It can be a challenge to procure a really great cup of coffee when you’re away from home, especially if you like to disappear off-grid on occasion. However, the Nomad by UniTerra promises a portable and compact espresso machine that will provide great coffee, wherever you are.
We’ve already covered plenty of portable coffee makers here at Gizmag, with the Java Commuter Press, and mypressi TWIST springing to mind as appealing options – so what sets Nomad apart from the rest? Well, in addition to an appealing compact design, the diminutive coffee machine sports that all-important classic pump lever which many aficionados of the black stuff reckon to be essential for a good brew.
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The lever is coupled with a (removable) proprietary "True Crema Valve," and this combination is said to allow an unskilled barista to pour an excellent cup of espresso, even with lower-quality ground coffee.
In order to make an espresso, you'll first need to provide Nomad with hot water and ground coffee, though no power is required by the unit itself. UniTerra states that the lever action can produce up to 10 bars of pressure (145 psi). The coffee machine measures roughly 15 x 15 x 15 cm (6 x 6 x 6 inches), with a weight of 1.1 kg (or 2.5 pounds), and there’s a maximum water capacity of 300 cc (10 oz.).
At present, Nomad is the subject of a Kickstarter campaign which ends on April 10. A minimum pledge of US$165 is required to snag an early black unit, though additional colors are also available from $215.
The promo video below features the obligatory pitch.