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joiedwards
04-04-2012, 08:28 PM
I am a coffee nerd! I looked around for a coffee kit to use on travel and at work. I found the Aeropress and like it a lot. But with all the accouterments, I needed a case! Tom Bihn to the rescue. I got a medium Knitting bag. Everything fits with room to spare. I carry:
Aeropress (two pieces fit together), cup funnel, stir paddle, scoop spoon
a baggie of filters
a tea towel
a bag of freshly ground coffee

It unpacks like a breeze and packs in seconds. Fits in my Smart Alec, Brain Bag and Aeronaut. I can have great coffee anywhere I can get hot water!

http://i582.photobucket.com/albums/ss262/jlepens/40cb786b.jpg

http://i582.photobucket.com/albums/ss262/jlepens/3ca71021.jpg

leviathan
04-04-2012, 08:54 PM
I bet the inside of that bag smells amazing. Nice repurposing!

joiedwards
04-04-2012, 09:21 PM
Oh it does! And thank you!
The only thing I am missing is a grinder that fits in the aeropress. There is a nice one from Japan that is steel. That's my next purchase

MagicTiki
04-04-2012, 09:24 PM
That is genius.

leviathan
04-04-2012, 10:56 PM
Be sure to order some beans from my favorite Portland roaster, Sterling Coffee Roasters. Their stuff is unbelievable - Sterling Coffee Roasters (http://sterlingcoffeeroasters.com/)

Moose
04-05-2012, 01:40 AM
http://forums.tombihn.com/not-about-bags/3771-traveling-coffee-2.html
joiedwards, for a true coffee nerd, above is a forum thread about coffee, you might find some interesting stuff there too.
http://www.mattscoffee.com/ this is a link to my favorite coffee guy. Well worth giving it a try. Not affiliated, just love their coffee.

Your pictures are great. I don't have a Knitting bag but I have an ultraviolet Travel Tray, I'll have to see if it works. If it doesn't guess I'll just have to order a Knitting bag. Oh dear.... :)

Thanks again for the pictures,
Moose

ncb4
04-05-2012, 06:21 AM
I don't even like coffee, and I think this is brilliant! Thank you for posting your photos. Now you've got me thinking how I could rig up something similar for a traveling tea kit.

joiedwards
04-05-2012, 06:57 AM
Be sure to order some beans from my favorite Portland roaster, Sterling Coffee Roasters. Their stuff is unbelievable - Sterling Coffee Roasters (http://sterlingcoffeeroasters.com/)

Thanks, always looking for new roasters to try.

joiedwards
04-05-2012, 06:59 AM
I also have a Mate tea kit, but it does not live in a Tom Bihn case. Mate is the Gaucho tea drunk from a gourd cup with a metal straw. Great caffeine rush but softer than coffee.

joiedwards
04-05-2012, 07:00 AM
Thanks, I will check both out.

joiedwards
04-05-2012, 07:01 AM
http://forums.tombihn.com/not-about-bags/3771-traveling-coffee-2.html
joiedwards, for a true coffee nerd, above is a forum thread about coffee, you might find some interesting stuff there too.
Matt's Wood Roasted Organic Coffee, organic coffee roaster in Maine - (http://www.mattscoffee.com/) this is a link to my favorite coffee guy. Well worth giving it a try. Not affiliated, just love their coffee.

Your pictures are great. I don't have a Knitting bag but I have an ultraviolet Travel Tray, I'll have to see if it works. If it doesn't guess I'll just have to order a Knitting bag. Oh dear.... :)

Thanks again for the pictures,
Moose

I know Matt's! Great coffee!

Tlacltme
04-05-2012, 07:23 AM
Love your pics! Thanks for posting them.

Do you like the Aeropress? I've had my eye on it for some time but have been reluctant to pull the trigger without someone's first hand experience. Do you use it to make a black cup of coffee or do you make lattes, etc with it? Do you use it daily or only when traveling?

Thanks for any input!

joiedwards
04-05-2012, 07:32 AM
Love your pics! Thanks for posting them.

