This works so well for camping for a quick coffee craving! Took this camping over the weekend and used it few times at the office. Depending on the grinds you use, its good for a light single espresso shot or if you reuse the same grinds and purge three capfuls of water through the filter, you'll get a full cup of coffee. Works great without lugging a glass press around in your backpacking or camp gear! Some folks probably won't like having to pump and "work" this much for coffee, but convenience in form factor and size are the strongest attributes this unit has to offer. Easy to clean and store away with the retractable priming handle.
I just need to express how obsessed I am with this espresso machine. I was so sick of either buying terrible coffee at dunkin or starbucks or over paying at local coffee shops. This has saved me from late nights, early mornings and mid-day sleepies at work. I recommend this to anyone who is a bit of a coffee snob or just doesn't feel like paying for over priced joe everyday. This would also just be a cool gift to a coffee lover for sure.
My husband got hooked on lattes and frappes last year and was spending a fortune on them every day. He always bought at least two per day, and it was adding up quick. I finally bought an espresso machine for the house, and while it made a huge difference, he was still buying a drink during the workday. Then I found this brilliant little device. It's perfect for espresso on the go because its completely manually operated. No need for an outlet, or even batteries. As long as you have access to hot water, you can make a perfect espresso shot. Two very enthusiastic thumbs up!