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Trimm Portable Hand Held Espresso Machine Review

Trimm Portable Hand Held Espresso Machine

​Trim Portable Hand Held Espresso Machine: QUICK OVERVIEW

​Portability

​Value for Money

​Ease of Cleaning

​Eco-Friendly

What We Like
  • ​Stays hot for hours
  • ​Delicious espresso
  • ​Light and easy to pack
What We Don't Like
  • ​Gets hard to pump
  • ​O-rings may wear out with heavy use

​You can't go without a good stiff shot of espresso. When you are busy, traveling, or relaxing on vacation, you need that kick-start even more. To wake up and blow away the cobwebs in these situations, you need a travel espresso maker that's up to the task.

Portable espresso machines make it easy to satisfy your caffeine addiction. They should be light, compact, and durable enough to survive the trip. Most importantly, a travel espresso maker should produce a great cup of espresso and clean up quickly.

​Trimm Portable Hand Held Espresso Machine Review

Trimm Portable Hand Held Espresso Machine and Thermos Vacuum Insulated Double Wall

​​The Trimm manual travel espresso machine is a middle-of-the-pack-brand espresso press.

The espresso maker and travel mug resemble an expensive camera or set of binoculars on the outside. Inside, however, it is a quality espresso coffeemaker and travel mug.

The Trimm Hand Held Espresso Machine makes a basic espresso or coffee, but the thermos has a distinctive basket built into the lid that you can use to make tea or infused water blends. We decided to look at the Trimm machine ourselves to see if it was as good as it seemed.

​Who Is This Product For?

​Some consumers will find this machine works perfectly in the office or at home if they're fighting for space. They can tuck the espresso maker out of the way when they're done using it and carry the travel mug alone. And because the coffee stays hot for hours, they don't have to worry if they get distracted or pulled away and have to leave their drink behind.

Campers and hikers will particularly enjoy it. Because the travel mug and espresso maker are separate, you won't have to carry the machine with you if you don't want to. It's one less thing to pack up and less weight in your backpack.

​What's Included?

​The Trimm Portable Espresso Machine arrives in a sturdy gift box.

Inside the box, you'll find the manual coffee maker and a matching stainless-steel travel mug that resembles a thermos.

You'll also get two black matching carrying cases, a scoop, and a set of instructions. (You can find additional instructional videos on YouTube.)

​Overview of Features

​The first thing you'll notice about the Trimm Travel Espresso Maker is the sturdy but stylish design of its exterior. While it comes with a separate travel mug instead of the usual integrated cup, the system is still light, compact, and easy to take on the road.

The 11.8 oz travel mug that comes with the machine is quite impressive. It has all the standard features of a stainless-steel travel mug or thermos. It's vacuum-sealed, double-walled, and will keep drinks hot for hours.

Inside the lid of the travel mug, you'll find a basket built into it. This feature lets you make tea or infused water right in the cup without the coffee press. Just fill it with tea or fruit and turn the mug upside down to steep.

The espresso maker takes a no-fuss approach to travel coffee making. It uses any coffee to make 2.6 oz at a time and no pods, cups, or filters to carry around. It rinses clean in a few minutes, too, so the only mess to deal with are the grounds.

Trimm built the pump system in espresso press to last. Robust and well-made, it takes a bit of effort to finish brewing a cup of coffee, espresso, latte, or cappuccino, but the quality of the espresso it makes will help you forget about your hard work.

​How to Use

​To make a cup of coffee or espresso, dismantle the espresso machine, fill the bottom basket with coffee, and put the second basket on top.

Fill the water tank with hot water and screw everything back together.

Then, unlock the piston and pump the machine with the spout over your cup.

​Alternative

​If the Trimm Hand Held Espresso Maker isn't quite what you're looking for, the AmoVee French Press Travel Coffee Press Mug is an affordable option. It's half the price of the Trimm model, but still makes the same amount of coffee or tea. 

Unlike the Trimm model, however, it's BPA-free plastic.

The AmoVee system also works more like a French Press. Put the grounds in the bottom of the cup, fill it with hot water, and press the center cylinder into the mug. It does have a second plunger in the middle to stop the brewing process and customize the strength of your tea or coffee.

​Conclusion

​The Trimm Portable Hand Held Espresso Machine makes a fantastic tasting drink considering the type of system.

What it lacks in crema and refinement produced by traditional machines it makes up for with ease of use, portability, and functionality.

​When your office or camping trip is in dire need of a decent coffee or espresso, this may be the ideal machine for you.

