Most coffee lovers have their own setup at home. Their day won’t begin without a nice hot, warm cup of love, and sometimes the caffeine lovers can’t go without it. After caffeine goes inside the mouth to the bloodstream, it just kicks in like the starting fuel of the day. Please don’t be shy; we all have been through that.
As coffee lovers, we know everyone has their brewing style. Some like to have it without sugar, and some like it with sugar and cream, burn till it is brown and reddish. So, what happens when you are on the go? Doesn’t it make you unhappy not to get your daily coffee dose while traveling?
Coffee is a ubiquitous drink that is enjoyed the world over. With the invention of portable coffee makers, it has become easier to enjoy your favorite coffee on the go.
The different types of portable coffee makers available are:
– Electric travel mug
– Thermos style
– Espresso cups (with or without lids)
– French Presses (with or without lids) and more.
We have listed some great portable coffee makers for you to solve this problem. You can use this on the bus, office, camping, hiking, and even when you are at home too.
Top 5 Portable Coffee Makers for Travelers
|AeroPress Go Portable Travel Coffee Press||Material: Polypropylene, Free of Phthalate, Free of BPA|
Capacity: 8 Ounces
Dimensions: 3.7 x 3.7 x 5.3 inches; 11.22 Ounces
|Wacaco Nanopresso Portable Espresso Maker||Brand: WACACO|
Capacity: 80 Milliliters
Dimensions: 6.14 x 2.8 x 2.44 inches; 11.85 Ounces
|WACACO Pipamoka Portable Coffee Maker||Material: Stainless steel|
Capacity: Stainless Steel
Dimensions: 3.15 x 3.15 x 7.87 inches; 14.99 Ounces
|KFLOW Portable Espresso Maker||Brand: KFLOW|
Dimensions: 9.17 x 8.78 x 2.72 inches; 2.43 Pounds
Power: Type-C USB rechargeable
|iMiGoo Portable Coffee Maker||Material: Stainless Steel|
Capacity: 1 Cups
Power: Corded, AC 110-120V
Dimension: 3.35 x 3.35 x 8.46 inches, 1.65 pounds
The AeroPress Go is the first choice of any frequent traveler. This portable coffee machine can make perfectly smooth, delicious coffee without bitterness, unlike slow brewing methods and French Presses. Check the package. After buying, you will get the company endorsed recipe. Once you are an expert, you can brew in other styles too. You only need water, coffee, and pressure to brew with AeroPress Go.
It can make 2-3 cups of coffee in a single press. There is a cup and lid included that works like a travel case. Brewing hot coffee and espresso took only a minute, and cold brew took two minutes.
Quick and effective than the french press processed coffee on the go, this is what you can get from the AeroPress Go. It’s a perfect companion for regular travel, hiking, camping, fishing, boating, and other outdoor activities.
The cleaning process is also easier than most portable coffee makers. So if we make a top list, this will be the winner depending on three things: price, portability, and ease of use.
This is the upgraded version of the WACACO minipresso portable coffee makers. If you are an espresso lover, this is the perfect choice for you. No electricity is needed; their new patented pumping system is enough to make espresso coffee on the go. You can raise pressure up to 18 bars (261 PSI) just with your hands, and it is capable of providing the layered crema espresso you love.
The minipresso, the previous version of this model, needed 15% more pressure than the Nanopresso. So making espresso gets easier with this upgrade. All the components of the Nanopresso Portable Espresso Maker can be detached to do a deep cleaning.
The size (6.14 inch/15 cm) is perfect to put in your backpack, and you won’t even notice the weight (336 gram) change.
While the Nanopresso is suitable to make an espresso for you on the go, Wacaco has another surprise with the Pipamoka portable coffee maker. This versatile small machine can brew different kinds of coffee for you.
This is an all-in-one solution. It works as a single-serve vacuum pressure coffee maker, thermos flask, and travel coffee mug. We love the stainless steel build quality, and the size is perfect for hiding it in your backpack.
Hot or cold, with sugar or not, however you brew it, when you are camping, boating, or hiking, this small stainless steel pod will keep your favorite coffee hot/cold for hours. So, this is a perfect companion for your winter travel.
If you do not like the hand pressing option, then you should choose an electric coffee maker. There are several options in the market. We have bought a comparatively new unit KFLOW portable Espresso maker.
