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Brief Published: 23 Oct 2014

Portable Hand-Pressed Coffee


Hong Kong-based start-up Wacaco has developed a portable espresso machine that allows users to hand-press coffee while on the go.

The Minipresso, which looks like a flask and is only 10 inches tall, features a semi-automatic piston, which the user manually pumps to build the pressure required for extraction, thereby avoiding the use of gas canisters and electricity.

The product will be available for purchase from early November 2015 through Wacaco's website.  

The Minipresso reflects the trend for single-serve coffee machines, which allow users to brew premium coffee at home. In the UK, sales of hot beverage machines have increased by two-thirds over the past five years, while the US single-cup coffee market grew to $3.1bn in 2013. See Coffee: At-Home Innovation for more on this lucrative industry.

Ethically sourced coffee is also experiencing a surge in demand, as many consumers strive to buy sustainable products. Read more on this in Coffee With a Conscience and Kenco Trains Your Coffee Farmers.