There is nothing better than starting the day with a nice cup of coffee. The only thing standing between you and a cup of coffee at the campsite is a camping coffee maker that is compact enough to take with you. Because you don't just take a coffee machine from home with you.
Don't let the size fool you, the coffee makers on this list will amaze you every day. We'll tell you the pros and cons of all the camping coffee makers on this list. And finally, we'll tell you how to choose the one that best suits your coffee needs.
Different camping coffee makers
The camping coffee makers use different types of coffee systems, such as Dolce Gusto, Nespresso and ground coffee systems.
There are coffee makers that are suitable to take with you in your backpack, and others you can only use in a fixed place put down. Some coffee makers on this list even allow you to make coffee without electricity.
A compact alternative to a large coffee maker could perhaps be the Presso X. The device is about the size of a drinking bottle and it 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 the motorhome or caravan. But when you go out for a while, it is very convenient to charge this device and take it with you. For example, it is also possible to make coffee in the car, because it easily fits in a cup holder.
The Presso X weighs less than 800 grams, making it easy to take with you on all your outings.
The device has its own heating system, so that a delicious hot cup of coffee is always possible. This can be very useful when, for example, you go hiking or cycling.
Another thing that distinguishes the Presso X from many other devices is the diversity.
The Presso X comes with interchangeable adapters. This allows you to make coffee with both coffee cups and ground coffee.
A full battery is good for about 5 cups. If the water is already hot, this device can make up to 100 cups of coffee on a full battery.
The content is 80 ml, but if you prefer a larger coffee drink, that is also possible. You can use a lungo capsule, so you will have to top up the water twice.
This device is easy to use and maintain. To clean this device you will need to rinse the interchangeable adapters under the tap for 2 minutes, and that's it!
You can order the Presso X on our website.
- 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 from Dolce Gusto, but this does not make it any less than the other models. This device is simple to operate and will start automatically when you remove the capsule holder from the machine. This means that the Piccolo XS already starts to warm up when you are still choosing a Dolce Gusto pad. This ensures that you can make a delicious cup of coffee in less than a minute.
This camping coffee machine works with all known coffee specialties, from the lungo to an espresso. So you won't get bored easily with the Piccolo XS. In total, the Piccolo XS offers 30 different coffee types and flavors.
The machine has a 0.8 liter water reservoir that can handle a good number of cups.
Maintenance is also no problem, only the drip tray will have to be emptied every now and then.Since the Piccolo XS uses Dolce Gusto pads, it's simple. You put a capsule in the device, press the button, throw away used pad and you're done. The Piccolo XS does not need descaling.
The pump pressure of 15 bar ensures that you can also enjoy a strong drink such as espresso or a cappuccino in the morning.
There is also a Hot & Cold function on the Piccolo XS for enthusiasts, so that you can enjoy a nice cold drink such as an iced coffee even on the hottest days.
What the Piccolo What really makes it suitable for camping is the size. The Piccolo is 13 cm wide, 24 cm deep and no less than 27 cm high. It should therefore be no problem to find a place for the Piccolo XS.
The Piccolo XS is of course not only suitable for camping. With the wide choice of different flavors and types of coffee, you will not be bored with this device after camping. If you have a kitchen with little space, the Piccolo XS also fits in well.
- Wide choice of different types and flavors of coffee
- Warms up quickly
- Suitable for iced coffee
- The machine makes a lot of noise
- Dolce Gusto pads are expensive
Nespresso Essenza Mini
The Essenza Mini is currently the smallest Nespresso model on the market and that makes it certainly suitable as a coffee machine for camping. We were amazed at the performance this small machine can deliver.
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 makers on the market.
The Essenza mini works simply. There is a tab on the top that you have to pull towards you, then you put a Nespresso cup in it, then you click on the start button and that's it.
This machine has 2 adjustable buttons, one for preparing an espresso and a button especially for brewing a lungo.
Of course the maintenance of this machine is minimal. Occasionally you will have to clean the water reservoir and the drip tray will have to be emptied fairly quickly, the drip tray should be emptied after about 6 cups.
The water tank is good for about 4 cups and will therefore have to be filled soon be.
In addition, the Essenza Mini has an eco-mode, which means that if 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 machine 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 cup of espresso.
You can make coffee very quickly with this machine. The brewing system uses a thermoblock, so you don't have to heat up the device first. This ensures that you can enjoy a delicious espresso in less than a minute.
Unfortunately, unlike other coffee makers on this list, the Nespresso machine has little variety. The Essenza Mini is perfect for anyone who can't get enough of Nespresso while camping. And this device will undoubtedly find a place in between.
- Makes delicious Espresso
- Easy to use
- Easy to clean
- Little variety
- Small water tank, needs to be refilled quickly
The perfect camping coffee maker also works in a camper.
Senseo devices often use 1450 to 1650 watts, however the Campeo is an exception.The Campeo uses 700 watts, which makes it possible to use it in the camper. There are many Senseo devices that have been converted to Campeo, but 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 boost technology, which ensures that the water is evenly distributed through 45 holes over 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 you can enjoy a soft and fine crema even at the campsite.
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 taste that meets your coffee needs, regardless of whether it is a mild or a strong taste.
Its operation is simple, click the button once for a mild taste, or click twice on the button for a more intense coffee taste.
The maintenance of this machine is also nothing to complain about. A light will come on when the machine needs to be descaled, and the water tank also needs a wash from time to time.
