Pocket Size Espresso Machine

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Pocket Size Espresso Machine

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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16 thoughts on “Pocket Size Espresso Machine

  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. Sean Michael Ragan says:

      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. Phillip C Reed says:

    I’d be concerned about lead-based solder.

    1. Sean Michael Ragan says:

      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

  4. Phillip C Reed says:

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