Kitchen 988

    Published on April 24th, 2010 | by Greg


    Be Your Own Barista With the Handpresso Wild Domepod Portable Espresso Machine

    Though we all love our Starbucks, many of us have become recessionistas and the double-foam latte is unfortunately on the luxury side of purchases. One specific and easy way to keep more green in your pocket book is to opt to become your own barista at home (or in this case, mobile and wild). When you need coffee stat, search no farther than the Handpresso Wild Domepod 16-Bar Hand-Pump Portable Espresso Machine.

    According to Moderncoffeedesigns.com, the international community recognized the Handpresso Wild with a nomination in the Observeur du Design 08 contest and the Handpresso Wild was on exhibition at the Cité des Sciences in Paris.

    Well-deserved, we say. This small, portable machine makes your latte or espresso a convenience and is perfect for on-the-go. No electricity is required so this is perfect for camping, hiking, or the perfect sailing getaway. We even took it to work since frankly, our coffeemaker wasn’t living up to our expectations.

    There are two versions of the Handpresso, th first of which is the Wild ESE, requiring ESE Pods (easy-serving espresso). ESE pods are sealed coffee pods as shown in the picture below, precisely designed for use in ESE-compatible espresso machines. Many machines are designed specifically to be used with pods and will produce substantially better results than a machine that simply can use pods.

    You can purchase ESE pods at gourmet supermarkets and online. Prices ranged from $40-$50 for a box of over a hundred pods. This should set you up for at least one-two months depending on how much you drink (in our case, two cups a day).

    However, what we liked about the Wild Domepod was that we could choose our own espresso and not need to use pods. Considering we think we have good taste in espresso and quality local sources to boot, we certainly prefer that option. With the Domepod, all you need to produce your serving of cafe-quality espresso is hot water and ground coffee — preferably the good stuff. Unfortunately, it’s not compatible with ESE pods and the Wild ESE is not compatible with ground espresso, so you have to make a decision and stick with it.

    For your commodious cup of coffee, pump the Handpresso until the needle is in the green area on the pressure gauge, which denotes 16 bars of pressure (anything less will be less than satisfactory). Next, add hot water from a thermos or kettle. Place your espresso grounds in the container, close the top and press the button to furnish your cup of java.

    We were pleasantly surprised by how easy the machine was to use, though perhaps we have now become experts at portable espresso machines after trying out the MyPressi Twist. Our espresso drinks turned out to be either masterpieces or utter flops… note to self: water in thermos will not be quite hot enough 5 hours later. My living room doesn’t have quite the atmosphere of a Starbucks cafe, but this Handpresso is super portable, great for brunches, and just plain cool! It was designed with the ability to make more than 10,000 espressos and comes with a 2-year warranty, an extra gasket and a second filter.

    We absolutely recommend the Handpresso Wild Domepod over the Wild ESE for the ability to use your own grounds. But for those that want a more hands-off approach, the ESE may be the way to go. Either way, the Handpresso Wild can arm you for another monotonous day made doable by the ultimate drug, coffee.

    We were able to purchase this online at Amazon for around $90, but had great difficult finding it (the Wild ESE is comparatively easy to find). We applaud the efforts the Handpresso Wild 16-Bar Hand-Pump Portable Espresso Machine made to simplify coffee-making. Though we aren’t sure we would survive as baristas behind the counter, we did survive in our own kitchen.

    About the Author

    Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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