|Product Dimensions||21.59 x 7.62 x 10.16 cm; 480 Grams|
|Item Weight||480 g|
Handpresso HPWILDHYBRID Coffee Machine
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About this item
- Uses Ground and E.S.E Pods
- Pressure: 16 Bar
- Water Reservoir 1.5 Oz
- Measures 8.5x4x3-Inch
- 2 Year Warranty
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With the Handpresso Wild Hybrid, you may vary the coffee experience as inspiration and weather dictates. Either you choose ground espresso coffee and become a Barista or you insert the E.S.E. adapter and enjoy the E.S.E. pods' ease of use. Not only is the Wild hybrid versatile, but the quality is superb. You generate a 16-bar pressure as with a bicycle pump, add hot water (from a kettle or a thermo flask), espresso coffee (ground coffee or E.S.E. pods) and prepare a high quality espresso. Light and durable, the Handpresso Wild Hybrid can be stored easily in a drawer, backpack or with camping gear. Although cleanup is still a breeze, there are a few rules you'll want to follow to keep your Handpresso Wild Hybrid in top shape. Do not use alcohol or detergents to clean the machine and descaling is unnecessary. Just like the Handpresso Domepod, the Handpresso Wild Hybrid is not microwave safe.
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1. Use fresh beans and a good grinder. Like any espresso machine, the freshness of your beans and quality of your grinder are essential to generating good espresso. If you're on the go, just bring along a good manual grinder like the Porlex Mini or the Hario Skerton. Experiment with the grind until you find a setting that gives you about 20-30 sec. of extraction. The intense filter is also unnecessary (not to mention overpriced) when using a proper espresso grind setting. I cannot speak for its performance when using ESE pods since I have only used it with freshly ground coffee in the domepod. However, with fresh beans and a proper grind setting, you will get real espresso with decent crema using the domepod. Neglecting to use these will result in a shot similar to a moka pot's with fast extraction and no crema.
2. Always firmly tamp the grinds in the domepod. You may need to do this 2-3 times before you fill the domepod level with the top. There is a special tamper made for domepods by Handpresso, but amazingly the end of the pump handle fits the bill perfectly. Why the instructions don't tell you this explicitly is beyond me. So you can save the $30 currently being charged for an extra tamper and just use the handle.
3. Preheat the water reservoir. Once you bring some water to a boil, pour some in the Handpresso and allow the reservoir to heat up. After waiting about 20-30 sec. dump the water out and refill with boiling water again and then put the domepod inside. This allows for better temperature control during the shots.
4. Wait to dispense the shot after inserting the domepod. After you insert the tamped domepod into the hot water and twist on the cap, wait about 10-15 sec before depressing the pressure valve and pull the shot. This will allow the coffee to absorb some water and help avoid channeling in the small puck which seems to always happen if you pull the shot as soon as the domepod is in the handpresso.
The Handpresso is also well made and I have only a couple nitpicks about its design. After a month of daily use the pressure release valve has become very slightly loose. This doesn't present any major issue, but every once and a while a small amount of water will leak out from the valve. Again this is a minor issue, but I am hoping it will not become worse over time and become a real problem. Also, I used the intense filter sold by Handpresso for a while. Not only is the Intense Filter unnecessary (with the proper grind and tamping), it is also is poorly designed. It is slightly wider than the stock filter and the extra width will cause it to impact the the pressure release valve when tightening down if the valve is not absolutely completely depressed. Lastly, the pump handle has grooves in it that allow coffee grounds to get stuck if used as a tamper. The handle would be much better if the end were completely smooth allowing for easier cleaning.
Overall, I am very happy with my purchase of the Handpresso Wild Hybrid, and would easily recommend this to anyone looking to make REAL espresso away from home. The only products I am aware of that are similar are the Mypressi Twist and the Rossa Hand Espresso. (I suppose moka pots are an option but they don't make real espresso) The Mypressi requires cartidges which, in my opinion, severely detracts from the whole point of the device - convenience. Especially since you cant take the cartidges on a plane. And the Rossa, while I'm sure is a very high quality device and capable of producing superior espresso, costs 3-4 times as much as the Handpresso Wild.
So, while there are other options out there for portable espresso makers, I think the Handpresso is the best of the bunch due to its combination of design, price, and results. Just make sure to follow the above recommendations and I believe you will feel the same.
**UPDATE 20AUG16** Still getting great results from my Handpresso. I've since made a truly portable espresso setup with this after buying the Handpresso Outdoor Set, a small stainless steel tamper on eBay, and still using my Orphan Espresso Lido grinder. However, the portable espresso market now has some new competition. I still believe that the Handpresso is the best portable option out there. I also now own an Espresso Forge. It isn't quite as convenient/portable as the Handpresso but it produces espresso comparable to my Rancilio Silva. It is a true replacement for espresso machines costing $$$$, is portable, and will last forever. My recommendation for the Handpresso still stands, but if you're willing to sacrifice some portability for espresso quality, then the Espresso Forge may be a better option.
I am a frequent traveler. I use it to make espresso (and sometimes a latte) in my hotel room.
Some of the small plastic bits have fallen off or failed, but these are not mission critical, so I don't fret it. I have probably made between 80 and 100 cups of espresso with it so far.
The instructions say to add a small amount of oil to the pump rod and valve stem to lubricate the o-rings. The word "small" should observed. I put too much in mine and the oil went bad; it turned to a varnish that started interfering with the free movement of the pump. I disassemble the handpressor and cleaned it out. It wasn't easy to remove the varnish. I had to use an industrial degreaser. But proper operation has been restored. I probably won't oil it again according to the instructions. Rather, I will likely disassemble the Handpresso and apply the oil directly to the o-rings.
Getting a good espresso takes some practice. The first (and most important) rule is to get the proper grind of the coffee. I use a burr grinder which provide a predictable grind. The easiest way to get the right grind is to purchase Illy brand ESE pods. These are expensive, but they make really really really good espresso. Every time. Really.
Stroke the pump until the needle of the pressure gage is just in the red zone.
Rule 2 - pre-warm the Handpresso. I make lots of hot water (in the microwave in US hotels, in the tea kettle in foreign hotels). I pour it slowly over the reservoir and gage end of the Handpresso. I put the reservoir lid in a cup and pour hot water in the cup. This heats the cup and the lid.
Rule 3 - fill the reservoir fully with water. When you insert the coffee grounds basket (or ESE pod), you want to see a little bit of water spill out. This assures that the reservoir has little or no air in it. Install the lid. Toss the water that was in the cup, flip the handpresso over and switch the valve to release the coffee into the warmed cup.
As the espresso is draining into the cup, I stroke the pump about 15 more times to keep the pressure up. This is tricky to do, but make a richer cup of espresso.
I bought the optional "Intense" reservoir lid. It holds the pressure higher, longer, improving the extraction.