Now you can close up the thermos with the portafilter, the top section used to pierce the pod from the inside, tightening up the lid of the thermos-like coffee machine, keeping the heat and water inside the portable coffee maker.
It’s worth noting that Nespresso pods won’t work here, and neither will those from either the MAP system or Nescafe’s Dolce Gusto, but if that doesn’t bother you, or you already have something else from the popular Lavazza system, you’re safe. Given that Lavazza has nine blends in its A Modo Mio system, you’d be hard pressed to complain about finding something similar to what you already consume.
Operation is relatively simple, though does require some room and attention, so don’t expect to be doing it while you’re driving. Rather, do it when parked, or if a passenger has loads of room to move and the car isn’t swerving, turning or swaying in the process.
To work the EspressGo, make sure it’s plugged in with the water and coffee pod inside the machine, and then hit the power button.
The EspressGo machine will spring to life, vibrating at the bottom as the pump heats the water, raising the temperature as per the gauge on the unit. After a minute or so, the vibrations will cease, but the temperature will continue to rise, making you wait roughly a minute more until the EspressGo beeps three times to tell you it’s time to pour.
At this point, you need to unplug the machine so you don’t inadvertently switch it on again, and rotate the thermos-like coffee machine so that the top faces down, ready to pour it into a small cup. Once the espresso release button is pushed, and this can only happen when the EspressGo is flipped upside down, the espresso will come out.
Testing it in our Volkswagen Golf, there wasn’t quite enough room to turn the coffee machine over and release the liquid java, not without a fear of dropping scalding hot coffee all over us, which is precisely what happened when we ran a test with water alone.
Let’s just say hot liquid anything isn’t something you want poured over you, so make sure you’ve either stopped or your passenger has enough room (and the car isn’t bobbing and weaving all over the place) if they’re pouring, otherwise there could be a potentially nasty and/or dangerous accident.
Once you get beyond this, however, the EspressGo is a relatively impressive unit, creating a small cup of joe with a lovely milky light brown crema to sip on that can be made within the small space of a vehicle.
Removing the pod from the machine could also be something a little problematic for some, as touching the coffee pod after the cup has been made will be very hot to the touch. The easiest way to get it out would be to wait and then undo the lid from the EspressGo, tipping the spent capsule directly into the bin.
Credit to Lavazza has to be acknowledged, mind you, as the company has not only included a box of 16 pods of strong coffee with the machine for you to play with, but also a carrying bag that takes the machine, the small cup, and several coffee capsules.