Handpresso Auto takes quality coffee on the road


March 26, 2012

Handpresso Auto lets you brew espresso in the comfort of your car

Handpresso Auto lets you brew espresso in the comfort of your car

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Imagine the convenience of brewing a creamy, steaming cup of espresso right in your car and you'll get a sense for the impetus behind the latest creation from Handpresso. The company has added to its range of mobile espresso machines with the Handpresso Auto, a well-designed in-car gadget which is designed to turn just about anyone into a mobile barista.

Weighing in at just under a kilo (880g/1.94 lbs) the Handpresso Auto looks a little like a water bottle you'd carry on a bicycle but the similarity ends there. Powered by 12V DC from the nearest cigarette lighter (it draws 140 watts), you add 1.79 ounces (53ml) of water, a circular E.S.E. (easy serving espresso) 'pod' of coffee grounds, screw on the lid and in two minutes, with steam driven at 232 psi (16 bars), you'll have your fix.

Doubtless the urge to make a cup while on the roll is an exciting prospect, but, as the video below suggests, brew responsibly and pull over safely before firing it up. Of course, if you're gridlocked, you might just be able to make a few bucks selling shots to your fellow prisoners!

The Handpresso Auto costs €149 (around US$200).

Source: Handpresso

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What is that doing on this site? It looks like some useless item Quirky would stick together.

The Hoff

Uhhhhhh coffee drugs - I need my FIX.....

I know - A box caterers box of chocolate, a few liters of milk and 50 packets of No-Doz....

"Munch, Munch, Munch....."

(said at 400 words a minute)

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So why go to the effort of brewing coffee in the car?

Mr Stiffy

I can simply imagine how this gadget would change the scenario of being badly stuck in traffic: you prepare yourself and enjoy a fresh cup of espresso with your pastrami sandwich while all the other drivers just stare and drool.... Better yet....brew some peruvian Tunki coffee on it! Heaven on earth.....

Charlie Channels

So, their market is people with lots of disposable income, who really like coffee, and are living out of their cars?

Jon A.

Sorry about my previous comment i was ranting cos i hadnt had my espresso fix so i ran out to my car and nearly burst into tears cos my car dont make espresso. But im ok now. I nearly set my car on fire cos of its inability to do something simple like make a teeny tiny cup of espresso. Is that too much to ask? No im really ok no really twitch squirrel! twitch now if it had some other use like a function for cleaning up spilt espresso from upholstery or i dont know some amazing function like a torch then maybe i would still not buy it. This is akin to spray on mud for 4x4 owners.


uh huh...we don't have enough trouble with people eating drinking and texting while driving, let's enable them to prepare complex coffee beverages at 60+mph! Uh huh, I know, it says "pull over to make your coffee" and I'm sure EVERYBODY will be so responsible.

Bryan Paschke

Wait! Wait! let me put you on hold while I make a cup of coffee, then you can tell me the rest of your story.... What about the poor people who take the bus or BART?

Do we really need another gadget in the car? Have you seen the world from the seat of a pilot, plane, jet, helicopter, motor cycle, or green bicycle?

Theadore J Stone

"I didn't see him, your Honor, I was brewing a coffee because I know of the dangers of driving while being sleepy " ..... Here we go with another distraction to the FULL TIME job of driving a vehicle !


I wonder if the world is ready for the CarShower © ?


I think these are pretty cool. I see you can buy them online but are they available in the States yet?

Alfred Moya

I'm pretty sure you are supposed to pull over and make the coffee.

Zune Max
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