Best camping coffee machine 2020

There is nothing better than starting the day with a nice cup of coffee. The only thing left between you and a cup of coffee is a camping coffee maker that's compact enough to take with you. Because of course you can't just take a coffee maker from home with you.

Don't let the size fool you, because the coffeemakers on this list will surprise you every day. We will tell you the plus and minus points of all the camping coffeemakers on this list. And finally we will tell you how to choose the one that best suits your needs.

Different camping coffee makers

The camping coffee machines use different types of coffee systems, such as Dolce Gusto, Nespresso and ground coffee systems.

There are coffee machines that are suitable to carry in your backpack, and others can only be placed in a fixed place. Some of the coffeemakers on this list even allow you to make coffee without power.

Dolce Gusto Piccolo XS

The Piccolo XS is one of the smaller models of Dolce Gusto, this makes it no less than the other models. This device works easily and will start automatically when you remove the capsule holder from the machine. This means that the Piccolo XS will already start warming up when you're selecting another Dolce Gusto pad. This ensures that you can make a delicious cup of coffee in less than a minute.

This camping coffee maker works with all the famous coffee specialties, from the lungo to an espresso. So you'll never get bored with the Piccolo XS. In total the Piccolo XS offers 30 different types and flavors of coffee.

The machine has a 0.8 liter water tank with which you can handle a good number of cups.

Maintenance is also no problem, only the drip tray will sometimes have to be emptied. Since the Piccolo XS uses Dolce Gusto pads, it works simply. Make coffee, throw away used pads and you're done. This machine does not require descaling.

The pump pressure of 15 bar ensures that in the morning you can also enjoy a strong drink such as the espresso or a cappuccino. There is also a Hot & Cold function on the Piccolo XS, so even on the hottest days you can enjoy a nice cold drink like an iced coffee.

What makes this device a real camping coffee maker is its size. The Piccolo is 13 cm wide, 24 cm deep and no less than 27 cm high. So it shouldn't be hard to find a spot for the Piccolo XS.

The Piccolo XS is of course not only suitable for the campsite. With the wide choice of different flavors and types of coffee, you won't be finished with this device after camping. If you have a kitchen with little space then the Piccolo XS will fit well in between.

Plus points:

  • Wide choice of different types and flavors of coffee
  • Compact
  • Heats up quickly
  • Suitable for iced coffee

Backs:

  • The machine makes a lot of sound
  • Dolce Gusto pads are expensive

Nespresso Essenza Mini

The Essenza Mini is currently the smallest Nespresso model on the market and that certainly makes it suitable as a camping coffee maker. We were amazed at the performance of this small machine.

The most striking thing about the Essenza Mini is its design. With a length of 33 cm and a width of less than 9 cm Nespresso can call this one of the smallest coffee machines on the market. The Essenza Mini will undoubtedly find a place somewhere in between.

camping coffee machine

The Essenza mini works easily. There's a tab on the top that you have to pull towards you, then you put a Nespresso cup in it, then click the start button and that's it.

This machine has 2 adjustable buttons, one for preparing an espresso and one button especially for putting a lungo.

Of course the maintenance of this machine is minimal. Occasionally you will have to clean the water tank and the drip tray will have to be emptied fairly quickly, the drip tray will have to be emptied after 6 cups.

The water reservoir is good for about 4 cups and will need to be filled soon.

In addition, the Essenza Mini has an eco-mode, which means that when the machine is not used for 9 minutes, it switches itself off.

Don't let the appearance of the Essenza Mini fool you. It may be the smallest model of Nespresso, but this device takes the performance of larger Nespresso machines with it. With a pump pressure of 19bar this machine will amaze you every morning with a strong cup of espresso.

With this machine you can make coffee very quickly. The brewing system uses a thermoblock so you don't have to heat up the machine first. This ensures that you can enjoy a delicious espresso in less than a minute.

Unfortunately the Nespresso machine, unlike other coffee machines on this list, has little variety. We recommend the Essenza Mini as long as you can't get enough of strong drinks like an espresso.

Plus points:

  • Makes delicious Espresso
  • Compact
  • Easy to use
  • Easy to clean

Backs:

  • Little variety
  • Small water tank, needs to be refilled quickly

Presso X

A compact alternative to a large coffee maker might be the Presso X. It's about the same size as a normal drinking bottle and fits in any backpack.

However, the Presso X goes even further than a camping coffee maker. You can take this device everywhere you go. The Presso X weighs less than 800 grams which makes it easy to take with you on all your outings. The Presso X has its own heating system which makes a delicious hot espresso always possible. So it could also easily serve as a travel coffee maker.

camping coffee machine


The Presso X works with capsules, both with capsule of Nespresso and with b brands of Nespresso. An interchangeable adapter is also supplied with this device. This allows you to make coffee with ground coffee.

A full battery lasts for about 4 cups, if the water is already warm it can take up to 100 cups!

camping coffee machine

The content is 80 ml, but if you prefer a larger coffee drink this is also possible. You can use a lungo capsule, so you'll have to refill the water twice.
The coffee machine is easy to use.

Plus points:

  • Delicious espresso
  • Light and fits in any travel bag
  • Rechargeable battery


Backs:

  • Few different specialties

Campeo Original

The perfect camping coffee maker also works in a motorhome.
Senseo devices often use 1450 to 1650 watts, but the Campeo is an exception. The Campeo uses 700 watts, this makes it possible to use it in the camper. There are many Senseo devices that have been converted to Campeo, however we will discuss the Campeo Original in this review.

