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Instructables user urant shows us how to turn some copper pipe fittings, lead-free solder, a plastic syringe, and a few odd bits of hardware into a truly pocket-sized espresso maker, complete with integral alcohol stove and boiler.


Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I write for MAKE, serve as Technical Editor for MAKE magazine, and develop original DIY content for Make: Projects.



  1. Anonymous says:

    Very old school and steampunk-ish. I can imagine seeing something like this in the back of a 19th-century sportsman’s magazine. “Gentleman’s Portable Espresso Outfit: Do not be without one’s proper cup of espresso whilst hunting African elephants and suchlike… Send 48¢ c/o Wentworth & Sons, Bigby Street, London…”

    1. Anonymous says:

      (If you get pulled over with this, they’re going to think its a crack pipe.)

  2. Colin Aubrey says:

    I like a shot of espresso as much as the next guy, but these days who knows where the copper was made and what it contains…

    1. Wherever it was made, and whatever was on it, it can be cleaned off.  Pipe like this carries drinking water all over the world!

  3. I’d be concerned about lead-based solder.

    1. So would I!  Note, however, “lead-free” in the post, above, and in the comments on the linked Instructable. =]

    2. motormouse says:

      use silver solder like jewerly people use, it’s got a higher melting point, but with that small size heating it up enough shouldn’t be *too* hard… I’ve done it on copper pipe as part of a jewelry project.. I suggest some Mapp gas if someone doesn’t have a full torch setup

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