Portable coffee maker

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I'm looking at buying a portable coffee maker - more specifically a Wacaco Nanopresso portable espresso maker. Anyone have any experience with this espresso maker or other portable coffee makers? I'm looking for something that makes an espresso style coffee (rather than an American style filtered coffee).
 

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I bought one of these.


We kept the carton it came in and take it (and the coffee maker) with us on road trips. Never had a problem. I buy the pods thru eBay and you can also buy them from Coles/Woolies
 

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I'm looking at buying a portable coffee maker - more specifically a Wacaco Nanopresso portable espresso maker. Anyone have any experience with this espresso maker or other portable coffee makers? I'm looking for something that makes an espresso style coffee (rather than an American style filtered coffee).
I have a nanopresso, l use it when off grid camping/hunting. Ive added the barista kit so I can do double shots (more like 1.5) it isn’t as good as I make at home with my Vibiemme machine, but it does the job. I also bought a Little hand grinder and take fresh roasted beans Rather then pre-ground coffee.

they have a Nespresso adaptor if your not fussy :rolleyes:

only issue I’ve had is unscrewing the double shot extension ring / adaptor but I get it off eventuall.
 

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I have a nanopresso, l use it when off grid camping/hunting. Ive added the barista kit so I can do double shots (more like 1.5) it isn’t as good as I make at home with my Vibiemme machine, but it does the job. I also bought a Little hand grinder and take fresh roasted beans Rather then pre-ground coffee.

they have a Nespresso adaptor if your not fussy :rolleyes:

only issue I’ve had is unscrewing the double shot extension ring / adaptor but I get it off eventuall.

I'm thinking of getting it for when we travel overseas and we stay in places that don't offer decent coffee. Whilst I don't use nespresso pods at home (I have a Delonghi automatic coffee machine), i thought they might be easier for traveling rather than taking pre-ground coffee and having to measure it. How do you find using it? Is measuring the coffee simple enough once you get the hang of it?
 

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My criteria would start with freshly ground coffee whiich gives you a great start but can be messy/fiddly.
I use an aeropress but there are a few newer similar alternatives that i havent tried.
 

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I’ve used it both with the Nespresso Pod adaptor and without. Using pods is certainly neater when travelling.

It makes a decent enough coffee (depends on pods/ground coffee you use) and saves being at the mercy of local coffees which are not to your taste.

The only hassle is (occasionally in some hotels) hunting down a kettle.

I’ve also used the aeropress and my personal preference is the nanopresso.
 
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I use Nanopresso and pods generally when going to hotels, but aeropress if I have some kitchen facilities.
Find them both good in their own way, but Wife prefers aeropress:)
 

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I'm thinking of getting it for when we travel overseas and we stay in places that don't offer decent coffee. Whilst I don't use nespresso pods at home (I have a Delonghi automatic coffee machine), i thought they might be easier for traveling rather than taking pre-ground coffee and having to measure it. How do you find using it? Is measuring the coffee simple enough once you get the hang of it?
I have had no problems measuring. I found it easy once I got the grind right, hard to do with preground coffee.

I’m in the fresh ground coffee camp - if you feel pod coffee is decent I would not bother with pre-ground as it would be far messier (And I would expect you would struggle with consistency using pre-ground from various retailers)
 

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I have had no problems measuring. I found it easy once I got the grind right, hard to do with preground coffee.

I’m in the fresh ground coffee camp - if you feel pod coffee is decent I would not bother with pre-ground as it would be far messier (And I would expect you would struggle with consistency using pre-ground from various retailers)

I found that too with the pre-ground coffee. Do you use the paper filters in the aeropress or the metal filter?
 

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I too cannot stand "American" coffee.

This is not true espresso for the aficionados but portable & lightweight & simple & cheap & convenient and I like the taste. Available for less than 10 bucks from your local Asian grocery store coupled with pre-ground Vittoria Expresso from Woolies or Coles. No mess, no pods, no paper filters. All you need is a source of hot water.

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I found that too with the pre-ground coffee. Do you use the paper filters in the aeropress or the metal filter?
I use metal filters,
If you search for brewing techniques with the Aeropress , people get very particular about wetting paper filters etc.
I try to make it as simple as I can.
If travel weight is not an issue an electric grinder makes it a lot quicker
 

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I'm looking at buying a portable coffee maker - more specifically a Wacaco Nanopresso portable espresso maker. Anyone have any experience with this espresso maker or other portable coffee makers? I'm looking for something that makes an espresso style coffee (rather than an American style filtered coffee).
I had my daughter buy it for me for my last birthday to use while freecamping in the bush. I have now used it often over 2 months and am very pleased with it.


It makes a fantastic coffee for what it is and so I highly recommend it. Very good crema. The small pressure pump on it m akes all the difference.

It is very light and so obe could easily take it on overnight hikes etc and certainly in your bag when flying. Catching trains etc.

I highly recommend it for anyone that wants an easy to use very portable way to make good coffee.
At home I have a full blown coffee machine and this makes a very acceptable coffee when I now travel and do not have access to a proper machine. Rental properties will often only have french presses etc.


Ps. My daughter also gave me the double shot adapter which is good for me as I like more than a small coffee.
 
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...brilliant little machine. Have had it now for a couple of years and take it on almost all my trips.
Concur with the issue of finding boiling water in some countries but a small (good quality) hand grinder and you will enjoy your coffee again whether in the local park, a room in a domestic city or OS.
 

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This is dreadful. We're Australian; for goodness' sake we have just had Australia Day.

We drink tea with our Iced Vo-Vos and we play cricket, not baseball.

As Hawkie would say, more or less, anyone who doesn't drink tea is a silly person.
 
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I’ve used it both with the Nespresso Pod adaptor and without. Using pods is certainly neater when travelling.

It makes a decent enough coffee (depends on pods/ground coffee you use) and saves being at the mercy of local coffees which are not to your taste.

The only hassle is (occasionally in some hotels) hunting down a kettle.

I’ve also used the aeropress and my personal preference is the nanopresso.
I bought a portable kettle which collapses and I take it with me most places when I travel. I like a cup of tea in the morning and don't like the taste of them made in the coffee machines (not hot enough). The kettle is small and very easy to pack.
 

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I bought a portable kettle which collapses and I take it with me most places when I travel. I like a cup of tea in the morning and don't like the taste of them made in the coffee machines (not hot enough). The kettle is small and very easy to pack.

Sounds interesting, do you have a picture and/or link?

sounds like the nanopresso with the double shot adaptor (which I already have), a small grinder, plus something like this might make a complete travel kit.
 

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This is dreadful. We're Australian; for goodness' sake we have just had Australia Day.
We drink tea with our Iced Vo-Vos and we play cricket, not baseball.
As Hawkie would say, more or less, anyone who doesn't drink tea is a silly person.

Coffee came to Australia in 1788 with the 1st fleet.

We do not all drink tea.

I find it tastes and looks like dishwater
 

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