Itâ€™s 8:45 a.m. and youâ€™re just getting into your car to leave for work. Thereâ€™s no time for coffeeâ€”but youâ€™ve never needed it more. A new espresso machine that plugs into a carâ€™s cigarette lighter socket aims to give French drivers a cup of espresso wherever they are.
The Handpresso Auto is the newest addition to Fontainebleau-based Handpressoâ€™s line of portable, hand-held espresso makers. Users plug the machine, about the size of a flashlight, into a cigarette lighter, add water, pop in a pod of espresso grounds (any brand is fine), and press a button. Water is pumped through the grounds at 16 bars of pressureâ€”nine bars is typically considered the minimumâ€”and the drink is ready in two minutes (click to see a video).
The invention frees caffeine lovers from the tyranny of the clunky, immobile espresso machine. The company draws its unofficial motto, â€œLibertÃ©, qualitÃ©, mobilitÃ©â€ from the French Revolution slogan, â€œLibertÃ©, Ã©galitÃ©, fraternitÃ©.â€