Best Portable Travel Coffee Maker

Best Portable Travel Coffee Maker – Brew On The Go

When you are starved for a good coffee, in a new country or just a place lacking a good Starbucks, a portable travel coffee maker is a god-send.

The challenge for you is choosing the right one.

There are so many travel coffee makers on the market. So many different types, sizes, weights and styles. It is almost insanely impossible to choose.

Not only that, you have to figure what kind of coffee it makes, and if it is worth handing you​r hard earned cash for at all.

With that in mind, I have reviewed most of the ​best travel coffee makers and given you the low-down on them all. There is a tonne of detail on each, including specs and demo videos, so you should have all the info you need.

But first, before diving in a buying one, and regretting it on your next trip, let's figure out what kind of coffee maker you need!​

Choosing A Portable Coffee Maker

From all the different types of I have seen it comes down to 3 or 4 main things:

  • Coffee style you want (or need!)
  • Size of the device
  • Weight too
  • Complexity of set up and use
  • How easy it is to clean

Style of Coffee

Within all these coffee makers there are three main types of coffee you are going to get:

  • French Press
  • Espresso
  • Drip

For most people who are after straight brewed black coffee, like you find in most hotels or restaurants (at least in the USA) you should be fine with the Drip or French Press.

If you are after a tastier more European style coffee, in the form of an Espresso, then your choice is a bit more limited. The two best for this are the Handpresso and the MiniPresso.

Some, like the Aeropress can do both, but that is rarely the case.

Weight, Size & Complexity

The Espresso style coffee makers tend to be heavier, larger and more complex because they have to put the water under a lot of pressure to create your espresso! So, of course these guys come with that compromise.

The simple portable and collapsable drip style coffee makers, like the Cuissential SlickDrip, on the other hand are crazy small, light and compact.​

Then there is great combo cup-coffee makers (french presses) like the Bodum travel​ press which is a little in between - simple, but not so small.

So, even if you have an idea of what you are looking for, I recommend checking a whole bunch of these bad boys out because there is a lot of choice!

Think about what you are going to use it for, how you are going to carry it (space and weight), whether you can be bothered with the cleaning. And then throw some dice to make a final decision (only joking).​


Aeropress Portable Coffee Maker 

Aeropress is one of the most well-known and loved portable travel coffee makers out there. And for a damn good reason!

They make a lightweight, quality product, and it is made in the USA . And at just over $30 almost anywhere online, it's amazingly affordable and leaves you with no excuse not to have an awesome coffee while traveling.

It's a super easy to use coffee maker because all you really have to do is put the filter in, coffee in, water, then plunge. About a minute later- Boom! Tasty Coffee.

Another cool thing about this coffee maker is that it can make both American style brewed coffee, or be used to make an espresso. So, if you are like me and addicted to Lattes, no stress! 

One simple press of the plunger will also give you in most cases 2 shots of coffee, so no need to do it twice if you are traveling with two.

Another awesome plus of this machine over other types (like the French press)​ is how easy it is to clean. Once your coffee is ready, just push the filter and coffee grounds into the waste. Then, rinse all the bits from the Aeropress - and you are good to go!

Aeropress Portable Coffee Maker

The Aeropress Assembled And Ready To Make Your First Coffee

Aeropress Portable Coffee Maker Bag

The Travel Kit Version of the Aeropress Comes With A Handy Zip Bag

As far as portability goes, it's a bit of a pain with all the parts. But you can leave a lot of them at home (stirrer, scoop, filter holder).

OR, if you get the travel kit version they pack away into an easy to carry bag, which you can see in the image here.

Easy to set up, fast to use, with flavorful coffee, what more can you want in a travel coffee maker!​

Filters For The Aeropress

This is a big question for any portable coffee maker - filters. It comes with 350 micro filters, if you get the combo-pack on Amazon. Or you can buy them separately. Obviously you will use one filter per press, and then have to throw it away.

Some people recommend using a metal filter instead. To save on all this paper filter hassle. I have not tried it, but the Aeropress team say they did taste tests and the paper filters always won! At about $10 bucks, it might be worth a try.

What Else You Need To Make Coffee With The Aeropress

The Aeropress is a great piece of kit, but of course you need a few other bits and pieces to make your coffee:

  • Micro Filters (some purchases may include a bag or two - usually 350 per bag)
  • A Metal Filter (if you want to reduce the waste and stop buying filters all the time)
  • Coffee Grinds (You can pre-grind them at home and store them in a spice jar or similar, but keep in mind they quality will degrade over time)
  • A Grinder (if you want to grind your own on the go)
  • A coffee mug to enjoy your coffee in of course!

Want to see how it looks in action, check out the video below.

