A little while ago, I wrote an article about the best espresso makers.
I wrote about many different ones, from about $50 to $3,000 choices.
It’s no secret that I love the Minipresso, the most affordable and portable option for making real espresso.
This is seriously a handy espresso machine.
It’s very inexpensive, fun to learn and use, and makes great espresso, comparable to pretty much any other machine in quality.
I would give the Minipresso a rating of 8 out of 10.
Read on to see my full review!
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Pros & Cons
Let’s just into the pros and cons of this espresso maker… which are probably the most important things about it!
Here’s my list of pros and cons…
- Extremely inexpensive
- Makes delicious espresso
- Very portable
- Quick and easy use
- Can be finnicky
- Only makes one shot of espresso at a time (1 oz)
Let’s look at the good points about this thing first.
The first point about it is that in terms of coffee makers and espresso makers, it’s very inexpensive!
And who wouldn’t appreciate that!?
This is without a doubt the most inexpensive espresso maker you can find. It runs at around $50.
The cheapest semi-automatic espresso machine by DeLonghi or Breville would be about twice that much money, at least.
The Minipresso also makes delicious espresso!
It’s really comparable to any other machine you could use. I genuinely love the espresso that I make with it.
If you did a thorough taste test, you would probably find that semi-automatic machines make better espresso, sure.
But for what you get, I can almost guarantee you that you’ll be really happy with the quality of espresso that the Minipresso does.
I’ve taken this little handy machine to different countries on trips with zero hassle.
It’s small and easily portable.
And you hardly have to worry about it breaking or anything.
It’s so compact it would be very difficult to break it, especially if you keep the box it comes in.
It also comes with a bag you can put it in which is convenient.
I’d say that overall it’s a pretty quick and easy espresso maker to use.
You only have to grind out a little bit of espresso. It takes 30 seconds or less to brew the espresso, and the cleanup is generally very easy also.
This espresso brewer has almost all the pros you could ask for! But it’s definitely not perfect either.
Let’s look more at the cons of the Minipresso now…
First off, the thing can really be finnicky or tricky!
One thing I’ve noticed after using it several times is that if you don’t screw the bottom spout on very tightly and make sure it’s still tight right before you extract the espresso, it will loosen… which causes your espresso to come out more like weak coffee.
I usually end up pretty grumpy if this happens… because if you know me at all, you know I hate weak coffee!
The first time it happened to me, it was a bit frustrating.
Because if you go through the whole process only to watch your “espresso” come out weak and thin… I’m pretty sure you won’t be happy either.
So my brewer’s tip for the day is to make sure that every piece is on very tight and secure before you pump your espresso from the Minipesso!
There are about five pieces of this thing, and it takes a bit to learn, but it’s not to complicated and it’s pretty fun when you get it figured out.
The other bummer that I see about it is that it only makes a single shot of espresso at a time.
It’s not something that I think about very much though, because for me usually a single shot is enough.
But if you’re morning go-to is espresso and you need a lot of it, you’ll have to do a lot of work for Minipresso to satisfy your coffee craving.
Although, if you grind out enough coffee for a double shot… you can pretty quickly make two shots of espresso back to back with it! But that’s for another article.
The way I see it, the main negative aspect of Minipresso is that you have to be careful to make sure it’s secured on tight or else it won’t make good espresso.
Because of that, I couldn’t give this little guy a 9 out of 10 or 10 out of 10.
But other than that, it’s a wonderful little espresso powerhouse!
Practice, Practice, Practice
Ok the actual fact is, once you get the technique down, there really isn’t much room for variation or experimentation with Minipresso.
Maybe a little bit, but hardly at all.
But everything requires practice so you should really practice the art of espresso brewing with Minipresso.
I guess what I should’ve maybe written was Read. The. Instructions!
Since there’s about five pieces to this contraption, you need to read the instructions… trust me!
It would be super hard to figure out how to do it the right way without instructions.
But once you learn how to do it, it’s quick and easy.
You might not do it right the first time, but don’t worry you won’t waste too much coffee if you do.
I didn’t do it right the first time I tried it, but I didn’t read the directions very clearly.
So while I don’t always advise on thoroughly reading instructions… for this one I definitely do!
I Highly Recommend
I’m sure you get the point now, that I really recommend this espresso powerhouse!
This is a new player in the espresso game, having come onto the scene in about 2013.
But it’s such a handy espresso maker that makes such a fine shot of espresso, with 8 bar pressure, this is yet another thing I’d say you really can’t go wrong with!
Personally, I love making an espresso in the afternoon with the Minipresso, after I’ve already had my morning coffee… or two, or three.
But it’s great at any time of the day, and with a quick and easy brew and cleanup, the convenience factor is pretty good.
One more side note before we wrap up with this review…
In pictures you will see people pumping the hand pump with one hand.
While this may be possible for someone who has strong grip, I wouldn’t advise doing it with one hand!
It’s much easier with two hands and there’s no need to show off your grip strength.
I took a picture of myself using one hand to do it above in this article because I didn’t have anyone to take a picture for me!
I always use two hands when I use Minipresso, it’s safer and easier that way as there’s less risk of dropping it too.
So the bottom line is this: if you’re looking for a very inexpensive way to make great tasting espresso with a fun, portable machine, Minipresso is perfect for you!
I hope you love the Minipresso as much as I do, should you choose to purchase it! Espresso cheers!