There is no reason, when you begin to think about it, why it shouldn’t be possible to enjoy a well- crafted espresso drink outside the confines of your trendy neighborhood café—say, in a park while picnicking or in the woods while camping. You may, of course, associate camping with instant coffee, brown powder scooped into a tin mug filled with steaming hot water boiled over a fire, and that is certainly a rugged, respectable and romantic choice. But two enterprising coffee aficionados have invented a portable espresso machine, called the Aram Coffee Maker, that requires no electricity as long as you can boil water and grind your beans; it’s infinitely less bulky than your standard espresso maker, more novel than a stovetop contraption and much more elegant than the Aeropress.
As Juliana Ganan reports for the coffee news website Sprudge, the Aram, which goes on sale next month, was created by Maycon Aram, who designed the sleek machine made from repurposed Brazilian walnut wood and stainless steel, and Juca Esmanhoto, an owner of Rause Café e Vinho in Curitiba, Brazil, who focused on user experience.
“The team decided to go with a screw thread instead of a lever because—besides looking really beautiful—the coffeemaker would be the first one to have a thread-controlled pressure instead of a lever mechanism,” Ganan notes. You can watch how to use the machine, too (though the video is in Portuguese it’s easy to follow).
The machine, which looks a bit like a pepper mill, requires that you rotate a handle clockwise and counterclockwise in order to infuse the ground coffee in the portafilter with water that has also been poured into the machine, which comes with a base you can mount it on to ensure the process goes smoothly. The coffee maker will probably cost more than $500 when it hits the market, according to Aram. That’s a lot of money, but compared to the price tag for a commercial espresso machine, which can run you tens of thousands of dollars, it doesn’t seem so bad, and it can easily fit inside your backpack.