Clive’s Nanopresso ReviewJanuary 31, 2019
I love coffee almost as much as I love the outdoors. So when I saw the Nanopresso I had to get my hands on one. I didn’t, however, expect it to become a part of my daily routine.
Reaching 18 bars of pressure, the Nanopresso easily exceeds most home coffee espresso makers and produces a crema rich espresso. With enough practice I guarantee that you will be able to produce better Espresso than most coffee shops. In fact, some of the best Espresso I have had has come from this little machine, although I do use it around 4 times a day!
- Pressure: 18 bars
- Water reservoir: 80 ml (with nesting cup)
- Size: 156x71x62 mm
- Weight: 336 g
- Ground capacity: 8g (16g with barista kit (double espresso))
- Guarantee: 12months
Iv’e had the Nanopresso for a year now and it’s been to the top of mountains, in the back of kayak whilst bumbling down class V rapids and even up the face of the mighty Clogwyn Du’r Arduu on Snowdon. I also use it on average about 4 times a day and it works as good as the day I bought it.
This is for me, the only downfall of the Nanopresso. With it being a manually controlled machine it is hard to get the same extraction every time. To notice this you need to be; using a high quality grinder such as the the Knock Aergrind, be weighing your grind and measuring your extraction. For the majority of users however this won’t be an issue and pre ground coffee from the supermarket will still produce an excellent espresso. (even if you’ve never used one.)
At only 336 grams and 15.6cm long you won’t need to make many sacrifices. It also includes a nesting cup, which will save you space and weight on something most people carry anyway. I couldn’t imagine camping without my nanopresso and would happily sacrifice twice that weight to wake up to a fresh espresso every morning. With the barista kit you get two 16g (double espresso) coffee filter baskets with lids making it easy for you to pre prep your coffee if you’re out for the day. It also gives you a bigger water reservoir with a nesting cup so you can pour a tall coffee to wrap your hands around. For a longer trip you will need a grinder if you want really fresh coffee. The GSI Java Mill is a good lightweight option that wont break the bank. If you really need to go light then you will want a GSI Ultralight Java Drip.
A portable coffee machine which will make better espresso than you will receive in 90% of coffee shops across the UK. I’m being really generous with that figure!! If I’m being really picky then i would say its only downfall is inconsistency, but its a portable machine and without a power source I can’t see a way they could improve that. It’s bombproof and lightweight with only one working part. I’ve poured around 1500 espresso’s with mine and its still going strong. Its a strong 4.5/5 stars for me. It’s currently my favourite outdoor piece of kit!!!