Handpresso Outdoor Set Review

Handpresso Outdoor Set Review

Handpresso Outdoor Set: QUICK OVERVIEW

​Portability

​Value for Money

​Ease of Cleaning

​Eco-Friendly

What We Like
  • ​Nice enough to use as your primary espresso maker
  • ​Convenient Espresso machine on-the-go
  • ​Keeps coffee hot for about an hour or more
What We Don't Like
  • ​The kit is a bit bulky and hard to transport in small suitcases or bags
  • ​Messy to use sometimes

​The Handpresso Outdoor Set is a compact espresso machine that allows you to use a simple scientific method of pumping air into the unit that creates cafe-like espresso on-the-go.

While the unit is a bit bulky for smaller spaces during travel, it is designed to appeal to people who don't like regular coffee but prefer an espresso like experience.

If you're like me and you are just not a "bold and dark" coffee lover, and you need that frilly foam on the top (I'm spoiled), you'll love the Handpresso Outdoor Set.

​Handpresso Outdoor Set Review

Handpresso Outdoor Set Espresso on the go

​Who Is This Product For?

​This product is for anyone who is not crazy about ordinary coffee, but you crave the refined taste of a food cafe-type espresso.

In other words, it's for those of us who are spoiled on those sweet dessert coffees! I also like the taste of the foam as it hits your mouth. This always adds something to the experience.

Travelers who have to be on the road a lot and are too busy to stop in at a local cafe will appreciate the convenience of being able to have an espresso without the high cost of paying at the counter.

​What's Included?

​This Handpresso set comes with a lot of accessories including a convenient carrying case and Handpresso pump with a pressure gauge that displays the exact amount of pressure you need for brewing.

You can use loose espresso grounds from your favorite coffee or use the pre-loaded pods that have a self-contained filter.

You also get portafilter adapters for brewing from ground coffee or the included coffee pods, which are both simple and convenient to use with this unit.

​Overview of Features

​The Handpresso Outdoor Set allows you to brew delicious espresso anywhere you go with the quick-brewing Handpresso pump.

It features a handy pressure gauge with a needle that moves up as you pump to show you how much pressure you have in the machine. When it reaches the "green" area, you know that you are ready to start pouring.

The case makes it easy to transport your espresso machine anywhere you go. It's a bit bulkier than some simple single coffee brewers, but you don't get espresso type coffee with those gadgets!

The convenient insulated flask keeps coffee warm for at least an hour, provided you have pumped it up to the maximum heat seating before pouring.

​How to Use

​The Handpresso Outdoor Set is simple to use, even for beginning espresso makers.

Just start by pumping up the unit to the green zone. Then fill the opening with hot water to fill the three water level indicators.

Then insert your E.S.E. pod or pour the ground coffee into the opening to start the brewing process. Attach the portafilter and turn the handle tightly. Finally, position the unit over your cup and pour.

Some complain that they can't get the Handpresso device to make enough coffee or that the coffee is too cold when it comes out. But this won't happen if you understand that you need to start with the hottest water possible and you should pump the unit until it is in the "green zone," which indicates it is hot and ready to pour.

When you pour it before this, you may get cold coffee.That's because the metal container cools the coffee when it is poured in.

However, in a test by a user on you YouTube, he found that the flask stays at around 194 degrees for at least an hour if you start off with the high setting. So make sure your espresso machine is "in the green" before pouring.

It's that simple!

​Alternative

​There are many alternative products to the Handpresso Outdoor Set, such as the Cisno Automated Portable Espresso Machine.

This unit works in much the same way as the Handpresso, but there is no need to use the pumping action because it has an internal pump that does it automatically.

While this alternative might be appealing to people who don't want to have to pump it themselves, many espressos and cappuccino lovers prefer to use the hand motion because they say it is more authentic and captures the real effects of a cafe-style espresso machine.

​Conclusion

​This Handpresso Outdoor Set appeals to the outdoors adventurer, airline pilots, business people, or anyone who wants the authentic taste of espresso on-the-go without having to use a full-sized espresso maker.

People who don't mind flexing their muscles for 15 seconds and who want delicious-tasting espresso coffee in just a few seconds will enjoy this unique portable espresso maker. The results are amazing!

Wacaco Minipresso GR Portable Coffee Maker Review

Wacaco Minipresso GR Portable Coffee Maker

​Wacaco Minipresso GR Portable Coffee Maker: QUICK OVERVIEW

​Portability

​Value for Money

​Ease of Cleaning

​Eco-Friendly

What We Like
  • ​Compact and light
  • ​Works with any coffee
  • ​Good crema with the right beans and grind
What We Don't Like
  • ​Messy cleanup
  • ​Cup gets knocked off easily

​For espresso fans who need a convenient cup of joe in the morning, traditional espresso machines aren't always an option. They're big, bulky, break easily, and are difficult to clean. That's what makes portable espresso machines great.

