Mastering the Art of Manual Brewing with the Picopresso Portable Espresso Maker

by Home Smartway Staff Editor on Dec 17, 2023

Picopresso in protective case next to crema espresso shot

Take command of your espresso, at home and beyond, with a ground-breaking espresso maker that doesn't sacrifice shot quality for portability.


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Best Portable Espresso Maker


If you're a coffee enthusiast looking for a skill-enhancing twist to your home brewing routine, the Wacaco Picopresso Portable Espresso Maker is worth exploring. 


A compact yet mighty espresso machine, it empowers you to master the intricacies of manual brewing at a very reasonable price. Its transparent portafilter offers a front-row seat to the brewing process while its specialized components and included accessories promise a top-grade espresso experience right from your kitchen. 


Perhaps most appealingly, the Picopresso portable espresso maker requires no plastic-materials — it's crafted from quality, durable metals and silicone, endeavoring to enhance your rich espresso brews without compromising on health or longevity. The Picopresso  is arguably the best portable espresso maker on the market that delivers barista-quality espresso anywhere, anytime.

Understanding the Picopresso Portable Espresso Maker

The Picopresso portable espresso maker is your perfect companion for a handcrafted espresso experience at home or on-the-go. Compact and portable, the Picopresso brings professional-level espresso brewing to your fingertips, making quality coffee a reality wherever you are. It’s a game-changer for those who love the art of manual espresso making and won't settle for shortcuts. 

A lady savoring an espresso shot from a glass

"I never laugh until I've had my coffee."

- Clark Gable, American film actor -

1. Three Key Moments

Barista-Quality Espresso Shots: Crafted by the Picopresso portable espresso maker, each velvety espresso shot is a masterpiece, boasting rich flavors and captivating aromas. This distinctive extraction, once the domain of clunky, ponderous espresso machines, is now effortlessly brought to life.

Delicious Double Shot: Elevate your coffee experience with the Picopresso's tantalizing double shot. Refuse to settle for ordinary; embrace the robust essence achieved through the 52mm stainless steel basket. Unleash the full potential of your espresso cravings.

30 Seconds to Crema: Introduce ultra-fine coffee to the Picopresso's basket, apply a precise tamp, preinfuse for a mere 8 seconds, and allow the pressure to soar between 9-12 bars during the extraction. Observe as your espresso cascades from the exposed portafilter, savoring the perfectly balanced aroma of a Picopresso masterpiece. It's a swift journey to the pinnacle of perfection.

2. Pros & Cons Highlights


  • Exceptional pro-level espresso quality

  • Outstanding value for your investment

  • Compact design, saving valuable space 

  • Portable, with no charging required

  • Complete with all necessary accessories for a seamless experience


  • Does not boil water
  • Achieving the best results necessitates a high-quality grinder
  • Not dishwasher safe

3. Features of the Picopresso Portable Espresso Maker


Your Picopresso portable espresso maker comes equipped with a standard 52mm 18-gram stainless steel filter basket, offering a user-friendly setup even for home baristas. 


An included naked portafilter lets you visualize your espresso's brewing process, providing enhanced control over your brew's extraction and flavour. 


Remember, the Picopresso does not heat water, so you'll need to fill it with hot water before your brew.

52mm, 18-gram stainles steel filter basket  of the travel coffee maker

4. Physical Aspects and Capacity of the Picopresso Portable Espresso Maker


The Picopresso is built like a tank - designed for reliability to ensure lasting espresso enjoyment, it  is the ultimate portable espresso maker machine. 

The Picopresso fits snugly in your palm, measuring at 4.17 x 3.07 x 2.8 inches, and weighs a mere 350 grams


Despite its PETITE size, it possesses a handy water capacity of 80 ml. Uniquely, the Picopresso can generate a substantial pressure of up to 18 bars, rivaling many professional cofee maker machines.

Inner physical components and operation of the Picopresso coffee maker

5. Materials used in Construction

Concerned about your health? Rest easy. 


The Picopresso portable espresso maker is completely BPA-plastic free, boasting a construction from durable and food-safe materials including aluminum, stainless steel, PA66, PP, TPV, and silicone.


 The Picopresso portable espresso maker complies with major international safety approvals (FDA, EU, RoHS, LFGB, GD) for peace of mind.

“TAKES ME BACK TO BEING A BARISTA - Like behind the bar of the café, I've been able to run a wide range of coffees through the Picopresso: different origins, roast profiles, processes, and grind sizes to get a really balanced espresso with nice texture and a complexity that I've honestly only tasted in some of my favourite coffee shops.”

