Car Coffee Maker

They may not be very popular yet, but more and more manufacturers are launching their car coffee maker model, or 12v coffee maker. We have decided to echo this trend in a specialized portal such as ours.

If you want a car coffee maker, it is because you fulfil one of the following premises: you travel a lot with your car, or you can’t give up enjoying your coffee at any time. But, before you go shopping, you must be very clear about what this product is like. The 12v car coffee makers have several standard features, which we will summarize below:

  • They work with a 12V or 24V socket. In other words, they are coffee pots that are plugged into the car’s cigarette lighter. It is the only way they have to get the electricity needed for the extraction. Do not confuse them with portable coffee machines, which do not usually have an electrical outlet, and require you to pour hot or boiled water into them beforehand.
  • Those with a 12-volt socket are for the car, and those with a 24-volt plug are capsule coffee makers for trucks. Be careful with this difference, because in some models you can choose which plug you prefer. Make no mistake!
  • They usually work with pod single-dose, not with ground coffee.
  • They can only make one cup at a time.
  • Some models do not reach the pressure needed for a real espresso (9 bars).
  • They are tiny, easy to handle and easy to transport.
  • They are slightly noisy. But luckily, they don’t take more than a couple of minutes to get the coffee ready.

Car Coffee Maker vs Individual Coffee Makers

Beyond meeting the above requirements, it must be made clear that car coffee machines must be able to be plugged into the ca. Also, these coffee makers must prepare a coffee inside the car (using, as mentioned above, the cigarette lighter socket).

Therefore, it is necessary to differentiate the mini coffee makers, or fast coffee makers for a cup, from the authentic coffee makers for the car’s cigarette lighter.

The former, also called individual coffee makers, are very small, similar in size to car coffee makers. Sometimes they even come with a thermal cup, perfect for attaching to the car’s coaster and drinking your coffee while you’re on the road. But, they do not serve to prepare coffee in the car. It is essential to reflect this difference.

Any car coffee maker can be considered portable (because it’s small) or individual (they usually only make one cup at a time). But not all portable coffee machines are suitable for the car. Examples of mini-size one-cup coffeemakers are the Morphy Richards Coffee On The Go or the Russell Hobbs 22630 Brew and Go.

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Morphy Richards Coffee On The Go Filter Coffee Machine 162740 Black and Brushed Stainless Steel...
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Morphy Richards Coffee On The Go Filter Coffee Machine 162740 Black and Brushed Stainless Steel...
  • Coffee on the go - great coffee, to go.
  • Thermal travel mug - keeps your coffee hot
  • Permanent filter - easy to clean and saves you money
  • Auto shut off - for peace of mind
  • Water level indicator - never over or under fill
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Russell Hobbs 22630 Brew and Go Filter Coffee Machine and Mug, Stainless Steel, 400 ml, Silver/Black
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Russell Hobbs 22630 Brew and Go Filter Coffee Machine and Mug, Stainless Steel, 400 ml, Silver/Black
  • Brews real coffee from fresh grounds or soft filter coffee pods into a stainless steel travel mug that you can take with you
  • 400 ml capacity stainless steel travel mug included
  • 24 hour programmable timer - Your coffee is ready for when you want it
  • Adjustable drip tray fits travel mugs and standard sized cups - Reduces splashes or spills
  • Permanent coffee filter - No paper filters required

We insist, although they can be consumed in the car and carry an ideal thermal glass for trips, they are not coffee machines to make coffee in the car.

🚗 Car Coffee Makers: Prices and Models

As there are different models and different manufacturers, the variety of prices is variable. We have therefore decided to compile in this list all the car coffee machines -or the best 12v coffee machines– that are currently available on the internet market. All offers are updated with real prices, valid at least for the last 24 hours:

🚚 Truck Coffee Maker

As we have said before, this type of coffee machine works the same as a car coffee maker. Just change the nature of connector: car coffee machines are connected to a 12-volt socket, and truck coffee machines use a 24-v plug.

Some brands market precisely the same model, with different connections: one coffee machine with a 12v socket, and another with a 24v socket.

If you are thinking of buying a truck coffee machine online, take a look at the best 24v coffee machines on the market:

NOTE: Truck coffee machines are the most common use of this type of device, but they are also commonly used in vans or as coffee machines for boats. In general, they can be used anywhere where there is a 24-volt socket.

