The Handpresso Auto is a new portable, hand-held espresso machine that can be used in any vehicle with a cigarette lighter. To make espresso, the user plugs in the machine — shaped like a tumbler so it can fit into your car’s cup holder — to the car’s cigarette lighter.
Add water, an espresso pod, and press a button. The espresso then drips into a cup, and within 2 minutes completes the brew cycle. When your espresso is ready, you will hear three beeps. Be sure to have your cup ready.
Water is pumped through the grounds at 16 bars of pressure and the espresso is ready in two minutes.
You can also purchase a variety of different espresso packets, or “easy serving espresso pods,”which come in various brands, such as Illy and Lucaffe. The E.S.E. pods come in boxes 18 to 200 pods.
According to Catherine Nielsen, the company spokeswoman, no laws prohibit this kind of drinking and driving, but the company encourages users to stop their cars to sip on the espresso.
Catherine Nielsen is also the wife of Handpresso inventor Henrik Nielsen, who passed away three months ago, before this product hit the market.
Bloomberg reports the Handpresso Auto began selling in France last month for ¬149.
The first shipments go out in April, and the company will engage in a heavy promotional campaign at the Paris Motor Show in September.
As part of the company’s marketing strategy, samples have been distributed to cab drivers, who have so far received positive feedback from passengers.
Nielsen thinks it’s premature to say when the product will be released in the U.S. She claims feedback from online networks and social media spreads slower in France, and the company has actually received more inquiries from the U.S.
“I think the French will be just as interested in the product since they love espresso and drive cars a lot,”Nielsen says. “It’s just taking a little longer for that interest to manifest itself”
There’s also an outdoor version — Handpresso Outdoor Set — for picnics or camping trips, which is powered by a hand pump, and sold online for around $200.
That set comes with a black carrying case, four unbreakable cups, a thermo-insulated flask to hold the hot water, a domepod, and two small napkins.
The Outdoor set is made of thermo-formed EVA (Extreme Vibration Attenuation), designed to withstand 50psi. It includes everything you need.
Simply add hot water and your favorite espresso coffee to brew an espresso. An adjustable strap is included for carrying the Handpresso around to your destination.