Do you like the Aeropress? I've had my eye on it for some time but have been reluctant to pull the trigger without someone's first hand experience. Do you use it to make a black cup of coffee or do you make lattes, etc with it? Do you use it daily or only when traveling?

Thanks for any input!

I love the Aeropress. It gives you in effect, a expresso cups worth of concentrated coffee. I then add hot water to taste and a bit of cream. But you could make lattes or flavored drinks. I use it daily some weeks and travel with it. Sometimes good coffee is hard to come by at work. Depend on who gets in first and starts it. This way, i can make a cup if the pot is too weak.

Tlacltme
04-05-2012, 07:41 AM
I will definitely be checking this out further. Thanks for the info!

joiedwards
04-05-2012, 07:44 AM
Grady’s Cold Brew is a New Orleans–style iced coffee concentrate that’s brewed and bottled by hand in Brooklyn, New York. I like this alot for instant gratification!
Grady's Cold Brew (http://gradyscoldbrew.com/)

rabergnc
04-05-2012, 10:48 AM
What a neat idea!!! (although I have to admit I am a diehard fan of letting electricity and gravity do the work for me - a press just requires too much effort ;>)

Katy
04-05-2012, 10:52 AM
Grady’s Cold Brew is a New Orleans–style iced coffee concentrate that’s brewed and bottled by hand in Brooklyn, New York. I like this alot for instant gratification!
Grady's Cold Brew (http://gradyscoldbrew.com/)

You can also very easily cold brew some concentrate for yourself. This is what I do: Perfect Iced Coffee | The Pioneer Woman Cooks | Ree Drummond (http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2011/06/perfect-iced-coffee/)

Katy
04-05-2012, 10:57 AM
What a neat idea!!! (although I have to admit I am a diehard fan of letting electricity and gravity do the work for me - a press just requires too much effort ;>)

I'm a fan of the Barista :)

I finally found a favorite coffee shop in Seattle. Java Bean (http://www.javabeancoffee.com/)

But Seattle Coffee Works just opened up a location in Ballard, they have a slow bar that I'm pretty excited to try! Welcome to the world of coffee - Seattle Coffee Works (http://www.seattlecoffeeworks.com/)

Katy
04-05-2012, 11:02 AM
I am a coffee nerd! I looked around for a coffee kit to use on travel and at work. I found the Aeropress and like it a lot. But with all the accouterments, I needed a case! Tom Bihn to the rescue. I got a medium Knitting bag. Everything fits with room to spare. I carry:
Aeropress (two pieces fit together), cup funnel, stir paddle, scoop spoon
a baggie of filters
a tea towel
a bag of freshly ground coffee

It unpacks like a breeze and packs in seconds. Fits in my Smart Alec, Brain Bag and Aeronaut. I can have great coffee anywhere I can get hot water!

http://i582.photobucket.com/albums/ss262/jlepens/40cb786b.jpg

http://i582.photobucket.com/albums/ss262/jlepens/3ca71021.jpg


This is just too cool! How do you like the Aeropress?

joiedwards
04-05-2012, 12:22 PM
What a neat idea!!! (although I have to admit I am a diehard fan of letting electricity and gravity do the work for me - a press just requires too much effort ;>)

Go to the Sweet Maria website. They have a gravity drip thing that sits on top of your cup seems pretty small. I have no patience, i need to be able to hurry the process! SMH!

joiedwards
04-05-2012, 12:23 PM
I replied a on page one to this question. Love it.

joiedwards
04-05-2012, 12:24 PM
True but this is the NO style with Chicory. It is a nice occasional treat for me!

JLE
04-05-2012, 02:21 PM
I'm a fan of the Barista :)

I finally found a favorite coffee shop in Seattle. Java Bean (http://www.javabeancoffee.com/)

But Seattle Coffee Works just opened up a location in Ballard, they have a slow bar that I'm pretty excited to try! Welcome to the world of coffee - Seattle Coffee Works (http://www.seattlecoffeeworks.com/)

Baristas are the coolest guys in town here. Coffee is a serious business and should always be transported in style! ;)

Katy
04-05-2012, 03:41 PM
Be sure to order some beans from my favorite Portland roaster, Sterling Coffee Roasters. Their stuff is unbelievable - Sterling Coffee Roasters (http://sterlingcoffeeroasters.com/)

Better than Stumptown!???!!!!!

