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Thread: Travel Espresso Equipment/Setup Recombinations

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    Travel Espresso Equipment/Setup Recombinations

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    Hope someone can help.

    Iíd like a travel setup. Something that would not take up alot of room or weight in a travel suitcase.

    Would need a hand grinder that would produce consistently and sufficiently fine espresso (with decent adjustability), an espresso maker that can do say 14g or 15g in and say 1.5x to 2.5x out, or something like that. Not sure what to do about cappuccino milk/foam.

    Any suggestions? Reason for suggestions?

    Thanks, all.

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    What sort of travel? Flying, or car-based? And what drinks do you want to make? Judging by your question on frothing milk, Iím guessing youíre after lattes and cappuccinos.

    Iíve been through tonnes of combinations. I havenít tried the Flair, but Iím pretty sure someone else will suggest that first up. If I had the budget right now I would.

    lido grinders are worth spending money on, although much heavier, they are faster, more consistent and easier to use than the small porlex-type grinders.

    When I had a motorhome holiday, my setup was a Lido 3, a Rok espresso maker, and a microwave or stove and French press to froth the milk. I was never really happy with the rok, but was surprisingly happy with the quality of foam from a French press. Still, it was messy and time consuming.

    My best travel advice has been to learn to love really nice drip coffee rather than espresso. Iíve used an aero press for a long time but have recently been impressed with an oxo pour-over with a water tank. Still paired with a lido grinder. Filter coffee is also much, much easier to clean up after than dealing with soggy pucks, filling porta-filters, and washing milk jugs.

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    Senior Member woodhouse's Avatar
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    the new cafflano kompresso is legit. very light, portable, and easy to brew with. very good price, too.
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    The new Flair would appear to take all the advantages of the first Flair to another level. Well worth waiting to see reviews and evaluations before deciding on your travel kit.
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    Flair and Lido E-T.

    What you do with milk depends on your personal preferences. I actually have no problem with carefully microwaved milk (i.e. 1 burst timed to deliberately under-heat the milk and then err on the side of conservatism when getting it hotter), otherwise a small stovetop pot works ok. If you are really keen on texturing milk the Bellman stovetops work, but that is becoming a PITA to pack

    When I travel by car, I substitute the Bacchi Espresso for the Flair, but the Bacchi is not as convenient a shape as the Flair, so not a great option on a plane. The Bacchi is, however, capable of producing the best espresso I've ever made or tasted.

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    Senior Member Jackster's Avatar
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    Lido is much more awesome than porlex. But lido doesn't need to be so tall. It only needs to hold 20g of beans or so.
    I'm trying a aeropress (for long black) but the compresso looks to be pretty good idea.

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    For travel it's worth finding a style of coffee that you enjoy which doesn't require frothed milk. While there's solutions out there, it's just more and more and more gadgets. When traveling you really want to simplify and minimise.

    For the coffee itself (in styles that don't need frothed milk): French presses are a dime a dozen. There's also plenty of portable single-cup pour-overs. And of course the hipster-raved-endlessly-about aeropress. There's probably more out there but those are the ones that spring to mind.

    I finally joined the aeropress brigade (resisted for a long time because hype/pressure always makes me want to do the opposite) and haven't looked back - just for simplicity of making & cleaning up after. I find hand grinding annoying so just recently picked up a lume portable grinder. Its bag comes with an extra compartment that's purpose built for an aeropress. So all I need are beans, and when at my destination to buy a small thing of milk to put in the fridge the night before.

    If I'm flying I go back to the hand grinder because I already have more than enough batteries from phones/tablets/laptops/cameras to get through airport security. I don't need more. But most of my away-from-home nights are by car.

    For summer / cold coffee, I have a hario immersion bottle (the one that looks like a wine bottle because it's sealable). IMHO the Hario immersion is murky and not the best. It requires milk. But with how few cafe's have cold drip and most iced coffee options being more milkshake than coffee - something like the hario is my preferred option for warmer weather until the Atmos arrives or I find something better.
    Last edited by bastardsheep; 4th December 2018 at 07:57 AM. Reason: Adding more info.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bastardsheep View Post
    For travel it's worth finding a style of coffee that you enjoy which doesn't require frothed milk.
    Yes this totally. Even more so when travelling overseas and the quality and availability of (real) milk varies wildly.

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    Agree about the milk. I drink cortado style when away for work. There's usually a microwave available.

    Just made my first coffee with the Aergrind. The Porlex Mini will be going in a drawer!

    It was much easier to grind than with my Lido 3. Took a little longer but the Aergrind is much smaller - so perfect for travel. Seems very solid. A nice bit of industrial design!

    And most importantly, the coffee made with a Flair Espresso tasted just as good as when using the excellent Lido 3.

    Best investment I've made in a long time - or at least since the Flair arrived
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    Flair, Aeropress and Aergrind

    Fly for work regularly and away from home weeks at a time in areas where Blend 43 is the only "coffee"
    Was using a Nanopresso and Quito grinder with fairly ok results. But the Flair kills it, replacing the Zassenhaus Quito with an Aergrind was another huge step forward as well. Even taken to lugging my Aeropress along again and enjoying the variety.
    Flair is a bit bulkier in the bag but it does really great espresso/long blacks and personal satisfaction from being in such control of the whole process cannot be underrated. Durabilty looks assured, is well made and the structural parts are all metal.....ok portafilter is plastic but sturdy and replaceable.
    Heaps of information on getting the best from it online too.
    Big plus is ready availability of spare parts unlike the Nanopresso.
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    Senior Member LeroyC's Avatar
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    Everyone seems to love their Aergrinds. I must've got the only two duds.

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    Behmor Brazen - $249 - Free Freight
    Just back from 2 weeks travelling round NZ in a campervan with a Flair and Lido E. Great if you like espresso. Probably not the smallest/lightest combo, but very much than just for travelling. Will put them up for sale in next few days.
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