I have pretty low expectations every time I try a new coffee brewing device - especially one that purports to make espresso, as I used to work in a coffee shop and drank enough espresso shots on a daily basis to give an elephant heart palpitations. Suffice to say, I'm familiar with the stuff and a bit picky.
I'm happy to report that this little device is more than a gimmick. It's well built, well designed and produces a real shot of espresso. There's a lot of metal in it and it's got a satisfying heft. It's a bit of a process to pull a shot, but anyone that will really appreciate the espresso this produces will enjoy the brewing process as well. It also takes some experimenting to dial in all the variables. The first half dozen shots I pulled were utter garbage, but once I figured out the right grind, dose, and tamp pressure I started pulling tasty shots with beautiful crema almost every time.
I'd highly recommend pairing this with a manual crank-powered burr grinder and grinding up good, fresh, locally roasted beans right before you brew. It's honestly not worth the effort if you're going to use pods or pre-ground espresso, as they'll always produce sub-par results.
The average coffee drinker will probably find the Handpresso to be too much work and hassle, but anyone that really enjoys espresso and especially anyone that works/has worked in the specialty coffee industry will absolutely love it.