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Staresso Mini Staresso Mini
Staresso Mini 4.5

I don’t know where I’d be without my usual morning coffee to get me up and going. Actually, yes I do. Feeling tired and miserable and in need of a coffee! Usually what happens when I’m out and about and unable to use my usual grinder at home and it’s not a happy sight… So this thing is a bit of a godsend.

Firstly, it’s compact – about the size of a normal drinks can so it’s easily transportable and comes in a fairly durable case with a strap so it’s easy to attach to your belt or rucksack. The Mini extends when you want to use it to about the length of a normal drinks bottle (500 ml) and, after putting either your ground coffee or a coffee pod in (very handy if you’ve not got room for a manual grinder or don’t want to carry a bag of ground coffee around with you!) you can add either hot or cold water to make your coffee. Don’t get me wrong, this won’t heat your water for you (there are no electrical components in the Mini), you simply have a choice of a nice cold-brewed espresso or waiting for your kettle to boil. A fantastic option on those hot mornings in Summer where a cold hit of caffeine is far more refreshing, not to mention the time-saving! It only takes about a minute to pump the water through this device in to the cup lid and it comes out nice and frothy, just as a good espresso should be.

The interior is made from stainless steel and the exterior is silicon so has a nice feel to it as well as being resistant to slipping out of your hands. Cleaning it is also pretty straight-forward with a quick rinse after emptying being all that is usually needed. RRP £75

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A very portable, handy little espresso maker, ideal for camping on the go.
  • Quick and easy espresso
  • Small, easily transportable
  • Durable
  • Easy to clean
  • I prefer a larger mug of coffee usually so it’s a little small for me