If you’re as particular about your coffee as I am, you know that finding great coffee while you’re traveling can often be a tall order.
Not only that, but spending money on coffee every day while you’re traveling can add up very quickly, diminishing your budget to do other fun things and really enjoy your destination to the fullest.
That’s why every traveling coffee lover should ALWAYS be prepared with their own portable coffee maker that travels wherever they do.
With one of these babies at your disposal, you’ll never have to settle for a sub-par cup of Joe again, and you’ll save lots of money by not having to hit up the local coffee shop every single day (an oft-overlooked money-saving hack for digital nomads).
You’ll also help reduce waste by drinking your coffee from reusable containers instead of paper and plastic takeaway cups that just wind up in the trash.
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The Best Portable Coffee Makers for Travelers
AeroPress coffee makers are compact and perfectly portable–this one even comes with its own carrying case! All you need to brew a strong cup of java is some grounds, hot water, and 3 minutes of your morning (and a quick AeroPress tutorial if you’ve never used one before). To reduce waste, opt for reusable mesh filters instead of the paper kind.
This stainless steel insulated coffee mug doubles as a portable French Press. Steep your grounds in this travel mug, press to separate the grounds, and drink your finished product from the very same container. This setup is particularly compact for those who prefer to travel light.
The Bobble Press works in much the same way as the Travel French Press above. It brews gourmet coffee is just three minutes and the tumbler is even more compact. It’s also available in three colors: black, silver, or red.
To accommodate coffee drinkers everywhere, the Single Serve Coffee Brew Buddy was built to fit on nearly all cups and mugs. Not only is the Primula Single Serve Coffee Brew Buddy easy to use, its slim design makes it perfect for storage in a purse, suitcase, canvas bag, shoulder bag, backpack, and more, making it perfect for travel.
This one’s for those of us who want to have our coffee and grind it, too. Just remove the top half of this portable coffee maker to reveal a compact hand grinder; then, choose your coarseness setting, grind one serving’s worth of beans, remove the grinder, and add your hot water. Voilà! Freshly ground coffee in a portable mug that’s ready to go wherever you go.
This single-serve French Press mug makes taking your perfect cup on the go easier than ever. Simply add grounds, pour your hot water over the top, and use the filter to push grounds to the bottom of the cup (the filter then stays inside the mug as you drink). To take it with you, secure the lid so nothing spills. The mug’s insulated walls keep your beverage hot until you’re ready for it.
This little press works a bit differently than the previous ones. The coffee grounds go into the bottom, and your hot water is poured into a mug. Then you stick the press into the hot water and depress the plunger a few times, letting the coffee steep similar to a bag of tea. A single unit is tiny and compact, which makes it very convenient for travel.
I couldn’t very well leave the traditional French Press off this list–it’s my personal favorite way to make coffee because of the richness of flavor it produces (it captures more of the coffee beans’ essential oils, leading to a full-bodied cup of coffee). This stainless steel French Press is more sturdy than glass and therefore less likely to break in your bag, and it’s far less expensive than the ceramic varieties. Finally, at a volume of just 12 oz, it’s small enough to be portable but still able to brew 3 cups at a time, which is great if you drink multiple cups or want to entertain friends.
This manual kit has a glass handle and uses ‘percolation’ to slowly pass water through ground coffee into the carafe below. Coffee Gator’s pour over brewer is made from 100% BPA free borosilicate glass; the laser-cut reusable stainless steel mesh filter extracts maximum flavor with minimal effort. And forget the paper–not only do paper filters cost money and steal more delicious oils and flavors, they create waste and damage the environment. You’ll have to take a little more care when you travel with this one (maybe keep the box for that purpose) but it’ll be worth it for the unbeatable coffee you’ll brew.
Do you travel with your own coffee maker? Which kind do you prefer?
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