Espresso – Inflate and repair cartridge

Espresso is an inflate and repair cartridge: it allows cyclists to repair punctures quickly, injecting a foam of Caffélatex through Presta valves.
Ideal for road, triathlon and off-road cycling (tyre size up to 29×2.20).

12.50 CHF

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  • Quick repair in case of puncture, no need to remove the wheel
  • Easy to use thanks to the silicone tube that fits directly on the valve (only for Presta valves)
  • Ideal for road, triathlon and off-road cycling (tyre size up to 29×2.20)
  • It doesn’t contain ammonia or other corrosive substances
  • Permanent repair


Quick repair

Espresso allows cyclists to repair punctures quickly, by injecting a foam of Caffélatex (synthetic latex-based sealant) through the Presta valve. This avoids the need of removing the wheel, saving precious time: less than a minute is enough to inflate and repair road or off-road tyres (up to 29 × 2.20), returning immediately to pedaling.

Easy to use

In case of puncture the stress level is high, and Espresso is designed to work simply and effectively, eliminating possible problems. 
For example, we have eliminated the common threaded adapter (in plastic or brass) between the tube of the canister and the valve – a potential point of leakage of foam, if not threaded in correctly – by switching to a flexible silicone tube. This tube is unique in its kind and fits directly onto the Presta valve, so that the special repairing foam (based on Caffélatex) penetrates directly into the tyre, without leaks.
In the case of wheels with spokes close to the valve, or in the presence of lenticular wheels, the silicone tube allows the use of Espresso despite the limited space available (in these cases cartridges with direct connection or with adapters to be threaded on are unusable).

IMPORTANT: Espresso only works with Presta valve.


Espresso is ideal for road, triathlon and off-road cycling (tyre size up to 29×2.20) and repairs punctures in tubeless tyres, tubulars and inner tubes. For tyres larger than 29×2.20 we recommend Espresso Doppio, with a greater volume of gas and repairing foam (125 ml instead of 75 ml).


Espresso contains Caffélatex liquid and propane gas: the first performs the puncture repairing action, the second inflates the tyre. Caffélatex is an ammonia-free sealant, harmless for tyres and rims. For this reason Espresso does not damage the inner tubes, not even the latex ones used for high-end tubulars. 

IMPORTANT: if the Caffélatex sealant is already present inside the tyre, Espresso can still be used to facilitate the repair of the puncture and increase the inflation pressure.

Final repair

If the puncture is indeed repairable (Espresso does not repair large cuts or holes greater than 4 mm) the synthetic latex contained in the canister closes the hole in a stable manner. After using Espresso to repair a puncture, it is best to observe the tyre in the following days to evaluate abnormal pressure losses. The propane contained in Espresso is not retained for a long time by a tyre or inner tube, so a pressure loss is normal within 24 hours after using Espresso … easily remedied by inflating with a normal pump. If after this the pressure becomes stable, the repair is final and there’s no need to do anything else, just pedal!

Maximum repairable damage in inner tubes

Inner tubes expand when inflated – limited in their volume increase by the tyre alone – and a hole in an inner tube tends to change geometry and size at different pressures. Since a hole in an inner tube expands with inflation, the maximum damage that can be repaired in a tubeless tyre (where the shape and size of a puncture changes little with pressure) is greater than with a tyre with tube. Espresso generally repairs holes up to 1 mm in inner tubes, up to 4 times larger in a tubeless.


Espresso is single-dose (one cartridge for one tyre) and only works with Presta valves. Delivery can be interrupted and resumed at will by pressing the nozzle button.


Espresso can inflate a tyre 700x23c (23-622) to approximately 5 bar, a tyre 29×2.20 (56-622) to approximately 2 bar. It is possible to inflate the tyre further after using Espresso.

Made in Italy.

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22 responses to “Espresso – Inflate and repair cartridge

  1. Hello, I have a question about to be there tires. I am building up a new bicycle and I am thinking of going the tubular route. Can café latex be installed in the tubes as a preventative measure against a puncture? Or do you recommend the espresso sealant only if and when I get a puncture?

  2. Hi
    Used a cartrage yesterday so continued my ride but in a few months is it ok to add more Caffélatex to the tubliar tyre to continue the protection?
    Are there anything else I should be warey of?
    I had Caffélatex in the tub befor but must of been used giving me protection (only lasted 8 months befor the punture yesterday).


    1. Hello Jon,
      I confirm it’s ok to simply add more Caffélatex to the sealant injected by Espresso, they have the same formula.
      The gas inside Espresso is Propane and won’t be retained by latex/butyl inner tubes for more than some hours (surely enough time to go back home or finish the ride): if your tubular is flat or partially deflated after a (successful) reparation with Espresso, simply inflate it with your normal pump and you’ll be good to go

  3. Planning to use this on a tubeless tire: 1) Is there an expiration date on this can? 2) Tire already has orange seal, will it still work on top of that?

  4. The product is listed as 75 ml. Is that equivalent to 75 milliliters of Caffélatex in liquid form? If not, how much Caffélatex liquid would a cartridge of Espresso contain?

    1. Hello David: 75 ml Espresso contains around 40-4 5ml of liquid sealant (Caffélatex), the rest is liquid propane.
      Our 125 ml Espresso Doppio is instead around 80 ml of sealant + 45 ml of propellant.

  5. Hello,
    i got a punctuated tubular and am interested if i have to change the tyre or is the reparation durable with the espresso repair kit?

    1. Hi Sven,
      the reparation is durable. If the puncture is repaired, all you have to do is inflate your tubular and ride. The sealant inside will remain liquid for at least a couple on months, providing a certain degree of puncture prevention. No worries for the (eventual) latex inner tube, as there’s no ammonia inside.

  6. Hi,

    I found a great way to mount a can of ‘Effetto Mariposa Espresso’ by using a Lezyne Nylon Bracket Mount For HV Pump! This bracket is for the mountain bike/high volume pump (not the pump for road bike).

    The nylon bracket/legs will stretch a bit to fit the can and the strap is long enough to secure it!


    1. Hi Alan,
      thanks, there’re indeed several mounts/holders that can be used to carry our Espresso. We still prefer our Espresso Strap and Espresso o.s.f.a. Clip! 🙂

  7. I can’t even buy the two bottle mount for my bike
    I have one more espresso cartridge and I’m hoping
    Stock returns to the U.S. But would still love to
    To get the frame mount that holds two cartridges

    1. Hi Isaac, we share your pain… hopefully waiting will be over soon, Espressos are on their way to the US.

    1. Quality Bicycle Products is soon receiving Espresso… most US bicycle shops will then be able to get the product in house fast!

  8. I’m Trying to get the Espresso Repair Cartridges and they seem to be out of stock everywhere? I would really like 75ml two pack with the clip if its possible to order directly.

    1. Hello Isaac,
      where are you based? If you’re in the US, I know most of our distributors are temporarely out of stock of Espresso (flammable, it has to be shipped by sea… it just takes longer) but the wait will soon be over.