Top 5 Best Travel Size Manual Espresso Makers – single serve coffee anywhere

Have coffee will travel, these compact manual espresso do not need electric power, just your favourite coffee ground, hot water (in hot water flask) and some elbow grease to enjoy your coffee anywhere at anytime you want.

Out camping, on a field trip, working away from office on a business trip or simply staying in at home, in the office or visiting friends, these single-serve brewers will make sure you get your caffeine fix anytime of the day, no matter where you are.

No electricity, no problem, simply fill up with hot water and use the crank or pump to force hot water through the ground coffee and you can have your drink in minutes.

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Top 5 Single-Serve Manual Espresso Coffee Makers

Tried and tested espresso best coffee makers in the market right now:

  1. Aerobie Aeropress Coffee Maker
  2. MiniPresso GR Espresso Maker
  3. The Handpresso Wild Hybrid
  4. ROK Espresso Coffee Maker
  5. Staresso Coffee Maker

Let’s check them out.

UPDATE: WACACO Nanopresso Portable Espresso Maker

From the people that brought us the MiniPresso comes an even smaller, portable and travel friendly espresso maker, the Nanopresso. Coffee grounds and boiling water is all you need to make your very own espresso on the go. Simply release the pump and prime the espresso maker. 8 pump action ought to do it, to build up the pressure then continue pumping slowly to release the brew.

The espresso is super smooth, just as good as what you get from an espresso machine at home. Geared towards those who wish to leave home with a spare shot of espresso, the unit is ultra compact and measures only 6.14-inch or 15.6 cm tall. Optional Barista Kit for double espresso shot, Nanovessel hot vacuum flash, case and Nespresso adapter are available to expand your collection.

1. Aerobie AeroPress Coffee Maker

Apart from the obvious caffetiere options, the Aeropress Coffee Maker is another option to consider if you’re in for a more hands-on approach to coffee. It is also the most affordable manual espresso maker in our range.

The Aeropress Coffee Maker is effectively a filter with a ‘press’ that you can depress in order to ‘press’ the coffee out. It is meant to sit on top of a cup or mug and then depress the coffee through the paper filter.

Non-electrical, relying only on hot water and the pressure of a push, the only downside to the Aeropress is the requirement of the filter paper.

AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker
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2. MiniPresso GR Espresso Maker

The MiniPresso GR uses a bicycle tyre pump action to put hot water through the coffee grounds, extracting delicious espresso great for home and when you are out. The single serve, single shot espresso maker is compact and easy to take with you. The pump however is situated on the middle section horizontally to the main barrel instead of the bottom or top vertically. Still it has a sleek modern feel and is easy to operate. When not in use, the pump can be compressed and locked in place and the cover which doubles as a drinking cup, screwed on giving it a small ballistic missile look.

3. The Handpresso Wild Hybrid – Black / Silver

Small and portable; designed especially for the traveller, the Handpresso is an option for the adventurous coffee lover.

  • Compatible with ground coffee or pods
  • Includes E.S.E. adapter for use with E.S.E. pods
  • Made of Aluminum
  • Easy maintenance with virtually no clean up
  • Brews with 16 bar pressure
  • Electricity Free

Also available: Handpresso Wild Hybrid Outdoor Set includes hard case, thermos flask and four unbreakable cups and Handpresso Auto Set Premium portable espresso maker for on the go.


4. ROK Espresso Coffee Maker

The ROK Espresso Coffee Maker a beautiful piece of well-designed, and thoughtfully engineered options to the traditional single crank machine. Delivered in a reusable metal container, complete with a stainless steel milk brother, the ROK simply requires hot water and a decent grind of coffee beans. The actual act of getting a good espresso out of this machine of course is down to the art of the pull.

  • Non-electric espresso maker
  • Polished aluminium with strengthened alloy formulation

5. Staresso Coffee Maker with Espresso, Cappuccino, Quick Cold Brew All-in-One

The Staresso takes a vertical approach similar to a french cafetiere for priming and pumping out espresso with the manual pump lever located on top. The pressure barrel is no bigger than a mug and is capable of producing 15 to 20 bar of pressure. It sits on top of a stainless glass cup with see through window. Between the pressure barrel and cup is an accessory holder. You can use a coffee grounds or nespresso pod to make your favourite beverage. Each shot will have a layer of crema to satisfy any coffee connoisseur. From your single shot espresso, use it to make Caffé Americano, Caffé Latte, Cold Brew, Cappuccino or Affogato.

Staresso White
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Moocoo Portable Espresso Maker

A vertical pump action manual espresso machine, the Moocoo is capable of generating up to 20 bar of pressure using advanced pumping technology. This allows for better extraction from your grounds to produce a superb shot of espresso. The espresso maker requires less effort to operate and the built-in high precision micro filter keeps grounds from going into the coffee. Coffee is poured into a double walled coffee mug to help retain its temperature but preheating the cup is recommended. The Moocoo hand-powered portable espresso maker also supports Nespresso capsules if you are inclined to use these.

Moocoo Portable Espresso
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Staresso (3rd Generation) Double Shot Portable Manual Espresso Maker

Another entry from Staresso, this time a double unit with ground filter large enough for up to 22 grams of grounds and a large water tank of up to 180ml. If you are spoiled by Starbucks with its double shot espresso beverages served in their huge mugs, the Staresso will keep your need for huge doses of caffeine satisfied. It comes with a pair of foldable stand to prop it up during use. When you pump the lever vertically, it pushes the hot water at a pressure of 15 to 20 bar through the grounds and out the dual coffee outlet. Given its volume, it can create three times more crema than single shot espresso maker.

STARESSO 2 shot Portable Espresso Maker
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