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ScientificBarista
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Posted Tue Aug 22, 2006, 10:00am
Subject: Portable Coffee
 

Hi There,

I'm a newbie to this site and was hoping to find an answer here.  If you're interested in background at all, I know more than your average Joe about a cup of joe (Ha! ...anyone?).  


My question in simplest form:  Can anyone recomend a good travel mug/thermos/leakproof container for coffee?

I've gone through a few different stainless steel varieties.  I always end up throwing them away after a few months because they simply make my delicious coffee taste awful.  I assume it would help if I didn't put the cream in the container (just the coffee), but the whole point of the thing is to be able to get your beverage ready and GO.  I don't think I can keep a container of half and half at home, the lab, the office, etc.   I've tried washing in baking soda, to no helpful effect.    On that note, if you have any cleaning suggestions, I'd be grateful for those also.  

Thank you for your help...
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Posted Tue Aug 22, 2006, 10:18am
Subject: Re: Portable Coffee
 

Mandy,

I use a Thermos Nissan thermos and travel mug.  The thermos (model: NCD-10) is rated at 24 hours hot/cold.  The tumber (model: JML350W) keeps coffee HOT for hours.  My commute to work is 87 miles one way and I have used this tumbler for years.

I use something called Brew-rite to clean them ... I think my wife gets it at Walmart.  It is sodium carbonate and it does a very good job.

Hope this helps ...

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Eddie

 
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ScientificBarista
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Posted Tue Aug 22, 2006, 10:43am
Subject: Re: Portable Coffee
 

Ooh, wow...so my answer to years of smelly coffee thermoses that make my drink taste bad may be a simple cleaner from Wal-Mart?

This is exciting.

My online research was starting to tell me that Nissan was a good thermos brand.  I generally don't have a problem with the coffee going cold too fast; I mainly need something that I can throw in my backpack that won't leak and won't change the flavor of my coffee.  I assumed it was the plastic lid that was retaining bad smells/tastes, but didn't know if I'd come on here and find some sort of miracle alternative material container to use.


Thanks for your help, Eddie.
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Posted Tue Aug 22, 2006, 11:54am
Subject: Re: Portable Coffee
 

Mandy,

For the most part, it works.  But, like anything else there are some coffees that are just down right defiant.  I rarely put anything in my tumbler that I don't roast and brew myself, but the one time I was desperate and put a certain *$ coffee in there ... I think I used everything under the sink and in the pantry ...

Eddie

 
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Posted Tue Aug 29, 2006, 9:15pm
Subject: Re: Portable Coffee
 

I agree with Eddie here 100% on the thermos (have one myself, don't have to use it much working at a shop, but you know... it sits there for use every year or so... haha).

Also, I honestly don't know how available Cafiza and Purocaff are, but they are espresso machine cleaners, so you can bet they they get everything off.  We offer the feature to our customers of them dropping off their mugs before we close and us cleaning them out at night with Cafiza and Rinza (milk build-up cleaner) for $2.  These products works wonders on getting that, "smelly, sweaty, running shirt that hasn't been washed for a week" taste/smell out of there.  Also, when you clean the mug, make sure that you take it apart fully (assuming you will be able to put it back together).  Take out the little gaskets, if you can and soak them all in some sort of cleaner.  Most importantly, just don't let the mugs sit overnight in your car (you know you do it).  Take them inside and wash them after every single cup of coffee you put into them.  It will save you a lot of headaches, and probably stomach aches considering what I have seen growing in some of those mugs that come in for cleaning.

Happy Coffee-ing!

 
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Posted Tue Aug 29, 2006, 9:17pm
Subject: Re: Portable Coffee
 

Oh, BTW, you can get those two products online here.

Keep it clean man, keep it clean.

 
Bryan Wray

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Posted Wed Aug 30, 2006, 4:11am
Subject: Re: Portable Coffee
 

Thank you and thanks for the link!  I couldn't find Eddie's Brew-Rite stuff.  

UPS tried to deliver my new Nissan backpack thermos when I was still in the lab yesterday.  Of course since I live in an apartment they just said they'd be back again tomorrow (today).  At least I'll have nice tasting hot coffee from home sometime this week.
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Posted Wed Aug 30, 2006, 11:01am
Subject: Re: Portable Coffee
 

Excellent posts Bryan.  

I've used Brew-Rite myself and noticed that to get everything totally out of my stainless carafe, I had to take a scrub brush with baking soda to the walls and bottom.  Worked like a charm.  Followed it up by rinsing and soaking a couple of pots worth of  hot water.  Clean as new and no noticible after taste.  HTH
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Posted Wed Aug 30, 2006, 12:49pm
Subject: Re: Portable Coffee
 

Since you already ordered your Nissan thermos, I won't bother to recommend that brand (which is great).  To get them clean, I've found that if you soak your stainless thermos overnight with some dishwasher soap (Cascade or whatever's around) the next morning everything shines  with a quick swipe of a bottle brush.  1/2 -1 teaspon per thermos, fill with hot water, rinse well in the AM and you're ready for another week or two.  I use cream in my coffee,  so that's harder to keep clean.  Michael
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Posted Tue Sep 5, 2006, 7:10pm
Subject: Re: Portable Coffee
 

Nissan "Backpacker" is about 16 oz. Coffee/espresso made at 8 AM is hot at 5 PM.
Preheat for optimum results. Clean daily with dish soap and a good bottle cleaning brush.Rinse well and let it dry over night.
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