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Random Wed Dec 02 2009

Mypressi TWIST at Intelligentsia

During a visit to Intelligentsia Jackson today, something caught my eye, the Mypressi TWIST. I had read about this portable espresso device in a trade magazine a few months ago and thought it was a novel idea. When I gave a slightly puzzled look to my barista friends, they all informed me that the TWIST pulls a surprisingly decent shot. This tool uses hot water and air pressure from rechargeable N20 cartridge to deliver a single or double shot of espresso. Unlike other home espresso machines, the TWIST doesn't require electricity, though you will need some way to heat up the water, a slight drawback, and you can get about eight single shots out of the N20 cartridge. Retailing at $160, the TWIST is making me rethink my home espresso and coffee brewing options.

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mark / December 3, 2009 9:03 AM

The Aeropress is worthy of consideration also. It only relies on your muscles for the the air pressure and is much cheaper.

greg / December 3, 2009 8:19 PM

And air pressure is far less effective. Never got worthy results to change my habits with an Aeropress, unfortunately.

Pete Rosen / December 4, 2009 3:17 AM

Tha Handpresso ( does the same job, but without gaz cartridges! I've had one for one year now and I can only say I have not been at *$ since i got it! The coffee is excellent and the crema is perfect (I use Illy ESE piods). And the Handpresso is more affordable. I tried the Aeropress too: Great coffee, but not expresso!

Ryan Reynolds / December 13, 2009 9:00 PM

Handpresso is a horrible machine, both the Wild and Domo Pod. They dont keep a consistant shot and crema is horrid. I just got my mypressi last week and this thing is the real deal. I just threw away my handpresso, no real espresso lover would use it and call that a good machine.

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

The State of Food Writing

By Brandy Gonsoulin

In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
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