In case you don't know, I love Americanos. An Americano is simply hot water added to espresso, usually 1 shot per 8oz of water. For the past year or so I have stuck (mostly) to my pledge of not drinking coffee from a disposable cup. This means that if I am out and about and I want a cup of coffee but I don't have my own cup with me...I'm out of luck.
Each morning, I hand grind my own coffee beans (Blind Dog Coffee - a local fair trade, organic, coffee roaster.) and then use my French Press to make my morning cup of joe. I love making coffee this way because of the low energy impact...just enough to boil the water.
However, some mornings I really want an Americano but I have no way to make one at home. I really don't want to buy some huge power hungry machine so I've been searching for some sort of hand powered espresso maker...
The first espresso maker I found was the: Handpresso Handheld Portable Espresso Machine.
This seemed like a great little machine and I loved he fact that it was portable...hello camping espresso! The downside I found to this device is that you can't use your own espresso, you have to use those little espresso pods that just get thrown away... No thanks. Price is about $135 (price is in British pounds)
Then this morning I came across: the Presso Espresso Maker
While $150 is a bit much, I think it would pay for itself within the first year. Plus the whole thing is recyclable.