Wacaco Minipresso NS Portable Espresso Machine Review

Wacaco Minipresso NS Portable Espresso Machine

​Wacaco Minipresso NS Portable Espresso Machine: QUICK OVERVIEW


​Value for Money

​Ease of Cleaning


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:


​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.


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.