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Handpresso - Christopher Schaefer's Review
Posted: December 20, 2009, 8:16pm
review rating: 6.7
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Handpresso Manual Espresso Machine
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Arrow The Handpresso has been rated 8.10 overall by our member reviewers
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Taylor Pyscher 7.00
Christopher Schaefer 6.67
Charles Maurer 0.00
Keith Pursch 0.00

Previous Review  
Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 9.0
Product Reviewed: Dome Pod
Manufacturer: Handpresso Quality: 9
Average Price: Varies Usability: 9
Price Paid: $99.00 Cost vs. Value 9
Where Bought: Whole Latte Love Aesthetics 9
Owned for: 4+ years Overall 9
Writer's Expertise: I live coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: n/a
Bottom Line: This device is worth the cost, is easy and fun to use, and should last for years if maintained correctly.
Positive Product Points

Solid construction, easy to clean, and very well thought out design.  Particulars include a molded TPE "grip" surface of the portafiltro basket, built-in pressure gauge, and replacement filter basket and o-ring.

Negative Product Points

Not much negative here.  One minor point: the pump handle is missing texture and is a smooth plastic.

Detailed Commentary

Like other espresso makers, clean... clean... clean your device.  The Dome Pod, since it uses your own ground coffee for espresso, needs to be cleaned and maintained like any other brewing device.  Keep stray grounds off of the basket especially around the seal against the portafiltro.
The device comes up to pressure quickly.  It is ergonomic and, IMHO, stylish.
The packaging and literature as well as the available videos online make the learning curve short and sweet.  The quality of the packaging and literature is A+.  Subtle details built in to the product such as the TPE coated portafiltro and the Handpresso logo at the device's "head" show superior design intent.  I especially love the marriage of a hand-powered device driven by air coupled to the use of my own, home-roasted coffee that I can literally take anywhere.  This device will see service on trips as well as casual use in the office for that afternoon cuppa.
I was suprised at the robustness of the materials for the Handpresso.  It is a well-engineered product.
7-31-2014 Brewing Tips and Tricks: I had meant to include this section in the one-year review. My apologies for the delay.  I've personally found these steps to produce a very good and consistent shot.  They include using ground coffee as fine as what would be used in a standard, pump-driven espresso machine.  The water used should be right off the boil as the temp drops radically during the time of extraction.  A light tamp with the base of the pump handle; it is just smaller, diametrically, than the filter basket. After pouring the water, inserting the grounds and filter basket, and securing the brewhead on, once turned over allow any bubbles to work their way through the water and wait two seconds before pressing the button.  Let's call this a type of pre-infusion.  Lastly, I extract only 90% of the pour, letting the last remaining seconds of the shot to bubble and spurt (and make a mess) in to another cup or over the sink. This last step has ensured a very consistent and great tasting shot.

Buying Experience

Though given as a gift, I went on-site to the vendor who welcomed me in and, although they were waiting for their first shipments of this product, pulled me a shot from the predecessor- the Wild.  I saw first hand how to use it, what it tasted like, and how to clean it.  Hats off to their customer service!

Three Month Followup

More like a 4+ year review! The Handpresso was working well until an o-ring failed in the pump mechanism. Remember to lubricate the pump handle shaft with a food-grade lubricant. It wasn't mentioned in the Care & Use Guide. A 009 metric o-ring from Harbor Freight is holding... So far. It was easy to service myself and since the warranty was up I had little to lose.  But I would buy a new one if I had to.

One Year Followup

The device continues to work flawlessly.  I've discovered some brewing tips and tricks for consistency. See the Detailed Commentary.

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