Update: I wrote this review a while ago and, while the machine itself is still fine, when I left Seoul I must've left the scoop needed to use it behind. I contacted the company about getting a replacement and all was fine until they quoted me $15USD for postage from Hong Kong to Tokyo! The scoop is tiny. There is no way it'd cost that much to post it. There was an extra you could buy for it and I asked if I bought that, would they post the scoop with it but they said no, because they are in different warehouses. Because the gadget is useless without the scoop, I've asked them to send it to my sister in Hong Kong. The postage is still overpriced but not as bad.
Poor customer service, turning a very satisfied customer who has recommended their product to a heap of people into a very unsatisfied one.
I'm not a person who loves gadgets, mostly I think they are a waste of time and money, but I am a person who loves coffee so when I saw the Minipresso on the internet, I figured this was one gadget that was worth the space in my luggage.
I'm the kind of person who needs a coffee just to get to the coffee shop. Maybe I could live without coffee but who would want to?
In fact, one of the hardships of travel is not always having access to good coffee.
I got mine and tested it tonight. It's as easy to use as the website says. The shot of coffee is on the small side but the taste is definitely up to par. The clean up is pretty easy although the coffee section needs to cool a bit first.
It makes a very drinkable cup of coffee. I'm not down with all that hipster coffee talk but I really enjoyed the taste and strength. Of course, the taste will vary with the type of beans used etc but I just grabbed some ground coffee from the supermarket shelf so I could test it out and I was happy with that.
Because it's all pump action, it'd work well for hiking or camping so long as you have access to boiling water. It doesn't take up much space and is lightweight.
The downside - because of the shape of the thing, when my bag gets x-rayed at the airport, I'm going to look like I have a whopping great dildo in there. But that's a small price to pay for easy access to my morning coffee.
Note: because I prefer my coffee white, I just heated a shot of milk in the microwave and added it. That worked for me and was as good as you can get with the milk available in Japan. Seriously, I once left a carton of milk in the fridge here for a couple of month and forgot about it. When I tipped it out, it wasn't even lumpy! God knows what they put in it so that it doesn't go off but it always tastes a bit waxy to me.