Do you want to enjoy the coffee anywhere? Do you ever think you can make it outdoor? When you are camping or hiking, do you want a coffee at once?
With the best manual coffee machines, you can make coffee no matter you are in the car, office, or home. It’s lightweight and compact. You can put it into your handbags or backpack directly. It’s fast. You can make the coffee in a traffic jam.
If you never use it before, I suggest you read the “How To Choose The Best Manual Coffee Machine” section to know more different configurations first. It will help you to make a better decision.
Out of the options below, my #1 choice is STARESSO Portable Espresso Maker Machine because it comes with a small glass. You can also froth the milk in this unit. It’s compatible with the Nespresso 5g capsule or maximum 10g ground coffee
Without any knowledge, it’s really difficult to choose in the market because it has so many different brands and models.
Table Of Content
- Portable Coffee Maker, Compatible K-Cup and Ground Coffee, Barsetto Tripresso CA – [THE MOST EXPENSIVE]
- STARESSO Portable Espresso Maker Machine, Upgrade Version Manual Espresso Coffee Maker – [TOP PICK]
- Wacaco Minipresso NS, Portable Espresso Machine, Compatible Nespresso Original Capsules – [EDITOR CHOICE]
- WACACO Nanopresso Portable Espresso Maker, Upgrade Version of Minipresso – [EDITOR CHOICE]
- Moocoo Portable Espresso Machine, Manual Espresso Maker – [BUDGET PRODUCT]
- Litchi New Portable Hand Held Espresso Maker, Mini Hand Operated Coffee Machine
- Klein Portable Espresso Maker – Mini Espresso Machine – Manually Operated
- Aicok Portable Coffee Espresso Maker 1-Button-Operation, Heating Cool Water Brewing
- Handpresso Hybrid Auto Set, 140 W, 16 Bar
- Coffee Maker Barsetto Espresso Coffee Machine 15 Bar Hand Press Capsule and Ground Coffee Brewer
- LEVERPRESSO Portable Lever Espresso Maker (Pressurized Filter)
- Simpresso Portable Espresso Maker, for use with ground beans & NS pods
- MINI ESPRESSO PUMP for people who love coffee – ESPRESSO MAKER PORTABLE
- DoubleSun Portable Mini Pump Espresso Maker-Handheld Pressure Manual Coffee Machine
- Fdit Portable Mini Espresso Maker Hand Held Pressure Caffe Espresso Machine
- How To Choose The Best Manual Coffee Machine
Best Manual Coffee Machines
Portable Coffee Maker, Compatible K-Cup and Ground Coffee, Barsetto Tripresso CA
There is some eye-catching feature in the coffee maker.
The capacity of the water tank is quite large. You can brew 8-ounce/236ml at one time. It’s much more than others I introduce before. It’s almost a few times bigger. If you want to enjoy more coffee and longer, this one can do a great job for you. 236ml coffee can let 2 people enjoy at the same time.
It comes with a 12-ounce/355ml stainless steel insulation cup that can keep your coffee warm even if the weather is cold. When you brew, you can place the coffee maker on top of the cup so you can brew easily. You just need to keep it even on the countertop. No need to hold it in the air all the time like some other competitor models.
The pusher is on the top. Just unlock it and push. It’s much easier to push it than on the side that’s also helpful to you to keep the cup even on the table.
It features a 2-in-1 extraction patent system that’s compatible with K-Cup and ground coffee. One thing that needs to remind you. K-Cup and Nespresso capsule is totally different. It’s not compatible with each other. Don’t mix it up. The ground coffee basket and scoop are also included so you can enjoy a different kind of coffee at any time.
The whole brewing process doesn’t require any battery or electricity so you can brew anywhere you like. If you do not have hot water, it’s ok. You can try cold brew coffee too.
STARESSO Portable Espresso Maker Machine, Upgrade Version Manual Espresso Coffee Maker
It comes with a small glass for your convenience. You can make the coffee directly in the unit and observe the whole process in the glass holder. The main advantage is you can stop at any time when you see the coffee almost overflow.
The main disadvantage is it only has one glass. If you want to make one more coffee, you have to pour the coffee into another cup or buy more glasses for the unit. Otherwise, it’s difficult to enjoy coffee with your friends at the same time.
The capacity of the water tank is 80ml that is more than the capacity of the glass. Therefore, you don’t have to fill the water tank full every time. It can fill with hot water or cold water so you can enjoy a hot coffee or cold brew coffee in just one unit.
