You might be under the impression that coffee or at least good coffee is limited to a good café or your own kitchen, that when you’re on the go, traveling, hiking, or camping you have to settle for awful tasting watery gas station kind. While that may have been the case not so many years ago, coffee machines have evolved into portable brewers you can take with you, wherever you go.
They’ve come a long way since their early designs which evidently didn’t brew coffee that great. But in recent years, their popularity has skyrocketed thanks to the innovators have developed and perfected them to a point where they can substitute their bulky stationary counterparts. Not only are they more polished and feature-packed, but there is also a very wide selection of portable coffee makers available in the market.
There are even some brands which exclusively manufacture and specialize in portable brewers. One of these brands — Kohi+ is a reputable, popular and trusted one. Their coffee makers can go with you on your long commutes, trekking, camping, and backpacking, needless to say, without compromising on the quality or taste of your coffee. They claim they are driven by the policy that coffee lovers should be able to brew good coffee without hassle, wherever they are. And this shows in their units because all you need is access to boiled water and you can have a delectable cup of java, even when you’re away from your home or in your office for instance.
A brief history of Kohi+
The Kohi+ brand is fairly young and they launched their first line of portable coffee makers back in 2017. That said, their units quickly rose to popularity because the manufacturers are solely dedicated to portable brewers, that save you not just money but also hassle that comes with making good coffee and cleaning your unit afterward. That coupled with their polished and fine-quality products, earned them an overwhelmingly positive response.
Their products at a glance
For a brief overview of their products, the first one in the roundup is the sleek looking KOHIPress, their portable French press. It also doubles as a travel mug with a lid that is leak-proof. Once you’ve placed the coffee grounds in the chamber and poured the hot water in, you just have to steep it for a couple of minutes – to extract the flavors and rich aroma French presses are commonly known for – and then press down on the plunger gently. And there you have it, a freshly brewed scrumptious cup of joe for you to enjoy wherever you are.
If you prefer espresso style, the Pressopump is for you– a portable cordless automatic espresso machine. What sets this product apart from other portable espresso makers available in the market is its automatic operation as opposed to the manual kind most portable espresso brewers offer. It makes an authentic, strong, and flavorful shot of espresso topped with thick crema, with only one press of a button, accessible anywhere. The design is compact and offers great mobility so it will make a good travel or office companion for any espresso lover.
Last but not least, we have Pressogrind on our list – their manual coffee grinder. If you can whip up hot water on your excursions but are at a loss as to how to grind your coffee beans, that is if you like them freshly ground every morning, the Pressogrind might be an attractive option for you. The design is stainless steel, features a conical burr which ensures uniform grounds and gives you more control and precision over the grind size, doesn’t require a lot of maintenance, operates almost noiselessly and probably our favorite feature, it is compact enough to fit into your pocket.
Now for more in-depth reviews of each of their product.
This unit outshines its competition because it has a stainless steel and a double walled vacuum design which relies on the full emersion technique, producing excellent results. It does all that without sacrificing either portability or durability.
Where most French presses lack and this one excels, is tackling with the spent coffee ground sediment. More often than not, French presses fail to completely isolate spent grounds and they end up in your cup, but not this unit. It features a unique self-lock apparatus which completely separates the spent grounds from your brewed coffee so almost none of those end up in your cup.
The filter is a washable and reusable fine steel mesh so you don’t have to use paper filters over and over, which means that this product is not just easy on your pocket but also good for the environment.
The plunger uses air pressure for a quick and robust filtration which results in a higher pH – less acidity – and lower bitterness in every cup. That combined with the full immersion method, makes for a fuller, richer and delightful cup of Joe.
As a travel and adventure companion, this product suffices, in our opinion. The base is rubberized to prevent heat transfer, the construction is fairly solid and it is built to take some punishment when used outdoors. The plastic lid is leak-free so you can stow it away or pack it in your bag without worrying about it spilling and it can hold up to 12 oz of coffee.
If you like brewing your coffee yourself, love spending time outdoors or just want a good cup of coffee when you’re on the clock in your office, you might just have found the perfect brewer.
If you are an espresso lover and would like to save money on buying authentic, good tasting espresso from cafés when you’re on the move, you’re in luck because this portable espresso machine does exactly that for you.
Sure, there are other mini portable espresso machines out there but this unit distinguishes itself from them in the fact that it is completely automatic and doesn’t need a USB cable connection to operate. You just need to recharge it before you leave the house and it will brew velvety, creamy and strong espresso with crema to top it off, wherever you are, effortlessly, and with just the press of a button.
It has a uniquely designed advanced pump which generates 16 bars of pressure allowing for the same and consistent extraction every time. To add to that, it features leak-proof mechanism and you can take it apart for easy cleaning, both these features guarantee convenience.
The design is not just sleek, portable, and lightweight but also fairly enduring so you won’t have to worry about going shopping for another espresso maker anytime soon.
PRESSOGRIND: Manual Conical Burr Coffee Grinder
If you are fond of coffee that’s freshly ground and would like to have control over the grind size and texture especially when you’re on the move, consider giving the Pressogrind a try. The construction is stainless steel and is outfitted with a ceramic conical burr. The stainless-steel design means it’s built to last and the ceramic conical burr ensures that the beans you grind always have the same consistency, whether you like your coffee grounds coarse or fine.
Since it’s a manual grinder, you can take it with you on your hikes, when camping or backpacking and grind your coffee beans without the need for electricity. It is quiet in operation and you can disassemble it for easy cleaning. With the price tag of just $13.99, this inexpensive but quality grinder should definitely be in your inventory if you are you are a coffee lover. If you’d like to learn about more quality manual coffee grinders, you can find their reviews here.