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    Published on September 7th, 2013 | by Greg


    Handpresso Auto: Espresso In Your Car?!

    There are many great places to grab coffee- excellent machines aplenty exist for your home or office, and there are no shortage of local bistros and cafes to help you get your caffeine fix. But one of the most common places to drink your java is in the car, on the way to work in the morning or while doing chores on the weekends.

    In a world where you can spend quite a bit of time in your car, it made sense to develop an option perfect for those who appreciate espresso but are driving in areas where a good cup can be hard to find. Whether you’re traveling through areas rural, dessert, or just in a rush on your commute, we liked the idea of this espresso machine for your car. We took a look at a Handpresso model over three years ago, and it’s interesting to how the company has improved since then. Their newest product is the Handpresso Auto E.S.E., and like the sister version, it uses these easy-serving espresso pods that are simple to use if a little hard to find.

    At first glance, it looks kind of like a slightly-futuristic travel mug, or a small thermos. There is a dial on the front that indicates the temperature, and the espresso maker can reach up to 16 bars- enough for solid results, competitive with most home machines. You plug the Handpresso Auto in to your car’s cigarette lighter using the included adapter, add water, and simply press a button to start the process. It beeps when it’s done, and doesn’t take very long at all, around two minutes. Sip carefully- it’s hot- it will fit in most cupholders. You’ll need to find a durable cup for your shots though, and secure a place in your glovebox for all of the supplies.

    Perfect for car campers, you should carry an extra bag with you for the used-up pods, and be careful when cleaning since they are hot. It’s a bit difficult to make more than one cup without some time in between, and cleaning the cup itself can be tough on the road too of course. You can control the size of the shots; they built in indicators for you to add the appropriate amount of water. The Handpresso Auto feels well-built, and it’s sort of like magic- a fun, if niche item targeted at those who like their espresso strong and straight and while on the run. Available now from Importika in the US directly or via Amazon, it runs about $200 online.

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    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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