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And here we present, the penny-farthing of coffee: the hand-pressed ROK Espresso Maker.
All you mutton-chopped bike poloists take note: This steel contraption needs only hot water and the might of your tattooed biceps to produce a pure cup of espresso—no electricity, no waste other than the compostable espresso grounds of your choosing. Also, it looks cool, like a four-armed octopus or something.
But put aside the retrograde—dare I say, steampunk—appeal of the ROK and think about how practical it simply must be. It only adds one step to the traditional process of making espresso (the crank of the hand-press), and even that looks sort of fun and I want to do it. And the fact that it doesn’t require any electricity makes it ideal for dormitories and outdoor use, so long as you have a way to boil water. Finally, the thing is made of engine-grade steel, and there's nothing cooler than a coffee brewer that includes "engine" and "steel" in its description.
While we haven’t yet had a chance to test the ROK, we can’t see what’s not to like about it. See it in action below.