The unit is compatible with the Nespresso 5g capsule or a maximum of 10g ground coffee. When you are at home, you can use different brands of coffee to try different tastes. When you are outside, you can use a Nespresso capsule for convenience. Since the unit can make the cold brew coffee so you can make your coffee at any time anywhere easily.
Actually, the operation is very simple. Just fill the basket with the ground coffee or Nespresso capsule. Then put the basket in the bottom cap and screw it firmly. Add hot water or cold water as you like. Then keep release and press the pusher until the coffee is full of the glass.
You can also froth the milk in this unit. The operation is similar. Just replace the water with the milk. Then release and press the pusher until the creamy foam is enough for you. Then you can enjoy it. With this feature, you can make Cappuccino, Americano coffee, Iced Cream Coffee, and more.
Wacaco Minipresso NS, Portable Espresso Machine, Compatible Nespresso Original Capsules
It’s compatible with Nespresso capsules or ground coffee. If you have a standalone Nespresso machine, then you should have a different taste of capsules. With this portable unit, you can enjoy it even if you are outside. One day, if you want to make coffee with ground coffee, you can use this unit without buying a new machine.
The capacity of the water tank is 70ml. it can use as storage for two capsules so you can find it easily whenever you use it outside. You can make coffee camping, hiking, or whatever you want.
It doesn’t come with glass but you can use the lid as a cup. It’s quite convenient. When you don’t use it, just screw it back to the top so you will never leave any part somewhere. Of course, if you don’t like a plastic cup, you can also prepare your own glass.
You can choose to use hot water and cold water. If you are hiking, I think you will want a cold brew coffee when you rest. If the weather is cold, you can brew it with hot water. But you have to store the hot water in the insulated travel mug which means you have to carry one more thing.
The pusher is not on the top this time, it’s on the side. If you want to use it, just twist to unlock the piston. Just keep pressing the piston until no more liquid coming out from the spout. It does not involve any complicated process. Everyone can do it within a short time.
WACACO Nanopresso Portable Espresso Maker, Upgrade Version of Minipresso
It’s the upgrade version of Minipresso that’s the previous model I introduce. You will see there are some upgrades.
- The size of the unit is smaller. It’s more compact and sleek.
- The pressure increases to 18-bar. It provides a better extraction from the ground coffee.
- The capacity of the water tank increases from 70ml to 80ml.
- It has four colors. They are black, red, yellow, and orange. Actually, it has some special editions but it’s expensive than this model.
Does anything become bad? Yes, it has. In this model, it can only work with ground coffee. It’s not Nespresso capsule compatible anymore. If you plan to use it outside, ground coffee may be less convenient for you. If you are going to use it at home or in the office, it will be good.
You can use the lid as a cup. The main advantage is you don’t have to bring an extra cup. Just simply unscrew it to use. When you finish the coffee, screw it back to the unit. It can make sure you won’t leave the cup somewhere. If you don’t like a plastic cup, you can prepare your own cup to brew.
Every time you brew, you can maximum fill 8-gram ground coffee in the basket. It comes with a small measuring scoop that’s size is the same as the basket so you can fill it easily.
It just needs a few steps to brew. Fill the basket and water tank. Then unlock the piston and press until the last drop of coffee comes out. In the whole process, it doesn’t need any battery or electricity so you can brew anywhere you want.
Moocoo Portable Espresso Machine, Manual Espresso Maker
It comes with the Tritan transparent cup with a capacity of up to 120ml. the main advantage of the Tritan cup is unbreakable and lighter compared to the glass. You don’t have to worry it will fall on the floor and break in one day. It’s a good alternative to the glass.
It features an anti-slip design to ensure you can grip it firmly when brewing your coffee. The anti-slip pattern looks much beautiful compared to other flat body design. For me, it just looks like a decoration.
It’s compatible with ground coffee and Nespresso capsules. When you use the capsule, the unit will make a hole for you automatically. Unlike other competitor models, some of them need to make a hole by yourself which is a lot of inconveniences. If you always bring it outside, use capsules are much convenient than ground coffee.
When you need to brew, you have to screw the cup to the unit securely so your table will not messy even if the unit falls down accidentally. The pusher is on the top. It also reduces the probability to fall down compared to other competitor models with the pusher on the side.
You can also use it to froth the milk. Just pour the milk into the cup and place the pusher on top. Keep pushing until the creamy foam is enough for you. With this unit, you can make Ristretto, Espresso, Double, Americano, Latte, and Mocha.
