If you adore your coffee, you’ll want to pack the best travel coffee maker for your style of travel. I’ve been searching for the perfect portable machine for many years so let’s look at what’s available for we travelling coffee addicts. Whether you’re camping, short term renting, RV travelling or popping one of these compact travel coffee makers in your luggage for overseas trips, there’s something here to keep us all caffeinated away from home.
Various styles of travel coffee maker exist from simple portable filters to 1 cup coffee machines and french presses, but prices seem to vary little, expect to pay less than £30, $50 for whatever coffee machine you choose. The Aerobie AeroPress (below) is the current popular buy, we use one, the coffee is great, but there are other alternatives. We mention a good one.
Whichever way you look at it, your travel coffee maker will save you money on buying coffee out and give you greater freedom to explore on your own terms. At the same time it could help you cut your plastic consumption, that’s something we all need to think about. Add a robust insulated coffee cup to your travel coffee maker, or even a grinder, and you have a big bonus for coffee lovers on the move. These small compact devices are easy to carry and would make great gifts.
The Best Travel Coffee Maker For Us, and For You
Aeropress is Our Favourite Portable Coffee Maker for Travel
As you can see from the photo above, we use an Aeropress coffee maker. We don’t always carry it, but if we’re staying in one place for a while, maybe a rental or Airbnb, we need it. Particularly if we’re travelling in certain parts of Asia where good coffee is hard to find. (The little red metal coffee pot on the left is our “at home” coffee solution. It makes amazing coffee but needs a stovetop. It doesn’t need filters, which is a bonus. One of these could work for you in rentals or hostels or for camping.) The Aeropress is certainly a little lighter and easier to carry although maybe less robust. It can be bought with a travel pouch.
The Aeropress was absolutely the best travel coffee maker of its time but the Kohipress (cick to see) is a strong contender. Both are competitively priced, both are nice products.
All you need is the coffee, boiling water, filters and a cup. The tiny filters are very portable but still, you need filters. It’s quicker than a traditional cafetiere, taking just seconds to produce great coffee. It takes a fair bit of force to depress the plunger, but if you really want that coffee, no worries. Many say Aeropress makes the best coffee they ever had, I’m not that discerning, but it’s certainly good. You can buy yourself, or your friend, an Aeropress here.
Other Options For Making Coffee As You Travel
The Basics, A Travel Kettle For Instant Coffee or Tea
OK, so this is a little old school, but if you’re fine with instant coffee and your destination lacks a kettle, one of these little travel kettles could be your best friend. Alternatively, one cup water heater elements also do the job. We find that most countries give you a kettle in your hotel room, but when they don’t its an issue.
A more modern version of a plug-in travel coffee maker, a self-contained machine ideal for hotel rooms. Nobody is going to be throwing one of these in their backpack, but if you care more about coffee that travelling light, this could be an answer.
The Kohipress Portable French Press and Insulated Travel Mug
This one is a winner, you could travel with it, obviously, or even use it in your office or on your commute. It’s a great looking machine at a reasonable price. The method is similar to that of the Aeropress, but once plunged, your Kohipress becomes its own insulated travel mug. No messing about with metal filters as the Kohipress has its own metal mesh filter. It claims to be leak-proof. I’m liking this design a lot for. Unfortunately this model can only be found in the US and Canada right now, our link will redirect UK and Europe readers to a similar design, otherwise consider the Bodum travel press mug below.
Budum Travel Coffee French Press Mug
Bodum are a classy, quality brand and if I was buying or receiving a gift, this would be what I’d go for. These portable coffee press mugs come in multiple colours and look just great!
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Espro Travel Press for Coffee (12oz) – Matte Black
This espresso travel press is basically a cafetiere that you can’t break, a genius piece of kit, even to use at home. This probably takes up the least space of the bunch, being just the size of an insulated coffee mug. It’s surprisingly light at 345g, that’s less than the Aeropress.
Melitta Coffee Maker, Single Cup Pour-Over Brewer with Travel Mug, Red (Pack of 2)
Make filter drip coffee straight into your travel mug. The filter cone is BPA free and the travel mug is sturdy stainless steel. Really, with something like this, you’re barely carrying more than an insulated travel coffee mug. I guess a lot of us carry one of those anyway, so why not carry the filter too?
The Original Bialetti Moka Express Made in Italy 1-Cup Stovetop Espresso Maker with Patented Valve
This little stove-top pot is the closest I can find to our old red model. These are great because you don’t need filter papers, just coffee and a heat source, be that a campfire, primus stove or hostel kitchen stove.
There are many more travel coffee makers, single-serve machines and pour-over coffee devices on the market, I’m adding to this post all the time as my research turns them up. For us, for now, the best travel coffee maker is our Aeropress, but it’s not the one we use at home, we use the little percolator pot on the hob, or even a simple over-cup Vietnamese coffee maker. We hope you found our round-up on best travel coffee maker for your style of travel useful. In certain countries, for instance Malaysia, India or Sri Lanka, it’s incredibly hard to find a good coffee without pre-added powdered milk and sugar. These little beauties get your day off to a much better start than a glass of water and a paracetamol, which has been my enforced coffee substitute from time to time. Enjoy your coffee!