And it broke again...
I suspect it may actually have something to do with the pin getting rotated and twisted, causing more tension and pressure requirements. Not quite sure how to resolve this other than to use it without the pin at all. It will occur everytime I take it apart for cleaning...
what i am observing lately myself is if you are grinding to very fine espresso powder, you need to use a paper filter to prevent clogging. If you are using Hario hand grinder, 3 clicks from the finest settings gave me quite decent results.
Hi everyone, let me answer few questions here:
1- Non-pressurized mode : You should keep the spring in position. It's the small rubber ball slot inside the spring that must be removed.
2- No coffee out : There is two possibilities
a) the inlet valve (orange cross) get stuck so it won't let water going inside the pumping system. As suggested, try to push it down.
b) the coffee grind you are using is too fine, so the inner pressure is too high and our safety valve redirect water into the water tank. Try to use coarser grind to lower the inner pressure.
If a) and b) don't fix anything (no coffee out) so please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a replacement.
I hope those answers will help some of you.
Have a nice day.
I’ve taken the spring out permenately to use it unpressurised - I’ll put the spring back and remove the ball! FYI I contacted wacaco and asked how to unpressurise and their instructions weren’t very clear
Yeah, support told me to fiddle with the + valve bit and pump water through it until it came good. Spent 30mins pumping water through to no avail, so i returned it for warranty (to Mountain Designs). 3 weeks later there was no reply from the distro so i just requested a refund.
Originally Posted by HappyDaisy
While it is cool im not sure its reliable enough for my purposes.
Update: Kicked in and has been working over the Christmas break. The Australian distributer got in contact fairly quickly and shipped a replacement straight to me.
Since it started working I just Returned to Sender the package unopened.
I ordered and received the barista kit and I must say, it is much more forgiving. 16g baskets make a huge difference, and the extra insert to make everything fit makes it easier to unscrew if you fasten it all too tight.
First post after months of lurking.
I travel a lot. Have been using the Handpresso (original model) for a few years... makes a better coffee with ESE pods than vast majority of coffees available in the remote and rural places I visit for work. But I'm currently in Alice Springs with the Nanopresso - with the pod adapter. I'm seeking advice on what I know will be a compromise between taste and what's practically achievable/locally available.
I've been drinking piccolos made with a variety of pods... have had to put a few small holes in the smaller cone shaped end of some of them before brewing - because the pods are too short or made of material too hard for the spikes on the pod adaptor to do it. The results are passable - better than coffees I've tasted in town and better than ground supermarket coffee. Am particularly happy with some pods made by a mob in Melbourne who use compostible capsules and seem to get their pods out to you relatively fresh - please don't flame me, I'm a newbie
I've found some locally roasted beans in a local cafe and keen to give them a go in the Nanopresso. But I can't find a decent hand grinder locally - already have a Hario Skerton at home and will bring it with me in future. So I'm considering the very cheap electric grinders available in the local stores (blades). I know that neither will approach the quality of coffee brewed with recently roasted beans ground with a quality grinder immediately before brewing. But I wonder if people think that I can do better with a crap grinder and good beans than I can with pods.
Last edited by Bushtocup; 14th January 2018 at 05:04 PM.
I would think that a blade grinder may end up pulverising it too fine. Which would make it very easy to choke the device
Hi guys. A work colleague got a minipresso for xmas and i've had the opportunity to try it out at work the last few nights. I had been thinking of getting one to use while camping but the online video's and reviews weren't quite getting me over the line.
Having now used it, i was quite impressed with it and have now ordered a nanopresso (flybuys points) of my own for use while camping.
The only thing is it only comes standard with one basket, so i'd like to buy the barista kit that is available for it.
For those that have this kit, where did you buy it from? I'm in adelaide, so is there any local shops that may have it, or is it an online only proposition? I notice wacaco don't have an australian warehouse so not keen on getting it shipped from the US. Probably wouldn't arrive soon enough. hoping to use it over easter.
Have a look at the Staresso over the minipresso or nanopresso.
Makes a much better coffee as the basket is bigger and the design means that it is more user friendly as well as all parts replaceable fairly cheaply.
I had a few days to play with all these types and the Staresso wins hands down for me. It even compared we’ll to a shot off the La Marzocco PB Linea at work
ok, so my nanopresso arrived and within very short time it now appears to have a similar problem to others on here. The piston pump doesn't pop all the way out after being pushed in. Therefore, due to not having the full stroke available, it doesn't build any pressure. Is this the same problem that others mentioned? If i manually pull the handle out all the way each time, then it still produces a drink, but its certainly not as user friendly if you have to pull and push, rather than just have it spring out by itself.
