The best espresso maker for cars

Yes, of course they exist. Here are CAR's picks of the best mobile coffee brewers.

best espresso makers for cars

by Chris Williams |

The extent to which people have become obsessed with good coffee is rather remarkable. People will head to John Lewis and spend hundreds, even thousands of pounds on a space-age coffee machine that burps, farts, and whirrs away each morning to create a nifty mug of turmeric soy latte. It acts as a reminder and a symbol that we have reached the middle-class utopia after years of slaving away and drinking regular coffee like a sucker.

Naturally, we want to transport this champion of middle-class life beyond the kitchen and into the car, because obviously, a Greggs isn’t good enough anymore. You’re in luck because the barista-spec coffee machine is now portable.

They make surprisingly good coffee

It’s true, the portable coffee makers below do produce a surprisingly tasty brew, provided the initial expense and process doesn’t bother you. You'll discover that there are those that require power and can heat water themselves and those that don’t and can’t.

Before we jump and recommend great products, don't make a coffee while you're driving! There, we said it.

Non-powered

The general pros and cons of non-powered machines are as follows: they are cheaper than the powered machines and smaller. However, you'll obviously need to carry a flask of hot water with you, and you will need to exert a little energy by pumping or pressing the coffee. All the coffee makers below are from established brands.

Powered

The powered ones are a bit bigger and more expensive but they do all the work for you.

Handpresso Handcoffee Auto

Handpresso Handcoffee Auto
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Handpresso is a French company and the Handcoffee Auto is its functional portable coffee maker for the car. It plugs into a 12V cigarette lighter and will produce a short 80ml or long 110ml coffee within a few minutes. Simply add cold water and a Senseo coffee pod.

Pros

Does all the work

Great design

Cons

Uses Senseo pods only

Conqueco Portable Coffee Maker

Conqueco Portable Coffee Maker
Amazon

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Conqueco is a company that specialises in heated jackets. Its coffee maker is quite nifty, too. It works in effectively the same way as the Handpresso unit but uses Nespresso or Lu2019Or coffee pods.

Pros

Uses popular Nespresso pods

Comes with cigarette lighter plug and home plug

Cons

Only makes 50ml of coffee at a time

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