Greetings, fellow adventurers! Today, I bring you an exciting journey into the realm of portable coffee makers, those delightful companions that ensure we can savor our favorite brews even amidst the wildest landscapes. As a travel writer and a passionate camper, I’ve put several of these marvels to the test, seeking out the perfect cup of joe in the great outdoors. Join me as we dive into the realm of coffee-making bliss and discover the top contenders for your next expedition.
Our top 5 Best Portable Coffee Makers
I will be reviewing the following portable coffee makers:
Testing and Coffee Selection
To ensure an impartial evaluation, I meticulously tested each portable coffee maker using freshly ground beans sourced from local roasters across different regions. From the bold and earthy flavors of South American beans to the fruity and vibrant notes of African varieties, I explored a wide range of coffee profiles to truly put these devices to the test. By subjecting them to various conditions, including high altitudes and unpredictable weather, I sought to assess their resilience, ease of use, and, most importantly, the quality of coffee they produced.
Our first stop takes us to the remarkable Trinity Zero, a coffee maker that redefines simplicity and elegance. For those ultralight backpackers who are determined to indulge in a delightful cup of coffee without compromising on weight, look no further than this remarkable companion. Not only is it impressively lightweight and compact, but it also boasts the ability to produce a truly exceptional brew. With a strength that surpasses your average cup, falling somewhere between the intensity of an espresso and the richness of a long coffee, this portable marvel is a game-changer. The innovative design features a filter basket that seamlessly attaches to the bottom of the water chamber, while the effortless pump mechanism on top effortlessly pushes the coffee through into your waiting mug.
“The Trinity Zero is the most portable and easy-to-use coffee maker I’ve ever used. It’s perfect for camping, hiking, or even just a quick cup of coffee at home.”James Hoffman, World Barista Champion
- Compact and lightweight: The Trinity Zero is only 90mm x 65mm and weighs just 115g, making it the perfect travel companion.
- Fast and easy to use: The Trinity Zero can brew a cup of coffee in just 60 seconds. Simply add ground coffee, hot water, and pump the plunger up and down 10-15 times. The coffee will then be ready to enjoy.
- Reusable filter: The Trinity Zero comes with a reusable stainless steel filter, which means no need for disposable pods or filter papers.
- Hybrid brew: The Trinity Zero uses a hybrid brewing method that combines elements of both French press and pour-over brewing. This results in a cup of coffee that is rich and flavorful.
- Eco-friendly: The Trinity Zero is made from recycled materials and is fully recyclable.
ESPRO Ultralight Travel Coffee Press Po: A Perfect Brew Companion
Next up, we have the ESPRO Ultralight Travel Coffee Press Po, a true champion of convenience and taste. This marvel combines the functionality of a French press with a lightweight design, making it an ideal companion for hikers and campers alike. I found that its double-filter system provided a smooth and grit-free coffee experience, allowing the natural flavors to shine through. The Ultralight Travel Coffee Press Po truly excels in its ability to deliver a café-worthy brew while remaining compact and portable.
Prepare to be impressed by the sheer simplicity and outstanding performance of the ESPRO Ultralight Travel Coffee Press Po. Not only is it a breeze to operate, but its double wall insulation is a true game-changer, keeping our beloved coffee piping hot for hours on end. The clever filter mechanism allows us to control the brewing process, preventing the coffee from becoming overpowering or bitter if we choose to savor it at a leisurely pace. And here’s a nifty bonus: Remove the filter, and voila! The coffee press effortlessly transforms into a convenient water bottle, making it a worthy addition to our gear on multi-day adventures, where every ounce counts. The ESPRO Ultralight Travel Coffee Press Po is the perfect balance of functionality and portability for coffee enthusiasts on the go.
- Double-walled stainless steel construction: The Espro Ultralight Travel Coffee Press is made from double-walled stainless steel, which makes it durable and insulated. This means that your coffee will stay hot for longer.
- 12 oz. capacity: The Espro Ultralight Travel Coffee Press has a capacity of 12 ounces, which is the perfect size for a single serving.
- Reusable micro-filter: The Espro Ultralight Travel Coffee Press comes with a reusable micro-filter, which means no need for disposable paper filters. This is better for the environment and saves you money in the long run.
- Easy to use: The Espro Ultralight Travel Coffee Press is very easy to use. Simply add ground coffee, hot water, and press down on the plunger. Your coffee will be ready to enjoy in minutes.
Wacaco Pipamoka: Unleash the Magic
Prepare to be captivated by the Wacaco Pipamoka, a coffee maker that seems straight out of a wizard’s arsenal. This innovative device utilizes a vacuum pressure brewing method to create a mesmerizing coffee experience. During my testing, I was enchanted by the Pipamoka’s ability to extract bold flavors while maintaining a smooth and clean finish. Its built-in insulated mug keeps your coffee hot, ensuring that you can enjoy a piping hot cup even during chilly mornings in the wilderness. With its enchanting brewing process and exceptional design, the Wacaco Pipamoka is a portable coffee maker that ignites the adventurer’s soul.
This coffee maker screams technical. A cross-section of the intricate design of water chambers, filter baskets, and twisting mechanisms looks more like a geological formation than a humble portable coffee maker. It wasn’t a surprise to us that the coffee tasted absolutely divine. You can even choose your strength by changing the vacuum pressure. The Pipamoka’s versatility ensures that you can savor a cup of your preferred intensity.