Compact, light, and self-contained, portable espresso machines are designed specifically for travel, camping, and small spaces.

They come in manual, battery, or power-operated models, and make it possible for coffee lovers to take complete control over their espresso consumption. That's why we'd like to share the Wacaco Minipresso GR Portable Espresso Machine with you.

​Wacaco Minipresso GR Portable Coffee Maker Review

Wacaco Minipresso GR, Portable Espresso Machine, Compatible Ground Coffee, Small Travel Coffee Maker, Manually Operated from Piston Action

​The Minipresso GR is the mid-range espresso maker produced by Wacaco

A relatively new company on the block, Wacaco focuses purely on the research, development, and manufacture of portable espresso machines. Their goal is to design a travel brewer that produces an espresso that's just as good as those made by traditional espresso makers, and they achieved that with the Minipresso.

The capsule-like, durable outer shell contains everything you need to make a delicious cup of espresso. Its sleek design won't make it look like you're performing some kind strange science experiment.

And because it's small and lightweight, it's perfect for hiking, camping, hunting, or using at the office.

​Who Is This Product For?

​Anyone who has a tiny home, a small kitchen, or a busy office will enjoy the convenience and small size of the Wacaco Minipresso.

Campers, hikers, and hunters will find discover it's easy to pack and sturdy enough to survive rugged trips.

It's simple enough for espresso-making beginners, but it still produces a high-quality drink that will satisfy the taste buds of more refined coffee drinkers.

​What's Included?

​The Wacaco Minipresso GR Espresso Maker comes with the machine, a cup that fits into the bottom of the device, and an integrated scoop for measuring coffee.

Wacaco also sells a separate Minipresso kit and carrying case as add-ons.

​Overview of Features

​The Wacaco Minipresso Espresso Machine comes in at just under 7" in height and under 3" in circumference, so it fits into most automotive cup holders. And with a weight of 0.8 lbs, you can easily slip it into your suitcase or backpack without it becoming difficult to carry.

To make the espresso, the Minipresso uses eight bars of force. It's less than the typical 15 bars, but so long as the grounds aren't tamped down, you'll be able to make each drink with ease.

​The Minipresso works with any coffee product, you can empty pods, grind your favorite beans, or use a pre-ground coffee to make the perfect cup of joe.

The Minipresso GR produces almost a full double shot of espresso each time (up to 1.7 oz). You'll love having more of your favorite morning drink or adding extra water for an Americano or full-bodied coffee.

You'll want to play with the water temperature, coffee, and grind size, but the Wacaco Minipresso GR will produce a good head of crema with relative ease.

When you're finished making your drink, the Minipresso GR rinses clean. Just dump out the grounds and run clear water through the system to flush everything out. Then, snap everything back together and put it away until next time.

​How to Use

​To make the perfect cup of espresso with Wacaco's portable espresso machine, start by running hot water through it to warm everything up.

Then, use the scoop to measure the coffee, fill the basket, and lightly level off the grounds.

Add hot water to the tank, unlock the piston with a twist, and pump to get a steaming cup of hot espresso.

​Alternative

​The Barsetto Portable Espresso Maker is quite similar to the Minipresso GR with a few key differences.

​First, it looks almost identical to the Minipresso, but it has a transparent bottom cup that clips into the base. The Barsetto version also uses 15 bars pressure to make espresso instead of Minipresso's eight.

The Barsetto makes a smaller shot than the Wacaco Minipresso. However, the cup has room for four ounces, so there's available space if you want to turn your espresso into an Americano.

Lastly, the Barsetto is more expensive than the Wacaco GR, but you might like the ability to use K-Cups or refillable K-Cup filters instead of Wacaco's reusable filter basket.

​Conclusion

​Espresso lovers looking to save space and money will enjoy the Wacaco Minipresso GR.

The machine costs less than similar models, but it also produces an espresso that's better than many of its competitors.

You will also enjoy the ability to use a refillable basket instead of paying for expensive coffee pods can save you a lot of money if you indulge often.

AdirChef Grab N’ Go Personal Coffee Maker Review

AdirChef Grab N' Go Personal Coffee Maker

​AdirChef Grab N' Go Personal Coffee Maker: QUICK OVERVIEW

​Portability

​Value for Money

​Ease of Cleaning

​Eco-Friendly

What We Like
  • ​Uses any ground coffee
  • ​Perks quickly
  • ​Good tasting cup of coffee
What We Don't Like
  • ​Lightweight plastic
  • ​Can't use a regular mug
  • ​Switch can weaken

​A full-sized coffeemaker produces a nice cup of coffee, but it's wasteful when you only need one or two cups. They also tend to take up a fair amount of counter space.

