Why let a gas station, a hotel, or a convenience store ruin your daily coffee?
Thinking of making do without your cup of joe just because you are camping, boating or in your RV? Sacrilegious!
We all know what it’s like on the road, a camping trip or in a hotel – the coffee just doesn’t match up to what you can brew at home. Unfortunately, you can’t just bring your drip coffee maker or even your handy grind and brew machine with you all the time.
Your coffee is special. It tastes just the way you like it (which you perfected after trying out several blends and techniques), and its familiarity envelops you with calm and comfort.
The good news is that there are some fantastic portable coffee makers which can help you replicate the taste of your beloved home-brewed coffee.
And when you’re away from home, one whiff of that delectable cup of coffee can make a world of difference.
So let’s take a look at some of the best travel coffee makers you can carry with you, no matter where you go.
Portable Manual Coffee Makers
So you have one of the best of the best coffee makers sitting in your kitchen but the inconvenient truth is that you cannot take it wherever you please. It’s a sad reality for us coffee lovers.
But here’s the good news: coffee doesn’t have to suck just because we are traveling. There are several options for portable coffee makers out there, but here are my top three.
Aerobie Aeropress With Zippered Nylon Tote Bag
If you wanted to make your favorite coffee maker portable, this is it. The Aeropress Coffee and Espresso Maker is a great little machine if you are looking to brew one to two cups of coffee.
This coffee maker does not contain Bisphenol A and does a fantastic job of replicating the clean yet complex flavor of a manual pour-over technique. The bottom line: it produces delicious coffee.
You can use it with the custom paper filters (provided in the box) or pick up a reusable fine mesh filter. Either way, this US-made coffee maker‘s construction makes it is easy to clean, which is a boon because you don’t want to be spending a lot of time doing that on the road. This set also comes with a nylon bag to keep your equipment clean and safe during your trip. That is the essence of a portable coffee maker. No wonder that this is the darling of so many coffee enthusiasts around the world.
Presse By Bobble – Brew, Press And Go
The Presse by Bobble is one of the newer additions to the portable coffee maker scene.
This On-The-Go Brewer is a stainless steel coffee brewer, and tumbler rolled into one! It takes only 3 minutes to brew your coffee, and the stainless steel framing keeps your drink hot, so you can take it with you.
What a great way to make that brew and then savor it as you move around.
Bodum Insulated Travel French Press
If you want to look classy while you’re brewing your coffee on the go, the insulated stainless steel Bodum Travel Press is for you!
It’s super easy to clean, thanks to all parts being dishwasher safe. The rubberized silicone grip makes it easy to hold when you’re power-walking your way to the next meeting.
Want the French Press experience while traveling? The Bodum Travel Press is the king of the pack of portable coffee makers. Do you like French Press Coffee? You can also check out more of them here.
I’d also recommend checking out a manual pour over coffee maker – like one of these. They are super travel friendly.
Portable Espresso Coffee Makers
Black coffee not enough to give you your daily dose of caffeine? Can’t do without your morning shot of espresso?
Fret not. Pick up a portable espresso maker to ensure you have enough caffeine to fuel you on your next trip.
These top travel coffee makers will produce an extra-strong espresso for you, even when you’re away from home.
Handpresso Wild Hybrid Espresso Maker
For that quick espresso on the go, you need not look further than the Handpresso Wild Hybrid Espresso Machine.
You can use ESE Pods (espresso pods) or ground beans to get a quality shot of espresso on the move. The pressure gauge on this device reminds me of a mini bike pump as you watch the needle climb while pumping.
It can generate up to 16 bars of pressure, which is more than enough to create an authentic espresso. The size and durability of this machine mean that you can use it as a daily driver in your kitchen, as well as take it with you on your next camping trip.
Staresso Espresso And Cappuccino Maker Plus Cold Brew
If you’ve got more than just espresso on your mind, then you should consider the Staresso Espresso and Cappuccino Maker. It may look a little complicated to use at first, but you’ll soon get the hang of it. Oh, and have we mentioned that it can make cold brew coffee like the ones we listed in post?
It is capable of developing 15-20 bar of pressure, which is excellent for that strong but smooth taste. It also comes with a reusable coffee filter and a built-in shot glass for your hot espresso.
In addition to producing a rich and flavorful brew, this machine has a neat milk frothing feature too. Cappuccino on the go anyone?