Katy
04-05-2012, 03:44 PM
I replied a on page one to this question. Love it.

Totally glossed over that! Would you say you like it more than a french press?

leviathan
04-05-2012, 03:45 PM
Better than Stumptown!???!!!!!

Without a doubt. Want some beans? I can send some up.

backpack
04-05-2012, 04:04 PM
Joiedwards, could you share your Mate tea setup?

joiedwards
04-05-2012, 07:20 PM
Stumptown rules. I will have to order some Sterling and get a taste test together.

When I get a chance, I will post the Mate set.

joiedwards
04-05-2012, 07:36 PM
Totally glossed over that! Would you say you like it more than a french press?

I sometimes use a French press to make a pot for the house. This makes enough for one or two cups at a time.

joiedwards
04-05-2012, 07:58 PM
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Mate kit: Gourd cup, two Bombilla metal straws, bag of Yerba Mate tea.

Katy
04-09-2012, 04:18 PM
Without a doubt. Want some beans? I can send some up.


Sure! We can send you one of our favorite treats too!!!

jmcrist
04-10-2012, 08:58 AM
joledwards: Great idea! I too, am a traveling coffee nerd. I take my Aeropress, clever coffee dripper, Hario mini-mill coffee grinder, filters, and fresh beans on nearly every trip. It becomes quite the pain finding a way to pack it all. I like what you've done here, and at some point in the future I may give it a try.

Have you found a travel kettle that you like? How do you get your hot water?

As for the Aeropress, it's great. It makes a very smooth, subtly sweet cup of coffee. I own two of them, and have also given them as gifts to friends.

Have you tried the Clever Coffee Dripper? It's a single brew method, and it's really good. It's amazing how different a cup of the same coffee can turn out using these two different methods.

ncb4
04-10-2012, 09:04 AM
Have you found a travel kettle that you like? How do you get your hot water?

Oh yes, if anyone has found a travel kettle, please share. I'm a tea drinker, and the absolute worst thing in the world is heating water in a hotel coffee pot to try and make a cup of tea. No offense to you coffee-lovers, but the coffee taste lingers in the water.

WhiteStar
04-10-2012, 09:20 AM
I'm a tea drinker, and the absolute worst thing in the world is heating water in a hotel coffee pot to try and make a cup of tea. No offense to you coffee-lovers, but the coffee taste lingers in the water.

I've been looking for an immersion heater. Used to have one, can't remember where I bought it and now can't find one. (I prefer to buy local rather than on line if possible)

WhiteStar
04-10-2012, 09:24 AM
You can also very easily cold brew some concentrate for yourself. This is what I do: Perfect Iced Coffee | The Pioneer Woman Cooks | Ree Drummond (http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2011/06/perfect-iced-coffee/)

Thank you Katy. Thankyouthankyouthankyou.

I am on my second pitcher of the Pioneer Woman's coffee concentrate. (I can' t believe she makes 8 quarts at a time! The biggest pitcher that will fit in my fridge is 2 quarts so I'm having to quarter the recipe.)

I have tried making iced coffee at home so many times and it always tastes like swill. The cold brewing makes all the difference in the world. (I am NOT a coffee drinker unless it's either candy-coffee or iced.)

joiedwards
04-10-2012, 10:46 AM
I have used immersion heaters but they burn out quickly and unpredictably! I carry a mini thermos or insulated Klean Kanteen and usually stay at hotels that provide breakfast. They usually have the in-line Bunn coffee makers on all the time, the ones with the hot water spigot! I fill the thermos and it stays hot for at least 6 hours, plenty of time for my coffee or tea fix.

I plan on getting a Porlex mini steel grinder next. I have the Hario Skerton grinder but don't want to carry a glass jar ( which it comes with). So for now I carry a bit of fresh ground coffee. I will buy fresh ground coffee at local coffee shops on my trips. Gives me a change of pace!

