The world of portables espresso makers is an interesting one. It's one in which companies attempt to tow the narrow line of convenience and quality. Recently, we came across the Outin. It's branded as the world's lightest automatic espresso maker weighting at under 1.4lbs. At a price tag of $129, is it worth you money? In this Outin espresso maker review, we help you answer that question.
So before we get right into it, the concept of portable espresso machines isn't new. They're versatile devices that can be taken almost anywhere and come in both manual and automatic versions. Whether it's an outdoor camping adventure or just a day at the office, espresso lovers can enjoy a quality espresso in any environment. Moreover, you could actually use these compact devices in your own kitchen as an espresso machine replacement. Having said this, you should figure out how a portable espresso maker in general would benefit you.
Outin Espresso Maker Review
In starting this Outin Espresso Maker review, let's discuss what makes this product unique.
Unlike many of its competitors, the Outin Mini (as it's called) accepts both coffee capsules (Nespresso varieties as well) and ground espresso. Anyone who drinks espresso already knows that Nespresso pods are widely popular so it's a good thing they're supported by the Outin. Outin also supports coffee pods from Illy, Lavazza, Kimbo, Cafe Royal, L'OR, and Jacobs.
As another bonus, this device is also capable of making hot and cold brews. I don't drink cold brews all that often but it's nice to have the option to enjoy a cool refreshing caffeinated brew on a hot summer day.
Outin Espresso Maker Features
- Operated by built-in 7800mAh rechargeable batteries
- Use either hot or cold water
- Works with ground coffee and coffee capsules
- Weighs 2.8 pounds
- 20 bars of pressure
- Includes carrying case
- Heats water up to 205°F
It's certainly worth mentioning that the Outin Espresso Maker comes with a 2-year warranty and a 30-day money back guarantee.
Pressure and quality espresso go hand in hand. The 20 bars of pressure is impressive. The Simpresso, which we've had a chance to review, offers around 15 – 19 bars of pressure. Not a huge difference, but when it comes to making a perfect espresso, those little things matter.
Personally, when I think of portable espresso, I try to realistically adjust my expectations. I realize that regardless of how good the technology is, it's not likely able to compete with a specialty brew from my favorite local coffeehouse. It's simply not possible to fit all the features and capabilities of Jura-quality espresso machine into a tiny device. That being said, the Outin espresso maker finds a nice balance between convenience and quality.
The Outin Espresso Maker brandishes a sleek and elegant design. In some respects it seems like something you'd see out of a sci-fi movie but without all the complicated buttons. The product feels sturdy even though it's light weight. Lastly, it's designed to be leaked-proof while efficiently insulating heat.
Usage and Usability
As with many portable espresso makers, there is a slight learning curve in getting everything set up. In some respects, the Outin resembles a Russian nesting doll with multiple layers. It's not hard to use this device, but it does take a little practice. After a few tries, the set up process will become second nature.
Once everything is set up (adding water, putting in coffee capsules, tamping (if using coffee grounds), all you need to do is press a button and wait 3-4 minutes. You'll then be treated to a delightful espresso made with 20 bars of pressure and a nice layer of crema to prove it.
Outin Mini Accessories
The Outin Mini comes with a variety of accessories. The most notable is the carrying case which makes transport of this portable espresso machine a breeze. In addition to all the necessary adapters, this product comes with a USB charging cable and cleaning brush.
Cons of the Outin Espresso Maker
One of the cons of this machine is that you cannot use it while charged. It takes about 45 minutes to charge it from 0. At full charge, you'll be able to get 3 – 4 cups of piping hot espresso. I love the fact that they use rechargeable batteries but would've liked to have seen a stronger battery so the user doesn't have to recharge the device so frequently.
Outin Espresso Maker Review: Final Thoughts
Despite a few cons, this device would be a great fit for those who need to stay caffeinated while on the go. Let's face it. The espresso machines in hotel rooms often leave much to be desired. And drinking low quality espresso is never a fun experience. I like that this device is light-weight and automatic while offering a versatility that in my opinion sets this product above much of the competition. The $129 price tag may be understandably steep for some. But when you consider all the benefits you gain from being able to drink a quality espresso anytime and anywhere, it's makes for a solid value.
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If you're interested in a solid manual espresso maker, check out our review of the Simpresso Portable Espresso Maker.
Outin Portable Espresso Maker FAQ
Both 220V and 240V can be charged as long as the charging adapter supports them. Please note that the adapter's output voltages need to be at least 5V and the output power is at least 10W
Yes, this device comes with a 2-year warranty
Yes, this product comes with a 30-day money back guarantee
No, you cannot. You can only use the device once the charging is finished
Simply write email@example.com and their customer service team will get back with you
No, the entire process is automatic
Outin portable espresso maker can hold a max of 80 ml. While it can technically hold more, we recommend not exceeding 80ml. If you want optimal crema, we recommend filling it up to 50ml
Nespresso, L'OR, Jacobs, Lavazza, Kimbo and Cafe Roya
1.4lbs or about 640 grams