Espresso without a pump

Making espresso can be hazardous to your health, but Capresso's Mini-S Espresso Machine takes the danger out of your morning brew.

Making espresso can be a dangerous undertaking, made only more so by a groggy home-barista who must figure out the bells and whistles of his espresso machine before he has caffeine in his system by definition. While the Capresso Mini-S Espresso Machine can't keep you from pouring hot coffee on yourself, it does eliminate some of the other dangers of home-brewed espresso. Rather than forcing you to figure out a pump mechanism while still half-asleep, the Mini-S uses steam pressure to make espresso. The Mini-S uses the steam boiler principle: it heats up water and forces the water through a filter holder to brew espresso in the carafe. Steam collects in the boiler while you switch to frothing milk. The steam then finishes the brewing process. The boiler cap has a built in safety valve and the carafe is made from dishwasher safe glass. The Mini-S is easy to use and easy to clean, making it a good choice for anyone ready to kick the Starbucks habit. I've seen much more expensive espresso makers. The Mini-S retails for $59.99. It practically pays for itself if you make espresso at home for a month, rather than going by the coffee shop every morning.

The Mini-S Capresso

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    Thursday Bram is a freelance journalist of over five years experience. She has worked in real estate and property management, learning the hard way the difference between the appliances that people like and the appliances that actually work in a home. Thursday currently lives in Maryland.

     

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