Presso Expresso

By on July 23, 2017

The many variables that go into a good brew such as water pressure, temperature and the grind of the beans, could  ideally be found in a reliable and robust machine, with moving parts kept to a minimum. The Presso seems to hit it  with an  entirely mechanical design based on leverage that by-passes the reliability of  the  use of electric pumps   very common in regular espresso machines.

The key to a good espresso is for water ( not harsh steam) to be forced through the coffee to preserve the delicate flavor without burning it. The result is not over bitter and features the acclaimed fine ‘crema’ layer on the top. Typically this is done via an electric pump , with all the moving parts and  pressure of harsh steam through the coffee.

The mechanism can be compared to the ‘coffee plunger’ or ‘French press’ , having the difference  that instead of moving the grounds down through the water, Presso is similar in function to a commercial espresso machine. Heated water for “Presto” is drawn from an exterior source . There is no need for an  internal boiler – increasing the longevity of the machine since the boilers are prone to tainting over time .

Looking at Presso, it is hard to see what could fail or malfunction. You have to make use of hot water from elsewhere though. And the price is not  matching the elegant simplicity  of the machine- Presso is available in Australia as a single unit for AUD$240 or in a gift pack that includes a grinder and accessories for AUD$600.

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