It doesn’t need any electricity and battery so you can bring it to the office, camping, hotel room, or anywhere you want. It’s small and compact. It will not gain any load to your luggage.
Litchi New Portable Hand Held Espresso Maker, Mini Hand Operated Coffee Machine
The whole unit is black in color with the pink anti-slip surrounds the water tank. I think the design and color are much more suitable than women. Of course, if you are a man, you can buy it and send it to your girlfriend or wife.
It features two filter baskets so you can make double shots at one time. This is the first model I see with more than one basket. It’s very convenient because you can enjoy the coffee with your friends at the same time. Each of the filter baskets can hold 0.25-ounce ground coffee.
One thing needs to be noted. This unit only can brew ground coffee. It’s not compatible with K-Cup or Nespresso capsules. Therefore, when you use it outside, ground coffee will be relatively trouble.
It comes with 1 beige carrying bag so you can store everything inside. You can put the extra filter basket and the spoon inside so it won’t miss anything at home.
You can use the bottom cap as the Espresso cup. If you don’t like a plastic cup, you can prepare your own glass and store it in the carrying bag. Since the water tank is only 2.36-ounce, a small glass is enough for each brew.
Klein Portable Espresso Maker – Mini Espresso Machine – Manually Operated
The body of this unit features an anti-slip design. When you push the pump, it can keep the unit firmly on your hand so it won’t drop down on the floor.
Unlike other competitor models, the unit can place on top of the cup that can save more force to pump. Therefore, keep the eyes on the nozzle. Otherwise, the coffee may be full of your countertop.
You can use the bottom cap as a cup. The capacity of the cup is much small than the water tank which is 120ml. Therefore, if you want to brew 120ml coffee at one time, I think you have to prepare a large cup instead of using the original one.
It features a 304 stainless steel double layer filter and ground holder which is much better than plastic. As you know, stainless steel is more durable and long-lasting. In the market, most of them are made of plastic.
The unit is really simple. It only consists of 5 parts. They are the pump, water tank, grounds holder, filter socket & nozzle, and coffee cup. All the parts are dishwasher safe for easy cleaning.
It’s a battery-free design so you can use it anywhere even if you are hiking, camping, or picnic. You can use it in your office too.
Aicok Portable Coffee Espresso Maker 1-Button-Operation, Heating Cool Water Brewing
All the models I introduce before are battery-free design. Do you want one that uses electricity and no need to press the piston anymore? If your answer is yes, then this model may be capable to fulfill your requirements. It uses an internal lithium battery.
It comes with one car adapter and one electric adapter. But you have to remember the electric adapter can use to charge the battery only. The car adapter can charge the battery and heat the water. Don’t mix them up.
Every time you want to brew, make sure you fully charge the battery. If you charge with the electric adapter, it takes about 3 hours.
You can brew with the ground coffee or K-Cup. Both of them are compatible with this unit. If you want to brew ground coffee, you have to fill it into the filter basket. If you want to use K-Cup, it fits most of the single pod coffee capsule so you don’t have to worry about 1.0 or 2.0 anymore.
The operation is very simple. If you fill the hot water in the water tank, just press the power button for 3 seconds. Then you will see the button flash in red during brewing. When the coffee is done, it will have 3 beep sounds to alert you.
The process of filling the water and ground coffee or K-Cup is the same as other models.
Unlike others, the interior of the water tank and the cup are made of 304 stainless steel which is much better than plastic. But, the capacity of the water tank is 150ml, if you fill it full, I think you have to prepare a larger cup.
Handpresso Hybrid Auto Set, 140 W, 16 Bar
The set includes 1 bag, 1 Handpresso auto, 2 unbreakable cups, and 1 napkin. It’s convenient if you always bring it everywhere. The bag can ensure you won’t miss anything at home. You can also store the pods or ground coffee inside for convenience.
The capacity of the water reservoir is 50ml. If you find it’s difficult to fill the exact 50ml water, the cups can help you a lot.
On the side of the cups, it has a “50ml. max” marking. You can fill the water into the cup first and then pour it into the water reservoir each time you want to brew. It guarantees the water will not too much or too little.
The unit is ESE (Easy Serving Espresso, Italian pod format) pod and ground coffee compatible. If you use it outside, the pod is much convenient than ground coffee so you can make your coffee quickly.
In the front, you will see the gauge that shows you the water temperature. When you start to brew, you will see the temperature increase very fast. The whole brewing process just needs 2.5 minutes. Then you will hear 3 beep sounds. Finally, just flip the machine around and push the espresso button
When the coffee is coming out, be careful, and keep the eyes on it. Otherwise, half of the coffee may be on the floor.
