Nomadic coffee makers: making coffee in your car

machine à café pour voiture

When you’re on the road a lot, a coffee shop is either a break to take your mind off things, or a boost thanks to the caffeine. However, not everyone drives on motorways and in some parts of France, people wonder if there are still cafés somewhere. Because only a good GPS and the desire to drive a few more kilometres will allow you to find them.

And that’s why it’s developing more and more nomadic coffee makers for the car. Those who travel by motorhome are delighted to be able to take advantage of this as well.

A nomadic coffee maker for the car, what’s that?

They are called nomadic coffee makers because they are made to be taken with you. They are fairly small appliances, often sold in a storage bag. They include everything to make coffee and sometimes even the mug. You just need to provide in addition to the coffee (in pods), water and possibly sugar.

The car coffeemaker runs on the car battery. It is therefore also sold with a cable for Plug it into the cigarette lighter. And in some cases, you can buy a USB cable instead (or in addition).

Finally, it is important to know that this type of coffee maker can only prepare one espresso. If you are accompanied, you would have to redo the whole preparation a second time to have a second coffee.

How does a car coffee maker work?

The principle is very simple and evokes an Italian coffee maker.

First we fill the water tank with water, place the coffee pod and then close it. After a preheating time, the water is hot enough to start extracting the coffee. The appliance must then be positioned over a cup and the on button pressed.

Electricity comes from the cigarette lighter. This allows the water to be heated and to have a pressure of about 2 bars for the extraction of the drink.

What are the advantages of such a coffee maker?

As I said in my introduction, the main advantage is thatone is autonomous. We can take a break anywhere, alone, quietly. You don’t have to go in search of a coffee bar-cafe-pmu, suffer the boss’s politeness questions, drink bad coffee there.

Because the second advantage is that the we choose the coffee we use. In general you need fairly standard pods that you can buy in supermarkets or even at a roaster. We can even provide several types of coffee according to the desire of the moment.

Finally, coffee is usually ready in 5 to 10 minutes, all inclusive. It’s not very fast, but it’s not bad at all to have a real espresso.

What are the drawbacks?

You need battery, coffee and water to operate. If just one of these items is missing, say goodbye to your coffee.

The nomadic coffee maker allows to prepare only one coffee at a time. So in a motor home, it’s no problem if only one person drinks coffee. Otherwise it is better to find an alternative. A guest from time to time is not a problem, but for daily use, making two coffees is really time consuming.

Is this dishwasher safe?

In general, this kind of nomadic coffee maker cannot be washed in the dishwasher. The easiest way to do this is to have a cloth with you to wash it quickly. This way it is always ready to serve.

But for more information, please consult the manual of the device you have on hand, as there are always small differences from one device to another.


If you’re wondering if it’s worth buying a car coffee maker, I’m gonna have a hard time deciding for you.

It depends greatly on one’s taste for coffee as well as our sociability. For some people, a break in a café is a real moment of pleasure, chatting with strangers. For others, it is irritating. It’s up to you!