There are plenty of good reasons to want a nomadic espresso machine.
One can be addicted to coffee and forced to spend several hours a day in the car for professional reasons. Or you can be the proud owner of a motor home and use it on every holiday. There are also hikers who refuse to start every kilometre without a good dose of coffee in their blood before they start.
A machine for every need. Let me introduce you to the Handcoffee Auto Handpresso maker. As its name suggests, it is designed for use in cars and even motorcycles, when stationary, as long as you have a cigarette lighter.
Presentation of the Handpresso auto
Be careful, this is not about buying cheap coffee. To do so, you might as well buy a packet of instant coffee. No, here the Handpresso Handcoffee makes a real creamy espresso.
For this purpose Handpresso has created a car coffee machine that is elegant, compact and efficient. It weighs 800 grams, sits in a cup holder and plugs into the cigarette lighter. It is black and brown and its shape is reminiscent of a cup from the big American take-away coffee chain.
The handcoffee machine has a pressure of 2 bar, which is still more than the original senseo, installed in a lot of kitchens.
Moreover, the pods to be used are of the Senseo type, that is to say, the soft pods. These are cloth pods, all round and relatively flat, quite different from the rigidly wrapped Nespresso pods. They come in various brands and have the advantage of being compostable. Good in the car you generally avoid composting, but when camping, you can bury them or throw them in dry toilets for example.
In the case of this coffeemaker, you only get the essentials. That is to say the machine and the cable to connect it. There are no cups included. It is also possible to buy an adapter to be able to plug the machine into a power outlet.
Finally, please note that this machine is really a car coffee maker. It needs electricity to work. If you are looking for a solution to go hiking, you should turn to another machine, such as la Handpresso Pump for example.
How does Handpresso Handcoffee work?
The use is really simple, there are only two buttons!
To begin with fill the machine, which is the most unpleasant part. The water is poured through the filter. So you have to go slowly. You might as well make your first attempts outside… It is possible to fill it for a short coffee (80 ml) or a long coffee (110 ml).
Then it’s time to plug the coffee machine into the cigarette lighter. You can then switch on preheating by pressing the first button. It will flash for 4 minutes, when it turns white, 3 beeps are emitted and the water is ready.
Then flip the unit over your cup and press the second button to launch extraction. The machine does not stop by itself if you want a stronger coffee. In this case, press the same button a second time.
Side maintenance, it’s child’s play again. Only the upper part of the body needs cleaning and a sponge bath will do the trick. Anyway, it’s not dishwasher safe.
Handpresso Auto, my opinion
On the coffee side, the fact of having abandon instant coffee is in itself a success. It took me some time to find the pods that suited me, Senseo’s are good, but they are not the only ones. In any case, the coffee obtained is very creamy!
With time, I’ve got the hang of it, I don’t put water everywhere anymore and I don’t feel like I’m spending hours there. I advise you to use a bottle of water however, directly under the tap is impossible to do. At the same time, you will tell me, in the car we rarely have a tap available …
For a short coffee, it takes 4 minutes. That’s quite long compared to the kitchen coffee machine. On the other hand, the current comes from the car engine and in the end you get a really hot coffee. And then the preheating is silent, while the extraction isn’t too noisy.
This nomadic coffee preparation offers a real break time very appreciable.
What value for money?
Handpresso Auto is at the price of 80 €, the cheapest price found on online sales sites such as amazon. The coffee maker is guaranteed for one year.
It’s just a fair price considering the technology that’s been put in place to get coffee everywhere. However, if you don’t want to add unnecessarily to your bill, remember to always keep the engine running while you make your coffee. Otherwise, you may run out of battery power and need help to get going again.
For other models, see our comparative nomadic espresso coffee makers.
- sound design
- hot, creamy coffee
- 2 bar pressure
- uses Senseo pods
- silent preheating
- no cup included
- hard to fill with water
I think the Handpresso Handcoffee Auto coffeemaker is a wonderful invention for all coffee addicts! The machine is discreet, easy to use, just make sure you always have a bottle of water and a few pods with you, to treat yourself to a good coffee anywhere!