The size of the Campeo Original is not particularly compact. The width is 21 cm, the length 31 cm and the height 33 cm. These dimensions make the Campeo the largest camping coffee maker of this list.

The Campeo uses a coffee booster technology, this ensures that the water is evenly distributed through 45 holes on the coffee pad. This leads to a rich coffee taste.
And that's not all, because the Campeo also has Crema Plus technology. This technology will ensure that even on the campsite you can enjoy a soft and fine layer of crema.

There is an intensity selection on this machine. This means that you can set the strength of your coffee yourself. This makes it possible to produce a flavor that meets your coffee wishes, whether mild or strong.
It's easy to operate, just click the button once for a mild taste, or click the button twice for a more intense coffee taste.

The maintenance of this device is also nothing to complain about. A light will light up when the machine needs to be descaled, and in time the water tank deserves a wash as well.

Finally, the Campeo Original allows you to make 2 cups at the same time.

Plus points:

  • Coffee with a nice aroma
  • Intensity selection
  • Uses 700 watts, this really makes it a camping coffee maker.
  • Coffee pads are affordable

Backs:

  • Low pump pressure (1 bar) ensures that the coffee is not strong.
  • Heats up slowly
  • Small water tank

Bialetti Venus Percolator

This Italian coffee pot is regularly underestimated. You need to know how to handle a Percolator before the result makes itself known. Many people extract the coffee too much, which causes you to find bitter particles in the coffee. The percolator can be used without electricity, this really makes it a camping coffee maker.

It may not be the newest way of making coffee, but it still works.
A Percolator is built in 2 parts, the lower part where water goes in, and the upper part where ground coffee goes in. Because you keep the percolator above the fire, the water will boil. As a result, the water rises to the top and mixes with the coffee.
You will have to practice this a number of times, as it can go wrong the first time you try it.

camping coffee machine

Once you have mastered the technique of the percolator, you can prepare delicious coffee for a low budget.

The Baletti Venus is available in 4 different sizes, 100, 230, 350, and 550 ml.
But what really distinguishes the Bialetti Venus from other percolators is the material it is made of. This percolator is made of athermic materials. This makes the Bialetti Venus not only suitable to stand on a normal fire, but also on an induction plate. This makes it not only a camping coffee maker, but also a nice gadget for in the house.
Because of the arrival of many new fully automatic coffee makers, the percolator is used less and less, which is a pity. Because when we made coffee with the percolator, we really got a "do it yourself" feeling. And if you're prepared to take the trouble to master the technology, this is really worth a try.

Plus points:

  • Works on induction hob
  • Available in many different sizes
  • Cheap coffee

Backs:

  • You have to master the technique
  • There may still be bitter particles in your coffee

Bestron ACM111Z

Do you like to go camping alone with your partner and are you looking for a camping coffee machine that can provide you both with good coffee? Then this might be something for you.
The Bestron ACM111Z makes it possible to make just enough coffee for 2 persons.

Suppose you like to keep your coffee warm just a little bit longer then this is possible. This coffee machine comes with a thermos jug. Of course this thermos jug is big enough for exactly 2 cups of coffee.

camping coffee machine

When the coffee has been made for you and your partner, the machine will turn itself off immediately. That's very economical, and at home it will do your wallet good as well. It also has a water level indicator, so you can see when the water tank needs to be refilled.

The coffee machine has a removable filter holder. The Bestron ACM111Z works similarly with a 101 paper filter as with a permanent filter.

Plus points:

  • Perfect for 2 persons
  • Energy efficient
  • Low price
  • Features a large thermos jug

Backs:

  • Not the best quality coffee

De'Longhi Dedica Style

This manual espresso machine will make you feel like a real barista.
It has become especially popular due to its modern design, built-in technologies and ease of use.

This machine is very small for a piston machine. The espresso machine is 15 cm wide, 31 cm long and 33 cm high. Because this espresso machine weighs 4 kg it's easy to move, which is exactly what a camping coffee machine needs.

This coffee machine is able to produce 15 bar pump pressure, so you can also enjoy a delicious espresso on the campsite. The De'Longhi Dedica Style uses a thermoblock. This will ensure that the water temperature will remain constant, and you will be able to enjoy it faster.

It works with ground coffee as well as E.S.E capsules. Contrary to other coffeemakers the De'Longhi Dedica Style has a steam pipe. This allows you to enjoy a delicious cappuccino even on the campsite, without having to buy an extra milk frother.

The maintenance of this espresso machine is minimal. This machine has a descaling system so you don't have to worry about it.

Plus points:

  • Compact and light
  • Good quality coffee
  • Modern design

Backs:

  • Small 1.1 liter water tank

Which camping coffee maker should I choose?

Choosing a camping coffee maker can be a tricky task. First there are some questions you will have to answer, such as do I have access to an electrical outlet? If the answer is yes, then the Dolce Gusto Piccolo XS, the Essenza mini and the Campeo 3 are good options. Maybe you will take the camper to the campground and need a coffee machine for this. Then the Campeo will serve as a good camping coffee maker. In order to make a good choice between these 3 camping coffeemakers, you'll have to ask yourself what kind of coffee you like best. Do you have a preference for Nespresso? Or do you prefer to drink from coffee pods.

If you don't have access to an electrical outlet and like to make trouble for your coffee, the Presso X and the Baletti Venus are good options. Maybe you'll go camping alone with your partner. Then the Bestron ACM111Z might be something for you.

The weight and size of a camping coffee maker is also an important factor for your choice.
If you need to carry the device in your backpack, the Presso X is a good option.
If you also have a fire source at your disposal then you could also take a look at a percolator.

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