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Handheld espresso machine

A company in Hong Kong is planning to release a handheld espresso machine called the Minipresso. It’s about the size of a small Thermos and has a built-in hand pump and a small cup. It’s sort of like a handheld version of a manual pump espresso machine.

But unlike most espresso machines the Minipresso has no water heater, so you’ll need an electric kettle or a stove top boiler.

At least in theory the Minipresso seems like it might be a good solution for traveling or camping without decaffeinating. Until the device is released and the reviews come in we won’t know for certain, but innovation in espresso technology is always welcome.

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Espresso… in space!

Until recently, getting a good shot of espresso wasn’t possible for astronauts. Now that’s changed — astronauts on the International Space Station will soon have a custom-made Lavazza “ISSpresso” machine.

It’s essentially your typical pod-based espresso machine, but with a key difference: it’s designed to work without gravity. Water is fed in from a special pouch, and the resulting espresso is squeezed into a different pouch. Astronauts drink it through a straw.

While this may not be the ideal espresso experience, it’s a step in the right direction for our poor uncaffeinated astronauts.

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How the AeroPress was created

If you’ve looked at coffee equipment in the past few years, you’ve probably seen the AeroPress. It’s a simple plastic plunger — a little bit like a French press — that’s gained acclaim as a quick, easy method to make surprisingly good coffee. Recently FastCompany interviewed AeroPress’ creator Alan Adlter about how he invented the device.

His key revelation? That you want your coffee to brew quickly:

I wanted to experiment with a much quicker process, and I got the idea of building what became the AeroPress. By applying air pressure, it took the brew time to below a minute.

What’s interesting to me is how similar this is to the idea behind espresso; less time for the coffee and water to mingle means a less bitter cup of coffee.

You might also recognize Adler as the guy who invented the Aerobie flying disk toy.

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Slow motion video of an espresso shot

YouTube user skunkay posted this video of an espresso extraction with a naked portafilter. It’s the most amazing espresso food porn I’ve ever seen.

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3d latte art

Slate Video reports on a latte artist who does detailed 3d artwork, including renderings of customer’s pets. Sound adorable? It is. Perhaps unsurprisingly, this type of artwork originates from Japan.

Seriously, go watch the video now. You won’t regret it.

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