Gallery: An Eco-Friendly and Recyclable Espresso Maker


Despite all the reasons why we should cut down on caffeine, it’s hard to say no to that daily little cup of java goodness. So rather than flipping on the switch to your energy hungry espresso maker – or even worse, stuffing your machine with those wasteful single serving plastic containers – we suggest you try the Presso Espresso, an eco-friendly and recyclable espresso maker from designer Patrick Hunt.

Through a controlled blend of pressure and temperature, Presso offers a simple and eco-friendly way to get your daily fix (or fixes!). All you need to do is fill the tamp handle with your choice ground, pack it in, add hot water, raise the handles of the machine to let the water infuse the grinds, and then press the handles downwards to release your piping hot beverage below. Made from polished aluminum, the Presso can also be recycled at the end of its life.

We admit the basic principles behind the Presso Espresso aren’t that different from a traditional moka, or even a French press, but the design is pretty sweet!

+ Patrick Hunt

Via Designboom


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  1. podman October 10, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    kd20 your comments seem contrary to what JK20 discovered. He states he did find DEP in the water that he had run through the machine. It would be nice to see actual certified results from a Presso that has been in use for some time from an independent lab.

  2. kd20 March 13, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    subsequent tests did not show phthalates. BPA showed up in the plastic reservoir but did not leach to the water. based on these tests the Presso is safe to use.

  3. Jase September 24, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    The Presso has been tested thoroughly and does not leach phthalates or BPA.

    JK20, perhaps you’d be kind enough to share the results of your subsequent tests here. The comment above was perhaps a little hasty and somewhat damaging to Presso’s reputation.

  4. JK20 July 13, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    This is an awesome machine that makes a great cup of espresso, and it looks cool. When cleaning it I was a little suspect of the rubbery material used as a gasket/filter under the cup for the grinds. After using it for about 5 months I took a sample of plain water I ran through it and tested the sample at work (on a gas chromatograph). The sole material that showed up was diethyl phthalate, one of the much talked about phthalates that are showing up in all kinds of products. I was hoping it was something safe like silicone but since DEP showed up in the water I ran through the machine, I am no longer using it. It sucks because it was my new favorite cup of espresso. I am going to e-mail Presso with my results, I am sure they are not aware of these findings.

  5. michaelrad July 12, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    agreed, the presso may not be this super eco, zero energy machine.. but at the end of the day it is a beautiful, simple design that does pull a nice espresso shot.. which requires much less resources than your average espresso machine to produce + maintain. at holstee we recently did a video review of the product you can view here-

  6. grp19 April 6, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    @perfectcirclecarpenter: the “zero-energy” claim was never taken to mean “no energy whatsoever is involved in using this machine” by those of us who objected to the claim. So you are arguing against a ridiculous position that no one here assumed. The fact is that you have to heat the water to use this machine, and most people will do so by using electricity or by burning gas or some other type of fuel, and therefore, by using energy. The author of the post obviously got this point, since the “zero energy” claim is now gone. But hey, you got to use the word “nebula” in your comment, so that counts for something, right?

  7. Rollo Martins April 4, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    Nice try, but how do you control temperature and pressure with this thing? I bet you’ll get nothing but sock’s juice from it…

  8. perfectcirclecarpenter April 4, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    Folks, even the molecular composition of water took energy to make, whether it took eons from the time of fusion in the sun and nebula of space, the respiration of a tree, or from the burning of fossil fuels more recently. This “machine” takes a prepared source of material and converts it into a beverage. The other machines involved in creating the prepared resources embody efficient methods. This machine uses less energy than your typical espresso maker. I’m not unhappy with those results. What I like best is that it’s quiet.

  9. SmartAleq April 2, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    That’s a really misleading title–“zero-energy” coupled with “add hot water” equals FAIL. How did the water get hot, did you stare at it meaningfully? So the espresso maker isn’t plugged in–the microwave or stove that heated the water sure is. Ridiculous.

  10. grp19 April 2, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    The title of this post is very misleading. Although the machine itself is hand-powered, it’s not actually zero-energy, because you need to heat the water before pouring it into the press. If this is zero-energy, then so are french presses and drip coffee makers that you place on top of a cup or thermos. It is still true that this may be more energy efficient than a pump espresso machine, because you can choose to only heat the water you actually use (as opposed to a whole boiler full, as you do with LaPavoni style hand-operated machines), and because you are replacing the energy consumed by the pump with human energy. It’s also more eco-friendly than the pod-style coffee makers, but so is every espresso machine that uses metal filters instead of disposable paper or plastic pods.

  11. CP April 1, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    My car is zero-energy too; I just have to add gasoline.

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