Does this sound like the pressure relief valve stuck open like others had or a different problem? I've sent an email to Wacaco but no reply yet. Nanopresso is less than a week old. Barista kit is on order.
I was going to order one of these to try but these reports aren't instilling me with confidence...
Just spent Easter camping and my new one worked perfectly.
I have no problem recommending it still despite the issues with the first one. Wacaco customer service is the best I've experienced.
Having said that someone brought this to my attention which looks pretty good
Hi there, I am new to the forum but have used the MiniPresso and NanoPresso NS a lot. My Nespresso pods keep bursting (the foil side) and flooding the coffee with granules; is this happening to anyone else? It happens about 50% of the time - very frustrating. Any ideas guru's. Hugo?
Sorry, I use coffee grinds with mine.
I bought the nanopresso + barista kit recently as I was tired of pour-overs working away, they are messy and they use a lot of coffee. I also upgraded to a Lume portable electric grinder, which I dind't know existed before I bought this, also a fantastic bit of kit. This is my first portable espresso maker, I got mine from alternative brewing. The quality of the shots are on par with my home machine, I'm still on the learning curve so it's not yet the same reliability per shot as my home machine! The barista kit has very clear instructions on how to remove the plug from the spring.
My one critisim of this product is the sealing arrangement could be improved. I've had several shots ruined by the seal blowing out... the coffee gets forces around the back of the seal. I would have thought a simple O-Ring piston seal would have been better. Once I meticulously cleaned the sealing surfaces and put the seal back in, loosened the grind off slightly I got the below result in the yellow cup... superb.
Happy camper... well happy worker in this case.
No coffee no workee
Whatís the Lume like? From a couple of videos Iíve seen it seems to be really slow when grinding for espresso.
Originally Posted by Jitsukablue
I'm very impressed with the Lume, it's put together well and well designed. It even grinds directly into the nanopresso basket (without the normal container attached). I guess the time is relative. The nanopresso 16g basked grind is coarser than my espresso machine but has a great result. I guess it takes a little bit longer than a hand grinder, but you don't have to do the grinding or watch it! I normally press the button and walk away to clean / preheat, then I press the button again whilst I do work. Great battery life, no larger than a hand grinder without the awkward handle getting in the way, unattaching / reattaching the handle, handles breaking etc. Wouldn't hesitate to recommending it. The grind settings are also very nicely done, fine controls.
Originally Posted by LeroyC
So, whatís the point of taking out the ďballĒ from the Nanopresso spring thing? All it did was depressurize (sorry, American) the chamber and turn it into a drip machine? Absolutely no thickness and no crema meaning it tasted like garbage. Iíve had a great go of my Nanopresso for the past two weeks after upgrading from the Minipresso which was faulty. They were cool about sending me a brand new minipresso but I just sold it and used the money to upgrade. I havenít really found a good source of tips on how to get the best results from the Nanopresso.
All Iíve seen are the following tips:
1: preheat by running hot water through it once or twice
2: use freshly grinds
3: pump ďonce per secondĒ
I have questions with 2&3... how fine the grind? And how hard to tamp?? Iíve heard not a powder grind and tamp harder for finer grind. Also ďonce per secondĒ seems super ambiguous. Iím a musician and know exactly how fast 60 beats per minute is (my reference is the measure count for Carol of the Bells) and that seems a little quick cause Iíve heard to pump at a speed to get a trickle of coffee. Once per second seems to just let the last 6-7 pumps turn blonde as all hell. ALSO, do you stop pumping when the color turns too blonde? It seems like itís just watery coffee at the end of the pump. Related note on that, do you even fill the water reservoir to the inner line or do you compensate for the blonde by not filling it all the way? Any help would be great on this... also my pump seems to not want to eject all the way now, does Wacaco need to replace another unit?
how familiar are you with espresso making with an espresso machine? the nanapresso is the same principle. If its pouring too slow, or too much resistance, you need to go a bit more coarse with the grind. if its coming out too fast, then grind finer. its something you have to work out for your particular beans.
Originally Posted by Ozerb83
If you are using pre ground coffee, then don't remove the little rubber stopper. you need that in there to mimic a pressurized basket.
as for how much to pump, you still only want about 30ml, so just stop pumping when it blondes or when you have the desired amount. I normally use the remainder to flush the unit, after I have removed the spent grinds from the basket.
