The upgraded Wacaco Nanopresso is a small, but powerful, model that, with enough elbow grease, puts out a whopping 260 PSI. Its 80-ml capacity is a bit larger than most hand-operated units, and this particular version comes with a convenient zippered carrying case.
Anywhere you have access to hot water, the Simposh Simpresso can make you a cup of java complete with a layer of crema on top. You can use your own grounds, but it is also compatible with the espresso pods used in coffee machines.
The Conqueco Portable is an electric option that you can plug into your car’s cigarette lighter to recharge, making it an ideal road trip companion. It heats and pumps for you, and when it’s time to clean, all you need to do is run water through the device.
Bialetti Moka Express
The Bialetti Moka Express offers a traditional way to prepare your drinks when you’re not at home. Any external heat source that fits beneath the reservoir boils the water, automatically forcing it through the tamped, finely-ground coffee above.
Wacaco Minipresso GR
One of the most popular models, the Wacaco Minipresso GR is ideal for backcountry campers, thanks to its ultralight design. There’s also an expansion water tank available that offers enough capacity to brew a cup for each member of your hiking party.
The Staresso Mini is made of food-grade stainless steel and lightweight plastic. It’s easy to clean, making it an ideal option for backpacking or camping, and the pumping system delivers up to 15 bars of pressure, allowing you to make a strong espresso on the go.
The Staresso All-in-One is a low-profile option that, in addition to providing espresso on the go, is equipped with a pressurized filter that is perfect for frothing milk or using to cold-brew a drink, if you prefer something with less acid.
Flair Manual Press
The simple, yet effective, Flair Manual Press uses a lever and piston design that, once mastered, makes a great shot. It requires no electricity to operate, and has few parts to break, and it is easy to dismantle for cleaning purposes.
The Moocoo Manual is constructed of lightweight, BPA-free plastic, and it applies steady pressure to provide a decent cup of joe while you’re traveling. It has an extra-fine filter to prevent particles from entering your drink, and it’s dishwasher safe for easy cleaning.
The Cafflano Kompresso’s design allows you to simultaneously push down and pull up, making it easier to apply even pressure throughout the entire extraction process. All of its components are very compact, so it’s easily taken on the go.