Making good coffee at home isn’t rocket science. It’s as simple as grinding beans, heating water and mixing the two in a French Press. Of course, there’s a lot more to good coffee than just that, but making a solid cup of joe at home is very possible. However, making good coffee while traveling isn’t as simple. You can click here to read article about best instant coffee at Fourth Estate Coffee.
Sure just about every hotel has a coffee pot in the room or at least in the lobby and there’s gas stations at every interstate exit, but once you’ve been spoiled with smooth, flavorful coffee, it’s hard to down their bitter, stale brews. Plus, a hotel I visited not too long ago had mold growing in the drip coffee machine, it’s not something I want to risk.
Before my last trip, I spent just as much time planning which coffee gear to pack as what clothes to bring along. Yes, I’m that obsessed with good coffee that no matter if I’m traveling by air, land or sea, I make sure I have enough room for a few coffee related necessities. Usually, it’s enough to guarantee caffination just about anywhere, but my last road trip didn’t go so smoothly.
I thought I had everything until I checked into my hotel and realized that I had no way to heat the water. There was a drip coffee maker, but it looked dirty and neglected. To make matters worse, the nearest coffee shop was 24 miles away according to Yelp and who knows if it was even a good one.
Luckily, I was able to use the microwave to heat the water in the paper coffee cups. It wasn’t an optimal method, definitely not the easiest or the quickest way, but it got the job done.
To prevent future near death experiences, I created an updated list of essential coffee gear that I’m packing. What do you pack when you’re headed out on a trip?
Required Coffee Gear For Traveling
Whole Bean Coffee – Pretty much a given, but just in case you didn’t know, ground coffee goes stale within 15 minutes. Buy whole bean and grind it just before you brew. I recommend picking up a bag from a local roaster or online from GoCoffeeGo before leaving home.
Coffee Grinder – You’re going to have to ground that coffee somehow. I have a small blade grinder that I take with me when I travel. I know the coffee snobs will look down on me for that, but it doesn’t take up as much space as a big burr grinder in the suitcase. Before my next venture, I’m probably getting a manual grinder like the one from Hairo, but I haven’t tried it yet and not sure I can recommend it.
Cone Pour Over – I’ve been known to pack my french press wherever I go, but after a couple of close calls, I’ve replaced it with a Ready Set Joe, Filter Cone. They’re made of plastic, so it’s a lot less likely to break than a glass French Press. Plus, they’re cheap, around five bucks online. And did I mention, it makes some really awesome coffee?
Filter – Don’t forget the filters or you’ll have to do some MacGyvering.
Electric Kettle – If you’re going camping, you won’t need an electric kettle. But whether you’re staying at a hotel or grandmother’s lake cabin, it’ll guarantee that you have a hot water source.
Of course there’s other options, but this is what I’ll pack before my next travel adventure.
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