A Handheld Espresso Machine for Your Car?

According to an anecdotal survey conducted by the Times' Oliver Strand, Americans don't really drink straight espresso anymore. Most of owners of his favorite NYC coffee shops say that straight espresso accounts for about 5 percent of the coffee they sell, he wrote in the Times last week. If you are part of this coffee minority that likes a freshly brewed, kick-in-the-butt espresso, we've got the perfect gadget for you.

The Handpresso is a portable espresso machine made by a French company that you can plug into the cigarette lighter socket in your car. You insert a coffee pod, and it squirts out a shot of espresso. Watch this product promo video of a dashing European man driving around in the French countryside in a sleek Audi who suddenly finds himself in need of an espresso. It's good for some laughs and just might convince you to pick one up, even though they're pretty expensive (149 euros, roughly $200).

For more dining news, head to Fork in the Road, or follow us @ForkintheRoadVV, or me, Alexia Nader, @lexi1602. 

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