Coffee. The juice of the gods. The nectar of life. The thing that makes every day bearable.
We can’t live without the stuff. And we shouldn’t have to. Whether we’re in the office, on the road, or just prefer a simpler way of living, there are more ways to brew on the go than ever. These five portable coffee and espresso makers are proof.
Best for: Brewing with Coffee Pods
Wacaco’s newest release, the Minipresso NS2 hit the web last week. An updated iteration of the company’s long time favorite, the Minipresso, the NS2 has the ability to brew everything from espresso shots to pressure-brewed cups as well as drip coffee. With the relaunch of the Minipresso in the form of the NS2, the new brewer uses upgraded tech from the company’s Picopresso espresso brewer, is made from 30% renewable organic biomass, and utilizes coffee pods for easy brewing and cleanup, no matter where you are.
Price: $59.90 on Wacaco.com
Best for: Coffee Purists
Just because you’re late to the AeroPress game doesn’t mean you have to continue to be left out. Brew coffee, espresso, and cold brews with this patented pressure brewer that’s long been a go-to for hikers, campers, backpackers, and overlanders. The travel edition gets a nod for its convenience, coming with a mug and lid for easy transport and drinking on the road. Or trail.
Price: $39.95 on AeroPress.com
Best for: Convenience
Another new brewer to make this list, the OutIn Mini portable electric espresso machine is one of the more convenient brewers to use when you’re on the move. Especially since this 640 gram brewer does what other brewers on this list don’t – it heats up the water necessary for brewing as part of the extraction process. The result? A brew rich with crema and taste. Recharging can be done by USB and users can easily switch between using grounds or pods – the OutIn Mini comes with the necessary accessories for brewing with both.
Price: $129.99 on Outinway.com
Best for: Hand-brewing with Ease
Fill with coffee grounds, pump, and drink. That’s it. Weighing in at 1 lb and able to generate 15-20 bars of pressure (217-290 PSI), the Staresso is as straight forward as it comes. Through an easy pressure brewing process that requires a medium-fine grind, a rich, crema-topped 30 ml standard-size espresso brews in less than a minute. Take your travel coffee addiction even further, brew over a cup of iced milk for the ultimate luxury – a cold latte on a hot travel day.
Price: $64.99 on Staresso.com
Best for: Café-quality Espresso Shots
For anyone serious about their espresso, the Picopresso prides itself on being the portable brewer of choice for the most discerning coffee connoisseurs. Earning a 2022 Red Dot Design Award, the Picopresso’s streamlined brewing process doesn’t allow for any corners to be cut, resulting in a café-quality espresso, anywhere. Master your grind and you’ve mastered your brew with this pocket-sized espresso powerhouse.
Price: $129.90 on Wacaco.com