STARESSO Portable Espresso Maker Machine Review

STARESSO Portable Espresso Maker Machine

​STARESSO Portable Espresso Maker Machine: QUICK OVERVIEW

​Portability

​Value for Money

​Ease of Cleaning

​Eco-Friendly

What We Like
  • ​Durable design
  • ​Great tasting espresso
  • ​Uses Nespresso capsules
What We Don't Like
  • ​A bit larger than other portable makers
  • ​Must flush with hot water for hot espresso

​Just because you're busy or traveling doesn't mean you should have to live without your daily espresso.

Portable espresso machines make this delicious liquid gold of the gods available wherever you are in just a few minutes. And they're great for small kitchens or the office, too.

Manual portable espresso presses are made to fit easily into a backpack. And because they don't require power, you can use them anywhere and at any time.

If this sounds like the perfect solution for you, the STARESSO Portable Espresso Maker Machine may be worth considering.

​STARESSO Portable Espresso Maker Machine Review

STARESSO Portable Espresso Maker Machine, Upgrade Version Manual Espresso Coffee Maker, 20 Bar Pressure

​Most portable espresso maker manufacturers choose to stay on the serious side of coffee. STARESSO, however, decided to blend fun, usability, and geeky, stylish design. The result is a cup of great espresso you can enjoy anytime.

For STARESSO, the goal was to create a portable manual espresso maker that didn't just make a great series of coffee drinks. They wanted a luxury system that was convenient to use and easy to clean, but they also wanted something that was as fun to use as it is visually appealing. They may have achieved that with the STARESSO Portable Espresso Maker Machine.

​Who Is This Product For?

​The STARESSO Portable Espresso Maker Machine was created for espresso lovers who won't compromise quality for convenience.

Its light and compact design make this model perfect for the office or job site.

It's also easy to pack along and will take a beating, so you can take it camping or on a trip without worrying.

​What's Included?

​The STARESSO travel espresso system comes with a water tank, cup, and basket.

It also includes a manual that explains how to use the system to make everything from espresso and cold brew coffee to iced cream coffee and iced cappuccino.

For extra help or inspiration, YouTube includes a helpful collection of videos you can watch and enjoy on how to get the most out of this machine.

​Overview of Features

​Outside, the STARESSO travel manual coffee system looks classy, but don't let looks fool you.

This manual espresso press is durable and compact enough to go on the roughest mountain climbs on the weekends and still look great sitting on the counter. And it has an 80ml capacity, so you get the right amount of espresso for the work.

The entire design was made to be convenient. It comes apart easily and rinses clean in seconds.

The STARESSO requires no special attention or maintenance to keep it working like new. And, it's guaranteed not to leak even when it gets bumped or banged around.

The system uses 20 bar pressure to perk everything from espresso to a cold brew to make the perfect coffee. Yet, unlike many other portable espresso presses, it only requires 50% of the human exerted force to make coffee. This means you don't have to worry about getting tired if you make more than one shot. 

And the product the STARESSO produces is consistent. You can use your favorite grounds to get just the taste you've been craving. Or, it works with a full variety of Nespresso capsules to make a full range of coffee-flavored drinks without the mess.

​How to Use

​To get started, disassemble the unit and add grounds or a capsule to the basket.

Then, fasten the top and fill the water tank to the fill line.

Screw everything together snugly.

Lastly, unlock the plunger mechanism with a twist, pull it up, and push it slowly all the way down to make the espresso shot.

​Alternative

​If the STARESSO isn't quite what you're looking for, the Nomad Portable Espresso Machine might be the ideal alternative.

​The Nomad sports a unique design that looks much like a redesign of an antique coffee grinder. To make drinks, however, it uses a small seesaw lever that, unlike the 20 bars of pressure the STARESS produces, the Nomad only reaches 8 to 10 bars of pressure.

It's also a high-end portable espresso maker, but it produces a genuinely stunning espresso that will have you in awe.

The True Crema Valve on the side adjusts to make sure you get the perfect shot every time you make it. It's the ideal alternative to a traditional, full-sized espresso machine with the convenience of a portable.

​Conclusion

​The STARESSO Portable Espresso Maker Machine was designed for the coffee lover who won't settle for a sub-par morning kickstart.