I pump at 1 pump per second as my fastest speed. sometimes slower. it depends on the grind. if you try to force it too much, the over pressure valve opens and it just sends the water back to the reservoir.
finally, if your pump is not springing back out properly, it is faulty. my first one did this. I contacted wacaco and they promptly sent me a new one, no questions asked. service was excellent.
I got a good result by putting in 12 g into the 16g basket at a finer grind than normal.
It clogged initially, so I swirled it around and gave the coffee time to infuse.
After that it came out easily and tasted better than normal.
Hello, I'm a new user here and a new Nanopresso user too. Got it last week with the barista kit and have only used the barista kit 3 times. I found it really difficult to pack more than 15g of coffee into the double basket. This I think I can fix by changing the grind size. But I also found the water tank to be insecure. It got no screw so I have sometimes got hot water on my hands when I flip it around to push. Do you have anyway to ensure it doesn't broke loose?
I bought the barista kit but I found it too hard to get a good pour from the double basket. If I want a double shot I just use 2 normal baskets, one after the other. Most times I just use one normal basket and use less milk.
Never had an issue with the water tank not securing properly. There is plastic lugs that lock it in so it should 'screw' in about a quarter turn.
My water tanks all screw on tight.
I can't get the full 16 g in the "double" basket. But it tastes pretty good. For me at least, it's much easier than doing two singles even if it might have a bit less coffee.
Now I knew what I got wrong. You're suppose to put the unit above the water tank then turn to lock, but I didn't turn it... Got me to burn myself several times to get it.
I have another question regarding the pressurized pin. I haven't use a device with a pressurized filter, but I think what it does is to increase the pressure to get the best out of coarser ground coffee, so finer ground doesn't need pressurized filter. But with the Nanopresso, when I use finer grind and WITHOUT the pin the pressure is too high, I can barely get coffee to come out. Tried with coarser grind and WITH the pin, seems to work great. Did you guys have the same experience?
My experience is that the best grind, with the pin (valve) in, is a bit coarser than I'd use for espresso.
I'll try without the valve next time I travel. But there's advice, earlier on this thread, from the designer - about taking the valve out. Fairly sure they say that the required grind is finer, but that it's tricky to get it just right.
Have you tried somewhere in between coarse and fine?
I use a Hario MSS-1 grinder, i have it set to 5/6 clicks.
I load the basket up, and pressure is a bit more than i would use in my machine at home.
I use the Nano-Presso and these settings seem to do a good shot. Still a little weak but the beans i'm using are not meant to smack you in the face, they are roasted for full flavor and easy drinking.
Beans are never more than 2 weeks old so they are in their prime.
Hope that helps you guys a little.
I am not coffee snob at all but have at least 6 different ways to make coffee here. I'm failry new to espresso, have tried several types of espresso makers without any impressive results. I recently got the Nanopresso, it rocks!
I'm using a Barataza Encore burr grinder on setting of 20 and the larger brista basket. That seems to be the sweet combination for me.
I have had problems with the pump handle sticking in the in position, called the company for help and all I got was question after question about how i was using the product. Has anyone else had problems with the pump not coming back out? If so how did you remedy that?
And wht's withh all the replies talking about removing the spring and ball? What's the benifit with that?
I had problems with the pump handle sticking in. Contacted wacaco and they had a new one sent out.
The rubber 'ball' simulates a pressurized basket. If your coffee is freshly ground, you don't need a pressurized basket.
I havethe nanopresso, barista kit and nespresso adapter and love it for use at work and camping. What I am finding though is it seems to be hard to buy individual parts. With the barista kit you get a nice little tamper tool. I lost mine and can't seem to get one. I emailed wacaco and they advised they don't have the past but will 'look around' for one. I haven't heard back since. Hugo if you're still around can you help out please. This is the only negative I find with the product after 6months of use.
I use mine with a hario hand grinder FYI. Works s treat andis quite the show at work!
Looks like a good product to replace my aging Handpresso, but I'm a bit concerned about all the reports about seal problems. Is it still an issue with recent batches? If so then maybe I should wait for their next version (Picopresso?)
I used a handpresso on my frequent work trips for many years. Was very happy with it
Now using a nanopresso and enjoying better coffee... I'm drinking one right now!
I'm guessing I've made about 100 coffees with it. Have no problems with the seals. Only time I had leakage was when I took out the pressure valve, ground too fine and it choked.
The Flair Espresso is even better. But more expensive and not as compact.
