Wacaco made the world’s smallest espresso machine, and it’s the size of a coffee-cup

Small enough that you can wrap your hand around it, Wacaco’s Picopresso pushes the boundaries of how tiny a coffee machine can be… while still being able to produce a phenomenally robust and creamy espresso.

You’ve got companies like La Marzocco, Breville, and De’Longhi that make the most high-end coffee machines, and then you’ve got Wacaco, a company that’s dedicated to compressing those coffee machines into their smallest possible form. Wacaco’s greatest hits include the 2014 Minipresso, which put the company on the map, followed by the Nanopresso in 2017, a smaller, better version of its predecessor. The Picopresso (highlighting its use of metric nomenclature) pulls out all stops. It isn’t just thermos-sized, it’s cup-sized. Designed to be small enough to carry in your pocket, the Picopresso lets you brew that perfect shot of espresso coffee no matter where you are.

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Wacaco Picopresso Portable Espresso Coffee Maker

The Picopresso stands at 10.5cm tall, or a little above 4 inches, making it perhaps the smallest ever coffee machine to be able to pressure-brew an espresso. That means even at 10.5cm tall, the Picopresso makes a luxuriously silky double shot of cafe-quality espresso, complete with that layer of crema on top that you’d see from any good espresso machine.

Wacaco Picopresso Portable Espresso Coffee Maker

Its internal 52mm-wide basket holds 18 grams worth of coffee (enough to make a double-shot), while the water tank holds about 80 ml of water (2.7 fluid ounces). How you prep the Picopresso is no different from your countertop espresso machine. Just fill the basket with 4 teaspoons of coffee grounds and compress them into a nice puck with the tamper that comes along with the Picopresso. Then add the hot water to the water chamber and put the entire device together.

Wacaco Picopresso Portable Espresso Coffee Maker

Wacaco Picopresso Portable Espresso Coffee Maker

What’s notable about the Picopresso is that it works entirely without electricity. Its impressive inner pumping system generates 261 PSI (18 bars) of pressure to pump the hot water right through the coffee grounds, giving you velvety smooth espresso underneath. Just manually push down on the piston on the side as you hold the Picopresso above your coffee cup and the thick coffee pours through almost instantly.

The Picopresso is directly a result of the innovation kickstarted by the Minipresso in 2014, which, for its time, was the first-ever portable espresso maker to use a single hand-powered piston. Over the years, Wacaco’s worked hard at making that brewing/pumping system smaller without sacrificing taste, durability, and consistency. Wacaco claims that the newly engineered pumping system of the Picopresso is more reliable and capable than ever, giving you the possibility to extract professional-grade espressos quite literally in the power of your hand.

Wacaco Picopresso Portable Espresso Coffee Maker

Wacaco Picopresso Portable Espresso Coffee Maker

Even for its small size, the Picopresso is durably built, with a rugged design that travels incredibly well. The Picopresso comes with its own travel case and everything you need to brew barista-grade espresso and even clean up after. Priced at $99 (available for pre-order on Wacaco’s website), it’s an incredibly affordable purchase for anyone who’s passionate about their coffee… plus its 2-year international warranty should really sweeten the deal.

Designer: Wacaco

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Wacaco Picopresso Portable Espresso Coffee Maker

Wacaco Picopresso Portable Espresso Coffee Maker

Wacaco Picopresso Portable Espresso Coffee Maker

The minimal window of this espresso maker gives your kitchen the designer upgrade it needs!

As an avid coffee drinker, I enjoy picking up a fancy drink from the cafe down the street. Instant microwaved coffee certainly helps kick-start our brain in the mornings, but it doesn’t match the added sweetness of a dash of mocha syrup, the foaminess of a latte, etc. An espresso maker would allow you to recreate these fancy coffee drinks at a cheaper cost and from the comfort of your kitchen. However, if you’ve seen the machines used by baristas, you’d know that they are quite bulky and probably wouldn’t match the decor of your living space. The Casa Fé espresso machine shrinks down these big machines into a product that can easily fit on your kitchen counter. The design itself is quite streamlined. It has a slender shape, almost as if the machine exists as a thick rectangular frame. Also, the simple color options, black and white, allow for the product to match seamlessly with any kitchen color scheme.

Still, there are plenty of small compact espresso machines. What makes the Casa Fé unique? Its compact size is not the only way that this product makes itself more accessible. My favorite aspect of this product is that it encourages experimentation among coffee lovers. It has a few intuitive buttons along the top and side of the frame, which control the temperature, amount of water, and pressure of coffee and water. Also, to sweeten the deal, the Casa Fé has a dial for controlling the amount of whipped cream to add to your espresso. The customization lets users experiment and create new coffee concoctions – just like the baristas with their “secret menu” items. The Casa Fé even has Bluetooth compatibility, so it can record the settings you used for each brew and save it to a companion app on your phone. From there, you can share your recipes with an online community of coffee lovers.

