Portable and easy to use espresso machines are all the rage, and the MyPressi Twist is the latest in this growing category of single serve coffee and espresso. The folks behind MyPressi Twist lent us one for just over a week to try and use for this review. It's very much like the Handpresso, except it uses N02 cartridges instead of a built in pump. We've been big users of our Handpresso over the past year, and having seen the MyPressi was hoping for an improvement over the Handpresso or perhaps something different that it would offer. What did we find?
The MyPressi is on the left and the Handpresso is on the right.
The MyPressi is much heavier and larger.
What we found compared to the Handpresso is a much more complicated device that essentially does the same job. There are 5x the amount of parts and things to make the same shot of espresso and the Handpresso is much lighter and more environmentally friendly requiring only a little muscle to pump it versus using NO2 cartridges in the MyPressi Twist - but more on that later.
We've just gotten word of a new espresso pod from the people at Podhead.com. We love their coffee pods and have also tried many of their espresso pods. The new espresso pod concept - CAFresso. Podhead.com claims the espresso is a little more coffee than espresso - something in between. These 8 gram espresso pods won't work in your single serve coffee pod brewer, but they will work in any E.S.E. certified espresso maker like the FrancisFrancis!. E.S.E. Pods are typically 7 grams, but it looks like they've taken the design of their 44mm coffee pods that originally were designed for the Melitta One:One and added the 8th gram.
Espresso. Yes - espresso. Over the past year each day more and more we love you espresso. When we first started this crazy single serve coffee gig we had no idea how much a part of our life you would become. We're amazed at the shear variety and quality of espresso pods. We shouldn't really be that amazed (the espresso pod came well before the coffee pod) but we continue to find top quality espresso pods like the ones from Hausbrandt USA.
These espresso pods that fit in most E.S.E. (easy serving espresso) machines are superb. The taste of all the espresso we had from them was nothing short of amazing. The coffees all have a rich unique flavor, and we especially liked their Brasil Santos espresso pods.
We've been enjoying the new line up of ESE espresso pods from Baronet Coffee. Baronet was kind enough to send us a sampling of their Light, Dark, and DECAF espresso pods along with a Grimac ESE Pod machine for testing. We can't thank them enough.
If you aren't familiar with ESE Pods, they are not coffee pods. ESE pods are a smaller pod, and are used for making espresso shots only. ESE Pods will not fit in your Home Cafe, Senseo or Bunn. They will however fit in any ESE espresso pod machine. We reviewed the FrancisFrancis! recently, and it used ESE pods and we feel a good choice for a starting espresso machine.
Unlike coffee pods, ESE is an actual standard. They are all sized the same and fit in any ESE espresso machine. Imagine if the coffee pod market actually used a standard 10 gram, 62 mm pod and you knew you could use any coffee pod in any machine? Wild.
The Baronet Light, Dark, and Decaf ESE pods are very good. We really enjoyed the Dark roast over the light roast, and found the DECAF pod to have a good flavor despite being decaf.
We like to have our shots of espresso "ristretto" style. So we tend to use a little less water and try to get the most crema we can into the cup. Each of the Baronet espresso pods had a nice full crema and passed the dreaded sugar test - sugar staying on top of the crema for 3-4 seconds and then falling into the hot water.
We are really enjoying a shot of espresso about mid day and then following up with a nice cup of single serve coffee in the late afternoon. Great stuff and we recommend trying out the Baronet Espresso pods if you have an ESE machine.
It's also important to note: E.S.E. Espresso Pods work in E.S.E. espresso machines. E.S.E. pods will not work in your Home Cafe, Senseo, or Bunn My Cafe. However, if you love the ease of use that your Single Serve Coffee machine has provided you, then moving into the world of espresso via the E.S.E. pod is the way to go.
I have in the past tried to get into espresso and found it too time consuming, too difficult to get right every time, and most of all - MESSY. With the E.S.E. pods this goes away, and making espresso is as easy as brewing a cup of single serve coffee.
Starbucks has finally put out some coffee pods, but I'm pretty sure these are espresso pods, and not meant to be used with your Home Cafe or Senseo type pod machines. I'll see if I can get a sample of these and find out. If they are ESE or espresso pods, I'll have to fire up the Francis Francis and see how they taste. Thanks to Joe for sending in this news tip!
Update: Indeed these are Espresso Pods and not for use with Home Cafe or Senseo. I will review these in the upcoming weeks with the Francis Francis machine or another one of the Espresso Pod machines that are coming in for review. Thanks to everyone writing in to let me know what these pods will fit in.
Everyone at Single Serve Coffee.com is excited about branching out a little into the Espresso Pods that are coming from Italy and being made right here in the US. After doing a little Googling - we came across Espresso Tiamo. They've got just about everything you could imagine imported from Italy in the Espresso Pod area of Single Serve Coffee. We've requested some samples of the various imported Espresso pods they carry, and will be reviewing whatever they send us in the upcoming weeks ahead.
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