Ever since Melitta Bentz crafted the first drip coffee maker in 1908, we have appreciated the simplicity of an electric coffee maker. The portable coffee maker sector is seeing record growth and it’s easy to understand why. People don’t want to settle for below-average coffee or wait in the endless coffee shop queue when a flavorful cup of coffee is within reach. Here are our favorite portable coffee makers perfect for travelers.
We consume well over two billion cups of coffee every day. It’s one of the world’s most popular beverages. But when you’re always on the go, stopping for a coffee isn’t always possible. This little road trip buddy is made to brew coffee in your up-to-seven-inch travel mug. After 90 seconds, it automatically turns itself off, so there’s one less thing to worry about. We love that this little five-inch wide portable coffee maker can fit anywhere from the dorm room to the break room, or even on your desk. Add between six-and 12-ounces of water for each K-cup brew and sup a cup.
Not just a lightweight coffee maker, this appliance comes with a sturdy, 15-ounce, stainless steel travel mug and lid. Great on the go, it’s designed to fit in most cup holders. Your favorite coffee can always be on hand, and in hand. Brew your blend without the mess of working with a paper filter or the hassle of coffee pods, since this portable coffee maker has a full-time filter. Not only does this eliminate waste, it’s less expensive to operate. Did you know even cats have been known to enjoy a daily coffee? Creme Puff, the oldest cat known, lived to 38 years of age and drank coffee every day. Available not only in black, but bright blue, green, orange, and two red tones, each insulated mug has a coordinated band handle.
While roasted coffee beans can range in price, black ivory coffee is the rarest in the world. The blend is naturally refined by Thai elephants and can cost $20 a cup. This versatile AeroPress portable coffee machine uses pressure, much like a French Press, to extract deep, rich coffee without the bitterness. Its compact size, 3.7-inches by 3.7-inches and only about five inches tall, fits in your backpack, purse, and desk drawer. While most of these small coffee makers brew only one cup at a time, this coffee press can make up to three cups. But unlike a French press, this one uses a filter, so there are no grounds to clean up afterward.
When one cup is not enough, this 34-ounce stainless steel French press brews and holds four cups of coffee. The vacuum design keeps your java nice and hot for hours. While impressive, the world’s largest cup of coffee held over 6,000 gallons of coffee. Unlike most French presses, this rugged, durable, rustproof carafe is perfect around the campfire, after the morning beach hike, and while sitting poolside. The two-screen design keeps all your brews clear and pure.
Great for pod people
Thousands of years ago, a shepherd noticed his sheep were energetic after noshing on bright red coffee berries. Since then, coffee has climbed to the top of the beverage pyramid, right after water. This BPA-free mini coffee maker heats the water quickly so you won’t miss sharing that glorious sunrise with your favorite morning brew. Available in six other colors, this portable coffee maker makes a thoughtful gift for busy parents, college students, and savvy travelers.
Cyndi Mathews is a contributing writer to Islands and recently published her first book and enjoys traveling to Florida in her sailboat. Islands is an award-winning brand founded in 1980 that speaks to international travelers who have an affinity for the Caribbean and beyond. The website showcases destinations, resorts, cruises, and recommendations by the Islands’ staff.