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The 7 Best Portable Espresso Makers According to the People

We have compiled a list of the best portable espresso makers that you should purchase before your next vacation or camping trip.

Here at The Coffee Chronicler, we’d love to test and try every single coffee gadget out there, but the fact is that there is only so much time available every day. 

For that reason, we have turned to the “wisdom of the crowds” for this article and handpicked the highest rated products from Amazon. We have looked at pros and cons from individual reviews, as well as the total rating to present the most accurate advice.

A few years ago, the idea of a portable espresso maker seemed like an oxymoron.

However, we live in a time of unprecendented coffee innovation, and for that reason there are actually quite a few travel-friendly espresso machines on the market today.

Here’s a quick overview of some our favorite models. Read on, for the full overview.

The 7 Best Portable Espresso Makers in 2020

1. Flair Signature Espresso Maker

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If you are looking for a way to handcraft your own espresso while at home or during travel, the Flair Signature Espresso Maker is the thing for you. Weighing at only 7 pounds, this machine is easy to carry. All you need is your favorite espresso beans, a grinder, and some boiling water, and you’re good to go. 

A valuable reviewer said that after trying a number of things like handpresso and minipresso, none of which produced actual espresso, they’ve come to the conclusion that Flair makes espresso that is better than most home machines available.  

We have previously tested the Flair Espresso Maker and our verdict is similar.

It’s a great tool once you get your head around the slightly unusual workflow of a manual lever espresso machine.

Bonus Tip: Check out the new & upgraded “Pro 2” model here.

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2. 1Zpresso Y3 Portable Coffee Maker

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1Zpresso mostly makes manual coffee grinders, which they are very good at.

However, they also make this interesting portable espresso maker. It’s very light, weighing in at 600 grams — that’s about the same weight as a big coke at McDonald’s. It produces a cup within 4 minutes of starting, making it easy and efficient as well as portable. 

A reviewer on Amazon praised the design of the product, and the coffee it produces, adding that they have been a satisfied customer for over a year now. 

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3. Bialetti 06800 Express Moka Pot

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This is not technically a true espresso maker, however, most Italians use it at home, and they invented espresso.

The flavor is still strong and potent, but usually a bit thinner than the standard espresso.

A thing to keep in mind if you plan to travel with the Bialetti Stovetop Espresso Maker is that you need a stove or gas burner for this device to work. Some portable espresso makers just need access to boiling water, but this device will need sustained heat in order to work.

A user gave it a positive review praising the excellent coffee it produces, while being much cheaper than having to buy espresso every day, while saying that the time consuming process is a minor drawback. 

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4. Wacaco Nanopresso Portable Espresso Maker

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Weighing less than 1 pound, this is probably the smallest and most efficient portable espresso machine that you will come across. The latest technology used gives stable pressure during extraction to give you unparalleled coffee.

Users generally only have good things to say about this tiny machine, praising everything from its efficiency, portability and the ease of access. 

Although a critical user did point out its lack of durability, saying that it stopped working after a few uses. But those were just a few experiences, and more people have had their machines working for longer times without any issues. 

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5. Cafflano Kompresso (Hand Carry Coffee Maker)

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The Cafflano Kompresso is a cheap espresso maker that is also extremely portable, weighing in at only 200 grams.

Claimed to be the most compact espresso maker in the world that produces authentic espresso, this gadget should be on your radar.

Some users claimed to have started liking the machine after practicing for a while, they say that it gets better once you learn how to use it properly.

Others couldn’t get to that stage and disregarded it saying that the coffee doesn’t taste good, and that it couldn’t produce a decent mug at all. 

I have previously reviewed the Cafflano Kompresso and my impression was overall excellent.

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6. STARESSO Portable Espresso Maker

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At just about 1 pound and very easy to clean, this portable espresso maker lets you make single shots, double shots or lungos. Other drinks like Americano, Latte, Cold Brew, Cappuccino, and Ice Cream coffee are also made very easy with this machine. 

It is generally praised for its lightweight and portability, as one user claimed it was perfect for every vacation, and delivers quality latte while being very inexpensive. 

Another one criticized the effort it takes to brew a single shot, and said that it may be usable occasionally on vacations, but it cannot work for daily use.  They added that it did produce great espresso though.

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7. Handpresso HPWILDHYBRID Coffee Machine

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This versatile handpresso lets you either choose ground espresso or enjoy the E.S.E. pods for ease of use. Durable and light, it can be stored anywhere from drawers, to backpack and camping gears.

A reviewer said that it is works great, but also talked about how it requires about 40 pumps for a single shot instead of 10 pumps as claimed by the manufacturers. They also talked about the unavailability of the E.S.E pods, saying that they aren’t available over the counter, which can be an issue if you are in a hurry. 

Another user claimed to have returned the product after a few uses since the coffee wasn’t up to their standards.

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