How to choose a portable coffee maker?
This article helps you get a better overview of the portable coffee makers to offer. In our e-shop, there are coffee makers from the producers: Wacaco, Staresso and Cafflano.
To begin with, let’s clarify the principle of operation of portable coffee makers. With espresso makers, the pressure is created by manual pumping. Coffee machines do not heat water, they are entirely mechanical. You can bring hot water in a thermos, boil it on a fire or in a travel kettle.
There are also electric portable coffee makers abroad that heat the water. Still, we didn’t find these devices to be that impressive. They are larger, heavier, more technically complex and, most importantly, much more expensive. They can usually heat the water very slowly and prepare only a few cups of coffee for a full charge.
Before you make a decision for the particular coffee maker, try to ask yourself a couple of questions:
1. Would you like to prepare coffee in nature (outdoor coffee makers) or in the comfort of your kitchen (kitchen appliance)?
2. Do you like espresso or filtered coffee?
Outdoor portable coffee makers
If you intend to carry the coffee maker with you in the backpack, e.g., in nature, cycling or camping, the weight and durability of the coffee maker are definitely essential features.
Wacaco Nanopresso and Minipresso (espresso)
The best ratio of weight, durability and quality of the prepared coffee is offered by espresso coffee makers from Wacaco. The latest Wacaco Nanopresso model (weighs 336 g, pressure up to 18 bar) or the former Wacaco Minipresso model (weighs 360 g, pressure 8 bar).
During the entire preparation of coffee, hold the coffee maker with both hands over the cup where you pump the coffee.
These coffee makers can be used with many other accessories, such as a thermos, a barista kit, an adapter for Nespresso capsules, etc. It’s a DIY building kit for coffee lovers :-).
In stock in different colors.
Very robust espresso coffee maker, the most durable one in our offer. Weighs 600 g, creates the pressure of up to 20 bar.
You pump coffee by pushing the piston against the coffee maker while standing on a hard surface. The plunger extends from the upper part of the coffee maker.
Wacaco Pipamoka (filtered coffee)
Coffee maker for filtered coffee and a thermo cup in one -the latest product from Wacaco.
The coffee is filtered by the vacuum created by screwing the filter with coffee.
Cafflano Klassik (filtered coffee)
Coffee maker to prepare classic filtered coffee. This coffee maker consists of several components: a thermo cup, a permanent coffee filter, a water jug and a removable grinder.
Kitchen portable coffee makers
These coffee makers are more suitable for use on a flat surface (table) and to be handled with care during transport.
An excellent portable espresso coffee machine can efficiently serve as a replacement for a household coffee maker.
However, due to its construction is more suitable for indoor use, for example in the kitchen during a skiing trip, summer holidays, in a cottage or in a caravan.
The coffee machine contains a glass cup where the coffee is pumped by pressing the piston against the coffee maker. The plunger extends from the upper part of the coffee maker.
The construction is more fragile compared to Wacaco coffee makers or the Staresso Mirage edition.
The coffee machine creates a pressure of 15 - 20 bar—process ground coffee or Nespresso capsules without the need to purchase an additional adapter. The unscrewed piston can even whip the milk.
The more compact version of the classic staresso coffee maker with the same parameters only in a smaller body. Dimensions comparable to Wacaco Nanopresso coffee machines. The design is a bit less durable, it is necessary to carry the coffee maker in the protective case only so that the parts stay together even during the transport.
Cafflano Kompresso (the combination of espresso and filtered coffee)
This coffee maker works on the same principle as Aeropress, but it is of more robust construction. It can also be used in nature, due to the relatively complicated structure, we put it at the end of our list.
Coffee is prepared by pushing it through a plunger (similar to a syringe). The coffee maker can create a pressure of 9 bar.
It is a relatively specific device to be appreciated by more profound coffee lovers on their mission to experiment with coffee.
If you have any questions on how to choose the right coffee maker, do not hesitate to contact us anytime. We also provide warranty and post-warranty service for the Wacaco and Staresso coffee makers, we are as well an authorized dealer of these coffee makers, we have all the necessary spare parts in stock.