The cleaver coffee dripper would be great for those who don't want to press theirs. I have a Chemex at home and found I have little patience for waiting. SMH!

joiedwards
04-10-2012, 10:51 AM
I've been looking for an immersion heater. Used to have one, can't remember where I bought it and now can't find one. (I prefer to buy local rather than on line if possible)

This looks promising; Bodum Bistro 17-Oz. Mini Electric Water Kettle. I love Bodum French Presses! I may have to get one. Amazon has them.

Badger
04-10-2012, 11:25 AM
This looks promising; Bodum Bistro 17-Oz. Mini Electric Water Kettle. I love Bodum French Presses! I may have to get one. Amazon has them.

I have one of these! The only problem with them is they tend to really, really boil the water, which can lead to overextracting the grounds. It's easy enough to let the water cool for one minute so that the water is at a more appropriate temperature.

kmcg
04-10-2012, 11:33 AM
The coffee concentrate idea looks interesting - I'll have to try it. That link led to a product made for cold-brewing: Amazon.com: Toddy T2N Cold Brew System: Kitchen & Dining (http://www.amazon.com/Toddy-T2N-Cold-Brew-System/dp/B0006H0JVW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1334082175&sr=8-1) Has anyone tried the Toddy Maker?

Moose
04-10-2012, 03:09 PM
jmcrist, I've never tried the Clever Coffee Dripper, I don't own a coffee maker either. I'm going to take a look at the Clever Dripper gizmo, looks interesting. I use one of these every day. Amazon.com: Melitta Ready Set Joe Single Cup Coffee Brewer: Kitchen & Dining (http://www.amazon.com/Melitta-Ready-Single-Coffee-Brewer/dp/B0014CVEH6/ref=sr_1_13?ie=UTF8&qid=1334095145&sr=8-13)

This is the one I travel with. GSI Outdoors Collapsible JavaDrip Slim Drip Coffee Maker - Free Shipping at REI.com (http://www.rei.com/product/798277/gsi-outdoors-collapsible-javadrip-slim-drip-coffee-maker)

Take care,
Moose

jmcrist
04-11-2012, 05:48 AM
...I use one of these every day. Amazon.com: Melitta Ready Set Joe Single Cup Coffee Brewer: Kitchen & Dining (http://www.amazon.com/Melitta-Ready-Single-Coffee-Brewer/dp/B0014CVEH6/ref=sr_1_13?ie=UTF8&qid=1334095145&sr=8-13)

This is the one I travel with. GSI Outdoors Collapsible JavaDrip Slim Drip Coffee Maker - Free Shipping at REI.com (http://www.rei.com/product/798277/gsi-outdoors-collapsible-javadrip-slim-drip-coffee-maker)

Take care,
Moose

I used to have a Melitta also. The Clever Coffee Dripper is similar, except that the brew is full immersion and not pour over. I like that, because it's easier to make sure the coffee is extracted right, where it can be difficult with a pour over.

I really dig the design of the GSI Coffee Maker. I really wish they would make a Clever Coffee Dripper that traveled better.

Traveling and being a coffee snob is a tough mix!

joiedwards
04-11-2012, 09:48 AM
The regular coffee club at work, which brews Costco house brand has started poaching our more upscale brews! Too funny!
Very happy to have gone back to the Aeropress. Great coffee in the privacy of my cubicle!

Sera
04-17-2012, 01:17 PM
The coffee concentrate idea looks interesting - I'll have to try it. That link led to a product made for cold-brewing: Amazon.com: Toddy T2N Cold Brew System: Kitchen & Dining (http://www.amazon.com/Toddy-T2N-Cold-Brew-System/dp/B0006H0JVW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1334082175&sr=8-1) Has anyone tried the Toddy Maker?

I've got one and use it regularly. I LOVE IT. It makes very low acid coffee concentrate. Since I drink mine as iced milk-coffee, I don't even have to heat it in the microwave. The only flaw is that it takes 12 hours. If you run dry, you can't instantly make more concentrate. Also, do follow the set up instructions about layering grounds and water.

My coffee maker is now relegated to the garage.