MiniPresso GR Espresso Maker
The MiniPresso Espresso Maker is a compact and lightweight alternative that will fit into any suitcase, overnight bag, or glove compartment.
It is completely hand-operated, so it can work without power or batteries. This means that you can enjoy great espresso whether you’re in your kitchen, your office, or in the middle of nowhere.
Handpresso Outdoor Complete Pump Set – The Perfect Gift
If you are looking for a gift for the traveling coffee lover in your life, then look no further than the Handpresso Outdoor Set.
Along with the portable Handpresso Pump Black, this set contains 4 unbreakable cups, a thermos-flask, and a small napkin. All of these are housed in a sleek, well-designed bag. It makes this Handpresso set an ideal companion for any trip or for stowing it away in the kitchen cabinet without taking up too much space.
Camping Coffee Makers (Propane Camping Coffee Makers)
Have you ever tried to brew coffee in a percolator for a large group of campers? It’s a major hassle.
Not with the camping coffee makers from Coleman. Let’s have a look at the two different options you have.
Coleman Camping Coffee Maker For Propane Stove
Just put the Coleman Camping Coffee Maker on your camp stove while you decide whether you want your eggs sunny side up or over easy.
The steel base fits almost all camp stove burners, and it brews up to 10 cups or 60 ounces of coffee in 15 min. So even if you’re part of a large camping group, you’ve got nothing to worry about.
Coleman QuickPot™ Propane Coffee Maker With Glass Or Thermal Carafe
This version of the Coleman coffee maker can be used directly with propane bottles, so it is an ideal solution for any camping or RV trip.
And to start this coffee machine, you don’t even need matches, thanks to Coleman’s exclusive InstaStart feature.
It is fast, easy to set up, and comes with a removable, dishwasher-safe filter basket.
Related: Best Moka Pots to Try This 2020
12V Portable Coffee Maker For Cars Or Trucks
For the road trippers among us, there is a real need for coffee on the go. Especially when you desperately need a shot of caffeine, and there’s no gas station in sight.
And who wants to deal with the overfilled parking lots at the crowded truck stops?
With a 12v portable coffee maker, you can always have a nice hot cup of coffee even if you’ve parked in the middle of nowhere.
Or you can just keep going and stop at the next free parking lot for a good cup of freshly brewed coffee.
AICOK 2 in 1 coffee maker is a great gadget for coffee geeks. It comes with a car charger for using it outdoors, and a wall charger for indoor use. What’s particularly interesting about this portable coffeemaker is that it can heat water without being plugged into. This is due to its rechargeable lithium battery.
This travel coffee maker works with K-cups and ground coffee. K-cups are not included with the machine, but the coffee filter is reusable.
Other features that make us love the AICOK espresso maker are its one-button operations and a built-in self-cleaning option. However, be careful in following the instructions and wash only the drinking cup! Otherwise, you might cause your precious little coffee machine to malfunction.
One thing to note though, this travel coffee maker won’t make hot coffee unless you use its 7A adapter that has to be purchased separately.
Handpresso Auto is great for the road trip. This compact espresso maker is really easy to use. You plug it into a 12V car socket, wait for the water to heat and then brew a cup of espresso.
Handpresso Hybrid brews with both ground coffee and ESE pods, which is a plus compared to our previous model, the AICOK.
On the downside, this lovely portable coffee machine will not work unless your car engine is running. So, if you want to stop by the parking lot for a coffee break, bear that in mind.
Battery Operated Travel Coffee Maker From Makita
When there is a power outage, most people think of water. Or candles.
But for some people, the first thought is coffee.
The Makita DCM500Z 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Coffee Maker is perfect for such a situation as it runs off an 18V Lithium-Ion battery, and produces a cup of coffee in only 7 minutes!
It is also great for traveling because it doesn’t need filters as it has a permanent drip filter.
I’m not quite sure if some sellers offer this portable coffee maker with battery and charger. At least, on Amazon, it looks like the battery and charger are included.
So make sure to either include the battery and charger in your order or ask the seller for more information.
You should also know that according to reviewers, the small battery only brews one cup of coffee. So check the Amps in case you want to brew more than one cup at a time. For example, the 5 Amps battery is supposed to brew up to 3 cups of coffee.
Backpacking Coffee Maker
When you are preparing to go out backpacking, all you can think about is the amount of weight that you will be carrying.
Weight and space are at a real premium in the backpack, and this means that you will be searching hard for that coffee maker that ticks both of those boxes.
