Espresso on the move:
“During camping or trekking, I carry the Nanopresso,” a friend announced during his recent visit to Calcutta. The thirty-something takes a break from his job at an IT firm in the US every year to go trekking during which the Nanopresso travels with him. The machine from Wacaco has, in fact, become such a beloved companion that it also travelled to Calcutta. Weighing a little over 300g, all you need to provide is finely ground beans, hot water and some muscle power, which the manual pump requires.
To prepare a cup, add the powder to the portafilter and then tamp the grounds down. Tighten the portafilter, which is on the top side. Pour hot water into the tank (bottom). Turn the machine upside down and there is a small pump on the side, which needs to pressed again and again to create 18 bars of internal pressure. Keep pumping and espresso starts flowing into the cup in no time. If you are using coffee beans, ensure the grind is not to fine. The other option is to use a coffee pod. Either way, the machine is quite easy to clean.
Though very little to complain about the quality of espresso, a bit of muscle power is required and when the coffee does flow, it’s not as hot as one may get at a cafe. A question: How does one purchase it? It’s available on Amazon India (Rs 4,599 onwards, which is the mini version). Should you buy it? Well, it does make espresso that’s cheaper than in cafes and the device should last long enough to be worth an “investment”.