JLE
04-19-2012, 01:04 AM
Two comments:

Do US hotels not typically have kettles in the rooms? Every US hotel I have stayed in has had one. It would be unthinkable for an Australian hotel not to have a kettle in each room, eliminating the need to travel with your own. The better hotels also often have a small French press in each room, too. [Extremely parochial comment alert] However, that is no guarantee of great coffee anywhere outside Melbourne; yes, Sydney and Canberra, I'm looking at you! :) /[end extremely parochial comment alert]

In Melbourne we are fanatical about coffee (hence the failure of Starbucks here), and pretty wedded to espresso. So-called third wave coffee aficionados (clover, pour over etc) are challenging the dominance of espresso but it remains to be seen whether they will enter the mainstream. Warning, if your cafe latte is ever served to you in an Irish coffee glass in Australia (looking at you again, Canberra:)), leave the premises immediately! ;)

Mark1966
04-19-2012, 05:20 AM
... [Extremely parochial comment alert] However, that is no guarantee of great coffee anywhere outside Melbourne; yes, Sydney and Canberra, I'm looking at you! :) /[end extremely parochial comment alert]

In Melbourne we are fanatical about coffee (hence the failure of Starbucks here), and pretty wedded to espresso. So-called third wave coffee aficionados (clover, pour over etc) are challenging the dominance of espresso but it remains to be seen whether they will enter the mainstream. Warning, if your cafe latte is ever served to you in an Irish coffee glass in Australia (looking at you again, Canberra:)), leave the premises immediately! ;)

Unfortunately I have to agree. Despite being Sydney born and bred and now living in Canberra Melbourne is the coffee capital of Australia. You CAN get good coffee elsewhere but you will struggle to get bad coffee in Melbourne.

Badger
04-19-2012, 09:16 AM
Do US hotels not typically have kettles in the rooms?

US hotels usually have drip coffee makers, but not kettles. I've never been in a US hotel that had a kettle.


if your cafe latte is ever served to you in an Irish coffee glass

The only time this has ever happened to me was, um, in Italy. It did not strike me as particularly provincial.

Chiro75
04-19-2012, 04:43 PM
If the OP hasn't gotten a grinder yet, Kyocera makes a great plastic hand grinder (ceramic burrs) available on Orphan Espresso. It's awesome. light, compact, durable. I use it as my espresso grinder... Takes me about 200 turns to get the fineness I like for my at-home machine, so it's a good workout when you're traveling, too. LOL

joiedwards
04-19-2012, 04:59 PM
If the OP hasn't gotten a grinder yet, Kyocera makes a great plastic hand grinder (ceramic burrs) available on Orphan Espresso. It's awesome. light, compact, durable. I use it as my espresso grinder... Takes me about 200 turns to get the fineness I like for my at-home machine, so it's a good workout when you're traveling, too. LOL

I will take a look at it. I can always use a workout! heehee

Lani
04-19-2012, 05:32 PM
US hotels usually have drip coffee makers, but not kettles. I've never been in a US hotel that had a kettle.

The last time I stayed in a hotel was the HoJo's in Anaheim, and they had switched over to single-cup Kreurig machines.

JLE
04-19-2012, 05:57 PM
The only time this has ever happened to me was, um, in Italy. It did not strike me as particularly provincial.

LOL. I have never seen that glass used in Italy. But then I would only order a cafe latte in Italy at breakfast. Slightly different here, where something that is similar to but not really the same is drunk throughout the day. Every country has its own conventions...

daisy
04-19-2012, 07:09 PM
Every country has its own conventions...

Like the piccolo latte! They appeared on my radar a couple years ago and now most places in Sydney will do one. No idea where they originated.

(not unlike a cortado in Spain or noisette in France)

I even found one in Canberra recently :-) and not too shabby either.

Speaking of coffee gear ... I've been looking for an insulated "travel" coffee cup that will fit under an espresso group ... (specifically my Pavoni) ... Illy lists the travel cup (http://shop.illy.com/online/store/product_coffee-cups-mugs_travel-cup-red_us) but the lid looks like just a lid, not a 'sippy cup' lid.

I like a small volume of coffee and most insulated cups are huuuuuuuge.