Product Information

  • Weight: 9.39 ounces (or 7 without some of the extras) / 266g

PROS

  • Light and portable, and packs nicely in it's own bag
  • Super-easy to use, as well as fast (30secs - 1 minute plunge)
  • Hassle-free throw away paper filters that are cheap
  • Push out the coffee/filter and then rinse. Aeropress is now clean!
  • Creates a tasty coffee that is not far off what you would pay for

CONS

  • A few parts to assemble
  • A bit of a waste with the paper filters

MiniPresso GR Espresso Maker

Are you an espresso lover? Then the MiniPresso may be the portable travel coffee maker for you!

This baby makes amazing espresso almost as good as what you will buy from a store. You know the kind, with that little crema of coffee froth on the top! Yum.

Basically, it uses super high pressure to create the kinds of top quality coffee you are used to getting from an espresso machine. But, in this case - it's super-portable!

Although all the parts are made of plastic, the feel of the device is super solid and weight-wise you may think it is actually metal.

Minipresso Portable Coffee Maker

The MinPresso Assembled And Pumping Out Your Espresso

More Work For Your Espresso

The biggest downside of this coffee maker is that it is a bit fiddly. There are quite a few parts that need screwing/unscrewing and it is a little more work to clean. Although to be honest, for such a portable coffee machine, it just means rinsing the filter section each time.​ 

Another downside worth mentioning is that only one espresso can be made each time. After that, you will have to re-fill the coffee and water. Not a huge deal, but takes a little time (worth it if you ask me!).

Note: You can buy a larger water tank to produce either a bigger espresso or for two, if you find it is too small.

And to produce the coffee, kinda like the Aeropress, you will have to "push". In this case it is a 5-6x pumping action. No matter what portable coffee​ machine you buy to produce this quality coffee, you are going to have to do a little work :>

Extras And Other Versions Of The MiniPresso

If you go for the MiniPresso alone, you get what is in the picture above. The machine, fully functioning, with no need for extra filters. However, there are some other extras and options worth thinking about:

What Else You Need To Make Coffee With The MiniPresso

The MiniPresso comes with almost everything you need, so there are only a few things to get extra:

  • Coffee Grinds (Either pre-grind them at home or bring a fresh bag of beans and grind on the spot - I prefer fresh coffee :>)
  • A Grinder (another thing to carry, but worth the fresh coffee)
  • A coffee mug to enjoy your coffee in of course!

Want to see the MiniPresso in action (of course you do! go on, press play).

Product Information

  • Weight: 0.8 lbs / 360 Grams
  • Dimensions: 6.89 Inches / 175 mm
  • Average Pressure: 116 PSI / 8 bar

PROS

  • Solid and portable Espresso maker
  • Super-easy to use
  • Produces an espresso about 90%+ quality of that you get in a store
  • Packs easily as all parts are screwed together
  • Can also buy the capsule version to make it even easier (no grinds)

CONS

  • A little on the heavy side
  • More work than the Aeropress to clean, but worth it
  • Only produces Espresso style coffee

Handpresso Wild Hybrid French Press

The Handpresso is another travel coffee maker aimed at espresso lovers. The difference here is that this guy is high-pressure! (which espresso lovers know is key!)

So, if you are serious about pumping out the best quality espresso when you are on your travels, this might just beat the MiniPresso above!

The black part you see at the bottom is a small pump which you prime to the right espresso producing pressure. Then you just tip it up to wet the coffee, and let her rip!

Before you know it, less than 1 minute, you will have a tasty cup of steaming espresso complete with crema on top!

This portable coffee maker is perhaps a little more expensive and heavy, but if you are serious about your espresso.. what can I say!

Handpresso Espresso Travel Coffee Maker

The Handpresso High-Pressure Espresso Maker

Handpresso Espresso Travel Coffee Maker

The Handpresso Opened Up

Like with most other travel coffee makers, this guy takes a few steps to get your coffee:

  1. Pump the pressure to 16 bar
  2. Add your coffee (grinds or ESE capsules)
  3. Add your water
  4. Let Handpresso serve you coffee

But if you check out the video below, you will see it's pretty damn easy.

It also comes with the option of capsule-like (ESE) coffee (see the white bags in the picture) so if you don't like grinding or carry grinds there is another easy option - as you can buy these everywhere.​

Work For Your Espresso

You have to pump the handle a bit to get to the 16bar for your awesome espresso, however it is not going to send you into cardiac arrest. So, don't sweat it.

If you are a coffee grinding kinda person, there is that extra bit of work to do, but hey, you probably do that at home too, right?

But, all in all, this is a pretty simple little coffee maker that you can throw in your bag or even take on a hike!​

Extras For The Handpresso

The Handpresso is of course good to go as is. You just need hot water and coffee (grinds or capsules). These guys also have extras that are really handy or a full kit version which is great for trips or picnics!

