That last one — the carrying bag — makes the entire kit far, far easier to carry, with two straps to let you bring the machine and a few pods easily.

It’s also built quite well, feeling like a solid rubberised thermos that can sit comfortably in a car cup holder, which we suspect is the reason behind the design. Cup holders in the centre console will probably make the EspressGo fit better due to how cemented to the car these are, but we were still able to fit it in the higher cup holders of the Golf.

There are a few things that could do with some work, though, and one of these is the espresso button, which can be very hard to push.

We suspect this is closer to a security feature, as the EspressGo literally has to be turned upside down in order to press the espresso release button to let you pour the coffee out. That being said, it needs to be pushed pretty hard, and the EspressGo has to be pretty much turned upside down straight, otherwise there will be no coffee.

In some ways, it’s a little too precise, especially while you’re sitting in a car. If you don’t hold the EspressGo right, mind you, hot water will leak from the side, and the espresso release button won’t be able to be pushed, leaving your fingers slick with hot water, and not your cup with hot coffee.

The Lavazza EspressGo is also only for short coffees, with no chance of a “lungo” or long coffee here. In fact, you’re pretty much stuck with a short coffee altogether, because that’s all it can handle.

Conclusion

There really is nothing like it, and Lavazza’s EspressGo does tread new territory has far as coffee machines go.

We can’t decide whether it’s mad or brilliant (settling in a Naked Geeks podcast on the phrase “milliant”), but it’s pretty impressive nonetheless, literally offering a proper cup of espresso when no café is in sight.

It’s easy to see a place for this machine in so many environments, whether the owner is an ambulance driver, police officer, someone going camping, or just a driver who loves their coffee.

If you love your coffee, and love it so much that sipping it should happen where ever you choose, this is a machine worth looking at.

Coffee to go: Lavazza's EspressGo reviewed
Price (RRP): $199 Manufacturer: Lavazza / Handpresso
Makes coffee easily and quickly; Is literally the only way to bring an espresso machine with you; 16 bar pump isn't too far off what other machines use, and is one bar higher than the Nescafe Dolce Gusto system; Comes with a carrying bag;
Espresso release button can be pretty hard to press; No lungos (long coffees) here, only espressos or ristrettos;
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