Once in a while when a new product makes an appearance and your first reaction is, “It makes perfect sense” it usually takes someone with great vision and passion to make it happen. In the good old days, even today, the only way to have freshly brewed hot coffee on-to-go is to either stop by a cafe or keep coffee in a thermal flask. Handpresso uses coffee capsules and you all know I’m no stranger to espresso coffee capsules. One time, I even concocted setting up my Caffe Tiziano machine in the car and power it via an inverter — not unthinkable and the only reason I haven’t pursued it is lack of passion unlike the folks at Handpresso.
The man behind the vision and passion is late Henrik Jul Nielsen and Handpresso says this about their visionary founder, “We owe the Handpresso story to Henrik Jul Nielsen. Being a big espresso lover, it was on one of his many trips that Henrik invented the portable espresso. Inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s quotation “simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”, it was Henrik and his R&D team that made the small portable espresso machines see the light of day. Henrik was a visionary, an innovation fan, full of ideas on how to improve daily life, but left us all too quickly. The Handpresso story will live on with his team in France and internationally.”
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