How to Make Espresso Whilst Travelling in 2021

If you can’t hit the road without having an espresso in the cupholder, join the club. A good espresso fuels the energy and makes every moment of the journey stunning. But to prepare an espresso whilst travelling isn't easy, especially if you're welcomed by the bumpy road. However, if you're an espresso lover, you would have to find a way. And for that, I've come up with the best ideas to brew a cup of coffee whilst travelling or on the go. Let’s get rolling with that.

Espresso kit

Whether you travel by plane, rale, or by car, it’s near to impossible you’ll find your customized espresso taste. The best way is to keep your espresso kit along with you and fix your caffeine craving whenever you want, at any point in time whilst travelling. Following is the checklist that should include some or all of these items in your espresso kit:

  • Freshly roasted coffee beans in a tightly sealed plastic container
  • Portable espresso maker with all its components such as adapters and grinder
  • Portable kettle (preferable)
  • Travel mug 
  • Scale and storage container

You can also include some other things in the espresso kit as per your requirements. However, make sure that the kit is compact and easy to carry all along. It should comfortably fit in your backpack and opening and repacking should be effortless and instantaneous. Otherwise, it’ll be frustrating if you find it hard to unpack and repack it during the journey.

Portable espresso maker

Will you enjoy your espresso full of deliciousness? Or will it be bitter pill for you when travelling – it's totally relied on the portable espresso maker that you'll be carrying. If it has semi-automation features, a grinder and a rechargeable battery, then the portable espresso maker would be a great companion.

Taking such an espresso maker is the scoop to enjoy a hot cup of coffee. The other way around, if it misses these features, then it’s nothing but just a burden and you’ll not either relish the espresso and or adore the journey. By all means, ensure your portable espresso maker is actually portable and not a burden whilst you roam around.


Other than the portability, it’s equally significant that the espresso maker prepares the drink instantly and within no time. After all, whilst travelling, brewing a cup of coffee isn't fun at all (for most people). So, a portable espresso maker must have semi-automation features to get your sizzling espresso ready immediately and effortlessly.

Practice making an instant espresso

If you're a frequent traveler or going on a long journey, it's better to practice making an instant espresso with your espresso maker. Once you get used to it, then on the trip, you can quickly prepare an espresso – not just for you but for your family, colleagues, or friends – whoever will be travelling along with you.


You'd be an espresso master, and it'll earn you massive respect in the travelling club. Learn how to grind beans as soon as possible, tamping, operate espresso maker efficiently and effectively, and pour-in the drink in the cup and serve yourself and others.

To become an instant coffee maker, set the time limit when practising. For instance, decide that with your travelling espresso kit, you’ll make three cups of espresso inside the six minutes. Challenge yourself until you don’t succeed. However, don't forget you need to have the right equipment such as a friendly portable espresso maker, grinder, rechargeable battery, and other essential accessories. Once you hit the desired landmark, keep doing it. And then, you’ll able to ready the piping hot espresso swiftly even in the air, bumpy road, and storming sea. Boom!

Why instant espresso?

When I discuss ways and methods on how to make an instant espresso, some of the readers always counter that “the longer espresso takes to get prepared, the tastier it turns out”. I mean seriously? If we believe in this claim, then we can only enjoy the tasty espresso on the weekend.

instant coffee

A person like me, who takes almost five to seven espresso shots throughout the day, will have to spend half a day whilst preparing the delicious espresso.

Let's talk about possibilities. It's no big deal that the espresso, which is ready inside five minutes, can be extremely full-flavoured. So, if you master the art of preparing scrumptious espresso instantly, you’ll not have to go office without the hot espresso even if you'll be getting late. Or compromise over the hot coffee because your local coffee shop has a long line, and you don't have time to wait for your turn.

Are there other ways of brewing an espresso whilst travelling?

Yes, but are they good enough? Not at all. You can use coffee bags, French Press, Aeropress, Moka Pot / Stovetop, Vacuum Pot, and Electric Percolator. However, I don't like any one of them. Why? Because some of them are not less than rocket science to brewing a coffee. And with these brewing methods, you will need to bring an external heat source with you. This takes a lot of space in your travel bags, it takes space that we cannot miss!

coffee travel

I've had an overwhelming experience with the portable espresso makers, and undoubtedly, over 97% of folks agree with me. and the other 3% will be unsure because they haven't tried the portable espresso maker yet.

Do I recommend a portable espresso maker?

By far, you've got to know the top features of a portable espresso maker. Now the next question is where to find such an espresso machine? I've got you covered. Here is my pick.

Presso X: Portable coffee maker

With its compact design, you can carry it anywhere and place it at any place. Unlike the super-automated espresso maker, it doesn't occupy a large place. Travelling, road trip, or camping, and even at home; inside the bedroom – Presso X will always prepare a delicious Espresso instantly. And guess what? It comes with a rechargeable battery!


If you're a fan of capsule coffee or love ground coffee, or like both of them, again, Presso X has got you covered with its interchangeable adapters. The Presso X has an 80 ml water tank that allows you to customize your coffee size to the size you like, whether it be an espresso or a large coffee.

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