13 Best Coffee Makers for RV Travel


Coffee-loving RV travelers have plenty of options but here are the best coffee makers for RV travel.

If you’re like me you love coffee. I’m actually drinking it right now as I write this. 

For me, a coffee maker is a must-bring for a trip in my RV. Just because you are out on the road doesn’t mean you should go without that perfect cup of joe just the way you like it. 

Owning a coffee maker has some other unexpected benefits too. No more leaving a campsite in search of a coffee shop. And when people smell that intoxicating brew from your site, you may even make some new friends by sharing some.

Also, a hot drink is much appreciated when the weather gets cold.

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Best Coffee Makers for RV Travel

Here are 13 of the best coffee makers for RV travel, all well-reviewed by RV owners.

And coffee-lovers almost always start with the best water. And that’s why many RVers travel with a Berkey Water Filter. These can be pricey, but there are many fans of this water filter, so you can check all the different types and sizes out here.

For the Space Savers

1 – Cafe du Chateau French Press

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We have all seen those big, bulky coffee machines that work well but don’t make sense to pack for a trip. So if saving space is important to you, a French Press style coffee maker may be the best coffee maker for RV travel. 

It’s also pretty convenient. You just place the coffee grounds or tea leaves at the bottom of the canister, heat some water in a pot, and pour the water over. Then you press the handle downward to create the brewing effect. 

Because you only need to heat water in a pot, this option is also ideal for those who aren’t using electricity. No plugging in necessary to use, and you yield 8 cups of coffee out of it.

The other benefit to a French Press is that it doesn’t need a filter. This means you reduce waste by not having a filter to throw away after using, and don’t need to ever worry about running out!

There are so many types and versions of a French Press to choose from, but more important, I think, is the technique used in our recent video! At one of our RV Lifestyle gatherings, we wanted to see what are viewers are brewing up… let’s see how different RVers create their favorite cup of coffee! I’ve put links to the coffee makers featured in this video at the end of the post.

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2 – Farberware Yosemite Stainless Steel Percolator

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Another option that saves space and doesn’t necessarily need electricity to make coffee is a percolator system. Like the French Press, you only really need a stovetop.

This one comes in an 8-cup and 12-cup version depending on how much you need. Like the French Press, it produces no waste other than the used coffee grounds.

One advantage of a percolator over the French Press is that the stainless steel pot will keep your coffee hotter longer.

And you can use this over the cooktop in your RV kitchen, an LP gas burner, or a campfire!

3 – Hario V60 Metal Coffee Dripper

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If saving space matters to you more than anything, this coffee dripper is the best coffee maker for RV travel.

It’s easy to use and clean and most of all, store away. Hario also makes multiple sizes depending on how much coffee you like to brew, as well as different colors to fit your style needs.

The only downside is that it uses paper filters, so stock up! Maybe you’ll want to test out the type of filters we highlighted in the video above — Unbleached Coffee filters (all types)

4 – Keurig K-Mini Plus Single Serve K-Cup

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For those of us who rely on K-Cups but also want to save space while on the road, this model is the best coffee maker for RVs.

This model is designed for easy storage and is sized to dispense coffee directly into a travel mug.

While you can use K-Cups, which run a bit expensive, this coffee maker is compatible with Keurig’s reusable filter so you have the option to use your own coffee grounds instead.

You do need to run off AC power for this coffeemaker to operate.

5 – Black+Decker SpaceMaker Under The Cabinet

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Another great way to save space is to simply not let it touch the counter at all!

You can install this baby right underneath your cabinet and forget about taking it out and putting it away.

Since it makes a whopping 12 cups, this is the best coffee maker for RVs that need a lot of coffee brewed while staying completely out of the way.

It also needs AC electricity.

For the convenience of coffee makers for RV living

6 – Gourmia Single-Serve Manual French Press

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This is the coffee maker I use and love. 

It’s convenient because it doesn’t use electricity so I can take it anywhere. It also makes a cup of coffee in 30 seconds.

You just have to be okay with a single-serve, up to only 3 cups at a time. Plus, it uses K-cups and I understand if that’s not everyone’s thing. You can use those refillable K-cups.

7 – Maxi-Matic Elite Gourmet Automatic Brew & Drip

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A no-frills coffee maker like the typical model people have at home. It brews fast, is compact, and has a hot plate that can keep 5 cups of coffee hot in the carafe for an hour.

Out of this whole list, the Elite is the best bang for your buck.

8 – Coleman 10-Cup Instastart Portable Propane

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If you seek the convenience of taking an easy-to-use coffee maker away from the RV, like when tent camping, this is the best coffee maker for RV trips.

Instead of electricity, it operates on propane. It brews 10 cups of coffee fast and can work in harsh conditions. For these reasons, it costs more than others on this list.

9 – Sboly Coffee Machine 3 in 1

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For those who RV with a tea drinker, and still want the convenience of a machine drip coffee maker, the Sboly is the one for you. It brews K-cups, ground coffee, and tea leaves with the push of a button.

10 – Makita 12V max Cordless

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The Makita can brew 5 ounces of coffee in 5 minutes without an outlet. It’s the best coffee maker for RVs that operates on a 12V rechargeable CXTLithium-Ion battery. 

Espresso Yourself

11 – STARESSO Portable Espresso Machine

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Some prefer espresso over coffee. Why should they miss out on it during an RV trip?

This espresso machine is the compact and portable kind.

12 – Breville the Bambino Plus Espresso Machine

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Those more serious about their espresso will rejoice at this Breville.

Some Like It Cold

13 – County Line Kitchen Cold Brew Mason Jar

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Cold-brew has become more popular over the years and for good reason. This way you can still enjoy coffee even in hot weather!

This Mason Jar technique is easy to store and use.

BONUS Coffee Makers featured in our Video

Nespresso Vertuo Coffee and Espresso Machine by Breville, Matte Black

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Ninja Coffee Maker

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Stainless Steel French Press

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Now that you have your coffee and coffee maker – you need the best mug!

Mike and Jennifer’s RV Lifestyle Mugs

Your Vote for the Best Coffee Makers for RV Life

What do you think is the best coffee maker for RV travel? Let us know in the comments! And if you really want to streamline your coffee experience while RVing – check out this coffee-in-a-bag set up!

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