This machine produces a consistent and convenient espresso time and again without a lot of work. It is priced higher than other lesser quality portable espresso presses, but serious espresso drinkers who like to have a little fun will find it's more than worth it.

How to Make Turkish Coffee: the Turkish Method of Brewing Coffee

Turkey (the country, not the Thanksgiving bird) isn’t necessarily known for their delicacies to the general population.

For connoisseurs, however, Turkey is known as one of the original coffee brewing countries. The people of Turkey have so much know-how, in fact, that they have their own method and serving style.

Turkish coffee is different than all other kinds (save a few primitive recipes for Cowboy Coffee) because there is no filter involved. Instead of filtering the grounds, Turkish coffee is ground to an almost-powder consistency and allowed to settle after brewing.

Like an espresso a Turkish coffee will be very strong and full of flavor. It is typically served with sugar and the spice cardamom, something the espresso-drinking French simply abhor.

How to Make Turkish Coffee

Start with super fine coffee grounds, even finer than espresso. The grounds should almost be a powder consistency. Use flavored beans if you like, or try a purist cup.

Next, you need an ibrik or another small metallic pot, preferably one with a narrowing at the top of the pot.

Turkish Coffee Pot

This should have a long handle and not be too wide (it’s better to have a tall, skinny pot than a short, fat one.)

You will also need a heat source (stove), some quality water, sugar that dissolves easily and the optional spices like cardamom, anise or cinnamon.

Finally, you’ll need a coffee cup.

Sprinkle between two and six teaspoons of sugar into the coffee cup. Alternatively, you could add a helping of sugar-free sweetener of your choice.

Add very finely ground cardamom, anise or cinnamon to the cup as well.

Add a little water and stir until the sugar is dissolved.

Add water to your pan or up to where the ibrik’s neck begins, careful not to fill into the neck.

Grind one heaping teaspoon of coffee grounds for each ounce of water (10 ounces of water would require five teaspoons of grounds.)

Place the grounds ON TOP of the water, do not stir them, even a little.

Turn the heat on your stove to medium-low and place the ibrik onto the burner. Stay with the coffee, as the magic happens very quickly.

It will begin to foam and the foam will start to crawl up the neck of the pot or ibrik. Just before it reaches the top of the neck, remove from heat.

Stir the coffee now then bring back to the heat source to foam again. Do this once again, for a total of three foams. The final foam should not be stirred but rather spooned into cups or dumped down the drain if you don’t care for it.

Let the coffee settle for up to a minute and then pour your Turkish coffee into cups.

Recipe for Turkish Coffee

Conclusion

As you can see, the process of making Turkish coffee differs greatly from the standard American drip or French espresso. It should come as no surprise that the resulting cup of liquid gold is unlike either of those. Rather, it is a savory-sweet cup of rich java.

Turkish coffee is a great choice if you want to experiment or enjoy a very strong cup of Joe with the chance of some floaties.

Look at second hand stores for an ibrik before shelling out the thirty or so dollars most sell for in Turkish and Russian specialty stores in large cities and online.

As you sip your Turkish coffee, remember this old saying about the beverage:

“Coffee should be as black as hell, as strong as death, and as sweet as love.”

Most purists would not even consider adding milk or cream to Turkish coffee, but it’s your cup, so do as you wish.

Portable Coffee Makers for Your Next Adventure

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Wacaco Minipresso NS Portable Espresso Machine Review

Wacaco Minipresso NS Portable Espresso Machine

​Wacaco Minipresso NS Portable Espresso Machine: QUICK OVERVIEW

​Portability

​Value for Money

​Ease of Cleaning

​Eco-Friendly

What We Like
  • ​Nespresso pods are convenient
  • ​Creates a good amount of crema
  • ​Compact and light
What We Don't Like
  • ​Holds water even after cleaning
  • ​Water tank doesn't always seal properly

​When you're busy, you don't have time to stop at a coffee shop. And who wants to make a full pot of coffee when all you want is a quick espresso?

On days like these, you need a portable espresso maker.

Manual single-serve espresso machines require hot water to operate and work anywhere. And because of their small size, they're easy to pack and store.

One of these machines, the Wacaco Minipresso NS promises to do all of this and more, so we decided to see if it was as good as it looked.

