The Cafflano Kompresso is a highly portable espresso maker that stands out from other products in its category. Weighing less than 200g (0.45lb) and measuring just 17cm x 10cm, it’s incredibly compact, making it perfect for travel.
Despite its small size, it consistently delivers over 9 bars of pressure when extracting espresso, which is widely considered the ideal pressure for achieving the perfect shot.
What I like about Cafflano is that you can make great-tasting espresso just like on a traditional espresso machine.
I use the Kompresso at least a few times per week, so trust me when I tell you that it’s an incredible brewer that’s worth the effort. By the end of this guide, you’ll have made an espresso that’s so delicious and creamy, you won’t be able to tell it wasn’t made with a machine.
Ready? Let’s make some espresso with the Kompresso!
What You Need to Use the Cafflano Kompresso
To make the perfect cup of espresso using this guide and your Cafflano Kompresso, you’ll need the following items:
- Cafflano Kompresso
- Coffee scale (I’m using an Acaia Black Pearl)
- Coffee beans
- Kettle (I’m using my Brewista Artisan Electric Gooseneck Kettle – highly recommend it BTW)
- Grinder (Mine is a Comandante C40 MK3 Nitro Blade – great for traveling without sacrificing quality coffee)
Cafflano Kompresso Tutorial at a Glance
- Boil your water, and let it cool down to 92 degrees Celsius.
- Use the scale to weigh 16 grams of coffee beans.
- Grind the 16 grams of coffee beans.
- Place the 16 grams of ground coffee into the filter basket.
- Even and then tamp the grounds in the basket.
- Attach the filter basket to the Cafflano glass.
- Place the Cafflano glass on the scale.
- Pour 70 grams of water into the Cafflano glass.
- Attach the cup to the Cafflano.
- Put the pump on top of the Cafflano.
- Wait 10 seconds.
- Press down with consistent force.
- Enjoy your creamy espresso!
BTW: The Cafflano Kompresso Has a Cool Story
Founded in 2012 by Beanscorp, co. Ltd, Cafflano earned attention in 2014 with two viral Kickstarter campaigns.
One was for the Cafflano Klassic All-in-One Portable Pour-Over coffee maker. And the other was for Cafflano Kompact Simple Pressing Hot & Cold Brewer.
The Cafflano Kompresso is Beanscorp’s third successful Kickstarter campaign, with the team billing it as the “world’s most compact espresso maker”.
There’s something about a crowdfunded brewer that’s really exciting. It’s new, innovative, and people love it.
How Does the Cafflano Kompresso Work?
The Cafflano Kompresso operates on a hydraulic system based on Pascal’s Principle, which increases the extraction force of the espresso.
By pressing the plunger, the coffee is extracted through the portafilter.
The Cafflano Kompresso is made of durable plastic with no BPA, while the portafilter is made of stainless steel. The kit also includes a plastic tamper which is a convenient addition to the method.
Cafflano Kompresso Components
- The spoon for tamping/compacting the coffee
- Filter basket/pull handle
- Push handle/piston
- The camera
- Shower screen (Stainless steel and silicone)
How to Use the Cafflano Kompresso – Step by Step
Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to use the Cafflano Kompresso to make the perfect cup of espresso.
Step 1: Boil your water.
Let it cool down to 92 degrees Celsius (about 197 degrees Fahrenheit).
Step 2: Use the scale to weigh 16 grams of coffee beans.
You’ll want to use a fine grind for this, just like any other espresso brewing method. Check out our grind size chart for instructions if needed.
Step 3: Grind the 16 grams of coffee beans.
Step 4: Place the 16 grams of ground coffee into the filter basket.
Step 5: Even and then tamp the grounds in the basket.
Step 6: Attach the filter basket to the Cafflano glass.
Step 7: Place the Cafflano glass on the scale.
Step 8: Pour 70 grams (2.5 oz) of water into the Cafflano glass.
Step 9: Attach the cup to the Cafflano.
Step 10: Put the pump on top of the Cafflano.
Step 11: Wait 10 seconds.
Step 12: Press down with consistent force.
Place your elbow on the Cafflano and start pressing down with constant pressure. It should take you between 50 seconds to one minute to get to the bottom. But if you have to press too hard, you need to change the grind setting to a coarser one. If you are pressing down and the Cafflano does not offer resistance, you need to go with a finer grind setting.
Step 13: Ta-da! Enjoy your creamy espresso!
Well? What do you think? Amazing, right?
But that’s not all: the Kompresso can also be used to make filtered coffee, using a similar process to the popular Aeropress.
Whether you’re an espresso lover or a fan of filtered coffee, the Cafflano Kompresso is a great choice for anyone looking for a convenient, high-quality coffee maker that can be taken on the go.
It’s truly a unique device that offers a refreshing twist on moka pots or a machine.