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Thread: ROK vs Nanopresso

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    ROK vs Nanopresso

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    Morning all,

    I currently have an Aeropress I use when camping and wanted to try and get something which would get me closer to Espresso.

    I have narrowed my list down to a ROK (second hand) or a Nanopress with the Barista Kit to get a double shot.

    Looking for opinions on which people believe offer the most "espresso like" results. I see the ROK can be a little fussy but you can get good shots. How does the nanopress compare to thee? Has anybody tried both?

    Thanks in advance for your help

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    I haven't tried either, but I do own a handpresso and are pretty happy with the results. It's a lot less fuss than the ROK or aeropress (in my opinion) and is closer to espresso than the aeropress.

    I also use it quite a bit for travel so the setup/cleaning/packdown is relatively quick and pours decent coffee - compared to most back water cafes anyway!

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    Hi.
    If you're considering a ROK then the other option with similar size/portability and price is the Flair.
    It comes in a compact carry case and IMO will deliver a truer espresso shot than the ROK. The robust stainless steel cylinder also enables better heat retention which helps with extraction.
    Overall the Flair is also built much more robustly than the ROK. There are several bling models also now available and several optional accessories and also a naked portafilter in the pipeline.
    Hope this is of some help in deciding on your camping kit.
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    Hi Mote,

    Have you tried different grind sizes for your Aeropress?

    I have an Aeropress and a hand grinder similar to the larger Polex seen on Beanbay...

    On occasions, I have taken my scales, Aeropress, hand grinder and beans to work and found it really nice and handy to make a nice coffee particularly on a cold winters day.....

    I also have a Hario hand grinder, which you can adjust and I have had it grinding fine and somewhat coarser, When I had it adjusted fine, It took me ages to grind the beans to my required weight but was quite nice for coffee, I have since given up on grinding finer coffee for now and gone for a coarser coffee which is OK, but I prefer to use a pour over or even better, a syphon for something special IMO...

    I digress...Point is, if you haven't tried grinding finer coffee for your Aeropress, you may want to try that first and see what you think before buying something else...

    I'll also say, I don't own a Nano press or a ROK, so I can't comment which one of those or the other devices mentioned would suit...

    Cheers.

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    Support everything Otago mentions above...
    The Flair makes a wonderful, full bodied and rich espresso every time and for me, is also very easy to use...

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    Thanks all, I have decided to roll with the nanopresso to start with and see how it goes. Even thinking it would fit in a cycling jersey ... That flair does look tempting as my next step
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    I recently got a nanopresso for travelling, was hoping to get the flair, but out of budget.

    Works well, flavour is not as bold as you get from an espresso machine, but very good.

    I found that it works best if you pump some hot water through it first before adding the coffee grounds, use all the water. This heats up the internals for a better shot. Then pump it approx one pump per second until you get your desired volume. Paring mine with an aergrind hand grinder.

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    i have a nanopresso for work and for camping. only got it a week ago. i have a barista kit on order. really need additional baskets to speed up the process, esp when making drinks for 2.

    unfortunately, my nanopresso is due to be sent back, as the piston isn't working as it should. disappointing after only days of ownership and hopefully it is covered by warranty. The piston has stopped coming all the way out when pumping. I have to manually pull it out. By pushing and pulling it still works how its meant to but something is obviously not right.

    hope you guys have better luck with yours. I bought mine as a guy at work has a minipresso and i sampled that a few times and was really impressed with it.

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    So I ended up with the Nanopresso w/ Barista Kit and a Bellman steamer. I had some superb espresso and milk based drinks over Easter camping

    Hot chocolates for the kids from the Bellman were great too!

    The only incident I had was failing to screw the water tank on properly and burning my hand when hot water came out. I will only do that once!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mote View Post
    So I ended up with the Nanopresso w/ Barista Kit !
    did you use the double baskets that come with the barista kit? did you find you had to grind a bit more coarse for the double as opposed to the single? i pre grind beans for work, and camping, using the same grinder, beans and settings that i use for my espresso machine at home. this works well with the single basket, but creates way too much pressure in the double. i have a couple of spare grinders in the cupboard so might pull one out and experiment some more with the double basket.

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    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. 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. 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 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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by prydey View Post
    did you use the double baskets that come with the barista kit? did you find you had to grind a bit more coarse for the double as opposed to the single? i pre grind beans for work, and camping, using the same grinder, beans and settings that i use for my espresso machine at home. this works well with the single basket, but creates way too much pressure in the double. i have a couple of spare grinders in the cupboard so might pull one out and experiment some more with the double basket.
    Yeah I am using the double baskets, and find the grind is courser than I would normally use for espresso.

    Also I am experiencing the piston issue. It isnít coming all the way out was yours replaced?

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    Also I am experiencing the piston issue. It isnít coming all the way out was yours replaced?
    Yep, replaced within a week, no questions asked.

    I emailed Wacaco (who are in the US I think) and given the timezone difference, were very prompt with their replies, and arranged for a new one straight away. They contacted the Australian distributor (north of Brisbane somewhere) who contacted me for my details and I had one within a week of my initial email. very impressed. They didn't ask for the old one back. they just asked for the serial number stamped on the bottom on the water tank end. I've since pulled the old one apart and couldn't see anything wrong (there are very few moving parts), so just cleaned it up and put it back together and it works again. Its not quite as good as the new one, but good enough to keep at work.

    hopefully you can get yours replaced also.



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