|Rating:||8 / 10|
|Value for Money||2.1 / 2.5|
|Ease of use||2.1 / 2.5|
|Quality of Coffee||2.5 / 2.5|
|Weight||1.3 / 2.5|
The Wacaco Nanopresso is essentially a miniature pressurised espresso machine and is one of those products that will leave you conflicted; here’s why.
On the plus side this is hands down the best coffee I have ever had, on trail or off and that’s saying something because I don’t like cheap and nasty coffee. While this little unit contains lots of bits, it is easy to assemble, easy to use and easy to pull apart for cleaning. All surprising given simpler units with less pieces don’t perform nearly as well. I usually drink white coffee but I can cope with this coffee without milk although it wouldn’t be my first choice.
Now for the negatives. This little machine would want to produce great tasting coffee as it weighs 419 grams in its travel case and you still need to boil the water so its not going to suit those ultra lighters out there. The other negative is the end product is 80 mls of coffee which isn’t a lot no matter how good the coffee.
To use this unit you unscrew the top which is where the coffee measure and cleaning brush live. You then unscrew the bottom and place the coffee in the small basket – packing it down just like your local barista does with the back of the coffee spoon. You then put 50-80 mls of boiling water in the top and close the unit. Unlock the little pressuring button on the side and pump over your cup/mug until you run out of liquid. The first 8-ish pumps will be just to build up pressure in the unit but the coffee will run quite easily. Add milk if desired.
Clean up of the unit is easy. All you need to do is disassemble the unit as if you are going to use it, and wash and leave to dry. The hardest part is removing the compacted coffee but even that’s reasonably easy.
Now back to the conflict I mentioned earlier. Do you want the best coffee you can make on-trail, albeit with a weight penalty in your pack? Or are you willing to put up with lesser quality coffee just to save some weight? Your choice!
For when coffee quality matters
Wacaco Nanopresso in the box
When we purchased our unit black was the only colour choice, now there are three colours to choose from
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AUD $124.90 RRP however you can often find this product on sale
Wacaco produce a few different colour varieties as well as models, some of which take coffee pods
Wacaco Nanopresso in hand. It’s not large but it’s heavy
Wacaco Nanopresso disassembled
Wacaco Nanopresso in travel case
This review was done with product purchased from a retail store by Australian Hiker