/ lightweight compact espresso machine?
Can folks recommend a compact, lightweight espresso machine for touring with?
+1 for the Aeropress, or get a filter cone - Kalita Wave if you're feeling artisan!
Get a cheap (and therefore light - the expensive ones are heavy) stovetop coffee pot. Ideal on a gas cooker.
Aeropress - although mine shares coffee-making duty now with a compact mug/filter/grinder/drip kettle combination that my ex bought me for Christmas one year (a Cafflano I think it's called). It turns out you can make a fantastic cup of drip coffee if you use good beans.
They're both very convenient for camping and both make very acceptable coffee.
I've got a vietnamese coffee filter - weights virtually nothing and makes pretty good drip coffee. I think it was 3 quid on eBay.
I have a sliding scale of portable coffee making equipment: at the lightest end is a GSI filter that clips onto a cup, weighs a few grams and makes surprisingly acceptable coffee, bit of a hassle to clean if water is scarce; an aeropress, pretty bomber, once used one for about 6 months round S America; I used to have a Handpresso, heavy, made ok espresso, the pump failed but only after 4-5yrs.
I have just acquired a minipresso Nespresso version. I don’t generally agree with the waste of capsules for home use, but I found that after even a few days tramping, pre-ground coffee starting tasting stale, and cleaning grinds could be difficult with limited water, the sealed capsules solve both issues, if I can spare the weight of the Minipresso.
That looks good, and cheaper than a Handpresso. Have you tried one?
They make good coffee!
Another Aeropress user. Bombproof and the coffee is good
Wow, that nanopresso looks like a lovely bit of kit. 260psi!
Aeropress do make good coffee, but they do not make espresso.
I prefer my little stove top to an Aeropress, but like the OP I would like to be able to make a real espresso while out and about.
I have an aeropress just a bit bulky for cycle touring. Want something MUCH smaller
Bialetti mini express, doesn't get much smaller, but only brews moka pot style coffee not true espresso like a handpresso
another vote for a cheap alu moka pot - its not espresso tho, for that you'll need steam at about 12 bar
There are many variants of this idea
Can't go wrong with Aeropress. It can make great coffee from ordinary grounds.
Not an espresso machine, but I just returned from touring in France and Belgium where I used the Ortlieb coffee filter. Easy to use, easy to clean, and light. Certainly the best way of making coffee that I have experimented with while cycle touring.
Similar to the Ortlieb one. Good Drip Coffee and sits over any mug
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