You need it to be lightweight. You need it to be compact. You need a portable coffee maker that you can carry with you even noticing it is there.
SlickDrip – The Kuissential Collapsible Silicone Coffee Dripper
The Kuissential SlickDrip Coffee Dripper collapses into a flat package which takes up almost no space. And weighing only about 3.5 oz, the SlickDrip ticks both those boxes – lightweight and compact.
It is made from silicone, which is sturdy, long-lasting and won’t absorb odors or tastes from whatever else you have in your backpack.
The Kuissential SlickDrip uses a #2 cone coffee filter, which is less common than the #4 cone filter. Other than that, there’s no reason you can’t use it at home for your daily shot of caffeine too!
GSI Outdoors Collapsible Java Drip
Following a similar design, the GSI Outdoors Collapsible Java Drip collapses to a nice flat disk. It weighs 4.8 ounces, a little more than the SlickDrip, but it’s still perfect for the backpacker who is obsessed about weight.
However, unlike the SlickDrip, the GSI uses a #4 filter.
It’s also a little thicker than the SlickDrip when collapsed. If thickness and weight are crucial, choose the Kuissential. Otherwise, I would suggest getting the dripper with the same size of coffee filters you already use at home.
Snow Peak Fold Down Coffee Drip
If you’re out in the wilderness and want to brew coffee, look no further than the Snow Peak Folding Coffee Drip.
It is a little larger and at slightly over 5 ounces also heavier than the previous two.
It’s not a big difference, but as this article on Backpacking Light (2) says:
Every ounce counts, even when the item you are replacing only weighs three ounces.backpackinglight.com
So if it’s too heavy for you choose the GSI or SlickDrip.
But if you use very wide mugs, the Snow Peak dripper may be the only one which fits. It’s also stainless steel and produces great coffee the old-fashioned way while out in the wild.
So it’s your choice: Are you ‘silicon-modern’ or ‘stainless-steel-old school’?
Portable Single Cup Or Travel Keurig Coffee Maker
The K-Cup is somewhat of a revolution in the world of portable coffee machines. Some campers, RV owners, and boaters do not want the ‘old-fashioned’ camping coffee. On the other hand, they can’t carry the big, heavy standard Keurig machines with them.
That’s where the travel-friendly Keurig Coffee Makers come in.
Presto 02835 MyJo K-Cup Coffee Maker
The Presto Myjo Single Cup Coffee Maker sits on top of your mug and makes a great tasting single-serve coffee brew. It is so compact and simple to use that you can take it anywhere you go.
No more boring hotel coffee! No more lukewarm coffee from the gas station!
You can use either a regular K-Cup or the included MyJo cup to brew your own ground coffee.
Since you can put the water reservoir of the MyJo in the microwave, it’s also a very convenient option when brewing at home or in the office.
As a side note, K-cups are really, really bad for the environment. BBC News reported:
The capsules can’t be recycled easily because they are often made of a mixture of plastic and aluminium.Jan Dube, the spokesman of the Hamburg Department of the Environment and Energy
So please, try to only use the reusable MyJo. Or at least, biodegradable K-Cups!
Green thumbs up!
Primula Single Serve Coffee Brew Buddy – So Simple, Almost Not Worth Explaining It
This coffee “machine” is as simple as it gets.
The Primula Coffee Brew Buddy Single Cup Coffee Maker uses a fine mesh filter which you place on top of your favorite mug. Then you add ground coffee (according to your taste) and pour hot water into the filter to produce one cup of coffee.
It sits comfortably on almost all mugs and collapses into a tiny form factor so you can get great coffee anywhere where you go. This little Brew Buddy belongs in every backpack or travel bag.
THE BOTTOM LINE
Wherever you are going on your next travel adventure, carry a portable coffee machine, and you won’t have to be there without a great cup of coffee.
Waking up in the morning while breathing in fresh forest air and hearing nature’s melodies is wonderful.
But it’s even better with a freshly brewed cup of coffee!
Tell me, which is your favorite travel coffee maker?
- Luke Ludwig, EVERY OUNCE COUNTS Retrieved APRIL 20, 2010 from https://backpackinglight.com/testimony_every_ounce_counts/
Husband, father and former journalist, I’ve combined my love of writing with my love of coffee to create this site. I love high end products, but write all my content with budget conscious coffee enthusiasts in mind. I prefer light roasts, and my normal brew is some sort of pour over, although my guilty pleasure is the occasional flat white.