Of course, you could stop at the coffee shop, but who wants to wait in line to pay for overpriced coffee every day?

A single-serve coffee pot works faster than a full-sized brewer. They're compact, light, and able to perk coffee directly into a travel mug.

The AdirChef Grab N' Go Personal Coffee Maker is a popular model that seems to satisfy these requirements, so we decided to examine it further.

​AdirChef Grab N' Go Personal Coffee Maker Review

AdirChef Grab N' Go Personal Coffee Maker with 15 oz. Travel Mug, Black/Stainless Steel

​The entry-level AdirChef Grab N' Go Personal Coffee Maker is a simple and straightforward product for making single cups of coffee in a hurry.

It's available in seven trendy colors. And with its compact size and three-minute perk time, this electric, automatic model is a cheap and cheerful way to get your morning caffeine fix.

The travel mug that comes with the AdirChef single-serve coffee machine makes it easy to save money and reduce waste. It's tapered, so it fits most cup holders and is easy to take with you.

When you want to bring the whole machine with you, AdirChef sells a padded travel pouch separately. So, yes, this is a portable coffee maker you can travel with!

​Who Is This Product For?

​When you have a busy schedule, the AdirChef Grab N' Go Personal Coffee Maker may meet your needs.

Add the cream and sugar to the bottom of the travel mug and start the machine. When it's finished, you can rinse it quick, grab your coffee, and go.

The single-cup AdirChef coffee machine is also ideal for individuals who want a coffee pot but lack space.

You can make a cup of coffee, rinse it clean, and hide the entire system in a drawer, purse, or cupboard to get it out of the way.

It's excellent for a cubicle, dorm, van life, or camping trailer.

​What's Included?

​When you purchase the personal AdirChef coffeemaker, you get the machine, a reusable filter, and a holding basket.

It also comes with a plastic travel mug and cover that matches the coffee pot.

Everything is dishwasher safe, but you may want to wash the cup and lid by hand to prevent warping or damage to the plastic.

​Overview of Features

​When you first open the box, you'll notice the AdirChef Grab N' Go Personal Coffee Maker consists of lightweight plastic. Since this compact design is only slightly larger than a standard thermal mug, you can put it almost anywhere. ​

The machine's automatic shutoff feature turns the coffeemaker off as soon as it finishes. This feature saves power, but it also means that the coffee pot has no burners in the bottom. You'll never have to spend the day wondering if you remembered to turn the pot off again.

To make the coffee, the AdirChef Grab N' Go uses a reusable mesh filter instead of traditional paper filters. And while it does tend to let a bit of grit through to the bottom of the cup, not having to buy paper filters saves money and reduces waste. It's also quick and easy to clean.

The 15 oz thermal mug that comes with this personal coffee machine has stainless-steel on the outside, but plastic in the inside. It doesn't keep coffee hot as long as higher-quality mugs. However, the rubber grip on the outside is comfortable to hold, and the whole unit comes clean easily.

​How to Use

​To use the AdirChef Grab N' Go Personal Coffee Maker, fill the thermal mug with water to the desired level and add coffee grounds to the mesh filter basket.

Then, pour the water into the back of the machine, add cream or sugar to your cup, and set it into the brewer.

Press the button, and when the water stops, rinse out the basket to get it ready for the next use.

​Alternative

MiXPRESSO makes a personal coffeemaker similar to the AdirChef model.

It perks into the 14 oz travel mug using ground coffee in a reusable filter. It automatically turns itself off and is dishwasher-safe just like the AdirChef personal brewer.

The travel cup it perks into is almost the same as the AdirChef without the fun colors. The mug is one ounce smaller, but that isn't a lot when you think about it.

The MiXPRESSO model costs a few dollars more and doesn't have an optional travel bag you can purchase, but you might find the extra few dollars are worth it for the warranty.

​Conclusion

​For a cheap coffee pot that makes delicious coffee one cup at a time, the AdirChef Grab N' Go Personal Coffee Maker can get the job done. 

It has no timer or fancy features, and likely wouldn't stand up to heavy, daily use, but it's good enough for occasional use or a daily cup of coffee.

​The AdirChef perks fast and cleans quickly, and when you're busy, that's what you want.

