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Wacaco Nanopresso
A chance to bond with nomadic eagle hunters over a hot espresso? Sign me up.
You don't realize just how good you have it until you've drank instant coffee for the first time. It's a terrible excuse for coffee, but sometimes, especially when you're adventuring out in the middle of BFE Mongolia, it's all that's available. Until you discover Wacaco and your life (and coffee addiction) changes forever.
I'm the first to admit that I have a severe caffeine addiction. Like, I'd rather die than go a morning without an espresso or cup of coffee (preferably both), kind of addiction. I can't even have a conversation, or mutter a few words until I've had at least one cup of the stuff. It's a problem. I know.

But it's also how I keep my anything-but-normal life, well, normal. Small, simple routines like waking up, making a cup of coffee or shot of espresso, reading my emails, going down the social media rabbit hole for far too long, and then finally, after all of that, actually getting started with whatever the day has in store for me, which most likely means I have to talk to someone. But now, I'm ready. And this is the routine that I've found works for me.

And even when I'm traveling, even if I'm in the remotest parts of the world, where no two days ever look the same (and there are no emails to read, no social media rabbit holes), hoping from hotel to hotel (or ger to ger in Mongolia) and city to city, holding onto some assemblance of this simple routine, even if it's just the morning caffeine fix and a few minutes of quiet part, is what keeps my sanity in line.
(See what I mean? This face is absolutely not ready to converse with another human being yet.)

So, as I was researching the coolest new pieces of gear to tests out in 2019, discovering that I could hand-brew my own espressos - and good ones at that - with one little piece of equipment, anywhere in the world, with just my two little hands, literally blew my mind. I was in love with the Nanopresso before I even brewed with it.

And then I did. And that love is still going as strong as the espressos I brew with it.
The first 50 people to use the code BREANNAJ5 will save 5% off their order on Wacaco.com.
At just over 6" in length and weighing in at 3/4 of a pound, and coming in a range of colors from black, white and moss green (what I have) to lava red and arctic blue, the Nanopresso is by all means that secret weapon piece of gear that you can throw into your adventure kit and forget about.

During most of my adventures in Mongolia I usually stay with locals - local herders, family's in the Tsaatan tribe, or in the case of this adventure, with nomadic eagle hunters. That meant that I would have easy access to hot water, which I would need to use my Nanopresso. (That and coffee grounds that I brought with me, tightly concealed as to not lose any freshness and to avoid having coffee grounds spilled all throughout my pack, from the city.)

This particular morning I woke up, I pulled my new toy out of it's hard shell case, pulled the Nanopresso apart (basically untwisting both ends from the body) and scooped out one level scoop (about 8 grams) of the finely ground coffee that I had brought with me.

Placing the filter basket on top of the scoop, which fit nicely together for this exact purpose, I then flipped the basket and scoop over, transferring the grounds into the filter basket without any spills. Hallelujah! No wasted coffee.

Using the flat bottom of the scoop to then tamper the grounds into the filter the basket, I was done with the first step for brewing.

Filling the bottom water basket to just below the designated line with boiling water, courtesy of our herder family mama, I screwed on the water basket to the bottom of the Nanopresso's body and gently placed the coffee basket in the top of the body, screwing on the tiny top lid of the Nanopresso so that it was all back together perfectly.

Releasing the pump and turning the Nanopresso "upside down," it was time to brew.
Altai Mountains, Mongolia
Pumping with two hands, and after about a half dozen of them, the sweet aroma of espresso started to take over as my cup began to be filled with the fruits of my labor.

Extracting all that I could out of my Nanopresso, this morning I decided to add water to my espresso to make an Americano, something that might have seemed insignificant to my travel companions, but that made my entire morning this morning, and every one after.

Thoughts on Using the Nanopresso

Overall, I had no complaints about using my Nanopresso. It delivered on it's promise of a great espresso anywhere, and that's all that I was hoping for.

It takes a few times to get used to the brewing steps, and finding a flow to the whole process, but once you do, it's a relatively easy tool to use. And hey, you'll be the most popular person at the breakfast table with this little guy, trust me.

It's easy to clean, it doesn't require a lot of maintenance and it's pretty damn durable - all things that are important to me when I'm out in the field.

Overall I'd say I prefer the Wacaco Pipamoka, just because I tend to prefer a cup of coffee over an Americano, which was what I was essentially using the Nanopresso to do, but in all honestly I'd be more than happy to have either with me out on my next adventure.

And don't forget, the first 50 people to use code BREANNAJ5 will save 5% off their order on Wacaco.com. Happy caffeinating!
You're not dumb, you know that this is a sponsored post and that I make money off of affiliate partnerships. And while that is true, opinions (which I'm in no shortage of) are still all my own. Promise.
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