If there’s one thing the ROK Presso and Handpresso espresso makers have in common, it’s the fact that they’re as manual as espresso makers could get. In fact, they’re so manual, they require no electricity to operate!
Now, if you’ve got your mind set on a non-electric manual espresso machine you probably:
- Want to espresso on the go.
- Want to save on electricity usage.
The ROK Presso and Handpresso both make excellent choices for a non-electric espresso maker, but which one of them would make the best choice for your personal choice? Let’s have a look at their features and differences to find out.
The Best No-Electric Espresso Makers:
Features of the ROK Presso:
- Manual Lever espresso maker that requires NO electricity.
- Constructed from polished metal frame.
- Brews at 8 to 10 bar pressure.
- Slip-resistant base prevents the espresso maker from moving or slipping when pressing.
- Included in the set: portafilter with additional filter to make 2 single shots, coffee scoop, tamper, manual milk frother.
- The machine is packaged in a reusable storage tin.
- Can use ground coffee or e.s.e pods.
How Does The ROK Presso Work?
- Load the portafilter with coffee ground and put it in place.
- Fill the water reservoir with hot water.
- Press the lever down.
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Features of the Handpresso:
- Make Espresso easily on the go without the need of electricity.
- Includes an adapter for using e.s.e pods.
- Brews at 16 bar pressure.
- Brews a single shot of espresso at a time.
- Made of aluminum. Available in Black or Grey.
How Does The Handpresso Work?
- Pump the handle until you reach the desired pressure on the gauge.
- Load the pod with ground coffee or an e.s.e pod and put it in place.
- Pour in the hot water in the reservoir.
- Press to start brewing.
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ROK Presso vs. Handpresso, What’s The Difference?
Obviously there’s quite a difference between the two espresso makers and how they operate:
- ROK Presso is a lever machine – the amount of pressure you get will rely on your press. It’s not hard to operate and does not require a strong press to get great results, however, it does use less pressure (8 to 10 bar) for extraction.
- Handpresso uses a pump operation. You’ll pump the handle to get 16 bars of pressure then it’s a press of a button to brew when you’re ready.
- The Handpresso is way smaller and more portable. Very easy to carry around.
- The ROK is also easy to take, however, it’s not as easy as the Handpresso.
- One of the great things about the ROK Presso is that it includes everything you need for creating espresso as well as other drinks like cappuccino and latte. The manual frother, although not the best out there, is a cool tool to use on the go or at home for quick milk-based coffee preparation. That’s in addition to the spout splitter, scoop/tamper.
- As for the Handpresso, it only prepares espresso out of the box. You can prepare other coffee drinks but you’ll have to get a frother separately.
Which One Is Best To Buy?
Both espresso makers are of great quality, but which to buy will depend on what and where you want to use it:
- The small size of the Handpresso makes it perfect to use anywhere: the office, outdoors, or even at home if you’re looking for a low-cost tool.
- The ROK Presso isn’t as portable as the Handpresso, but it’s still light enough to take places. It’s better to use at home or an office, and it’s perfect for anyone who wants to make more than just espresso (cappuccinos or lattes).