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. A camping coffee maker that is 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 camping coffee makers on this list will surprise you without any doubt.
I will tell you the pros and cons of all the camping coffee makers on this list. And finally, we will tell you how to choose the camping coffee maker that suits your needs best.
Different camping coffee makers
The camping coffee machines use different coffee types, such as Dolce Gusto, Nespresso, and ground coffee systems.
This list consists of portable coffee makers for camping, and other camping coffee makers that can only be placed in a fixed place. Some of the coffeemakers on this list even allow you to make coffee without power.
A compact alternative to a large camping 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. With this device, you can easily make coffee in your camper or caravan. But if you go out for a while, for hiking or biking, you can charge it up, and take it with you!
The Presso X weighs less than 800 grams making it easy to take with you on all your adventures. The machine has its own heating system so a delicious hot cup of coffee is always possible. So it could also easily serve as a portable coffee maker for camping.
What distinguishes the Presso X from the other camping coffee makers are the interchangeable adapters, these will be delivered with the camping coffee maker itself. These interchangeable adapters will make it possible to not only brew coffee with coffee cups, but also with ground coffee.
The battery of the Presso X can be charged with a USB cable and takes about 3 hours to be fully charged up.
A full battery lasts for about 5 hot cups, if the water is already hot it can take up to 100 cups!
The capacity is 80 ml, but if you prefer a larger cup of coffee this is also possible. You can use a lungo capsule, and just a little water afterward.
What truly makes the Presso X an outdoor coffee maker is that you can make a hot cup of coffee anywhere you like, without being reliant on an external heat source. The Presso X can brew about 4-5 hot cups of coffee on a full battery.
And about 100 cups if you have hot water available.
- Delicious espresso
- Light and fits in any travel bag
- Rechargeable battery
- Few different specialties
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 hot 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, the machine will be easy to use. Make coffee, throw away used pads and you're done. This camping coffee maker does not need descaling.
The pump pressure of 15 bar ensures that in the morning you can also enjoy a strong drink such as an 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.
- Wide choice of different types and flavors of coffee
- Heats up quickly
- Suitable for iced coffee
- The machine makes a lot of sounds
- 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 by the performance of this small machine.
The most amazing 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 is perfect for anyone who can't get enough of Nespresso in their camper. And this device will undoubtedly find a place somewhere in between.
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 espresso and one button for a lungo.
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 about 6 cups.
Also, the water tank has to be filled up fairly quickly. The water tank is good for about 4 cups of coffee.
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 19 bar this machine will amaze you every morning with a strong espresso.
With this machine, you will brew coffee very fast. The brewing system uses a thermoblock so you don't have to warm 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 bored of strong drinks like an espresso.
- Makes delicious Espresso
- Easy to use
- Easy to clean
- Little variety
- Has a small water tank, that needs to be refilled quickly
The perfect camping coffee maker also works in a camper.
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. Many Senseo devices 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 on 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.
- Coffee with a nice aroma
- Intensity selection
- Uses 700 watts, which makes it an ideal camping coffee maker.
- Coffee pads are affordable
- 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 makes it an ideal 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 the 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 several times, as it can go wrong the first time you try it.
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 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 an induction plate. This makes it not only a camping coffee maker but also a nice gadget for in the house. It is something you can brag about to your friends.
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 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.
- Works on an induction plate
- Available in many different sizes
- Cheap coffee
- You have to master the technique
- There may still be bitter particles in your coffee
The Handpresso pump is a camping coffee maker shaped like a bicycle pump.
You can easily make espresso with it. Because the pump of the Handpresso has to be pumped with your hands, you can produce a pump pressure of up to 16 bars! As you have to pump it with your hands, this will take some effort.
The Handpresso is pricey for a camping coffee machine that doesn't heat the water itself.
This device weighs about 500 grams and is not a heavy burden to take with you to the campsite.
The espresso pump uses ground coffee and E.S.E pads.
The Handpresso, like most of the coffeemakers on this list, is easy to use, and you should have mastered the technique after 2 or 3 attempts.
The camping coffee maker from Handpresso is handy for when you go on an adventure. For example, if you have ended up in a place where there is no coffee maker, you can still make a cup of coffee. The Handpresso does require you to bring an external heat source with you, as it doesn't heat the water itself.
- Tasty espresso
- No electricity
- Must generate the pump pressure yourself
- Duration compared to other camping coffee makers
- Does not heat the water itself
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 can 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 even faster.
It works with ground coffee as well as E.S.E capsules. Contrary to other camping coffee makers on this list, 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.
- Compact and light
- Good quality coffee
- Modern design
- 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 are good options.
You may just want to make coffee in the camper. Then the Campeo will serve as a good camping coffee maker. In order to make a good choice between these 3 camping coffee makers, you will 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 like to drink coffee from Nespresso capsules in the camper and outside, take a look at the Presso X.
The weight and size of a camping coffee maker is also an important factor for your choice.
If you need to be able to carry the machine in your backpack the Presso X is a good option.
If you also have a heat source at your disposal then you could also take a look at a percolator or the Handpresso.
Which camping coffee maker do you like to use?
Or which of the above devices appeals to you the most?
Either way, let me know by leaving a comment.