​Wacaco Minipresso NS Portable Espresso Machine Review

Wacaco Minipresso NS, Portable Espresso Machine, Compatible Nespresso Original Capsules and Compatibles, Travel Coffee Maker, Manually Operated from Piston Action

​Wacaco is an up-and-coming brand that manufactures manual espresso machines that look like a high-end manual espresso maker.

The company aims to produce portable espresso presses that make a coffee that's as good or better than in-home machines. They accomplished this goal with the Minipresso NS, which costs the same as affordable mid-range units.

The Wacaco NS looks like a giant pill with a tough outer shell, but it's not as simple as it appears.

Inside, the Minipresso contains a unique mechanism that lets you make the delicious black elixir your soul craves without electricity or magic spells.

In short, it's the quality of a bulky, in-home unit in a powerful little package.

​Who Is This Product For?

​The Wacaco Minipresso's small, sleek, and featherweight design makes this espresso maker highly portable.

Pilots, sailors, salespeople, and other individuals who travel frequently will love having a reliable cup of espresso before they start their day. And because the system doesn't require electricity, campers and hikers will enjoy this coffee maker, too.

The compact Minipresso is much more convenient to use than standard coffeemakers.

It cleans easily, and you don't have to keep it on your kitchen counter.

These features make it the ideal option for office workers and occasional coffee drinkers as well as those living in dorms or small homes.

​What's Included?

​The Minipresso NS from Wacaco comes with a built-in measuring scoop and drinking cup on the bottom of the device.

A set of barista towels come with the unit as a standard gift from the manufacturer.

Wacaco also sells a larger water tank, matching insulated travel flask, and protective case separately.

​Overview of Features

​Wacaco designed the Minipresso NS for mobility.

The entire capsule weighs less than a pound. It's also less than 8" tall and 3" around, so you won't have to fight to get it into a cup holder.

Advertised as using eight bars of force, the NS espresso maker requires some effort to pump.

However, it works with Nespresso coffee pods for consistent, high-quality espressos each time. These pods cost more than ground coffee, but it makes up for the extra expense with quick and easy cleanup.

Each use of the Minipresso espresso machine produces a 1.7 oz of espresso. You'll find it leaves a sufficient amount of crema on top. And once the brew cycle ends, you can enjoy it as it is, add water to make an Americano, or fill the cup for a full-bodied coffee.

Cleaning isn't a problem for the Wacaco NS Minipresso, either.

Because the mess stays in the Nespresso capsules, you can clean the system with a quick rinse. Dry it, snap it all back together, and store it until you're ready for another espresso.

​How to Use

​You'll find the Wacaco NS espresso maker is simple to use.

Run hot water through the system to warm everything up.

Then, insert the pod, add the water, close everything up, flip the unit over and push the plunger until it stops. You can see the Minipresso in acion in the video below:

​Alternative

​If you like the Wacaco NS espresso maker, but don't want the expense of Nespresso capsules, you might like the Wacaco GR espresso machine

Both units are the same size and use the same method. They both make a delicious espresso with a thick crema.

Rather than using coffee pods or capsules, the Minipresso GR uses ground coffee in a refillable filter.

The GR version of the Minipresso also requires a bit more to clean because of the loose grounds. However, a lot of espresso enthusiasts like the ability to customize their brews and use custom roast blends.

​Conclusion

When you're traveling or busy but don't want to live without your daily espresso, the Wacaco Minipresso NS might be ideal for you.

The pods are convenient to use, and you can store the small but stylish units almost anywhere.

​The device is affordable, but the espresso it makes is far better than many in-home systems you'll find on today's market.

Nomad Portable Espresso Machine Review

Nomad Paris Red Portable Espresso Machine

​Nomad Portable Espresso Machine: QUICK OVERVIEW

​Portability

​Value for Money

​Ease of Cleaning

​Eco-Friendly

What We Like
  • ​Easy to use and clean
  • ​Stands up to heavy use
  • ​Makes an amazing espresso
What We Don't Like
  • ​Moisture builds up in the pressure gauge
  • ​Doesn't work as well outside in cold weather

​There's nothing better than an espresso when waking up or having a bad day.

And if you're like many true coffee lovers, you likely have a home espresso machine, portable espresso maker, a coffee pot, and a million other small appliances. Now, you're out of space.

