May 15, 2009 Your life is stressful enough without having to wonder where your next shot of espresso is coming from. One sure-fire solution is to take it with you, and that's where the mypressi TWIST espresso maker from Espressi Inc. comes in. The portable device uses a unique pneumatic system that operates on common compressed gas cartridges and requires no external power so you can enjoy a fresh pull of go juice wherever you can find hot water.

The mypressi TWIST is less than a foot long and weighs about a pound, so it will easily fit in a backpack or briefcase.

To operate the device, insert a cartridge into the handle, fill the filter basket with ground coffee, and fill the upper chamber with hot water. Next pull the trigger to produce one or two shots of espresso.

Each espresso pull takes about 20 to 30 seconds. The pneumatic extraction system has been tuned to provide a precise 135 psi (about 9 bars) of pressure. The consistent pressure is the key to delivering espresso with the ideal aroma, color, flavor, and crema.

The compressed gas cartridges are available from kitchen stores or from Espressi. Each cartridge is recyclable, and good for brewing about four double shots or eight single shots.

In addition to fresh ground coffee, the TWIST can also accept Easy Serving Espresso (ESE) pods using an optional adapter.

The TWIST is designed to be easy to clean and is dishwasher safe. It is expected to hit store shelves this fall and sell for approximately USD$129.

The Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) recently awarded the mypressi TWIST the 2009 “Best New Product” Award.

Further information see the mypressi site.

Alan Brandon