We're not entirely sure why manual espresso presses like this appeal to us so much, but one theory is that, as cyclists, we have grown to appreciate the interface between human provided power and efficient machines. The ROK Manual Espresso Maker operates along the same lines, and the result tastes a lot better than the espresso flavored gel packs we've all choked down in the past. Espresso is a simple beverage, so it's appropriate that the Manual Espresso Maker is an elegantly simplified mechanism with an equally simple aluminum construction. The instructions are as uncluttered and perfect as a game of ROKpaperscissors: boil water, grind beans, press. Like mounting and dismounting in 'cross, this simple process can actually take some time to master, so don't be afraid to spend a weekend morning cranking out espresso before cranking out those winter base miles. Four rubber feet on the base keep it stable during operation. The ROK Manual Espresso Maker includes a storage tin, portafilter, tamp spoon, splitter, and milk frother for making cappuccino and lattes when you're feeling adventurous.