With summer in full swing, now is the perfect time to go camping. When I was younger, it was a tradition in my family to go find a spot in the middle of nowhere, try desperately to set up a tent before it rains, and eat charred food that even squirrels wouldn't touch. Then in the morning we would rise from our piles of nylon and sit around the campfire sipping coffee that had the consistency of tar. Now that I've reached the age where I'm ready to take my family into the woods against their wishes, I feel a duty to give our camping trips a bit more class. Imagine waking up to the delicious taste of a cappuccino instead of drinking a substance you could use to patch tires. My friends, I introduce the Handpresso.
While it may seem like another needless gadget to a coffee lover, the Handpresso is an answered prayer. With its size, portability, and ease of use, you can literally get your caffeine fix anywhere you go. Going on a picnic? Have a mocha! Sitting in your cubicle? How about an americano? Car broken down on the side of the road? Why not sip on a latte? All you need is hot water and one of the E.S.E pods, or Easy Serving Espresso, which are relatively easy to find in your local grocery store. Use the pump and build up pressure, pour in hot water into the 50 milliliter reservoir, and with the push of a button you're ready to partake in some delicious java.
The only downside to the Handpresso is the price. While the company is selling convenience and the ability to take your coffee literally anywhere, the fairly steep price of $150 may convince a few people to keep going to Starbucks. However, if you're desperate to sit at the Grand Canyon sipping on espresso and nibbling on biscotti, this might be the ideal Christmas gift.