Finally, the Campeo Original offers the option of brewing 2 cups at the same time.
- Coffee with a nice aroma
- Intensity selection
- Uses 700 watts, this really makes it a camping coffee maker
- Coffee pads are affordable
- Low pump pressure (1 bar) ensures that the coffee is not strong.
- Warms up slowly
- Small water tank
Bialetti Venus Percolator
This Italian coffee pot is often underestimated. You have to know how to handle a Percolator before the result shows itself.
Many people extract the coffee too much, which means that you can sometimes find bitter particles in the coffee. The percolator can be used without electricity, making it a real camping coffee maker.
It may not be the newest way of brewing coffee, but it still works.
The Percolator is built in 2 parts, the lower part where water goes, and the upper part where ground coffee goes in. Because you hold the percolator over the fire, the water will boil. This will cause the water to rise to the top and mix with the coffee.
You will need to practice this a few times, as it may go wrong on the first try.
Once you have mastered the technique of the percolator, you can make delicious coffee at the campsite for a low budget.
The Baletti Venus is available in 4 different sizes available, 100, 230, 350, and 550 ml.
But what really sets the Bialetti Venus apart from the other percolators is the material from which it is constructed. This percolator is made of athermic materials. This makes the Bialetti Venus not only suitable for use 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 the home.
Due to the arrival of many new fully automatic coffee makers, the percolator is used less and less, which is a shame. Because we really got a do-it-yourself feeling when making coffee with the percolator. And if you're willing to put in the effort to master the technique, this way of brewing coffee is really worth it.
- Works on induction plate
- Available in many different sizes
- Cheap coffee
- You must master the technique
- There may still be bitter particles in your coffee
The Handpresso pump is a camping coffee maker with the shape of a bicycle pump
You can easily make an 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! This will cost you some effort.
The Handpresso is pricey for a camping coffee maker that does not heat the water itself. Also, unlike other camping coffee makers on this list, you can only make one cup of coffee at a time. An advantage of the Handpresso compared to other coffee makers is that it is easier to take with you.
This device weighs about 500 grams and is not a heavy burden to take to the campsite.
The espresso pump uses ground coffee and ESE pods.
Like most coffee makers on this list, the Handpresso is easy to use, and you should have mastered the technique after 2 or 3 tries.
The Handpresso camping coffee maker is handy for when you go on an adventure. For example, if you end up in a place where there is no coffee maker, you can still make a cup of coffee. This one will be cold unless you have hot water available.
- Nice espresso
- No electricity required
- Must generate the pump pressure itself
- Expensive 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 for its modern design, built-in technologies and ease of use.
This machine is particularly 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, you can also easily move it, 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 at the campsite. The De'Longhi Dedica Style uses a thermoblock. This will ensure that the water temperature will remain constant, and you can enjoy yourself faster.
It works with both ground coffee and E.S.E capsules. Unlike other coffee makers, the De'Longhi Dedica Style has a steam nozzle. This allows you to enjoy a delicious cappuccino even at the campsite, without having to purchase 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 this either.
- Compact and light
- Good quality coffee
- Modern design
- Small 1.1 liter water tank
The cafetière is a glass pitcher with a sieve. This coffee pot is often bought because of its simple use, and of course the beautiful glass appearance.
There are cafetières in all brands, sizes and price ranges. I myself have not experienced a difference in taste with different cafeterias. The more expensive ones usually last longer.
Should a more expensive cafeteria break, it is often also possible to parts to buy.
The sieve of cheaper models can break quickly, which means that coffee grounds can end up in the drink. Just like with the Handpresso bicycle pump, pressure is used in the cafetière. The difference is that the coffee in the cafetière is filtered through the built-in sieve.
Coffee from the cafeteria cannot remain warm due to the material. If you don't want to drink the coffee right away, I'd recommend taking a thermos with you and pouring it there right away. If you want to drink it right away, it's better to pour the coffee right away to prevent it from mixing with the residue again.
The cafetière uses ground coffee. However, experienced cafetière users recommend using a medium grind. A low grind may make it more difficult to push down the built-in sieve. In the worst case, you break the glass of your expensive cafetière, and believe me, you really don't feel like it.
Using the cafetière is simple. You first put coffee and water (not boiling water) in the cafetière, and then let this sit for about 3 minutes.
After this has been absorbed, press the sieve all the way straight down to separate the coffee from the residue.
Cafetières with a reasonable shelf life are for sale from € 20.
- Compact and light
- Nice way to brew coffee
- Beautiful design
- Can leave dirty coffee grounds in the coffee
Which camping coffee maker should I choose?
Choosing a camping coffee maker can be a difficult task. First, there are some questions that you will have to answer. Such as: do I have access to an outlet? If the answer is yes, then the Dolce Gusto Piccolo XS, the Essenza mini and the Campeo are good options. Maybe you just want to make coffee in the camper. Then the Campeo can serve as a good camping coffee maker. To be able 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 prefer Nespresso? Or do you prefer to drink from coffee pods.
If you like to drink coffee from Nespresso capsules in the camper and outside, be sure to take a look at the Presso X.
The weight and size of a camping coffee maker is also an important factor in your choice.
Do you need to be able to carry the device in your backpack? Then the Presso X is a good option.
If you also have access to a fire source, you could also look at a percolator.
Which camping coffee maker do you like to use?
Or which of the above devices appeals to you the most?
Let me know by leaving a comment.