JLE
04-19-2012, 07:18 PM
Like the piccolo latte! They appeared on my radar a couple years ago and now most places in Sydney will do one. No idea where they originated.

(not unlike a cortado in Spain or noisette in France)

I even found one in Canberra recently :-) and not too shabby either.

Speaking of coffee gear ... I've been looking for an insulated "travel" coffee cup that will fit under an espresso group ... (specifically my Pavoni) ... Illy lists the travel cup (http://shop.illy.com/online/store/product_coffee-cups-mugs_travel-cup-red_us) but the lid looks like just a lid, not a 'sippy cup' lid.

I like a small volume of coffee and most insulated cups are huuuuuuuge.

I wonder if a baby products shop might have insulated sippy cups? Seems like an odd idea (and you might have to get one with a picture of pink teddy bear on it!) but you never know...

I haven't seen a piccolo latte in Melbourne. Presumably similar to what we call a three-quarter latte, or is it like a short macchiato?

daisy
04-19-2012, 07:46 PM
I wonder if a baby products shop might have insulated sippy cups? Seems like an odd idea (and you might have to get one with a picture of pink teddy bear on it!) but you never know...


That is just wrong on so many levels.....

...although after dumping coffee in TWO keyboard simultaneously yesterday ... I think I probably should ONLY use sippy cups ..



I haven't seen a piccolo latte in Melbourne. Presumably similar to what we call a three-quarter latte, or is it like a short macchiato?

more milk than a macchiato, less milk than a 'latte macchiato' (good grief) ... compared to a 3/4 latte? I'd say a piccolo has less milk but I'm guessing because I don't think we get them (the 3/4) here ... but maybe the next suburb over does them!

I go to great lengths to avoid chain coffee ... so the choices may be much greater than I see.


The Macchiato can be prepared either with steamed hot milk or cold milk. If hot, the espresso's name would become macchiato caldo (marked hot); if cold, macchiato freddo (marked cold). The choice between 'caldo' and 'freddo' is usually a matter of personal tastes.
Some newer cafes tend to add steamed milk to the espresso in a 1:1 ratio (or more), as well as mixing the milk into the espresso, making it more like a miniature caffè latte or cortado. Some people call this piccolo latte, particularly in Australia.
The other variant of the term, latte macchiato, conversely means 'milk stained/marked (with espresso)', and indicates milk with just a little espresso in it (always less than in a caffè latte). However, in certain preparations (which differ from place to place), latte macchiato has not much difference in milk-to-espresso ratio when compared to the caffè latte; caffè lattes are normally around one-eighth espresso to seven-eighths steamed milk.
source: Caffè macchiato - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caffè_macchiato)

JLE
04-19-2012, 08:47 PM
That is just wrong on so many levels.....

...although after dumping coffee in TWO keyboard simultaneously yesterday ... I think I probably should ONLY use sippy cups ..



more milk than a macchiato, less milk than a 'latte macchiato' (good grief) ... compared to a 3/4 latte? I'd say a piccolo has less milk but I'm guessing because I don't think we get them (the 3/4) here ... but maybe the next suburb over does them!

I go to great lengths to avoid chain coffee ... so the choices may be much greater than I see.


source: Caffè macchiato - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caffè_macchiato)

Good grief indeed! It has got so complicated now, who knows what anyone's drinking? :). I share your aim of avoiding coffee chains. Apart from the fact that much better coffee exists elsewhere, the additional coffee vocabulary would probably be too much for this coffee drinker to handle.

joiedwards
04-20-2012, 09:33 AM
Whatever coffee plcae i drop in, the order is always the same. Fill my 20 oz Insulated Klean Kanteen with the darkest roast you have and add a bit of cream....and go!

daisy
04-20-2012, 06:19 PM
Whatever coffee plcae i drop in, the order is always the same. Fill my 20 oz Insulated Klean Kanteen with the darkest roast you have and add a bit of cream....and go!

That's a big serve! (for me at least)

What kind of machine is your bottle filled from? Is it drip style coffee? or some combination of espresso shots and hot water?

This might seem like an odd question, but the usual coffee vendor here has an espresso machine only.

