Espresso coffee is the result of coffee extraction in the form of a thick black liquid. The roasted coffee beans are then ground and brewed with hot water under high pressure.

Types of Manual Espresso Tools

The fast brewing process of espresso also classifies it as ‘fast coffee.’ Originating in Italy, espresso enjoys immense popularity among Europeans.

ROK Presso

A popular manual espresso machine is the ROK Presso. Even this espresso machine can also be used for commercial purposes as many coffee shops use the ROK Presso. The ROK Presso tool itself carries the concept without electricity and produces quality that is almost equivalent to professional espresso tools.

This British espresso machine has a new series, the ROK Presso GC, which is made of solid aluminum. The cylinder and plunger parts are made of glass composite and have a significant effect on the pressure power in the coffee extraction process. The espresso is also thicker with a thick golden crema.

Flair Espresso

Not only ROK Presso, Flair Espresso is also famous among coffee lovers. This manual espresso machine made by Sergio Landau features a minimalist design that is easy to disassemble, making it suitable to be taken anywhere.

Although both do not require electricity, Flair Espresso and ROK Presso have differences. While the ROK Presso has two levers, the Flair has only one lever to extract the coffee. The results of the Flair Espresso tool also have a quality that is almost equivalent to professional tools, one of which is the result of thick espresso.

Stove Top

One of the tools that came about because of the need to drink coffee at home is the stove top or moka pot. Shaped like a teapot, the stove top is a manual espresso maker with a pressure method.

The principle is simple: the boiling water in the autoclave will press and penetrate the funnel pipe where the coffee powder is. After that, the coffee will be filtered at the top and come out through the vessel at the top. The way the water extracts the coffee in one stream without soaking is what makes stove top similar to espresso.

Stove top coffee is thicker due to the ratio of black coffee to water. However, the use of the stove top must pay attention to the level of the coffee grind because it can produce different brewing results. Thus, the coarseness and fineness of the coffee grounds play a role in the extraction process when dissolving.


This coffee brewing tool has a portable and easy-to-use concept. Staresso is a manual espresso machine that was awarded the RED DOT Awards in Germany. It has a hydraulic handle and can be used to pump hot water for the coffee extraction process. Then Staresso can produce single shot espresso with ease.

The mini size of the staresso is enough to produce a single shot of espresso. In addition to producing espresso, staresso can also be used to stir milk in the process of making cafe lattes or as a milk ftother. Apparently staresso is not only practical but also versatile, right?


Apparently Indonesia has also produced a manual espresso machine! This tool is called Blackanswered, created by Noor Asif from Yogyakarta. It can not only extract coffee but also micro foam fresh milk. Not only that, the taste produced by this tool can also match the quality of sophisticated espresso equipment.

Pros of Manual Espresso Machine

No doubt, manual espresso equipment is one of the alternatives because it has various advantages, one of which is in terms of price. Manual espresso equipment does have a more economical price. ROK presso is often the choice of budget coffee shops to serve coffee. ROK presso itself has stable performance at a low price.

Not only is the price economical, manual espresso equipment is also practical and easy to carry anywhere. Its portable form allows the manual espresso machine to be moved easily. These tools also do not rely on electrical power to operate. This is one of the absolute advantages of a manual espresso maker that large and complicated mechanical systems do not have.

Besides being practical and not needing to use electricity, manual espresso makers are also easy to operate. Espresso produced from an average manual device produces a thick crema that is as delicious as other espresso machines. Good coffee can be enjoyed every day with a manual espresso maker.


Manual espresso came about as a response to the need for swift coffee service. Despite the emergence of automatic espresso machines, the demand for manual espresso makers, such as the ones discussed in this article, remains high.

In addition to evoking a vintage charm, manual espresso machines offer a distinctive taste and quality that doesn’t differ significantly from automatic espresso machines. However, it’s important to note that not all manual coffee makers are suitable for commercial purposes, unlike professional espresso machines.

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