Brew Espresso on the Go With This Portable Gadget

Wacaco / Wacaco
This article contains affiliate links to products selected by our editors. Mental Floss may receive a commission for purchases made through these links.

You don't need a large, fancy machine with all the cranks and levers to get a good cup of espresso. With the portable Wacaco Minipresso, you can pour a smooth, rich cup of espresso on the go with minimal work.

The Minipresso is a bit less than 7 inches tall and weighs under a pound, making it easy to slip into a backpack or purse. The innovative design makes it efficient and simple to use—all the parts fit together in the capsule-shaped gadget, and all you need is hot water and ground coffee to make it work. The device's cap doubles as a cup, which you need to remove in order to take the filter basket out and add ground coffee. The bottom of the scoop also doubles as a tamper to level your grounds. The filter basket then goes into the Minipresso and the hot water goes into the water tank. From there, all you have to do is unlock the piston and pump to extract the espresso. The Minipresso makes about a 50-ml shot of espresso.

This device provides the type of portability perfect for any camping and hiking trip, or you can just replace your bulky espresso machine at home if you're trying to save counter space in your kitchen. The device is currently sitting at a 4.4-star rating after more than 2000 reviews on Amazon. You can find out more about the Minipresso here.

Sign Up Today: Get exclusive deals, product news, reviews, and more with the Mental Floss Smart Shopping newsletter!