Posted Thu Feb 14, 2013, 5:35pm Subject: Re: Need suggestions for a travel kit
One problem that I consistently had when using my AP on the road was that I needed to press into paper cups--how do all you guys manage that? (maybe I should search that 6-million post AP thread!) Ultimately, I switched to a Cuissential SlickDrip which takes up less room in my bag and works well with the paper cups, but tends to yield an inferior brew.
iginfect Senior Member Joined: 8 Dec 2003 Posts: 346 Location: herkimer new york Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: vetrano Grinder: versalab m3 Vac Pot: yama 5 cup Drip: melior french press Roaster: hot top kn-8828p
Posted Fri Feb 15, 2013, 6:20pm Subject: Re: Need suggestions for a travel kit
I wouldn't use even sealed pre ground coffee. Any of the aforementioned grinders will work. I personally don't like the aeropress and use a clever dripper, see sweet marias site clickhere . If you end up with a pourover, I'd save up for a Lido, it is so much better and you may find a used one.
flygrl Senior Member Joined: 6 Feb 2013 Posts: 17 Location: Long Beach Expertise: I love coffee
Posted Tue Feb 19, 2013, 12:38pm Subject: Re: Need suggestions for a travel kit
So I have my kit which includes AP, Bonavita kettle and porlex grinder..After using the hand grinder Im considering switching to a smaller electric one..i can spare the extra room in my suitcase for the convenience! Any suggestions on a good one? I would prefer to buy one that is versatile for home use as well. I sometimes i I'm in a hurry will use a drip maker or sometimes I will use a french press. But I will be using it mostly for the aeropress. I only grind enough for one to two cups at a time. Any suggestions would be great! You all have been super helpful!! Thank You Again!!
Posted Thu Feb 27, 2014, 12:01pm Subject: Re: Need suggestions for a travel kit
Personally I've not been that happy with the coffee out of the Aeropress compared to a good old pourover. My travel kit when flying to my destination is a Bodum Mini Ibis for heating the water, a version of the Hario Skerton for grinding and either a melitta or a Swissgold pourover for brewing. Also, freshly roasted beans of course. When traveling to some countries in Asia I don't even bring the boiler because every place I've ever stayed in China, Macau, Hong Kong and Korea has had a water boiler in the room or a boiling water dispenser available nearby.
The hotel coffeemakers never heat the water to an appropriate temp for brewing coffee and even if they do (but THEY DON'T) once the water hits the carafe it is too cool for brewing into another container. Anyone that is using that method could improve your coffee by bringing your own boiler. If you don't have room for it then bring a submersion boiler - takes up next to no room. The Mini Ibis is pretty comopact though. Very slim.
EDIT: Sorry, Flygrl - didn't see your post that you'd already gotten a setup. Good grinders tend to be bulky, even the small ones. I have flown a few times with my Capresso Infinity but I wouldn't recommend it for regular flight. You might want to consider funding this Canadian Kickstarter - it looks perfect for your needs: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/656926369/maroon-portable-coffee-brewing-system?ref=live
z0mbie Senior Member Joined: 26 Sep 2013 Posts: 346 Location: Online Expertise: I live coffee
Posted Thu Feb 27, 2014, 10:28pm Subject: Re: Need suggestions for a travel kit
Yup. Pricey, yes, but it's certainly better carrying your kit in a hipsack or toilet bag. Things made and crafted have a reason to be expensive. How bout you find me something as nice for what you think it should cost ;) I'd quite appreciate it!
jpender Senior Member Joined: 11 Jul 2011 Posts: 695 Location: California Expertise: I like coffee
Grinder: OE LIDO Vac Pot: S/S Moka Pot Drip: Aeropress
Posted Fri Feb 28, 2014, 2:42pm Subject: Re: Need suggestions for a travel kit
It seems backwards to have a container that's more expensive than the contents. I personally don't want so nice a case for carrying inexpensive coffee equipment. I'd rather have something less flashy, less like a designer purse. Functional. If I were making something custom I'd add foam padding and dividers (both of which are missing in that leather case), and use a zipper opening instead of a buckle. Off the shelf there are a lot of camera cases that would work.
I personally use an old insulated water bottle carrier like the one on the left in the attached photo. It has plenty of soft foam to to keep my equipment (particularly the scale) from being damaged when dropped or squashed. It's a little bit too small but I can fit my Aeropress, paper filters, mini Porlex, a pocket scale, a thermometer, a small porcelain cup, a cloth and enough beans for a few mornings. The whole thing is nice and compact and weighs around two pounds.
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