Like many people, I love a good cup of coffee. And I’m always looking for ways to replicate takeaway coffee at home – I’ve got a Nespresso machine which is fab for espresso.
But the options for an Americano at home never quite seem to hit the spot. I have a French press but I always find that the second cup from it starts to taste over brewed and bitter. Plus it never seems to keep the coffee as hot as I really want.
So when I saw the Oomph Portable Coffee Maker*, I was really intrigued.
About the Oomph Portable Coffee Maker
The Oomph launched to the general public in 2016, following a successful Kickstarter campaign. You may have also have seen it appear on Dragons Den on TV.
It’s a revolutionary coffee maker which is designed to provide the ultimate takeaway coffee at home.
The sleek BPA-free plastic body contains a double brewing chamber and fully integral piston press. It also keeps your coffee hot for up to an hour, and you can drink your coffee directly from the Oomph. That makes it an ideal replacement for expensive takeaway Americanos.
How to use the Oomph
Using the Oomph is really simple – it’s very similar to making coffee in a cafetiere or French press. You simply add around 24g of ground coffee, and top up with water that’s just off the boil. There are maximum lines for both coffee and water on the side, so you don’t need to worry about overfilling.
After leaving your coffee to brew (1 to 2.5 minutes), you press down on the plunger. This locks into position at the bottom, so that it stays firmly in place.
You can then either decant your freshly brewed coffee into a mug, or drink it directly from the Oomph. It’s so convenient for coffee on the go!
Benefits of the Oomph Coffee Maker
With a traditional cafetiere, the grounds stay in contact with the water after you press down the plunger, and the extraction process continues. This means that even if your first cup tastes perfect, the second cup can taste overbrewed and bitter.
But when you push down the plunger on the Oomph, it seals the coffee grounds away from the water. So the second cup will taste exactly the same as the first cup, no more overbrewing.
You also have more control over the strength of your coffee, compared to a French press. And if you’ve ever had to throw away a whole cafetiere of coffee because it’s underbrewed and sour, you’ll know what a benefit this is!
The Oomph allows you to sample your coffee after a first brew, and then if it needs a little longer, you can pull back the plunger and brew again. The water is drawn back through the grounds, and after the second brew you can press down the plunger and sample the coffee again.
It’s a much more precise process than with a cafetiere or French press.
Great for Coffee on the Go
The tough BPA free plastic construction is much more suitable for travelling than a glass cafetiere. I think that this will be great to pack in my suitcase when I’m staying away. I really miss a good cup of coffee in the morning when I’m staying in a hotel.
But do remember that the Oomph hasn’t been designed to be watertight, so you can’t just throw it into your bag when it’s full of coffee!
And unlike a cafetiere, the coffee will stay warm for up to an hour. I prefer my coffee scalding hot, but even after 30 minutes I still found that my coffee was hot enough for me to drink quite happily.
Where to Buy
The Oomph Portable Coffee Maker costs from £39, and is available directly from the Oomph website, where they also stock their own limited edition coffee.
You can also buy the Oomph at Amazon*
The Oomph Coffee Maker – My Verdict
Using the Oomph has definitely changed my morning coffee for the better. I can prepare the Oomph and take it up to my office so have delicious fresh coffee while I work. It will also be fantastic to take away with me when I’m travelling, and would be great for anyone who likes to pick up an Americano on the way to work. You could even take it along on camping trips!
Coffee made in the Oomph has none of the bitterness that can come from overbrewing. It’s smooth, and tastes great right to the last drop. It also stays hot for much longer than coffee from a cafetiere.
The coffee maker comes apart easily for cleaning, and the BPA free plastic body means that you don’t need to worry about cracking a glass jug.
I really like the Oomph – it’s certainly the best way I’ve found to make an Americano at home. It looks very sleek and modern, and is very easy to use.