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The Oomph Coffee Maker. The what, you might be asking. The Oomph Coffee Maker. It’s not a household name – not yet anyway – but, thanks to Dragon Dens’ Jenny Campbell, it might soon be. And many consider that it deserves to be.
So what is the Oomph Coffee Maker? Well, it’s best described as a combination of a portable coffee maker that produces espresso coffee, and a convenient travel mug all in one affordable and innovative package.
Despite its simple design and a price of less than £40, the prototype won praise from Johnny England, one of the world Barista world championship judges. It’s also featured in GQ magazine and the leading gadget magazine T3, where it was described as brewing ‘velvety smooth coffee’.
From ordinary users, it boasts an impressive 4.5 star rating on Amazon. Let’s check out why in this Oomph Coffee Maker review.
There’s no denying that the Oomph Coffee Maker is simple to use. It’s made up of just two components: an inner and outer chamber that simply twist together. It uses a full immersion method, similar to a cafetiere system. Simply put water and coffee into the inner chamber and allow to stand for a up to two minutes, depending on your taste.
When you think it’s ready, pop on the outer case and push down. This forces the water up through the grounds, and through a ‘turbine’ that stirs and mixes the coffee for maximum taste extraction. It also locks the grounds into the bottom of the integrated travel cup. This is known as the Anti-Bitterness Lock, which prevents the beans over-brewing.
The outer case also doubles as part of the travel mug, with a closable lid.
Not happy with the initial brew? No problem. Uniquely of any brewing method, the Oomph allows you to rebrew without replacing the coffee grinds. Just twist the catch, pull up the plunger, and repeat the plunge. No mess, no fuss, no stress.
While it’s an espresso machine, it can handle a wide range of different coffee grinds, from espresso to cafetiere. And it still produces a high quality cup of coffee. It includes an integrated filter, so you don’t need to use paper filters, making it waste free.
This innovative coffee maker uses an Accelerated Flow Rate through the turbine to produce high quality espresso style coffee in less than two minutes (dependent on taste). That’s much faster than a standard cafetiere, and is speedy enough for all but the most impatient coffee lovers.
As a manual coffee maker, there are no buttons and indicators. But why would you need them when it’s so simple to use?
The Oomph Coffee Portable Maker doubles as a travel mug, which makes using it simple and straightforward. You can, of course, decant the coffee into a different cup if you prefer.
There’s not much to complain about with the Oomph Coffee Maker. To use an old phrase, it does what it says on the tin. If you’re being picky, then it is limited to espresso coffee, so if you prefer milky coffees such as cappuccinos and lattes, you’ll need to invest in a milk frother.
If you’re looking for an automated coffee machine, then obviously this isn’t the coffee brewing method for you. As a manual coffee machine’ it requires you to do everything but the brewing yourself.
Whether that’s grinding beans, if you prefer fresh coffee beans, to checking the water temperature to ensure your coffee won’t be bitter (and you may want to invest in a thermometer), to frothing milk. If you’re a novice to brewing coffee, it can take time to master these elements.
Some users report that the mug can drip and leak, which can be a problem, especially when you’re on the move. Others say that the cup isn’t particularly well insulated, meaning that the coffee can cool quite quickly.
The Oomph Coffee Maker is a solid piece of kit, made from Tritan, a food grade BPA free, heavy grade plastic. This means that it can be cleaned easily in a dishwasher. Just take it apart and pop it in your machine.
There aren’t even any used filter papers to deal with this machine. Instead, the way that the plunger forces the water out of the grinds leaves it as a sort of disc that can be tipped away with ease.
The Oomph Coffee Maker offers the user complete controllability, albeit manually. You can adjust everything to suit your taste. Prefer a strong coffee? Add more beans. Are your tastes more delicate? Then just put less coffee in. When it comes to temperature, simply allow pre-boiled water to cool to the temperature you prefer.
While the Oomph produces espresso style coffee, you can produce a volume of a little over 350ml, or 13 fluid ounces, of coffee. That’s plenty of coffee in one serving for all but the most ardent caffeine addict.
Unlike other manual brewing methods, the rebrew system makes brewing excellent coffee simple and straightforward. Timing is less important than with cafetieres or other manual espresso makers.
Despite its low cost, the Oomph produces a great cup of coffee. The coffee is described as having a rich, rounded taste with a full, smooth mouthfeel that is equal in quality to far more expensive brewing methods. It preserves the subtle individuality of the beans used, meaning that it’s worth using high-quality beans.
As already mentioned, it’s won praise from both professional, world-class judges and a number of magazines for producing consistently delicious coffee. It even impressed a Dragon enough for her to hand over £40,000 and she describes it as the best investment she ever made in the Dragons’ Den.
The small size of the Oomph makes it highly transportable, as does the travel mug. It’s ideal for those who want to enjoy high-quality coffee while staying in hotels or camping, for example. Anywhere where you have access to a kettle, in fact.
As this Oomph Coffee Maker review shows, for those looking for high-quality coffee at a low cost, this innovative little tool is the way to go.
It’s particularly useful for those who travel and want to enjoy top quality coffee anywhere. However, if you’re looking for an automated system, this won’t be the option for you.