In-Car Gadget Could Save Coffee Fans Time and Money

1 Posted: 1st Apr 2019
In-Car Gadget Could Save Coffee Fans Time and Money
    • SEAT says Handpresso machine could save British drivers up to £1,800 per year*
    • Official advice to take a break and drink two cups of coffee when feeling tired at the wheel**
    • In-car device provides occupants with fresh, hot espresso on the move
    • Handpresso machine available as accessory from all SEAT dealerships priced £185 RRP


    Motorists could save more than £1,800 a year in coffee shop bills and up to an hour and a half in time spent lounging in coffee shops*, according to car maker SEAT.

    A Handpresso coffee-making device will fit neatly into the twin cup holders between the front seats in any SEAT model and dispenses 50ml of hot, fresh espresso per use in under three minutes.

    Two in five British motorists say they drink coffee whilst driving*** and, with the cost of using the Handpresso machine over 12 months estimated at £405, it could represent a significant saving on the £2,210 spent per year by the nation’s increasing number of coffee connoisseurs*.

    And, with official advice for drivers of long journeys suggesting they take a break every two hours and drink two cups of coffee**, the in-car espresso maker could serve up a refreshing boost for weary drivers without losing the average 93 minutes spent in coffee shops.

    Priced at £185, the Handpresso machine comes with two sturdy glasses, meaning users can also help the environment by doing away for the need for take-away coffee cups. An estimated 2.5 billion cups are thrown away in the UK each year****.

    The Handpresso is powered via the 12v plug and drivers can choose to use coffee pods supplied with the machine or refillable sachets of their own coffee, meaning the UK’s coffee connoisseurs can enjoy the roast of their choice at any time.

    Thanks to clever packaging, the Handpresso machine fits into a carry bag with its two glasses, napkins and space for spoons, condiments and coffee pods or ground coffee. The carry bag then packs away tidily into the vehicle’s glove box.

    The Handpresso machine costs £185 RRP if ordered at any SEAT dealership, including a 12-month warranty and 15 espresso pods.

Notes to Editor:

*Research Without Borders (RWB), 2017

**Official advice from the AA: https://www.theaa.com/driving-advice/safety/tired-drivers

***Survey by One Poll of 2,000 UK residents aged 18-65 with a driving licence who listen to music. Survey taken December 2018.

****Ace UK, 2011

About SEAT
SEAT is the only company that designs, develops, manufactures and markets cars in Spain. A member of the Volkswagen Group, the multinational has its headquarters in Martorell (Barcelona), exporting 81% of its vehicles, and is present in over 80 countries through a network of 1,700 dealerships. In 2016, SEAT obtained an operating profit of 143 million euros, the highest in the history of the brand, and achieved worldwide sales of nearly 410,000 vehicles.

SEAT Group employs more than 14,500 professionals at its three production centres – Barcelona, El Prat de Llobregat and Martorell, where it manufactures the highly successful Ibiza, Leon and Arona. Additionally, the company produces the Ateca and the Toledo in the Czech Republic, the Alhambra in Portugal and the Mii in Slovakia. 

The multinational has a Technical Centre, which operates as a knowledge hub that brings together 1,000 engineers who are focussed on developing innovation for Spain’s largest industrial investor in R&D. SEAT already features the latest connectivity technology in its vehicle range and is currently engaged in the company’s global digitalisation process to promote the mobility of the future.

*Research Without Borders (RWB), 2017

**Official advice from the AA: https://www.theaa.com/driving-advice/safety/tired-drivers

***Survey by One Poll of 2,000 UK residents aged 18-65 with a driving licence who listen to music. Survey taken December 2018.

****Ace UK, 2011

About SEAT
SEAT is the only company that designs, develops, manufactures and markets cars in Spain. A member of the Volkswagen Group, the multinational has its headquarters in Martorell (Barcelona), exporting 81% of its vehicles, and is present in over 80 countries through a network of 1,700 dealerships. In 2016, SEAT obtained an operating profit of 143 million euros, the highest in the history of the brand, and achieved worldwide sales of nearly 410,000 vehicles.

SEAT Group employs more than 14,500 professionals at its three production centres – Barcelona, El Prat de Llobregat and Martorell, where it manufactures the highly successful Ibiza, Leon and Arona. Additionally, the company produces the Ateca and the Toledo in the Czech Republic, the Alhambra in Portugal and the Mii in Slovakia. 

The multinational has a Technical Centre, which operates as a knowledge hub that brings together 1,000 engineers who are focussed on developing innovation for Spain’s largest industrial investor in R&D. SEAT already features the latest connectivity technology in its vehicle range and is currently engaged in the company’s global digitalisation process to promote the mobility of the future.

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