- Brodie Vissers, coffee professional -

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Setting Up the Picopresso Portable Espresso Maker

1. Understanding the Product Inclusions


When you unbox your Picopresso portable espresso maker, you'll find a host of accessories to complement your brewing journey. 


These include a double filter basket, tamper, scoop, brush, distribution tool, funnel, and a sturdy protective case. 


A multi-language instruction book is included as well, to help you get started.

2. Preparation Before Brewing: Filling Up With Hot Water

Given that the Picopresso portable espresso maker doesn’t heat water, you’ll have to fill it with boiling water before brewing. Ensure your water is suitably hot for optimal extraction of the flavours and oils in your coffee.


3. Positioning of the 52-mm 18-grams Stainless Steel Filter Basket

To kickstart your brewing session, first set up the 52mm 18-gram stainless steel filter basket. This will hold your fresh, fine grind.


4. Using the Naked Portafilter

Next, position the naked portafilter under the filter basket. The naked portafilter ensures you can visualize the espresso brewing. Not only is this visually exciting, but an integral factor in controlling your brew’s quality.

espresso coffee from a  manual extraction in a glass  from a portable travel coffee maker

Comprehending the Brewing Process

Importance of an Ultra-Fine Grind for Optimal Results


One of the first steps to their perfect brew is getting the grind right. An ultra-fine grind is key to maximizing the flavour of your espresso with the Picopresso. The fine grind increases the surface area for water to extract the coffee's flavour, leading to a robust and full-bodied espresso.


Understanding How to Achieve Maximum Pressure of 18 Bars

Despite its small size, the Picopresso is capable of achieving an impressive 18 bars of pressure. This is accomplished by carefully pressurizing hot water to pass through your coffee grounds, extracting maximum flavour in the process. The pressure is manually controlled, allowing for a hands-on approach to espresso brewing.


Visualizing the Espresso Brewing Through the Portafilter

As your espresso brews, it will pass through the naked portafilter's spout. The entire brewing process can be seen, providing valuable insight into the quality of coffee extraction and a rewarding brewing experience overall. Fine-tuning your brewing techniques and habits allows for the perfect cup every time.

crema espresso shot in a glass surrounded by coffee beans

Enhancing Your Experience With the Perfect Accessories

The Exagrind Portable Manual Coffee Grinder: Enhancing Your Grind

Pair your Picopresso portable espresso maker with the Exagrind coffee grinder for the ultimate brewing experience.


The Exagrind delivers a consistent, ultra-fine grind, integral in bringing out the best flavour from your coffee beans.

The Exagram Portable Coffee Scale with Timer: Precise Measurements for Perfect Brewing

Precision is vital when brewing espresso, and the Exagram coffee scale delivers just that.


Weigh your coffee grounds to ensure you are using the correct amount of coffee for the perfect brew every time.

"Barista quality espresso is not just about the brew; it's a ritual that honors the essence of the bean and the dedication of the artisan."

- Unknown -

Mastering the Manual Brewing with the Picopresso

Brewing Techniques for the Home Barista


The Picopresso provides an excellent opportunity to perfect your brewing habits. Experiment with different grind sizes, brewing times, and pressure levels to discover your personalized espresso preference.


Adjusting to Brewing Without Shortcuts


Moving away from push-button coffee can be daunting, but the Picopresso portable espresso maker makes the transition easy. As you learn, you'll come to appreciate the satisfaction of crafting your perfect espresso manually.


Personalising Your Espresso and Its Flavours


Different beans, grind sizes, and brewing methods will bring out varying flavour profiles in your espresso. Through practise and patience, you can tailor your coffee experience to your individual taste preferences.

a man measuring cofee beans in a bowl on a scale

Incorporating the Picopresso in Your Daily Routine

Convenience of Home Brewing vs Professional Espresso Shops


Brewing at home offers unmatched freedom to explore various beans and brewing methods at your leisure. Plus, with the Picopresso, you can do so without sacrificing on taste, texture, or quality.


Tracking Your Progress and Continual Improvement with Manual Brewing

The journey of mastering manual brewing is a rewarding one. Track your progress, experiments, and findings along the way to continue improving your espresso crafting skills. 

Making the Most of the Picopresso’s Portability

The Ideal Travel Espresso Maker

The compact Picopresso portable espresso maker  is perfect for travel-enthusiasts who don't want to compromise on their coffee experience. Lightweight and portable, you can enjoy high-quality espresso wherever you find yourself.