What Else You Need To Make Coffee With The Handpresso

The MiniPresso comes with almost everything you need, so there are only a few things to get extra:

  • Coffee Grinds (Either pre-grind them at home or bring a fresh bag of beans and grind on the spot - I prefer fresh coffee :>)
  • ESE Coffee capsules if you prefer not grinding
  • A Grinder (another thing to carry, but worth the fresh coffee)
  • A coffee mug to enjoy your coffee in of course!

Want to see the MiniPresso in action (of course you do! go on, press play).

Product Information

  • Weight: 1 lb / 480g
  • Dimensions: 10 x 4 x 3 inches / 10 x 7 x 22cm
  • Average Pressure: 232 PSI / 16 bar

PROS

  • Solid and portable Espresso maker
  • Super-easy to pump and use
  • Produces an espresso about 95%+ quality of that you get in a store
  • Very few parts to break or clean
  • Can also buy the ESE capsules if you don't like grinding

CONS

  • One of the heaviest, but it has to be to reach 16bar pressure
  • A little bit of pumping to pressurize the machine
  • Only produces Espresso style coffee

STARESSO Coffee & Portable Espresso Cappuccino Maker

The STARESSO is designed to do two things - make coffee and hot frothy milk. 

So, if you love a latte or cappuccino (like me!) this little guy might be your travel lifesaver!

However, trying to do two things well, might be a little ambitious for a little travel coffee maker, but I like the idea.

It has quite a few parts to deal with, to help create the coffee and the milk, but it is not much more complex or large than there Aeropress or MiniPresso.

It also comes with a liquid holder, where the coffee or milk ends up. So this could also double as your coffee glass​. Albeit not a great one

Although the end result is quite good, I think this is a little too over the top for a travel coffee maker - in terms of complexity, what it is trying to make and how big it is. Having said that, many of the other higher pressure devices are also quite big.​

Staresso Coffee Maker

STARESSO Coffee And Cappuccino Maker

If you want to see how good it can do a cappuccino, watch the video below. It isn't Starbucks or even an Italian cafe, but it is not bad for a travel coffee maker. I guess it all depends how badly you need your latte or cappuccino!

Product Information

  • Weight: 1 lb / 460g
  • Dimensions: 8 x 2.8 x 2.8 inches

PROS

  • Solid with quality materials
  • Easy to use French press style
  • Coffee cup and press in one!
  • No need for filters
  • Stainless steel to keep the flavor of your coffee

CONS

  • Only good for one person
  • Quite cumbersome / large to carry
  • Have to pour from it to share or use in a separate glass.

Bodum Insulated Stainless-Steel Travel Press

The travel press from Bodum is quite handy for travellers for two reasons.

1. It is a simple french press in a strong stainless steel container.

2. It doubles as your coffee cup, so you can kill two birds with this baby.

Everything from Bodum is always high quality and the materials used are great - stainless steel (nothing to ruin the taste of your coffee) and ​an easy to drink from plastic spout.

Bodum Insulated Stainless-Steel Travel Press

The Bodum Travel Press

It's not the lightest or smallest of the options available on this page, but if you like the french press style coffee and you are travelling solo, maybe this is the perfect option for you.

As always, seeing is believing and this video gives you a quick breakdown of the Bodum Travel press and shows you all the pieces and how they work. It's all pretty simple really.

Product Information

  • Weight: 14 ounces / 400g
  • Dimensions: 3.5 x 3.5 x 9.1 inches

PROS

  • Solid with quality materials
  • Easy to use French press style
  • Coffee cup and press in one!
  • No need for filters
  • Stainless steel to keep the flavor of your coffee
  • CAN ALSO USE FOR TEA

CONS

  • Only good for one person
  • Quite cumbersome / large to carry
  • Have to pour from it to share or use in a separate glass.

The Presse by Bobbie - Travel Coffee Press

The Presse by Bobbie is a cool little invention and a unique take on the french press.

It consists of two parts: the outer container where you put the measured coffee and water, and then the press.

The bonus with this coffee maker is that the press part is also the cup.

As you press down on the press (you can see the silicone lid in the image) it pushed the coffee into the press itself, which is then the cup. Pretty sweet!

The Presse By Bobbie - Portable Coffee Maker

The Presse by Bobbie

The Presse By Bobbie - Parts

The Presse - All The Parts

The bottom of the press is also a coffee measurer, so you don't have to guess how much you need.

All round, this is a well made device that has the traveller in mind and looks built to last.​

In the video below you can see all the steps you need to whip up your cuppa joe. 

It really is pretty simple.

