Wacaco Minipresso vs. Nanopresso: which one should you get?

Since I have always loved making my own coffee, I have invested in different machines. When I started camping with my friends, I needed to find a way of making my espresso, and I had to research. The problem with many coffee lovers including me is not knowing which machine we really should go for between Wacaco Minipresso and Nanopresso. I got the Wacaco Minipresso and the Nanopresso and tested them both to determine what would serve me better when I travel or go camping. In this post, I will be comparing the two pocket coffee machines. Read on to find out which one was best for me and which one you would prefer.

What are the differences between Wacaco Minipresso vs. Nanopresso?


Wacaco Minipresso


What it is made of (Material)

EVA and plastic



Longer but with small width

Short and small



More expensive

Coffee pods compatibility


Use Nespresso pods only



1 year warranty





Easy to clean

Easier to clean


One model

Two models


More available


Ease of use

Easier to use

Easy to use

Wacaco Minipresso vs. Nanopresso – How They Compare.

Wacaco Minipresso vs. Nanopresso
Wacaco Minipresso. Image source: Wacaco

What it’s made of (material)

The Wacaco Minipresso casing is made of EVA material on the outside, while the inside is made of plastic. On the other hand, the Wacaco Nanopresso is made of plastic, which is durable and feels like it is well-built.

I think the durable plastic used to make the Nanopresso feels better compared to the EVA and plastic material used to make the Minipresso. Therefore Nanopresso wins in the material section.


The Wacaco Minipresso is long but with a shorter width, while the Nanopresso is short and basically smaller. The Nanopresso comes in many different colors making it more attractive.

The Nanopresso wins because we all would go for a smaller machine to carry while traveling.


The Wacaco Minipresso is cheaper and affordable on Amazon. On the other hand, the Nanopresso is more expensive on Amazon.

Evidently, Wacaco Minipresso wins.

Coffee Pods compatibility

The Wacaco Minipresso is compatible with coffee pods which makes it easy to prepare espresso with high precision. It is compatible with many coffee pods from different companies as Caffitaly System and Tchibbo caffisimo.

Wacaco Nanopresso is not compatible with all coffee pods. It uses only Nespresso pods.

The Wacaco Minipresso wins because it is flexible; you can use coffee pods from different companies, while Nanopresso limits you to using Nespresso pods only.


The Wacaco Nanopresso has a warranty of one year which is similar to the Minipresso. However, the warranty will only be helpful to you when you buy from Amazon. The company says that other online shops do not have official partnership with them. Therefore if you buy anywhere else the warrant might be useless.

Here, both the Minipresso and the Nanopresso win because they have the same warranty since they come from the same manufacturing company.


The Wacaco Minipresso had a water reservoir that could hold up to 2.35oz, which is something close to 67ml. It is enough for a cup of espresso, but for those who love more coffee, it is limiting.

The Wacaco Nanopresso water tank has a capacity of 2.7oz, which means it can carry 80 ml of water. This is enough to make a cup of espresso. By the way, they came up with a cup that serves the purpose of saving space because it fits into the water tank.

The Wacaco Nanopresso wins because of the bigger capacity and the designed cup that fits into the tank. It does not limit you to less espresso like the Minipresso.


The Wacaco Minipresso clean-up depends on the model. If you have the ground coffee version, you should rinse out the coffee basket. With the Nespresso version, all you will do is in the pod. However, you will need to do some thorough cleaning to clean all the corners. You will need to use a soft brush or toothpick to clean the corners of the basket before you rinse off and dry it with a clean piece of kitchen clothing. The part that makes this a bit hard is when coffee particles get stuck in the basket; you will need to scrub a little. Another trick is always to preheat, which serves the same purpose as running hot water through the whole machine.

Cleaning the Wacaco Nanopresso is easier, especially if you have normalized cleaning it after use. You have to clean each part with water; some say to use running water, but I tried to use it with water from my jar. There was no running water, and I cleaned it just fine. Matter of fact, I let it dry in the sun. Most of the time, you are advised to use clothes to dry each part, especially when you are at home. The sad thing about cleaning the Nanopresso is that none of its parts are dishwasher friendly, so you will always have to do it manually. Remember, you must clean it daily after use so that it remains an easy-to-clean machine; if you skip cleaning, it will be so hard to clean.

Wacaco Nanopresso wins because it is easier to clean than Minipresso, which is prone to particles stuck in the coffee basket.


The Wacaco Minipresso comes in two models. The first model was not compatible with coffee pods while the second model is advanced. Also the second model has an innovative design on the piston area making it semi-automatic. On the other hand, there is only one model for Wacaco Nanopresso.

The Wacaco Minipresso wins because you have the option to choose a model depending on your preference, while Nanopresso limits you to one option.


The Wacaco Minipresso is available online on Amazon, and other online shops. You can even get it in supermarkets. On the other hand, the Nanopresso is available mostly online because it came after the Minipresso. You might get it in a few shops.

The Wacaco Minipresso wins because it’s more available.

