Hot Tip: Choosing the portable coffee maker that best suits you

Tuesday, 23 July, 2019

Portable Coffee Makers – What to look out for when choosing your brewing method

Nothing can ruin your day just as much as a poor cup of coffee can. And besides leaving a terrible taste in your mouth, a horrible brew can leave you feeling like the whole world is against you. Finding a great cup of coffee or the perfect espresso shot while traveling can be a struggle. However, there are plenty of hassle-free ways to make your own brew on the go just the way you like it. Worry not, choosing between the “portable coffee makers” is no herculean task but rather a matter of weighing up the features. Below I will outline these key features and what to look out for. 


How much space I you have? This is a great place to start and good question to ask yourself in your pursuit. 

For example, if you’re setting off on a hike and only have a small backpack to carry your accessories a smaller unit that not only fits in your pack but is lightweight and leaves enough space for your coffee itself will be the best option. 

However, if you find yourself on a weekend away in the bush and your car is your “home” for a couple of days a larger coffee maker with less concern for weight and more for convenience should be considered. 

Electronic or Manual

Where you’re planning on using the maker is a just an important factor to consider. Someone who enjoys the natural energies of the wild with limited cellphone reception and electricity. Then its best you consider a manual portable coffee maker that uses a plunger to build pressure in the chamber. 

Some coffee makers require power from an inbuilt battery source or external like a power bank. Better yet a compact solar cell will do the changing job perfectly. 

So, think about where you will unit the coffee maker. 

Your favorite coffee

Well if you’re honest no two of us are the same and we all have different tastes and likes. For me to impress my turn-to on you would be the wrong this to do. 

Instead find a coffee maker that compliments your coffee by ways of the correct pressure, temperature and run time. 

Type of coffee

Some of us perfect capsule while other grounds. Luckily these coffee makers can do either and some coffee makers can do both. With the aid of an attachment to the machine one could change from coffee grounds to capsule coffee in a matter of seconds. This is a great feature to look for when making your choice. 

Now, I know some of you may be thinking… Well what about my coffee beans? A simple compact coffee grounder is a great on the go solution that can solve your problems wherever you might be.

Water boiling

While some portable coffee machines are capable of boiling water within the unit. These machines are very uncommon. This is due to the huge power demand this task involves. Instead look for a coffee machine that boils the water on the go or simply carry a flask on your travels. 


Perhaps the most important factor is price. Some of these units can seemingly cost an arm and a leg however we all know there’s no substitute for quality. However, in saying this it all depends on the buyer’s budget and there are many great units that are very reasonably priced and extremely well made. 

Ease of Purchase

I find purchasing these units and finding the best one for you to be easiest online because of the range and delivery options these sites offer. If you’re someone who prefers visiting a physical store, then your best option would be a major outdoor store in your area. 

While the machine and its features are undoubtedly important, just as important is the setting and company your surround yourself in. So, when you find yourself weighing up the option remember a great cup of coffee is what you make of it. 

About the author

Cameron Mc Millan

Coffee enthusiast and contributor at 

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