And in terms of weight and size, it is comparable to the other coffee makers like the Aeropress.​

Product Information

  • Weight: 14 ounces / 400g
  • Dimensions: 3.5 x 3.5 x 63 inches

PROS

  • High quality materials (stainless steel and silicone)
  • Easy to use French press style
  • Coffee cup and press in one!
  • No need for filters
  • Double-walled to keep the drink warm for hours
  • CAN ALSO USE FOR TEA

CONS

  • Only good for one person
  • A little on the large side, but at least the two parts go inside one another
  • Only makes french press style coffee

Cuissential SlickDrip - Collapsible Silicone Coffee Dripper

It cannot get much simpler or cheaper than the Cuissential SlickDrip drip coffee maker.

And on top of that, it also collapses into a flat disk of silicone, so is super easy to store and use while traveling.

Of course, there is a downside, which is that it is a lot more messy and time consuming to make your cup of coffee. But if you have time over money, then this might be the solution for you.

It's pretty easy to set up and use. Simple expand the silicone cup upwards and put it on top of the glass or cup you want the coffee in.

Handpresso Espresso Travel Coffee Maker

The Cuissential Slick Drop in Action

Next, place a standard number 2 sized filter into the Cuissential, add the right amount of coffee (make take some experimenting) and slowly, yes quite slowly, pour the hot water in.

Of course, the easiest way to show you how this baby works is to show you a video of someone using it in detail.​

Pretty simple huh.

No fancy pumps, no capsules. Just good old joe, from ground beans, some hot water and dark black coffee.​

Product Information

  • Weight: 4.8 ounces / 130g
  • Dimensions: 5.2 x 4.9 x 1.6 inches

PROS

  • Super light and portable
  • Very cheap at just over $10
  • One of the simplest portable coffee makers around
  • Easy to clean
  • Silicon means no transfer of taste to the coffee from the device

CONS

  • Time consuming and messy to use
  • Only produces simple drop black coffee.
  • Needs large number 2 filters

Similar Items

Kuke Reusable Silicone Coffee Dripper with Hook
Ziggy Collapsable Coffee Dripper
GSI Outdoors 79480 Collapsible Java Drip Coffee Maker

Presto MyJo Single Cup Coffee Maker

The Presto MyJo is a simple and fast coffee maker that you can take with you on your travels.

It uses the K Cup capsules, so you don't have to take beans or grinds with you. Which might be a big selling point for many of you out there. There is also a coffee grind holder (image further down) in case you do prefer your own.

It's pretty much all plastic and easy to assemble and use. Just check out the video further down and you will see how it goes:

  1. Unscrew the bottom.
  2. Push in your K Cup capsule
  3. Put bottom back on
  4. Fill top with hot water 
  5. Add top and pump into a cup​

The bottom is also well designed to sit easily on your favorite mug or cup.

Presto MyJo Single Cup Portable Coffee Maker

The Presto MyJo

The MyJo Coffee Grind Holder

As I mentioned above, not everyone likes to use the disposable K Cups (for environmental reasons I hope :>). So you do have a choice of grinds of cups. 

And the hot water can come from a kettle or you can place the cup in a microwave to heat it up. Something you won't be able to do with most coffee makers on this list (although more often than not, you won't have a microwave with your, right?).

Now for the downsides. The biggest issue with this puppy is that it is BIG. I think it is overall the biggest coffee maker on this list.

Sure, it's pretty convenient and easy to use, but that comes at a price. 

So, if you are traveling with space limitations (carry-on only or not with a car) then maybe this is not the travel coffee maker for you.

However, it would be great for those one week vacations at a rental property without a decent coffee maker. Or say car camping where you can take lots of stuff.​

Product Information

  • Weight: 14.1 ounces / 400g
  • Dimensions: 4.1 x 4.1 x 9 inches

PROS

  • Extremely easy to use
  • Both K Cup and grinds can be used
  • Sits easily on most cups
  • Water can be heated in the microwave inside the water container too

CONS

  • The largest portable coffee maker in this roundup
  • Made of less robust plastic
  • May not fit smaller cups easily

To Sum It All Up

Deciding on which of these babies to buy is not easy. I get it.

But if you are struggling, I find it easiest to break it down in terms of your priorities.

Is is type of coffee, that narrows it down a lot.

Size and weight are another thing the changes the options big time!

Then there is the cleaning up - capsules or grinds (lots more work) and how easy it is to simply rinse, dry and store after use.

And finally, how long do you want to keep it for? Cheap may seem good now, but it won't last (in most cases).

Enjoy brewing on the road! I certainly do.​

About the Author Roger Timbrook

Roger is a little obsessed with travel. He has been to over 40 countries, broken 3 suitcases and owned over 10 backpacks in 12 months. What he doesn't know about travel, ain't worth knowing!

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