The mypressi TWIST has been awarded the SCAA’s top product prize for the year, but would the average espresso drinker actually buy one?
Last weekend, the Specialty Coffee Association of America bestowed one of the highest honors in espresso and coffeemaker manufacturing on the mypressi TWIST – the 2009 Best New Product Award.
The mypressi TWIST is a portable espresso maker that’s small enough to fit in a purse, backpack, or briefcase and promises to deliver a delicious espresso anywhere you go via pre-filled pods and a pneumatic pressure system. According to the manufacturer, Espressi, Inc., the machine is capable of delivering a little over nine bars of pressure.
“The TWIST has exceeded expectations by consistently delivering espresso with ideal aroma, flavor, color and crema; all from a small one-pound machine,” creator and company CEO Stephen O’Brien said in a statement last week. “This really is the first quality espresso machine that allows you to say, ‘I’ll take it to go’. I invite any coffee connoisseur or barista to put the mypressi TWIST to the test.”
The company’s website says O’Brien came up with the idea for the portable machine while on his honeymoon. Espresso access was scarce and O’Brien dreamed up the concept as a way to rid himself of future dilemmas of this kind. Now O’Brien’s team is suggesting purchasing the machine to carry with you instead of spending time wondering where you’ll get your espresso when you’re out and about.
Just how bad do you need that espresso fix?
Many kudos to the people at Espressi on their accomplishment. There’s a similar product like this out on the market called the Handpresso, but that machine requires you to put muscle power behind it in order to strain out the shot (ouch). The mypressi TWIST powers its pneumatic system via pressurized air cartridges, so there’s no need to make like the Incredible Hulk.
The machine is expected to hit stores this fall and will retail for about $130.
I can definitely see one of these coming in handy if you travel a lot or want to drink espresso where it’s not readily accessible, like at a campground or when honeymooning in Bora Bora. But I think all of this begs a rather obvious question: would you really carry a portable espresso maker in your purse or briefcase to rid yourself of setting foot in a coffeehouse? Really? I’m not so sure I would. This gadget is awfully cool, but at $130, I think I’d rather put the same cash towards at-home machine and make it to go.
The contents of my purse are often the subject of curiosity among my family and friends as is, (Don’t ask me why I have a corkscrew or a floppy disk in there. You never know when you’re going to come across an old-school computer and want to drink wine around it.) so this would probably just make me the subject of more ridicule.
On the other hand, if you’re incredibly picky about your espresso and you know it, it might save you some frustration to have one of these lying around. Nonetheless, I would think that storing it in your car or desk at work might make more sense than carting it around everywhere.