Ironically, the Casa Fé fosters social interaction from the comfort of your own home. This is quite comforting during 2020. In a time when we must self-isolate, it is helpful to find ways to connect to others (even if it is through something as simple as sharing coffee mixes).

Designer: Jae-won Han

This moon coffee maker will make your morning missions easy!

If you are a coffee addict then you will feel excited about new appliances that increase the joy you feel when brewing! This conceptual coffee machine is very unlike the espresso makers in the market and it’s the aesthetics that set it apart. It is a dream machine for people who love coffee and space exploration equally (like me!).

The compact capsule shape makes it look like a moon lander for your counter and is obviously powered by caffeine which is only the second most powerful fuel after rocket fuel! The designer’s main focus was to retain some of the rawness and the mechanical steampunk look of the traditional Italian espresso makes while maintaining a clean shape that adds character to the product. There is a tubular water/steam container at the back which I feel can be extended down for added support for the appliance. There is also another container for your beans which I assume leads to a small grinder mechanism inside so you only get the freshest cup of joe each time. Overall, the shape is very unique and combines the nostalgic steampunk elements with clean, smooth curves for a balanced modern machine.

I almost feel like this should come with a voice feature that does a countdown to when your coffee is ready. “I’ve always been fascinated with those big chrome machines that almost looked like a small lab, it made me think about how we perceive coffee now when the whole ritual is being reduced to a capsule and a press of a button. When sitting down to settle on my concept I thought how can I incorporate this love for mechanical and tactile looking objects, with an updated clean look? Can I make a coffee machine that looks scientific but also has a cute character?” says Yehuda. T – 10 seconds till I have my second (or fourth) cup!

Designer: Roee Ben Yehuda

This coffee machine was designed to let you make espressos with one hand

To all the coffee lovers like myself, staying quarantined has made us realize that there is an unparalleled joy that we experience when a barista makes you a drink vs when you make one for yourself. If you truly want to make coffee that matches the level of cafes, you need an espresso machine – now I know what you’re thinking, they are complicated and there are way too many accessories, it is high maintenance, etc. But what if there was an appliance that combined all the accessories into one espresso machine and made it easy for even beginners to enjoy a foamy cappuccino? Say hello to Rebuild: ratio!

Since professional coffee machines have a different product for each part of the process, Rebuild:ratio was designed as an espresso machine that would streamline the process of making coffee and while not taking away from the authentic process. This espresso machine gives you a high-quality product with easy user experience. Feel like barista yourself when you grind the beans and steam your milk but without the hassle of keeping up with three separate appliances. While the machine looks like a complicated, professional one, it has actually been organized in a way for you to feel confident about making cafe-grade beverages with ease. There are three shape concepts: layer, build, and tool that make up this sleek appliance.

The analog-type grinder door is one of its most distinguished features when compared to existing machines. This enables the user to differentiate between the grinding part and the discharge part using a simple opening-closing action and minimizing the porter filter movement. It has been designed such that if you need to remove the knock box by holding the porter filter you can easily remove it using just one hand. The front and side sides of the knock box cover are created to be smoothly removed without friction, unlike most espresso machines, especially the ones made for home use.

To prevent water from getting all around the machine or from any milk-steaming accidents, the drip tray is made of diagonal lines for more efficient draining. This induces the water to enter the tray when it falls instead of making the surrounding area dirty. To keep with the clean lines aesthetic, the handle is not made to be protruding and adds to the seamless visual build. The transparent water container lets you check the amount and refill accurately. The slightly curved lid makes opening and closing effortless. The only parts that protrude from the overall linear design are the bucket, bucket support, and grinder parts to prevents the heat and wires from coming out of the vent hole when the machine is in close contact with the wall. Anyone else wants to open a home cafe after this?

Designers: Wankeun Oh, Lee Hyo min and Studio OKL

Starbucks redesigns their espresso machines to use gravity for a smoother coffee!

The one thing I have missed the most during quarantine is going to cafes because I have now realized that someone else making coffee for me is a joy I took for granted. Baristas often aren’t respected enough for their craft and maybe it is so because people can’t visually see their process. So Starbucks has redesigned the bulky espresso machine to a slim, sleek tower that uses the bottom-fill method for a smoother espresso and experience!

The Phantom Espresso was born out of a need to make the experience a consumer has with the barista better. You tend to love what you eat or drink more if you have an appreciation for the person making it. The traditionally large espresso machines are obtrusive to the craft and become a barrier between the craftsmen of the beverage and the curious coffee drinkers. By moving the espresso engine below the counter and incorporating bottom fill espresso glasses it enabled the bar to become more open up the bar and let the customers enjoy the brewing process, especially for the seasonal and limited-edition drinks! From the customer POV, it has a tower that supports a cantilevered horizontal bar that holds the espresso glasses. The fluted-vase tower is the bean funnel which leads to the brewing of the coffee. The ends of the bar can be twisted 180 degrees to pour the espresso into the cup and then to be auto-rinsed. The milk steaming happens under the counter but the control dials for foam and temperature are on the top. In front of the tower, the team has placed bean hoppers and sensory bowls invite customers to get closer to the beans, putting quality ingredients before them to see and smell.

