You are away from home, and you long for a cup of coffee but there is no coffee machine nearby. Luckily for you, there are a number of travel espresso makers on the market that can help you with this. All these options are both compact and light and you won't even notice them when carrying your travel bags.
The AeroPress is a travel espresso maker invented by Alan Adler in 2005. The machine has been used for years to make coffee when you are away from home.
This device consists of 3 parts. It is a plastic cylinder with on one side a filter carrier and on the other side a hole for the piston. By means of the piston you finally press your own coffee.
The technique for the Aeropress is relatively simple, you should have mastered it after 3 attempts and a good explanation.travel espresso maker
The device weighs 350 grams and is therefore not a burden to carry with you. Although the device is not made of strong material, it will not break down easily. An ideal travel espresso maker for the real barista!
Unfortunately you can't brew a strong Espresso with the Aeropresso, and you'll sometimes find some bitter particles in your coffee during the first attempts. However, this doesn't happen anymore once you get a feeling for it.
You will have to experiment a bit with the Aeropress for your perfect coffee. You can determine certain factors for a delicious cup of coffee with the Aeropress yourself, by which we mean lead times, water temperature and different grindings.
Making a cup of coffee with this machine does not take long, to start with the water must come into contact with the coffee. This process takes about a minute and a half. After this the coffee has to pass through the filter. This will take about 25 seconds, by adjusting this time you can change the taste of the coffee.
This is a espresso coffee maker with a special shape. However, do not let its appearance fool you.
You can make delicious espresso with it. Because the pump of the Handpresso has to be pumped with your own hands, you can produce a pump pressure of up to 16 bar! For comparison, there are good coffeemakers in the house that don't have that much pump pressure.
However, the Handpresso is quite expensive for a espresso coffee maker that doesn't heat the water itself. Also, unlike the AeroPress you can only make one cup of coffee at a time.
This compact device weighs about 500 grams and is not a heavy burden to take with you on a trip.
The espresso pump uses ground coffee and E.S.E pads. Especially the E.S.E pads are easy to take with you on a trip.
The Handpresso, like most of the coffeemakers on this list, is easy to use, and you should master the technique after 2 or 3 attempts.
This espresso coffee maker is ideal for camping or a hotel. Of course you still need hot water
X-Brew coffee dripper
This foldable coffee filter is the definition of compact. Not only does it look practical, but it really is. The X-Brew dripper weighs about 50 grams so you won't even notice it when carrying your luggage. You won't even notice the quality of this coffee filter, it doesn't wear out quickly and it can last a long time.
Using the X-Brew coffee dripper is also quite easy. Simply stretch this product around your cup or mug, then pour ground coffee into it and finally pour in hot water.
For this product you don't have to look for the right filter paper, every size of filter paper fits.
Unfortunately, a travel espresso maker cannot come without disadvantages.
We have noticed during use that this filter does not filter everything perfectly. This causes that sometimes bitter particles end up in your coffee. There is also no pump pressure. Such a strong drink can therefore not be brewed with it.
The X-Brew coffee dripper fits perfectly with a simple coffee lover who is satisfied with all types of coffee.
The Presso X
A travel espresso maker should be both compact and easy to use. The Presso X saves you the heavy work that is required with the products mentioned above. The product runs on a rechargeable battery. A big difference with the Presso X is that it has the possibility to heat the water without the need for a connection.
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The operation of this device is also quite simple and will ensure that you can prepare coffee on any trip in no time. The Presso X comes with an interchangeable adapter, so you can use both ground coffee and Nespresso capsules (and brands of coffee).
The Presso X is both compact and light, so you don't have to worry if it's going to fit with the packing. The Presso X fits well with people who are already interested in the AeroPress or the Handpresso, but still want real independence. With the Presso X you can actually make coffee whenever and wherever you want, without having to be connected.
Which travel espresso maker should I choose?
That depends entirely on your own coffee wishes. If you're satisfied with simple coffee and like bargains, the X-Brew might be a good option. If you like espresso or other strong drinks, then both the Handpresso and the AeroPress could be a good option.
Maybe you're already interested in both products, but you don't mind the heavy work, or it could be that you really want to make coffee wherever and whenever you want. Then the Presso X is a good option. Also, the price of the Presso X is currently at €119.95 and is therefore reasonably cheap compared to the Handpresso.