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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.

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Sean Michael Ragan

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and makezine.com. My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c’t – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.


  • Anonymous

    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…”

    • Anonymous

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

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000160082644 Colin Aubrey

    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…

    • http://smragan.com Sean Michael Ragan

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

  • https://plus.google.com/111776376493034975153 Phillip C Reed

    I’d be concerned about lead-based solder.

    • http://smragan.com Sean Michael Ragan

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

    • motormouse

      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

  • https://plus.google.com/111776376493034975153 Phillip C Reed

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