Not only does it excel at keeping your coffee hot for hours with its fully insulated design, but it also shines when it comes to keeping cold brews refreshingly chilled. Although compact, it does carry a weightier feel, making it an ideal choice for one-day adventures, where you can relish a steaming hot coffee atop a snowy mountain peak or sip on a delightful iced coffee after a summer surf. The Wacaco Pipamoka is a true delight, catering to the most discerning coffee snobs and serving as a worthy companion for your outdoor escapades.
- Size and weight: The Pipamoka is 10.5 inches tall and 2.5 inches wide. It weighs 11.5 ounces.
- Brew capacity: The Pipamoka can brew up to 150ml of coffee at a time.
- Brewing method: The Pipamoka uses a vacuum brewing system. This system creates a vacuum between the water chamber and the coffee chamber. This forces the hot water up through the coffee grounds, extracting the flavor.
- Filter: The Pipamoka comes with a reusable stainless steel filter. This filter is better for the environment and saves you money on paper filters.
- Cleaning: The Pipamoka is easy to clean. Simply disassemble it and rinse it with warm water.
Miir Pourigami™: The Origami of Coffee Making
For those seeking versatility and craftsmanship, the Miir Pourigami™ is a coffee maker that won’t disappoint. Inspired by the art of origami, this collapsible device unfolds into a fully functional pour-over brewer. Its stainless steel construction ensures durability, while its compact size allows it to slip seamlessly into your gear. The Pourigami™ offers full control over the brewing process, allowing you to fine-tune your coffee to perfection. I was particularly impressed by its ease of use and the precision with which it extracted the delicate flavors of my favorite beans. The Miir Pourigami™ is a portable coffee maker that showcases the harmony between form and function.
- Size and weight: The Pourigami is 4 inches tall, 3 inches wide, and 0.5 inches thick. It weighs 2 ounces.
- Brew capacity: The Pourigami can brew up to 12 ounces of coffee at a time.
- Brewing method: The Pourigami uses a pour-over brewing method. This method involves pouring hot water over ground coffee in a filter. The hot water extracts the flavor from the coffee grounds, and the coffee drips into a cup.
- Filter: paper filters.
- Cleaning: The Pourigami is easy to clean. Simply disassemble it and rinse it with warm water.
Aeropress GO: The Expedition Champion
Last but certainly not least, we have the Aeropress GO, a coffee maker that has garnered a loyal following among outdoor enthusiasts worldwide. Compact, lightweight, and virtually indestructible, the Aeropress GO is the ultimate companion for expeditions of all kinds. This coffee maker’s unique brewing process results in a smooth and full-bodied cup, with an impressive extraction speed. Its innovative design also includes a mug with a lid, making it an all-in-one solution for your coffee needs. When put to the test, the Aeropress GO proved its mettle, consistently delivering a delicious brew even in the most rugged terrains.
When it comes to crafting exceptional coffee on the go, Aeropress undeniably reigns as the gurus of the trade. The Aeropress GO, in particular, embodies their expertise, combining lightweight design, efficient performance, and effortless usability. Not only does it offer remarkable value for your investment, but it proves equally invaluable on a multi-day camping expedition or when seeking solace with a warm, invigorating cup after a bracing swim at the beach.
If we were to highlight a minor drawback, it would be the Aeropress GO’s somewhat bulky nature. So, for those facing limited space constraints in their backpacks, it may not be the most compact option available. However, considering the exceptional coffee it delivers and the versatility it brings to your outdoor adventures, the Aeropress GO remains a compelling choice worth considering. The benefits it offers outweigh its slight inconvenience in size, ensuring that you can indulge in the perfect cup of coffee wherever your wanderlust takes you.
- Size and weight: The AeroPress Go is 4.5 inches tall, 2.7 inches wide, and 1.2 inches thick. It weighs 4.2 ounces.
- Brew capacity: The AeroPress Go can brew up to 135ml of coffee at a time.
- Brewing method: The AeroPress Go uses a plunging brewing method. This method involves adding ground coffee to a chamber, pouring hot water over the coffee grounds, and then plunging the plunger down to create pressure and extract the flavor from the coffee grounds. The coffee then drips into a cup.
- Filter: The AeroPress Go comes with a reusable silicone filter. This filter is better for the environment and saves you money on paper filters.
- Cleaning: The AeroPress Go is easy to clean. Simply disassemble it and rinse it with warm water.
Whether you’re embarking on a thrilling hiking adventure, setting up camp by a tranquil lakeside, or simply craving a cup of comfort in the heart of nature, these portable coffee makers are here to elevate your outdoor coffee experience. The Trinity Zero, ESPRO Ultralight Travel Coffee Press Po, Wacaco Pipamoka, Miir Pourigami™, and Aeropress GO all offer their unique charms, ensuring that no matter your preferences, you’ll find the perfect companion for your caffeine-fueled expeditions. So, pack your bags, gather your favorite beans, and embark on an unforgettable journey where great coffee meets the great outdoors!
Looking to enhance your outdoor cooking setup? Check out our in-depth Jetboil stove review to find the perfect match for your camping needs. And if you’re on the hunt for ultra-lightweight camping stoves, our list of the best 5 ultra-lightweight camping stoves in 2023 will provide you with valuable insights. Happy brewing and happy camping!
Sarah is a travel writer and photographer, with a passion for exploring new destinations and cultures. She's traveled extensively throughout the world and has written for several major travel publications. Sarah is also an avid camper and outdoor enthusiast, and loves to combine her love of travel with her love of the outdoors. She's always on the lookout for unique and off-the-beaten-path campsites