Portable espresso presses are easy to travel with, but they take significant effort and don't always produce the best espresso.

Full-sized espresso makers make a fantastic espresso, but you can only enjoy it at home. 

If this dilemma sounds familiar, the UniTerra Nomad Portable Espresso Machine may be precisely the device you need.

UniTerra ​Nomad Portable Espresso Machine​Review

Nomad Paris Red Portable Espresso Machine

​Unlike most portable espresso machines available, there are a few exceptions, the luxury Nomad Portable from UniTerra got its start on Kickstarter in 2013​

Since then, it has taken off and is now available in blue, green, white, and red. When you take a closer look at this machine, it's easy to see why it's gaining popularity.

Instead of focusing on portability alone, UniTerra dedicated itself to replacing your standard in-home espresso makers.

As a result, it makes a superb espresso with all the crema you could want. The Nomad coffee manual espresso machine isn't as compact as other portable coffee makers, but the enjoyment you get from every cup will make it worth the extra effort.

Once you experience the quality of this coffee gadget, it could become your most favored personal espresso machine.

​Who Is This Product For?

​The Nomad Portable Espresso Machine is for dedicated espresso drinkers.

​When you want to replace your bulky machine at home, make an impression at the office, or are tired of portable units that don't live up to your standards, this espresso maker is worth considering.

Take it hiking, camping, to the cabin, or on your next business trip.

​What's Included?

​The Nomad portable espresso machine comes with an anodized aluminum 48mm tamper.

You'll also find the metal cup filter, coffee drawer tray and the Nomad True Crema Valve tray tucked inside.

These three items make up the coffee drawer and are also purchasable along with replacement valves on the company website.

​Overview of Features

​The first thing you notice about the Nomad Portable Espresso Machine is ​the strikingly unique look. 

​The design is not rounded, capsule-like, or full of chrome -- the espresso doesn't look like a coffee machine at all. Instead, it has a shape and design reminiscent of antique coffee grinders with a modern twist.

The retro Nomad Portable Espresso Machine uses a small bar rather than a central piston or press mechanism. To operate, you seesaw the lever with your fingertips to build 8 to 10 bars or pressure. It takes minimal effort and produces a single shot, double shot, or full-bodied coffee in minutes.

To make sure you get perfect crema even when the coffee grounds or tamping isn't the best, the Nomad has a patented True Crema Valve. This valve automatically adjusts to make sure you get a perfect pull each time. There's nothing to set and no need to guess.

UniTerra's Nomad machine uses an interactive pressure control gauge to track the pressure. It's easy to read and adjust your seesaw motions to make sure you get the best possible espresso. It clearly shows where the force needs to be for the best possible brew.

All of these features combine to create an espresso machine that everyone can use.

Experienced espresso home baristas will love the high-quality espresso it makes. Newbies and beginner baristas will find the entire thing easy and fun to brew the best drinks they've ever tasted.

​How to Use

​Remove the tray, add 8-16g of grounds to the cup, and tamp it down.

Put the ground filter into the valve tray, the valve tray into the coffee tray, and put it back in the Nomad.

Then, add 10 oz of hot, cold, or iced water to the tank, place a cup underneath the spout, and seesaw the lever.

​Alternative

​If you're looking for an alternative to the Nomad, consider the Flair Signature Espresso Press

Another luxury lever design, the Flair takes the minimalist approach to portable espresso making. The machine comes with a custom carrying case and tamper.

The Flair isn't for those in a hurry:

There are no pressure gauges or valves to adjust, so you'll need to start with the right freshly ground beans, tamp them just right, and use water at the proper temperature.

It takes a bit of strength and knowledge to pull the perfect espresso, but with a bit of practice, you'll enjoy the simple and elegant Flair machine.

​Conclusion

​If you're tired of the sub-part espressos made by portable espresso machines or want a smaller espresso maker for your home or office, you'll love the Nomad Portable Espresso Machine.

You could say this system is in a different class than the average travel espresso maker. It costs considerably more than typical espresso portables but far less than professional at-home appliances. ​

​However, the price won't matter after you discover how easy it is for anyone to pull the perfect espresso with this fun and exciting espresso maker.

