Barsetto Portable Espresso Maker: QUICK OVERVIEW
Value for Money
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What We Like
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Traditional espresso machines take a lot of space, break easily, and are almost impossible to take with you. And when traveling or camping, it can be challenging to find a power source.
Rather than going without your daily espresso, portable machines offer a convenient alternative.
A higher-end, manual espresso machine, the Tripresso Portable Espresso Maker comes from the well-known Italian manufacturer Barsetto. It boasts a compact design and convenient mechanism for a quick cup of espresso on the go.
We decided to see if it lives up to the hype and how it compares to other portable machines.
Barsetto Tripresso Portable Espresso Maker Review
Portable espresso machines come in several styles and brands, but they all tend to be compact, durable, and easy to take with you.
The Barsetto Tripresso Portable Espresso Maker is an excellent example of products in this category. It takes up very little space, but it's quick to use and easy to clean.
The most valuable benefit of the Tripresso is convenience. It works with K-Cups or reusable K-cup coffee filters and hot or cold water. And it only takes eight to fifteen presses to make a cup.
Who Is This Product For?
Dedicated coffee drinkers will enjoy the Barsetto Tripresso maker. Since it doesn't require electricity, it's an excellent option for those who spend a lot of time in hotels. And avid hikers and campers will like it for its light weight and small size.
Because it's compact and self-contained, people with small kitchens or minimal office space will also like the Tripresso Espresso Maker.
You can make a cup of espresso, Americano, or iced coffee in minutes. It's also small enough to tuck away in your bag, larger desk drawer, or cupboard when not in use.
Coming in at just under 9" tall and 1.5 lbs, the Tripresso comes with:
- a snap lid
- powder cup for measuring grounds
- a set of instructions
- an extra seal ring
Overview of Features
Barsetto's Tripresso has several notable features.
Its super-light body holds just under three ounces of water, but the cup holds up to four ounces. The larger cup size means there is enough space to add water for an Americano, cream, and sugar.
Contaminants from the coffee beans and water tend to give espresso an oily feel. Sometimes, the coffee may even get an odd taste or odor. The Tripresso espresso machine has a built-in micropore filter to get rid of all that, so the coffee comes out clean and pure.
The cup included with the Barsetto machine is BPA-free and insulated, so you won't have to bring extra travel mugs with you. The lid snaps onto the cup to prevent spills. And when you don't need it, you can clip the cover onto the bottom of the machine, so it doesn't get lost.
Perhaps the Tripresso's best feature is its pump mechanism. Some manual machines require a lot of strength and effort to make a small amount of espresso. This portable machine takes less than two minutes and under fifteen pumps of the plunger to get a nice, warm drink.
How to Use
To use the Barsetto portable espresso maker, remove the bottom, pop in a K-Cup or a reusable K-Cup filter, and fill the water tank to the fill line.
Then, close everything up and press the top plunger to make the espresso.
Add cream, sugar, or whatever you like in your espresso to the cup, rinse off the machine, and enjoy your drink.
The Staresso portable espresso maker works in much the same way as the Barsetto portable machine.
The Staresso sports a slightly different look and is somewhat lighter, but it makes the same amount of coffee. Instead of K-Cups the Staresso uses Nespresso coffee capsules and should only be used with Nespresso brand drinks.
To make espresso or other coffee drinks, you'll need to give the Staresso machine a few extra pumps to make a coffee drink, but it does require the same amount of pressure. And while the Barsetto machine works with cold water, the Staresso espresso maker does not. It does froth milk, however.
Anyone who travels or camps a lot or those who enjoy the occasional espresso at the office will appreciate the Barsetto Tripresso Portable Espresso Maker.
The Barsetto is easy to pack up and use because it is light, easy to clean and compact. And when you're not using it, it won't take up a ton of cupboard space.
The Barsetto is one of the more expensive models on the market currently.
However, the maker's solid construction and Barsetto's extensive history in the coffee maker industry justifies the extra few dollars relative to the cheaper entrants in the market with little history in the industry. The ability to make an espresso when and how you want is worth it, too.