The unit needs electricity to run. You have to plug into the 12-volt cigarette lighter plug. With this feature, you don’t have to press the piston anymore.
Coffee Maker Barsetto Espresso Coffee Machine 15 Bar Hand Press Capsule and Ground Coffee Brewer
It’s an espresso capsule and ground coffee compatible. You can brew in different tastes at any time because capsule has a wide variety of tastes you can choose. You can also buy different ground coffee to try. For convenience, capsule allows you to enjoy the coffee anywhere no matter you are in hiking, picnic, camping, or office.
The filter features 32 High-precision microfilter holes (0.8mm) that can efficiently prevent the ground go to your espresso so it can create a creamy and silky smooth espresso at any time.
The capacity of the water tank is 80ml. It comes with espresso marking and max marking so you won’t fill too much water. It also helps you to fill easily. Just simply follow the marking inside.
The body features an anti-slip silicone handle on two sides that can ensure your hand stays in position when you keep pumping. The pusher features a soft silicone attachment that lets you save up to 25% palm-pressing power and reduce counterforce so you can make your espresso easier.
The included transparent coffee mug is a dual wall design. The outer wall is made of PCTG plastic and the inner wall is made of high-boron silicon glass. The main advantage is the anti-scalding structure and insulation function.
On the bottom of the mug, you will find the lid. When the brewing is done, you can cover the mug with the lid until it’s ready to serve. It’s also helpful to keep it warm.
LEVERPRESSO Portable Lever Espresso Maker (Pressurized Filter)
It has a multi-color for you to choose from. They are dark grey, light grey, pastel blue, and pink. You can choose the one you like to blend with the decoration of your home.
When you see the product image, you will see the transparent part of the body. That is the water reservoir with 120ml. In the brewing process, you can see the water change to coffee gradually. I think the whole process should be fun for the kids.
The operation of the unit is totally different than other competitor models in the market. It uses aluminum levers instead of the pistol which is much easier and saves more energy during the extraction. You have to use both hands in the whole brewing process.
The process of filling the ground coffee into the pressurized filter is the same as other models. You can fill a maximum of 17-gram ground coffee into the filter. Then tamp it and screw it back to the body. Remove the grey cap on the top and fill 92 to 95-degree hot water.
At that time, lift the lever slowly. Otherwise, the water will come out if you lift it too fast. Then lower the lever slowly until the bottom. The grey bottom cap actually is the cup. You can take it away and use your own cup if you don’t like the plastic cup.
Simpresso Portable Espresso Maker, for use with ground beans & NS pods
It’s the other models that use the lever to brew your favorite coffee. This kind of design really requires little effort than a pistol. If you have to brew a few cups continually, I think you will know the difference.
If you plan to brew with this unit for your family frequently, I have good news for you. It comes with 4 re-usable baskets so you don’t have to wash the basket each time you brew.
If you bring it outside, you can fill the 4 baskets with the included scoop at home first for your convenience. Of course, it comes with the Nespresso adapter kit. It’s also convenient if you want to brew outside.
The transparent water tank features a double-wall heat-insulated design to protect your hand even if you fill the hot water inside. You can also observe the water level easily at any time. It features measuring marks for ristretto, espresso, and lungo so you can fill the water precisely according to your choice without any guesswork.
In my opinion, the main advantage of a transparent water tank is you can wash it easily. It’s easy to see where is dirty. Then you can clean it again.
At the bottom is the detachable transparent cup so you can brew it directly. If you need to brew 4 cups at one time, remember to prepare more cups.
MINI ESPRESSO PUMP for people who love coffee – ESPRESSO MAKER PORTABLE
The whole unit is a dark grey color. If you always use it outside, I think dark grey is much suitable than other light colors.
When you use it, you don’t need to prepare any battery or electricity. The whole brewing process is totally manual so you can use it anywhere you want. You can use it at a picnic, camping, hiking, or office.
It comes with a cotton travel bag. You can store everything inside. It ensures you won’t leave any accessories at home. It’s quite convenient. Only seldom models in the market will come with a storage bag.
The included Filter basket brush allows you to clean the basket after brewing so you can brew next time at once.
The unit is very simple to use. When you fill the ground coffee, you can use the included spoon to fill and tamper it softly. The cap on the top is the water tank, fill it with hot water. Remember to place the water tank back to the unit securely. Otherwise, the hot water will leak and you may get hurt.
