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Best Portable Espresso Makers

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Even in the wilderness, we need to know how to make a good cup of coffee. You don’t want to be caught unaware with a bear in your tent trying to figure out how use a paper towel and hollowed out rock to make a bad cup of coffee. When camping, coffee lovers usually prepare for these sort of contingencies. But you don’t always think about this sort of thing in a city.

With such a plethora of urban coffee options, no one worries about getting their next fix, but if you end up in a hotel or an apartment without a coffeemaker, routine gets thrown off fast. Sure you can run out in your pajamas — disoriented, in a new place looking for the nearest version of a bakery or local coffee place — or you can invest in a solution.

One option is to go out and buy a cheap coffeemaker and leave it with your host after your stay. Or you can invest in a coffee-making gadget that will be with you on a more permanent basis. Enter Aeropress.

Aeropress is one of the best options out there because it is compact, convenient and is something you will use at home, too. There are a few pieces and parts you have to keep together, but a small cylinder and a few filters are all you need to bring with you on the road.

The Aeropress kit is $34 on the website and includes the press (made of durable BPA-free plastic so it won’t break in your bag), micros filters and coffee scoop — all of the essentials.

And here is the best part: Brew time is 20–40 seconds.

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