The bottom-fill process is unconventional in cafes, especially global chains like Starbucks. But it was chosen for the redesign because it produces a clean, sweet flavor due to gravity keeping bitter particulates suspended in line. The tactile treatments like the knurled bar handles create intuitive touchpoints for the barista and the appearance of the espresso is like magic for the customer. Phantom is easy to clean and the partner-facing angled grille hides the mess from the customer’s view while excess liquids are channeled directly into a sink basin below for drainage. When you see the crema fill up the cup the next time you go into a cafe, be sure to thank your local hero who keeps you caffeinated in these complex times!

Designers: Starbucks Industrial Design, Starbucks Equipment Development, and Thermoplan AG

This Porsche 933-inspired espresso machine is the only pit stop you need

Lorelei Gilmore once said “I need coffee in an IV!” and I felt that. Coffee makes Lorelei, me and fellow caffeine addicts feel like we are high-performing sports cars with full fuel tanks. And that is exactly the thought that crossed my mind (and probably the designer’s too) when I saw the Espresso Veloce RS Black Edition inspired by Porsche 933’s flat-six motor engine. I am glad someone designed a physical embodiment of what coffee is to some of us – life fuel.

The Espresso Veloce RS Black Edition is a luxurious expresso machine by Super Veloce and looks like a flat-six engine replica of the real ones released in 1935. Unlike its predecessor who had a metallic finish, this one sports a matte black and anodized satin finish with bright black accents…after all, it is the Black Edition. The interesting part of the Black Edition is that it was created using the same materials used in the actual Porsche 933’s engine – titanium, aluminum, and surgical stainless steel. It also features a jet-black, hand-laid, high-pressure thermoset carbon fiber which aids in reducing the machine’s overall weight just as they would in a car to make it faster. I am curious if it sounds like an engine too when it is brewing.

Its not just an espresso machine, but a collectible for any automotive fan too as the 933 is a vintage icon of Porsche’s phenomenal engineering. Espresso Veloce RS Black Edition was designed for those who love a strong cup made with speed. Now would you keep this beauty in the kitchen or the garage?

Designer: Super Veloce

A Nespresso that Knows You


What do you do when you first get to work in the morning? For most of us, it’s not starting up our computers or looking at our meeting schedules, rather, we head straight for the company coffee machine. I know this is especially true for me. Don’t even LOOK at me unless I’ve had my first sip. Designed with this sentiment in mind, Marmik Patel’s Nespresso concept gets to know each and every individual in the office and tailor makes their perfect cuppa joe every day.

It works in tandem with a smartphone app where users can input their favorite flavors and espresso styles. You can create a customized cup of coffee from the comfort of your desk or even when you’re on your way to work! Skip the line because, in seconds, a piping hot picker-upper will be waiting for you just the way you like it!

Designer: Marmik Patel










An Enhanced Espresso Experience


The ZEEN coffee machine was designed to connect the barista and drinker for an enhanced espresso experience! Using different mirrored surfaces, including a distorting mirror and convex mirror, customers can see their cuppa joe come to life in an entirely new way.

The distorting mirror installed at the front interface reflects the coffee drops and amplifies it into a dynamic pattern. The prefect convex mirror at the back side faces toward customers and reflects the surrounding atmosphere.

Designer: Chung-Yen Chang


“This project is based on the concept of amplifying performance through reflection. The performance is influenced by reflected surface of “ZEEN” and movement of surroundings. It concentrates everything without exception on a single image. With things moving in the context, various effects are shown through immediate reflection of current situation,” Chung-Yen told Yanko Design.


“With the new feature, “ZEEN” engages entire environment as well as people into the coffee dialogue to simulate more emotions and increase the dynamic of social activities.”









Crazy for Cubespresso

If you’re a caffeine-head, then you want you coffee and you want it NOW… which is precisely what’s wrong with existing espresso capsule machines. Get in line! But not with Cubespresso. What’s great is that you can brew more than one cup at a time. What’s even better is that you can mix different flavors in one brew to create your own blends! Satisfy your impatience and never have to choose just one flavor again! DO WANT!

Designer: David Huang

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Model-Thin Espresso Machine

When it comes to espresso, it’s kinda funny to think think that such a tiny cup of java requires such a large machine. Really? All that bulk for a couple of ounces?! This modern espresso design reexamines the common appliance by giving it slimmer, more compact dimensions. It saves tons of counter space and looks stylish enough that you won’t mind leaving it out.

Designer: Tal Derry

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