, the overall flavor and body of the espresso is 80-90% close to what you would get from a home espresso machine. Again, unfortunately the pressure that is delivered from this unit combined with the fact that you are using hot water that is cooling as you ready the shot make the resulting espresso a bit cooler and slightly more bitter than a home espresso machine would produce. Otherwise, I find this a great substitute.
The Handpresso Wild Handheld Expresso machine retails for about $125, which seems steep. However, when you consider that the unit is very well constructed. It is mostly made of very sturdy metal (they have to contain the pressure somehow), and that it needs to withstand the pumping action, it is quite an ingenious design. In addition, the pressure gauge is very clear and has a green and red bar area that tells you the pressure that you need to pump till before you can brew a shot.
Lavazza Gran Crema Espresso Pods for Handpresso Wild
The Lavazza pods are usually $55 for 150, which comes out to just over 35 cents per pod. If you brew a double shot, it ends up costing you about 73 cents per cup. While this is quite a bit more than if you bought whole bean coffee, ground it, and used a home kitchen espresso machine, it’s still much cheaper than Starbucks, almost 50-60% savings! The pods come individually packaged, which keeps them fresh. They are very easy to open as well. Finally, I must add that if you intend to purchase this product regularly, it would be smart to add it as an Amazon Subscribe & Save option as you could potentially save 15-20% if you have 5 items shipping in the same shipment.
How To Brew an Expresso Shot Using Handpresso Wild
Brewing a shot using the Handpresso Wild Machine is quite easy. Just follow these directions.
- Make sure the pressure/brewing button is pushed all the way in from the bottom (non-pressure gauge) side of the unit.
- Begin pumping until the pressure needle hits the green section of the gauge (usually 15-20 pumps for me).
- Open the reservoir cover by sliding it to the open setting and pulling it off.
- Fill the reservoir with hot water and then place the espresso pod over it. Close the reservoir and make sure that it is rotated to the closed position.
- Turn the unit over, put it over a coffee mug, and press the brew/pressure button down. The espresso should brew while the pressure needle falls.
- You have now brewed a shot of espresso using the Handpresso Wild Hybrid Machine!
I think this is a very well designed and durable product. I have been using it for just under a year and it has produced some great espresso. At $125 it is expensive, but considering that you would likely spend that much or more on a home espresso machine, and this unit is portable and can be taken with you on a trip, I think it’s a great investment for a frequent traveler and coffee junkie.