🚐 Coffee Makers for Motorhomes

If you are looking for a coffee machine for the campsite, the most practical thing to do sometimes is to opt for one of these electric coffee machines. They are connected to the lighter of the campervan, just like any other car coffee machine.

All you have to do is look at the type of socket your campervan has (12v or 24v) and choose the model accordingly from the two groups mentioned above.

How Does a Car Coffee Maker Work?

It is a general question among users who first come across a car coffee maker. How does a car coffee maker work? How long does it take to make coffee? What is its real capacity? Don’t be overwhelmed by so many questions, and take a look at the video below. All your doubts will be dispelled at once:

Don’t you have any doubts anymore?

The Best Coffee Maker For The Car

Let’s review below what, in our opinion, are the best 12-volt coffee machines on the market. If you’re looking for a travel coffeemaker for the car or to make an excellent gift, you should start by looking at any of these three:

Handpresso Auto Coffee Maker

The Handpresso Auto may be the standard when it comes to car coffee machines. It was the first brand that opted exclusively for car coffee machines, and the truth is that it shows.

They are at the forefront of their competitors in many aspects, such as the different versions of the coffee machine (Mini, Hybrid or standard. Not all have power for the cigarette lighter) or the pack with briefcase included to transport the Handpresso with all its accessories and single dose.

The Handpresso Auto coffee maker has 16 bars of pressure and a practical temperature so that we know at all times when we must extract our espresso. It doesn’t take more than two minutes.

Handpresso Auto Capsule Set
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Handpresso Auto Capsule Set
  • EASY USE: Plug the coffee machine into the cigarette lighter socket (12/24v), add cold water and place the compatible Nespresso* capsule of your choice, press the ON button. After 2.30 minutes, when...
  • A PERFECT COFFEE IN 2 MINUTES Easy to use, the new machine allows you to follow the preparation cycle thanks to its digital display. Thanks to the 19 bar-pressure, your espresso capsules will release...
  • ADAPTED TO THE CUP HOLDER The Handpresso Auto Capsule machine has been designed for optimal use in your car, truck or motorhome. It fits the cup holder, plugs into the cigarette lighter socket and is...
  • DEVELOPED IN FRANCE by the mobile and portable coffee and espresso pionneer.Since 2008, Handpresso has been developing a whole range of coffee makers for cars and travel. Its portable coffee makers...
  • FULL SET including the espresso maker for cars or trucks, a capsule case, a napkin and 2 cups

Lavazza EspressGo

The prestigious Italian firm Lavazza has also wanted to position itself in the emerging market for travel coffee machines for cars, and the result is this Lavazza EspressGo.

Its qualities are very similar to those of the Handpresso Auto: 12 volts, half a litre capacity, temperature gauge, dimensions and very same materials. The only difference is that this Lavazza EspressGo works with Lavazza A Modo Mio capsules, and the Handpresso works with generic ESE single-dose pods.

HandCoffee Auto (Truck Capsule Coffeemaker)

Be careful: we must not confuse the HandCoffee Auto with the Handpresso Auto that we have presented before. They are similar names, but they are not the same coffee maker.

This HandCoffee Auto is available in two versions (12-volt or 24-volt socket). The first, as we said at the beginning of the guide, is for the car, and the second is a capsule coffee maker for trucks. Both models are the same: they only differ in size and the power socket. They have 140 watts of power, and a capacity for 80 ml or 110 ml of coffee. And they work with the same soft single dose as Senseo’s coffee machines (or equivalent compatible)!

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Handpresso – Handcoffee Auto 48264 12V portable coffee maker for cars using soft pods
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Handpresso – Handcoffee Auto 48264 12V portable coffee maker for cars using soft pods
  • EASY USE: Plug the coffee machine into the cigarette lighter socket (12v), add cold water and place the Senseo*soft pod of your choice, press the ON button. After 4 minutes, when you hear 3 bleeps,...
  • A COFFEE OF THE SIZE OF YOUR CHOICE Easy to use this coffee maker offers you two sizes of drink: a short (80 ml) coffee or a long (110 ml) coffee. Thanks to the 2 bar-pressure, your soft pods will...
  • ADAPTED TO THE CUP HOLDER The Handcoffee Auto machine has been designed for optimal use in your car, truck or motorhome. It fits the cup holder, plugs into the cigarette lighter socket and is easy to...
  • DEVELOPED IN FRANCE by the mobile and portable coffee and espresso pionneer.Since 2008, Handpresso has been developing a whole range of coffee makers for cars and travel. Its portable coffee makers...