I'm not interested in the barista kit because I don't drink doubles, but I was considering it for the tamper. To my delight I discovered that my Espresso Flair 39mm tamper is a perfect fit for the Nanopresso (it even touches the edges if the basket is empty). It's about the same price as the barista kit, but it's made of stainless steel so it's expected that it costs more than the plastic tamper included with that kit.
Originally Posted by kingaboy
Surprised to see that the flair has the same size portafilter as the nanopresso, thought it would be a little bigger.
I know the 'pro' version just released has a 46mm portafilter.
How do you find the nanopresso vs the flair anyway?
The diameter of the Flair basket is probably 0.5mm larger because when I place its tamper in the Nanopresso basket it can't go all the way down. This isn't an issue because when there's ground coffee in the basket it won't go all the way down anyway, and it fits nicely in the upper part of the basket and this is what's relevant for tamping.
I haven't done a direct comparison between the Nanopresso (which I just received a few days ago) and the Flair, so it's a little bit early to say. The Nanopresso is a little easier to use because there's no need to submerge any of its parts in boiling water. It's also a lot more compact and light, which is important for me as I bought it planning for it to serve as a replacement for my aging-but-still-working Handpresso (my early impression is that it can). The Flair is now at my mother's, so not sure when I'll do a direct comparison.
In my experience, Nanopresso is good but Flair is great! As far as the coffee tastes.
I find the Flair easier to use and clean up.
Agree that portability is the Nanopresso's main advantage.
Have been using these for a week or two. Sometimes i get good results, sometimes i don't. Recently I have realised that sometimes the coffee does not come out in one stream but comes out as three or four drops around the intended outlet. Anyone experiencing such problems?
Had the Nanopresso plus the Barista kit, because being limited to single shots was getting me down a little. It was ok for about a year, but began having problems with an odd and not especially nice smell.
Dismantled completely and cleaned but couldn't shake that smell. Enquired about replacement seals/o-rings....offered a slightly discounted replacement.
Thought I'd just persevere but then the damn thing broke apart on the threaded portion that holds the shower head on......well, its just about all blimmin plastic... and I'm making about 4 coffees a day
Then the Flair was released....pretty much all metal working bits apart from the (replaceable) portafilter and with replacement parts readily available!!!!
8 months later I'm so very happy with my upgrade and the only part of the Nano I've kept is the case - for travelling with my Aergrind
Had a nanopresso and was working well for about two months. Loved it so much until suddenly it stopped working as well, output looked just like drip coffee instead of espresso. Not sure i would really recommend it!
Well, after having used it 3-5 times a day every day for the last year and a half or so, it finally broke.
The threading on the portafilter cracked and everything fell into the coffee cup.
I suspect I have been a bit excessive in my consumption
I'll see if I can source a replacement part for cheap, otherwise it is to the Flair or Robot for me it would seem.
Replacement part was 2 usd plus about 6 usd shipping.
Well done HD...
Hi all, thought I might voice some appreciation regarding the nanopresso.
I have been using it for about 3 months now and I am pulling amazing shots. This little unit really is a game changer in the land of mobile coffee toys!
Some advice for those looking to buy.
1. Don't grind super fine and then pack the container after tamping super hard...chances are you'll blow the seal and you won't pull a straight forward clean shot.
2. Clean the seal on the portafilter...basically pull the round seal off and wash the filter and seal so that it creates a strong seal when pushing through a shot. Do this after every 3 shots or so.
3. Get a barista kit. I tend to do short doubles however for some reason the barista kit takes this coffee toy to the next level. Maybe it's because of better pressure build up via the larger tank.
4. Pump hot water through the nanopresso with an empty container after in order to clean the portafilter.
Here is my workflow: Currently only using the single basket as my wife only takes about 12ml espresso in the morning.
1. Turn on kettle, dump the portafilter and baskets into the coffee cup, fill coffee cup, nanopresso tank and nanopresso pump with hot water
2. Grind beans, tamp into basket(s)
3. Pump water through nanopresso, discard and replace with more hot water
4. Assemble Nanopresso, place microwave milk frother into microwave
5. Pull shot, replace basket, pull second shot
6. Froth milk and pour
For 1 coffee the process takes about 7 minutes. For two probably closer to 10
Noticeable improvement in taste by just preheating the coffee cups, portafilter and baskets
I have had my replacement Nanopresso for 6 weeks. My first the handpump didn't return.
The replacement builds up pressure in the chamber for a very long time but only delivers a small amount of espresso.
I feel there is none or almost no air getting back into the tank.
advice would be greatly appreciated