Primula Single Serve Coffee Brew Buddy Review

Primula Single Serve Coffee Brew Buddy

​Primula Single Serve Coffee Brew Buddy: QUICK OVERVIEW

​Portability

​Value for Money

​Ease of Cleaning

​Eco-Friendly

What We Like
  • ​Can be folded flat making it easy to transport
  • ​Quick and easy to make a great cup of coffee in 30 seconds
  • ​Nearly universal fit for most cups and mugs
What We Don't Like
  • ​Some grounds may seep through to coffee if not coarse enough
  • ​Some users report that the coffee tastes different than traditionally brewed coffees

​This simple one-cup brewing solution is a great way to take your coffee with you. It's convenient to carry and transport to other locations and small enough to fit in your purse or travel bag easily. The filter uses a simple flow-through bag concept similar to flow-through tea bags that you get when brewing tea.

At first, I thought the concept was almost too simple to be effective. But the video explained how they use a scientific principle known as "turbulence" to swirl the coffee and the water together while protecting the grounds from getting into the water.

Some reviews on Amazon complained that some grounds got in their coffee, but I think that is because they used superfine grounds. The manufacturer recommends using coarse (larger) grounds to prevent this problem. So your choice of coffee is essential. It's also possible that some of these users did not understand how to use it properly.

All-in-all, I like it because it is a simple way I can brew my coffee in a hurry and get the same rich taste I'd get from a diner or coffee shop.

​Primula Single Serve Coffee Brew Buddy Review

Primula Single Serve Coffee Brew Buddy Ideal for Travel, Reusable Fine Mesh Filter

​Who Is This Product For?

​The Primula Single Serve Coffee Brew Buddy is an ideal companion to the true coffee lover who wants to have their cup of coffee freshly brewed no matter where they are going!

Traveling business people, vacationers, and campers would equally love this gadget, and they could feel as thou they were sitting in a cafe, even when they were not.

​What's Included?

​This is a simple item that comes with a lid and brew-through coffee filter bag that sits down into your cup as you pour hot water into the top to brew your coffee. It is simple to use and store.

​Overview of Features

​This is such a simply-constructed item that it doesn't have that many features.

It is perhaps one of the easiest one-cup coffee brewing solutions out there today. You get everything you need to brew a perfect cup of coffee every time, provided you use the right kind of coffee grounds.

You can take the devive with you easily anywhere you go - it's ultra-portable - whether to the office, on vacation, or anywhere you want.

This no-effort coffee brewing system is a great idea for people in a hurry who still want to enjoy the rich flavor of freshly-brewed coffee.

​How to Use

​To use the Primula Single Serve Coffee Brew Buddy, all you have to do is to place the rubber lid on the top of your cup or mug.

Then pour hot boiling water down the center of the filter. The patented "turbulence" effect creates a swirling effect that is similar to what happens in a full-scaled coffee maker.

The result is delicious, bold, strongly brewed coffee. However, you can control the strength of your coffee by simply removing the filter top once you get it to the strength you want it. This gives you more control over how strong you want your coffee to be.

​Alternative

​Because the idea of single cup fresh brewed coffee is so popular, there are plenty of other options to consider.

One is the Coffee Gator Pour Over Coffee Maker​ a similar product that allows you to put a funnel device in the top of the stainless steel thermos mug and pour hot water over the filter inside the funnel to produce coffee on-the-go.

I didn't think the Coffee Gator was as convenient, however. 

People who are considering the Primula Single Serve Coffee Buddy are usually looking for a solution that involves using one cup, and the Coffee Gator looks more like a tall thermos which cuts down on the convenient size feature and, when compared to the Primula Coffee Buddy, is not as easy to take with you on-the-go.

​Conclusion

​There are many different types of single brew coffee products on the market today:m you can find most of them on Amazon any day of the week. However, I think this product is one of the most simple, compact coffee brewing products I've ever seen.

When compared to other products that produce similar results, it is a better solution if you want something small and simple. Plus, for the price, you won't find anything that competes.

For campers, business people on-the-go, and anytime you'd like a hot brew without having to start up your big coffee maker, this is a great solution.

Many people seem to like the idea of the universality of the style, too. You can just place the filter and lid on top of virtually any type of cup and it will work fine.

The price is also amazing when you think about the fact that you can get similar results with something that usually costs three times as much!