Our test found it pretty simple to operate, and the cleaning process is also easy. You can long-press the button to start the machine and another press to start brewing. You can make both hot or cold espresso with it; it took less than a minute to brew one perfect cup.
The device does not have a heating option, so it will brew cold coffee if you insert cold water. However, the recommended option is to insert hot water at around 93 degrees Celsius temperature. KFLOW can raise the pressure up to 15 Bar.
The battery needs two hours+ to charge fully, and you can brew more than 20 cups of coffee with one fully charged battery.
The build quality is durable and sturdy; it is perfect for hiking, camping, and long road trips. Even when you stay in the hotel, avoid drinking from the hotel’s coffee machine if you have this unit.
iMiGoo Portable Coffee Maker uses a controlled circulating coffee or tea extractions system to make an 8 oz single serve tea/coffee. This electric coffee maker is great for both tea or coffee lovers as there are two presets for making coffee and tea.
We love the presets as you can now choose to get a dark roasted coffee as well as a medium brew light coffee. The settings for coffee brewing/tea brewing/heat preservation/boiling water all are adjustable. You do not need to take out the filter basket; you can pour coffee without opening the lid.
iMiGoo Portable Coffee Maker comes with a detachable power cord; it runs on AC 110-120 volts 300-360 watts. You can put 300ml of water and 25 grams of coffee for brewing at a time, no more than that, to avoid spills.
Its compact and portable design has made it a great travel item. But if you are not sure to find a power source near where you are traveling, then this shouldn’t be your choice. It needs a stable voltage to run on.
How to Choose the Best Portable Coffee Maker for Travel?
You need to consider a few things when buying a portable coffee maker for your long trip. Depending on your travel behavior and location, it would be different. A few notes you need to point out.
Price vs. Quality
This is the prime factor in almost any product you purchase. The upgraded quality with good functionality always demands a higher price, but sometimes you do not need a high-priced product to satisfy your need. Portable coffee makers are less priced than your home setup. They range from $20 to $100, and in this price range, you can find several quality portable coffee makers.
Our recommendation is always to go for the quality product and do not look for the pricing. If you buy a good durable product, this will last you for many years and save you money and stress in the long run, which is more profitable than buying a temporary solution.
Portable coffee makers are a great way to make coffee on the go. But, sizing is an essential factor when you are selecting one. If you put it in your backpack or luggage, it should not take up too much space. Yet, it should give you the satisfaction of instant coffee.
Most portable coffee makers are lightweight, so you do not need to think much about the added weight in your backpack. But, selecting a coffee maker like the AeroPress Go or Wacaco Nanopresso makes it more convenient for traveling.
A durable stainless steel body with great function is our choice. Look at our top selection; we chose the AeroPress Go because it is more portable, durable to any place and weather, and has a great coffee-making ability.
When you are selecting a coffee maker for your home, durability is not the prime target. You look for functionality most. But, when traveling to places, the coffee maker must withhold shock and pressure from different sources. Try to select between plastic and stainless body depending on your travel type and frequencies.
We love the hand press option when choosing a portable coffee maker, but it might not suit everyone, especially for older people or those who have other injuries in the wrist. Electric coffee makers have the auto press option, and some come with a water heater too.
Selecting a coffee maker depending on the power source is totally up to you. When you travel, confirm a power source is available; if not, choose a battery-powered coffee maker; otherwise, go with a hand press option.
Electric-powered coffee makers need a stable AC connection to work. So if you are staying in a hotel/motel with a plug, you can depend on that version.
Ease of Cleaning
Take a clear look at the cleaning instructions before buying. You will be busy and won’t get much time to clean the portable coffee maker. So, if the cleaning is easy, like just rinsing it with water flow, it is a bonus. Some coffee makers need cleaning by opening each part, and those are a big NO even if they have great portability.
If you do not clean after use, the residue can clog your coffee maker’s filter and inner part.
It is essential to carry a portable coffee maker with you when traveling because not all hotels and motels have reliable water sources, and it’s not safe to drink tap water. Many people like to brew their blend and in style. For them, hanging in a long line at the coffee shop is not a viable option. Also, you might travel to a place where there is no coffee shop at all; this is the situation where you need a portable travel coffee maker.
So, which one are you currently using, and why do you love it?