Pack a Portable Espresso Machine

Pack a Portable Espresso Machine

I’m a coffee lover.  I love to start my day with a cuppa joe, savoring the flavor as I check my email inbox, read the overnight news, check my RSS feeds, and plan out the rest of my day.

When I’m traveling, however, I don’t always have that same luxury.  I’m relegated to hotel room coffee, (usually blah tasting) or a nearby coffee shop (often not open in those wee hours of the morning, not to mention the ding it makes it my budget).  But I gotta have my coffee – so it means settling for swill or ponying up the bucks.

I’m giving serious consideration to the Handpresso Wild, a portable espresso machine than is small enough to pack and can be used nearly anywhere.  It wouldn’t take up any room in a suit case.

To use it you do need hot water to start with.  In a hotel room that’s easily acquired by using the coffee maker or some pack an immersion unit (or hot pot).  Once you have the hot water, you pump the handle of the gadget a couple of times to prime the pump, then add water and an espresso pod.  Turn it upside down and push a button – voila!  Espresso.

Here’s a video of how it looks, and it seems pretty simple.

I realize this is for the hard core coffee lovers, and not everyone will bother with the effort, but my mind is running amok with the possibilities.  Make your hotel stay a little more like home by starting the day with a cup of the real thing.  Pack a thermos of hot water and have an espresso on a breakfast picnic.  Take it to the beach for an espresso by the fire to watch the sunset.  You could use it at home as well, and it will take up less room than a big counter machine, but I think it’s real value is in traveling situations.

The unit has come down in price since I first had my eye on it, and it retails online for about $100.  Not cheap, but for a coffee lover with a daily fix, the cost can be recovered quite quickly.  It is available in black and red; a variety of accessories are also available.

Are you a daily coffee drinker?  Does this seem like a splurge or a justifiable treat?

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Mary Jo Manzanares is a traveler, travel blogger, and podcaster. In addition to her blog, Traveling with MJ, she hosts the Where Else to Go podcast, and is the founder and the editor-in-chief of The Traveler’s Way, an online travel magazine. Her travel ethos is value luxury - luxury for real people - and her goal is to help travelers know when to splurge and when to save. Mary Jo has been a speaker at various industry events around the world. When she’s not traveling, Mary Jo likes lingering over a cup of coffee, wandering in a museum, sipping wine at a cafe, and sharing it all with friends and readers. Her most recent travels were to Stockholm, a Baltic cruise, and Universal Orlando Resort.


  1. 2 Ways To Brew Coffee While Traveling « Mental Mosaic - March 1, 2011

    […] MJ found a handheld espresso maker called the Handspresso that looks really good. At $100 it seems pricey, but a true coffee junkie would recoup that after a month or two. It would definitely make a great gift for espresso fans who travel a lot. (Heck, it would make a great gift for me.) […]

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