Ease of use

Wacaco Minipresso is easy to use because of its design. It has the best innovative design that makes it a perfect hand-pumped coffee machine to use when traveling. It has a semi-automatic piston that receives pressure when you push it, and it makes the water move into the coffee adapter in small quantities. After a few pushes, the piston will automatically continue to push the water, and you no longer have to push. However, you will need to use both of your hands to pump even though you only require a pumping force that ranges from 6kg to 10kg. Also, if you want to control the amount of coffee, you can unlock the piston from its initial position and press it.

The Wacaco Nanopresso is also easy to use, but first, you have to know the small parts to know how easy it is to use. It comes with a coffee filter basket, a container, and a push button. You follow instructions and push the button to get it to work. You will need to use more pressure than when using the Minipresso. You will need about 13kg to push the button to give it the necessary pressure for stable extraction.

Minipresso wins when it comes to how easy they are to use because you only require 6-10kg of weight to get it to work, while for Nanopresso, you will need 13 kg. Furthermore, the Minipresso has an innovative design of a semi-automatic piston which makes it easier to use

Wacaco Minipresso vs. Nanopresso: A comparison overview

Wacaco Minipresso – Overview

Wacaco Minipresso vs. Nanopresso- which one should you get?
Wacaco Minipresso. Image source: Wacaco

A Wacaco Minipresso is a portable well-designed espresso maker. It makes the best quality espresso away from home. It is easy to use because of its innovative semi-automatic piston. Its other component is the coffee basket, where you can put up to 8 grams of coffee grounds. It also has a tank that holds 2.35oz of water, where you can put the hot water that will be used to make the espresso. It can give you up to 70ml of espresso.

What I liked;

  • It uses different coffee pods
  • Has two models

What I didn’t like;

A little hard to clean

What do people say?

  • Easy to use
  • Nice warrant services

Nanopresso- Overview

Wacaco Minipresso vs. Nanopresso
Wacaco Nanopresso. Image source: Wacaco

A Wacaco Nanopresso resembles a souped-up thermos flask. It is a hand machine used to hand brew espresso. It is portable and easy to use, although you need a little more pressure. It can make up 80ml of espresso. Although it is not dishwasher friendly, it is a pocket machine that is easy to clean and dry.

What I liked;

  • Nanopresso delivered the coffee at the right pressure.
  • It is easy to clean

What I didn’t like;

  • It requires more pressure

What are customers saying?

  • Very compact
  • Enough pressure for a perfect espresso

Final Verdict: So, Which is Better? – Wacaco Minipresso vs Nanopresso

So, after trying out the Wacaco Minipresso and the Nanopresso, I was extremely impressed with the Wacaco Minipresso. It is the clear winner in this comparison because it is easy to use, makes perfect espresso and is more affordable than Nanopresso. However, Nanopresso is preferred by many people because of the pressure at which it makes espresso, and it only varies a little with its predecessor, the Minipresso.


Which has a better appearance between Wacaco Minipresso and Nanopresso?

The Nanopresso had a better appearance because it’s short and the right size. It comes in many beautiful colors too.

Is the Nanopresso more expensive than the Wacaco Minipresso?

Yes, the Nanopresso is more expensive than the Wacaco Minipresso. There is a notably higher difference between the prices of the Wacaco Minipresso and Nanopresso on Amazon.

Which is more popular Wacaco Minipresso and Nanopresso?

We conclude that the Wacaco Minipresso is more popular than the Nanopresso because it came first. Many people had no option and had to use it, making it popular until the Nanopresso came in. However, the speed at which the Nanopresso is becoming popular might make it more popular than the Minipresso in the near future.

Which one makes better coffee between Wacaco Minipresso and Nanopresso

Both the Wacaco Minipresso and the Nanopresso make good quality coffee, but Nanopresso makes it better. The more the pressure, the better the quality, and the Nanopresso reaches higher pressure than the Minipresso. Therefore it makes the best quality coffee.

Which one is better for lattes between Wacaco Minipresso and Nanopresso?

Again, Nanopresso is better for lattes because of its pressure

Which one is easier to clean between Wacaco Minipresso and Nanopresso?

The Nanopresso is easier to clean than the Wacaco Minipresso. You disassemble the parts and clean them separately in running water. It would be best if you washed with soap and then rinsed. Dry them and assemble them back together. For the Wacaco Minipresso, because it’s harder to clean, normalize preheating it with water; it helps in cleaning.

Which is easier to use, Nanopresso or Wacaco Minipresso?

The Wacaco Minipresso is easier to use than the Nanopresso because of its innovative design. It has a semi-automatic piston that requires lesser weight to get it into momentum so that at some point, you stop pushing the button, and still, the espresso is pumped.

Can you use Wacaco Minipresso pods in Nanopresso?

You can only use Nespresso pods in a Nanopresso because they are the only pods that are compatible. Although sometimes you can use capsules that are Nespresso compatible. It would be best if you used original NS capsules because non-original ones will not be compatible. Also, capsules that have filter papers can never be compatible with the Nanopresso.

Can you buy the Wacaco Minipresso on eBay?

Yes, but it is not advised, especially when it comes to warranty. Wacaco company has only signed up with Amazon to sell their products, and their warranty will only cater to products bought on Amazon.

Which between the Wacaco Minipresso and Nanopresso brews more than one coffee type?

The Wacaco Minipresso can brew many coffee types, while the Nanopresso can only brew one coffee type.

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