By 'here' I mean Australia, better make that Sydney, Australia .. it's a big country with a fair bit of regional variation coffee-wise.

My usual coffee is 4.5 oz or less with a single shot of espresso (made at home), 2 or 3 a day. If I'm out I have a double shot latte or a piccolo.

20 oz of 'our' coffee would kill me :-)

snowbot
04-20-2012, 06:43 PM
Daisy, I spent a few weeks in Australia 2 years ago. I loved the coffee culture! It was so easy to get a coffee (espresso plus milk combo) somewhere, walk around, and then get another coffee later. The coffee was always high quality. But I also *really* enjoyed sitting down to drink a pot of American-style drip coffee (Baby's Coffee from Florida) when I got back to the states.

joiedwards
04-20-2012, 06:56 PM
They use giant drip Bunn coffee makers. Sometimes if they don't have a dark roast brewed, I get a shot of expresso added.
I'm an engineer, go big or go home! The Space Program runs on coffee!

Chiro75
05-22-2012, 05:16 AM
The last time I stayed in a hotel was the HoJo's in Anaheim, and they had switched over to single-cup Kreurig machines.


I was at Cost Plus World Market the other day and spotted a small insert that goes in Keurig machines that allows you to reuse it like a filter in a normal machine. Use your own coffee, rinse, clean, repeat.

Just an FYI for travelers who may be in hotels with these machines but who want their own coffee...

joiedwards
09-29-2012, 03:57 PM
I have been reading too many Australian tweets! I want a Flat White so bad!

baglover
09-29-2012, 09:54 PM
Fabulous idea,fellow coffee lover. Genius!!

sarahlin
11-08-2012, 12:55 PM
joledwards: Great idea! I too, am a traveling coffee nerd. I take my Aeropress, clever coffee dripper, Hario mini-mill coffee grinder, filters, and fresh beans on nearly every trip. It becomes quite the pain finding a way to pack it all. I like what you've done here, and at some point in the future I may give it a try.

Have you found a travel kettle that you like? How do you get your hot water?

As for the Aeropress, it's great. It makes a very smooth, subtly sweet cup of coffee. I own two of them, and have also given them as gifts to friends.

Have you tried the Clever Coffee Dripper? It's a single brew method, and it's really good. It's amazing how different a cup of the same coffee can turn out using these two different methods.

I use a small, 17 ounce Bodum kettle for travel. It is not as small as an immersion but it is a lot safer. I also travel with an aeropress but I use a travel scale and hand grinder as well.

sarahlin
11-14-2012, 09:21 PM
I am a coffee nerd! I looked around for a coffee kit to use on travel and at work. I found the Aeropress and like it a lot. But with all the accouterments, I needed a case! Tom Bihn to the rescue. I got a medium Knitting bag. Everything fits with room to spare. I carry:
Aeropress (two pieces fit together), cup funnel, stir paddle, scoop spoon
a baggie of filters
a tea towel
a bag of freshly ground coffee

It unpacks like a breeze and packs in seconds. Fits in my Smart Alec, Brain Bag and Aeronaut. I can have great coffee anywhere I can get hot water!

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Do you think this would fit in a quarter packing cube?

joiedwards
11-15-2012, 06:20 AM
Do you think this would fit in a quarter packing cube?

Yes, it probably would. I have since moved mine into a #2 travel bag, the oblong foot works better and it is flatter. A packing cube would be even flatter.

joiedwards
11-15-2012, 06:23 AM
jmcrist, I carry a small Thermos. Most hotels provide hot water for tea so I use that. Getting hot water from restaurants is usually possible.

sarahlin
11-15-2012, 08:40 AM
Yes, it probably would. I have since moved mine into a #2 travel bag, the oblong foot works better and it is flatter. A packing cube would be even flatter.

I may need to try this out. I also saw a collapsible cone dripper at Rei that packs down totally flat, I want to try it. Have you tried one of the able stainless filters for the aeropress? I really want to pick one up but have a ton of paper filters left.

joiedwards
11-15-2012, 07:21 PM
Saw the stainless. Still using paper.