Adjusting to Different Environments and Conditions

Different climates affect coffee brewing differently. As you journey with your Picopresso portable coffee maker, you'll learn how to cater your brewing process to different environments for the best brew possible.

a lady walking in the forest with a backpack

Care and Maintenance of the Picopresso

Cleaning: Warm Water and a Humid Cloth

After perfecting your brew, upkeep is a breeze. Simply rinse your Picopresso portable espresso maker with warm water and wipe it down with a humid cloth. Also, make use of the brush provided to delve into hard-to-reach areas and keep your Picopresso sparkling clean.


Why the Picopresso is Neither Dishwasher nor Microwave Safe

Though manual cleaning takes a bit more effort, it’s crucial for the longevity of your Picopresso portable espresso make.r Harsh dishwasher detergents and intense microwave heat can harm the machine’s components.


Maintaining the Longevity of the Picopresso

Proper maintenance of your Picopresso portable espresso maker ensures it lasts for many years of brewing. Clean your machine after every use to prevent the build-up of coffee oils and residues. With good care, your Picopresso can accompany you on many coffee adventures.

Comparing Picopresso and Minipresso NS2

Similarities and Differences


Both the Picopresso and Minipresso NS2 offer compact, manual operations priming you for your personal espresso making. However, the Picopresso offers higher pressure generation and a naked portafilter, while the Minipresso NS2 has the versatility of using Nespresso Original capsules, allowing quick clean-up with your favorite capsules, and is more budget-friendly.


Brewing Capabilities and Personal Preferences

Your preferences may mould which model you choose. Do you value affordability, or is brewing under higher pressure with clear visual feedback a must-have? Deciding factors can be the difference between opting for the Minipresso NS2 or the Picopresso.


Price, Features, and Your Espresso Needs

Considering the prices, you must weigh whether the Picopresso’s added features and functionalities justify its higher cost for you. 

Overall Review of the Picopresso Portable Espresso Maker


-→ Weighing the Pros and Cons

The Picopresso portable espresso maker stands as an affordable, portable, and versatile manual espresso maker. While the requirement for boiling water and manual cleaning may seem inconvenient, the trade-off for a hands-on approach to espresso brewing and flavour customization might make it worth it.


-→ Quality of Espresso Brewed

When used correctly, the Picopresso porable espresso maker produces a dense, robust espresso that rivals professional coffee machines. The 18-bar pressure extraction maximizes flavour, providing a barista-quality espresso.

The flavor profile of the Picopresso portable espresso maker shots is nothing short of astonishing. They boast an unexpectedly delightful taste, characterized by an exquisite smoothness and richness that harmonize seamlessly, accompanied by a pleasing texture that elevates the overall experience.


-→ Warranty 

Buying your Picopresso portable espresso maker comes with peace of mind. The Picopresso comes with a generous 2-year warranty on the product.


-→ Value for Money

For its price, the Picopresso portable espresso maker goes above and beyond. With the right amount of diligence, you can churn out top-notch espressos, explore various brewing methods, and gain an enriching experience that surpasses any price tag.

T C Wells - Home Smartway Chief Editor

With assistance from Joao Costa - Barista and Coffee Professional

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Frequently Asked Questions

Does the portafilter use a pressurized head?

No, the Picopresso portable espresso maker does not use a pressurized head. To achieve the best results, fine-tune the coffee grind size according to your shots' flavor.

Does the Picopresso Portable Espresso Maker heat up the water?

No. In order to make your coffee, you will have to fill the chamber with boiling water.

Is the Picopresso Portable Espresso Maker dishwasher safe?

No, but the cleaning the portable espresso maker is fast and simple. Just carefully rinse the coffee basket and the shower head with running warm water, and wipe with a humid cloth. After cleaning, let all the Picopresso parts dry separately.

Is the Picopresso Portable Espresso Maker microwave safe?

No. The Picopresso protable espresso maker is designed with stainless steel parts that are not microwave safe.

Does the Picopresso Portable Espresso Maker meet safety standards?

The Picopresso portable espresso maker complies with major international safety approvals (FDA, EU, RoHS, LFGB, GB) regarding food contact materials.Plastic materials, in contact with food, used in the manufacturing of the Picopresso portable espresso machine are listed BPA free.

Does Picopresso Portable Espresso Maker have a warranty?

Wacaco warrants the Picopresso Portable Espresso Maker against defects that are due to faulty materials or workmanship for a period of 24 months from the date of purchase.

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