KOHIPRESS Portable French Press Coffee Maker Review

KOHIPRESS Portable French Press Coffee Maker

​K​OHIPRESS the Original Portable French Press Coffee Maker: QUICK OVERVIEW

​Portability

​Value for Money

​Ease of Cleaning

​Eco-Friendly

What We Like
  • ​Convenience of brewing coffee on-the-go
  • ​Filter is sturdy and works well
  • ​Traps old grounds in the bottom
What We Don't Like
  • ​Clean up can be tricky due to grounds disposal
  • ​Plastic plunger

​The KOHIPRESS Original Portable French Press Coffee Maker is a high-quality portable coffee maker that also doubles as a convenient thermos.

It offers true coffee lovers a way to have their cake (I  mean coffee) and eat it too! No matter where you go, you can always take your coffee with you with this handy handheld coffee maker.

The first time I saw this, I had to take a second look and ask myself, "Does this actually brew coffee?" It resembles the older stainless steel coffee thermoses you can get that simply keep your coffee warm.

But believe me, this item does brew your coffee! The process emulates a large scale coffee maker, and the result is just as good as if you got it from a well-known cafe.

​K​OHIPRESS Portable French Press Coffee Maker Review

KOHIPRESS The Original Portable French Press Coffee Maker | Vacuum Insulated Travel Mug | Premium Stainless Steel | Hot and Cold Brew (12 oz) | Great for Commuter, Camping, Outdoors and Office

​Who Is This Product For?

​The KOHIPRESS Portable French Press Coffee Maker is for anyone who wants to be able to have a cup of coffee on-the-go when you don't have time to stop at a drive-thru.

The device can be useful for backpackers and other long term travelers that can't be guaranteed about the availability of coffee at their destination.

The quality of the coffee is superior compared to other similar products, and the grounds are trapped in the bottom, so there's no flow-through of old coffee grounds.

Traveling salespeople, commuters, and people who have to stay in hotels for their work would love this product.

Additionally, it would be a great item to have handy in a business meeting with small groups at work.

Campers will enjoy this also because they get to have their morning coffee as usual even when they are out in the wilderness!

​What's Included?

​The KOHIPRESS comes with the stainless steel thermos, insulated double wall vacuum inner containers and the reusable filter made from Micron stainless steel mesh.

The unit comes with a leak-proof lid and everything you need to brew a quick but delicious cup of coffee.

​Overview of Features

​This unique all-in-one coffee thermos and brewer gives you a way to make a fresh cup of coffee anytime you want it.

The insulated travel mug and brewing machine comes with a portable leak-proof lid and a micron stainless steel mesh filter that can be reused. There's no need to buy filters with this convenient solution for coffee on-the-go.

There is a patented self-locking system that allows the brewed coffee to stay safe from the used coffee grounds. There's no flow back from the bottom part of the chamber that could contaminate your fresh coffee.

Most people find it easy to clean and choose to dump the remaining grounds in the trash when they're done. It is designed to offer easy clean-up, and it keeps the grounds in one place.

Some people have noticed that it has an inner plastic plunger that keeps the grounds at the bottom of the container -- no need to worry, though. The plunger is BPA free and is considered 100% safe for food contact.

​How to Use

​To use the KOHIPRESS portable French Press coffee maker, just release the latch at the top of the container and remove the inner chamber.

Place the black coaster on the table where your coffee mug will be. Use about two rounded teaspoons of coffee grounds and place them in the inner chamber. Next, pour boiling water into the inner chamber up to about an inch from the top (do not overfill).

Then, secure the top unit and open the mouth of the lid enough to release some of the pressure from the inner chamber and gently press down (thus, the name of the unit), until it is on the bottom of the inner chamber.

Remember that the filter is located on the bottom of the inner chamber so your coffee grounds will be filtered as you press down on the inner chamber to the bottom and the grounds will be trapped in the bottom.

Violà! You will have nothing but fresh, brewed coffee.

​Alternative

​There are several alternatives to the KOHIPRESS French Press portable coffee maker.

One of the best alternatives available right now is the Amovee French Press Travel Coffee Press Mug

It is less expensive than the K​OHIPRESS French Press covered in this review. But the outside unit is made of plastic, rather than stainless steel. Some customers who purchased this stated that they wished they had bought the metal version.

​Conclusion

​While there are plenty of alternatives out there to choose from, we conclude that a French Press is not just a French Press. In other words, they are not all created equal.

The KOHIPRESS original French press coffee maker and thermos is a great solution for the person who wants to have the rich, bold taste of freshly-brewed coffee without having to use a full-scale coffee brewing system.

Whether you're going camping, on a business trip, or hosting a meeting, this unit produces consistently good coffee that's easy to brew, drink, and clean up. Just pop the filter out and rinse it off and it's ready for the next use.

This is an excellent deal for the money and seems to stand as a high-end solution for mobile coffee brewing for busy people!