The Hand-Powered, Portable Espresso Machine
Are you the kind of person who can't go anywhere or do anything remotely worthwhile without guzzling some caffeine? Does it interfere with your productivity to step out every few hours for a shot of espresso or four? Maybe cut back a little? Or don't. Whatever. It's your life. Either way, you're going to want this hand-powered espresso machine so you can pour yourself a shot anywhere, anytime.
Designed with day hikers and travelers in mind, it weighs less than a pound and stands just about as tall as a standard Thermos, so you can't blame its bulk for your lagging. In fact, you shouldn't be lagging at all when armed with this thing in the first place; it's a machine whose sole purpose is to make something that gives you energy.
To use it, fill the canister with roughly 2.5 ounces of water, pour a quarter-ounce of grounds into the designated capsule, twist it (sealed), and pump the built-in piston. This helps create the crema-topped coffee at 116psi. To get a standard shot of espresso you'll want to push it at least 18 times, and let it drip into the cap, which doubles as a cup.
You may want to apologize to your jittery nerves, and everyone around you, in advance.
Joe McGauley is a senior editor at Supercompressor currently tweaking on a single cup of iced coffee. He's sensitive.