Handpresso Wild Hybrid Coffee Machine
- Uses Ground and E.S.E Pods^Pressure: 16 Bar^Water Reservoir 1.5 Oz^Measures 8.5x4x3-Inch^2 Year Warranty
With the Handpresso Wild Hybrid, you may vary the coffee experience as inspiration and weather dictates. Either you choose ground espresso coffee and become a Barista or you insert the E.S.E. adapter and enjoy the E.S.E. pods' ease of use. Not only is the Wild hybrid versatile, but the quality is superb. You generate a 16-bar pressure as with a bicycle pump, add hot water (from a kettle or a thermo flask), espresso coffee (ground coffee or E.S.E. pods) and prepare a high quality espresso. Light and durable, the Handpresso Wild Hybrid can be stored easily in a drawer, backpack or with camping gear. Although cleanup is still a breeze, there are a few rules you'll want to follow to keep your Handpresso Wild Hybrid in top shape. Do not use alcohol or detergents to clean the machine and descaling is unnecessary. Just like the Handpresso Domepod, the Handpresso Wild Hybrid is not microwave safe.
It's a bit more expensive than the Minipresso, and on paper sounds like it should be better -- 16 bars pressure versus I think 6 bar on the trusty Minipresso, plus you can tamp coffee for the Handpresso whereas you can't tamp with the Minipresso. It also looks a little fancier, although when using it you look like you're working out with a ShakeWeight, if you catch my drift.
After a few uses, I returned this product. The coffee it makes just wasn't up to my standards. To me, it's like a strong filter coffee, or something from a French press, and it never produced much crema. Like going to a backwater tea-house and asking for an espresso, and you get a sort of thin, slightly bitter giant cup of dark brown water with bubbles on top, versus going to a downtown coffeeshop where every time you get a tiny, intense shot of smooth black tar topped with shining golden crema.
Whilst it breaks far too often (and the US importer is unresponsive), I still recommend the Minipresso instead of the Handpresso, if you're trying to choose between the two.
When traveling I do not like the usual coffee in hotel rooms. This lets me have a nice espresso shot in the morning without having to go out to find a decent coffee shop. I'm also the only coffee drinker in my household so it lets me have a shot anytime I might want.
The ESE pods are not very available over the counter, I couldn't find them in most places I looked. So I bought a box of 100 Caffe Bourbone pods on Amazon and that will keep me going for a while, price was good. It can also use ground coffee but the pods are really easy.
- If you're an extreme coffee snob, this won't match your $1000 machine but of course you knew that.
- If you're an extreme coffee snob who's worried about surviving the zombie apocalypse without electricity, this'll be good enough to keep you going until you're eaten.
- If you're not a snob but you know you prefer espresso, you'll probably be pleasantly surprised with how good this coffee is.
- If you just want strong coffee, this is more trouble than it's worth, buy an AeroPress, they're great.
As a bonus, it's also just a really fun gadget to use. It's very sturdily built, and makes neat, satisfying, noises.
Only drawback is its capacity. It can hold 7g of grounds, which is barely a full shot. As someone who likes a 20g double, it takes a lot of fiddling around to get the job done. The zombies will certainly have gotten you by the time you're done.
-Preheat everything with boiling water.
-Load first and then pump ~30 times to give time for the grind to soak.
-Crema depends on the particle size and packing force. Portable burr grinder or do it at home. Store-bought=mediocre results.
-Can do [etch-sketch] reverse Latte Art by moving the flow over froth. :-)
Now is a permanent member of my packing list.
Never used pods.