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Wacaco Minipresso GR Portable Coffee Maker: QUICK OVERVIEW
Value for Money
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For espresso fans who need a convenient cup of joe in the morning, traditional espresso machines aren't always an option. They're big, bulky, break easily, and are difficult to clean. That's what makes portable espresso machines great.
Compact, light, and self-contained, portable espresso machines are designed specifically for travel, camping, and small spaces.
They come in manual, battery, or power-operated models, and make it possible for coffee lovers to take complete control over their espresso consumption. That's why we'd like to share the Wacaco Minipresso GR Portable Espresso Machine with you.
Wacaco Minipresso GR Portable Coffee Maker Review
The Minipresso GR is the mid-range espresso maker produced by Wacaco.
A relatively new company on the block, Wacaco focuses purely on the research, development, and manufacture of portable espresso machines. Their goal is to design a travel brewer that produces an espresso that's just as good as those made by traditional espresso makers, and they achieved that with the Minipresso.
The capsule-like, durable outer shell contains everything you need to make a delicious cup of espresso. Its sleek design won't make it look like you're performing some kind strange science experiment.
And because it's small and lightweight, it's perfect for hiking, camping, hunting, or using at the office.
Who Is This Product For?
Anyone who has a tiny home, a small kitchen, or a busy office will enjoy the convenience and small size of the Wacaco Minipresso.
Campers, hikers, and hunters will find discover it's easy to pack and sturdy enough to survive rugged trips.
It's simple enough for espresso-making beginners, but it still produces a high-quality drink that will satisfy the taste buds of more refined coffee drinkers.
The Wacaco Minipresso GR Espresso Maker comes with the machine, a cup that fits into the bottom of the device, and an integrated scoop for measuring coffee.
Wacaco also sells a separate Minipresso kit and carrying case as add-ons.
Overview of Features
The Wacaco Minipresso Espresso Machine comes in at just under 7" in height and under 3" in circumference, so it fits into most automotive cup holders. And with a weight of 0.8 lbs, you can easily slip it into your suitcase or backpack without it becoming difficult to carry.
To make the espresso, the Minipresso uses eight bars of force. It's less than the typical 15 bars, but so long as the grounds aren't tamped down, you'll be able to make each drink with ease.
The Minipresso works with any coffee product, you can empty pods, grind your favorite beans, or use a pre-ground coffee to make the perfect cup of joe.
The Minipresso GR produces almost a full double shot of espresso each time (up to 1.7 oz). You'll love having more of your favorite morning drink or adding extra water for an Americano or full-bodied coffee.
You'll want to play with the water temperature, coffee, and grind size, but the Wacaco Minipresso GR will produce a good head of crema with relative ease.
When you're finished making your drink, the Minipresso GR rinses clean. Just dump out the grounds and run clear water through the system to flush everything out. Then, snap everything back together and put it away until next time.
How to Use
To make the perfect cup of espresso with Wacaco's portable espresso machine, start by running hot water through it to warm everything up.
Then, use the scoop to measure the coffee, fill the basket, and lightly level off the grounds.
Add hot water to the tank, unlock the piston with a twist, and pump to get a steaming cup of hot espresso.
The Barsetto Portable Espresso Maker is quite similar to the Minipresso GR with a few key differences.
First, it looks almost identical to the Minipresso, but it has a transparent bottom cup that clips into the base. The Barsetto version also uses 15 bars pressure to make espresso instead of Minipresso's eight.
The Barsetto makes a smaller shot than the Wacaco Minipresso. However, the cup has room for four ounces, so there's available space if you want to turn your espresso into an Americano.
Lastly, the Barsetto is more expensive than the Wacaco GR, but you might like the ability to use K-Cups or refillable K-Cup filters instead of Wacaco's reusable filter basket.
Espresso lovers looking to save space and money will enjoy the Wacaco Minipresso GR.
The machine costs less than similar models, but it also produces an espresso that's better than many of its competitors.
You will also enjoy the ability to use a refillable basket instead of paying for expensive coffee pods can save you a lot of money if you indulge often.