You can use the cap on the bottom as a cup. If you don’t like a plastic cup, you can prepare your own glass.
DoubleSun Portable Mini Pump Espresso Maker-Handheld Pressure Manual Coffee Machine
The unit is very simple. It is composed of 5 parts. They are the top cover, water tank, double layer filter, filter seat, and the coffee cup. All the parts can be washed. After each brew, it’s better to wash it as soon as possible to avoid the previous taste affect your coffee.
The double-layer filter and the filter element are made of stainless steel that is much study and durable. It’s built for long-lasting use than plastic.
The water tank is made of TPR with an anti-slip design which is wear-proof, skid resistance, and shock absorption. When you press the piston on the top, it can keep the unit in your hand securely. You can grip it safely even if the water tank is full of hot water.
During the brewing process, it doesn’t need any electric power and batteries. It’s just hand-operated so you can brew the coffee anywhere you want. You can put it into your handbag. If you like cold brew coffee, you can brew it with cold water at any time.
One thing needs to remember. This unit can only use ground coffee to brew. It’s not compatible with K-Cup or Nespresso capsules. If it’s compatible, it will be much convenient to brew outdoors.
Fdit Portable Mini Espresso Maker Hand Held Pressure Caffe Espresso Machine
The operation of this unit is totally different than all the models I introduce before. It is composed of 3 parts only that is the lid, bottle, and plunger. Actually, it’s a bottle with a filter. The capacity is 12oz/350ml. It’s much larger than other models.
I think the operation cannot simple anymore. It’s already the simplest. The steps are as follows.
- When you unbox it, clean it thoroughly
- Take out the filter
- Fill the bottle with coarse ground or tea. You can fill as much as you want because the bottle is very big
- Pour the hot water
- Put back the plunger until the bottom after 3 minutes
- Close the lid and wait for the finish.
You can drink it directly or pour it into the cup. As you see, it uses a stainless steel filter to filter all the coarse ground. If you want to filter better, I think you have to use the paper filter to filter one more time. Otherwise, your coffee will have some sediment.
The bottle is heat insulation so it can keep your drink hot for a period and you won’t feel very hot when you grip it. It features an anti-slip rubber band around the bottle so you can grip it firmly.
How To Choose The Best Manual Coffee Machine
The larger the bar pressure, the richer is your extraction. Your coffee will taste much better. It doesn’t have the industrial standard of bar pressure. If you are budget enough, you can choose one with the higher bar pressure.
K-Cup/Nespresso Capsule Adaptor
Some of the models come with an adaptor so you can brew K-Cup or Nespresso Capsule. If you want to have a more different taste to brew, you need to pay more attention to the adaptor.
If the models need electricity, you don’t need to push the piston anymore which requires little effort to brew. But the price is much expensive.
Capacity Of Water Tank
If you want to brew more at one time, then you have to choose the one with a bigger water tank.
Capacity Of Filter Basket
If you like the strong flavor, you have to choose the filter basket with a bigger size. it’s not identical to all models.
Hot Brew/Cold Brew
Not all the models can make the cold brew coffee. The main advantage of cold brew coffee is you don’t need to prepare the hot water every time you want to brew. It gives you great flexibility to make your drink.
Number Of Filter Basket
Most of the time it only comes with one filter basket. If you want to brew one more time, you have to wash it. If you have more than one filter basket, you can wash it at home later.
It’s either glass or plastic. The color is either transparent or grey. In most cases, the bottom cap is a cup. When you finished your coffee, you can simply screw it back to the bottom. The main advantage is it can make sure you won’t leave anything.
If you don’t like the plastic cup, you can bring your own cup.
Not all the models are dishwasher safe. If you don’t want to wash it each time you brew, you have to read carefully to see it’s dishwasher safe or not.
Some of the models come with a scoop. You can use it to fill the coffee in the coffee basket and then tamper it with the bottom of the scoop.
It’s either on the top or on the side. In my opinion, if the piston is on the top, it will be easier to brew the coffee.
Only a few models come with a carry bag. You can put everything inside to make sure you won’t miss anything. It’s also helpful for you to brew faster because you don’t have to spend a long time to find it.
I think most of you already find that the manual coffee machine is much handier than you expected. It has no difficulty to bring it anywhere. Send it as a gift to your friend is also a great choice.
With this unit, you can brew with your ground coffee, K-Cup, or Nespresso capsule as you like. You can share it with your friends easily too. If you are hiking, your friends just need to bring their own capsules or others. It’s convenient.
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