How to Make the Best Coffee on the Road


What’s one thing that doctors, nurses, and truck drivers all have in common? Ridiculously long hours, of course. Wait, scratch that…what are two things that doctors, nurses, and truck drivers have in common? Ridiculously long hours and an endless need for a river of coffee to run through their veins — I mean, mouth.

This professional commonality falls apart, though, when we realize that doctors and nurses have pretty easy access to a quick cup of joe. Just walk on over to the break room or run down to the nearest on-site barista, and you’re good to go for the next few hours. Truck drivers, on the other hand, don’t necessarily have the room to house a fully-functioning espresso machine and a mini-fridge on the go. And, let’s not also forget that you’re, ahem, driving.


So, what’s a coffee-seeking driver to do? Map your route around every Starbucks? We think not. Only get coffee from gas stations and hotels? Maybe, but there’s something better for you. Instead, follow along as we highlight some of the best coffee on the road tips, best travel coffee system, and the overall best way to make [great] coffee — right from your cab.

Best Coffee on the Road: AeroPress

Hands down, the number one way to make great coffee on the road — whether driving a truck or traveling for pleasure — is with an AeroPress. Both The Coffee Concierge and Wendy (of the George and Wendy Show via Overdrive) think so, but here are the big reasons why:

The Benefits:

  • Easy to use
  • No glass — it isn’t fragile
  • Lightweight and compact
  • BPA and phthalate free
  • Retains heat decently
  • Simple to clean up
  • Makes delicious coffee (without the bitterness and low in acidity)
  • Brews both American and espresso style coffee
  • Made in the U.S.A

What You’ll Need

  • An AeroPress
  • Hot or cold water — from gas stations or rest areas or with a Jetboil.
  • A thermos to hold hot water (unless you’re using a Jetboil)
  • Whole coffee beans
  • Something airtight to store the beans in — like an Outdoor Research dry bag (just
    something other than its original bag or Ziplock)
  • A hand grinder for the beans — the Hario Mini Mill is a good, cheap suggestion
  • Something to measure your ground beans
  • A thermos to drink from (if your other one still has hot/cold water in it)
  • A plastic bag for dumping grounds
  • Paper towels for spills and clean up

Making Coffee on the Road

To see how you can make delicious coffee while on the road (but not actively driving!), watch as The Coffee Concierge makes fresh coffee in the car — and don’t miss his tips here! Want more tips on how the use the AeroPress? Watch how to make a great cup of coffee with the AeroPress or how to make an espresso-style concentrate or latte with the AeroPress coffee maker. And, it’s as easy as that! In no time you’ll be on your way to enjoying deliciously hearty sips that will invigorate your drive.