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    Travelling coffee set up

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    I have a number of work related trips coming up and am looking for a way to feed the caffiene addiction :D Well, feed it with good stuff anyway :)

    So, I am looking at suggestions here for good coffee.
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    -Aeropress
    - Handpresso
    -Mypressi

    The Mypressi probably doesnt work too well due to the need for gas bulbs which I will not have time to locate when I reach my destination and I am sure one is not supposed to fly with compressed gases.

    Suspect the Presso is going to be too big a burden to carry.

    ANy other suggestions?

    Also, I am travelling to the US and the hotels I have been to in the past do not provide kettles. They provide coffee machines instead, which pretty brew a pretty ordinary cup.

    Any suggestions as to travel kettles. Or failing that, any reccomendations as to what to look for in a kettle? :)

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    Re: Travelling coffee set up

    Quote Originally Posted by 627B7E7B7D0E0 link=1328159997/0#0 date=1328159997
    Also, I am travelling to the US and the hotels I have been to in the past do not provide kettles.
    Tell them you want to make tea. That has always produced a kettle for me. (They also produce various tea-like things).

    While I dont own one myself (yet!) the Portapresso really looks the goods. Maybe a bit on the heavy side for air travel though...

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    Re: Travelling coffee set up

    Forgot about that one. Been talking to Ross about that one. Have to admit, it looks great and would dearly love one. The potential is amazing. Issue is cost. Need to save up the bikkies :)

    Weight is also a concern, although, at that price tag, I would lean towards keeping it on me as hand luggage. Am curious as to how security is going to view the items though. Not keen to test them through the heightened US security :)

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    Re: Travelling coffee set up

    Aeropress and plastic hand grinder with ceramic burrs (hario, kyocera, etc) is probably your best bet weight-wise. Its also significantly cheaper than the portaspresso option.

    I had a minor issue with my Kyocera grinder in my hand luggage at Sydney airport at Christmas this year - the curved metal handle was picked up by airport security and they insisted on going through my bag (which was packed full) until they located it. Once theyd scanned it, though, it was all good and they let me take it through.

    I put the grinder in checked in baggage on the way home to avoid a repeat.

    On the basis of this experience - carrying oddly shaped bits of metal around you might expect to get pulled up by airport security, but Im sure there are plenty of people who have taken them in carry-on and never been stopped. Also, its not sharp or anything, so theres no reason that it should be confiscated.

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    Re: Travelling coffee set up

    I have the hario slim grinder and aeropress, have not had any issues with them (including metal handle) in hand luggage.

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    Re: Travelling coffee set up

    Quote Originally Posted by 7063657C707F110 link=1328159997/4#4 date=1328246040
    I have the hario slim grinder and aeropress, have not had any issues with them (including metal handle) in hand luggage.
    I have the same setup, and find it quite good for travelling, including air. I also now have a Portaspresso, and of course that is a quantum leap in cofee drinking! I have not travelled with it yet, but will be going to US soon for a while, and plan to take it despite the possible cost of losing same, perhaps the travel insurance will cover - must check. Weight all up is around 2.2kg, so a bit to lug around.

    I may still take the Aeropress/Hario; the Portaspresso was purchased for the campervan, but I am using at home at present; I will continue to use the grinder at home for foreseeable future - quick and reliable, and I do not really want to spend $700 or so on an electric grinder that will probably not be as good.

    First time I went to US I took a small one cup stovetop (+ cup)and a folding camping gas stove that worked with a small disposable gas cannister purchased at REI in San Francisco. I used Illy preground purchased in San Fran. Of course the gas cannister had to be abandoned the first time we caught a plane. The last time we went to US, I just suffered when we were not in Chicago.

    This time I think I will buy a small kettle (US$15-20), or an immersion heater from REI (US$15), to use in motels (trevelling by car); the latter does multiple voltages (handy for the non-US part of the trip). Asking for tea-mak-fac in motels may be the answer, and I will probably try this before buying a cheap kettle. I wonder how many motels have an urn?

    The other problem is finding coffee beans; this is not a problem in Chicago where I will spend much of the time, but the 3 weeks in the South? Hopefully New Orleans will be ok. So as well as gear, I will be taking 3 x 250gm coffee packs; that will last me 3 weeks or so.

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    Re: Travelling coffee set up

    Looks like given my budget, the Aeropress and Hario mini mill is the way to go. Suspected this was the case and they just arrived on Friday. :)

    A travel kettle is now the only thing missing. Any suggestions or recommendations. Although, there do not seem to be many choices out there.

    Oh, and coffee..... Cant forget that!

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    Re: Travelling coffee set up

    Been down this road, ended up with a Portaspresso and Kyocera, and am very happy.
    Now have a Rosso grinder, but havent played with it, yet.

    The problem with the mypressi twist, I have one, is you cant fly with the gas cartridges, and so limits its use, as the cartidges can be hard to find in unfamiliar cities.

    For lightless, Aeropress and Kyocera is the go, but it isnt espresso, whatever the package says.

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    Re: Travelling coffee set up

    Andy,
    I have read your posts on the portapresso and know you have travelled o/seas with it. Did the unit fly in your baggage or hand luggage? And if in hand luggage, how did security deal with it! :)

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    Re: Travelling coffee set up

    Quote Originally Posted by 20393C393F4C0 link=1328159997/8#8 date=1328433134
    Andy,
    I have read your posts on* the portapresso and know you have travelled o/seas with it. Did the unit fly in your baggage or hand luggage? And if in hand luggage, how did security deal with it!* :)
    I always have it in checked bagage, the weight alone would cause the security cretins grief, let alone the handle of the Kyocera.
    A mate had a box of golf balls confiscated from cabin bagage, because he might start throwing them around the cabin!
    No sharp edges on either, but I have great respect for the power of ignorance and stupity when something "different" presents itself.

    Sorry, rant over, airport security and I have a problem.

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    Re: Travelling coffee set up

    I would suggest an electric briki for hot water source, even heating milk.

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    The times weve travelled to the USA, weve always managed to pick up cheap electric kettles and left them behind for room cleaning staff. The first time we did this the maid asked us to leave a signed explanatory note with it, so her employers wouldnt give her grief. Since then weve done the same thing every time.

    First and third one we bought at Black and Decker seconds outlets at outlets malls. If you have the time they are well worth it. Second time we found one at a Walmart. Never paid more than about eight bucks from memory. I also bought a great Thermos first time at b&d and still have it.

    We always travel with immersion heaters and have several with different plugs but rarely use them. Never thought to ask for a kettle as I just assumed they would not have them. I once asked for an iron and ironing board and that was drama.

    Ive also used several cigarette lighter powered kettles and do *not* recommend any of the cheapies Ive used as they are far too slow and really only suited to long distance car travel. In the southern states (maybe all over) tourist welcome centres are at some state borders and many had boiling water on tap but again only useful with car travel and a gamble at that. Free boiling water is increasingly more common at OZ rest areas now too.

    As an aside, at a San Diego outlet twenty years ago* we can across a stand selling Cappucino as "the Italian word for coffee". From memory all they sold was caps and cookies.

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    Re: Travelling coffee set up

    is there a problem with the CO2/NO2 cannisters in your check in baggage on international flights for mypressi?


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    Re: Travelling coffee set up

    Quote Originally Posted by 6D7D6A7B7B7D6A6E6D760F0 link=1328159997/12#12 date=1328507012
    is there a problem with the CO2/NO2 cannisters in your check in baggage on international flights for mypressi?
    Yes, the problem is you cant do it.

    The only way theyll let you fly with a gas canister is if its empty and they can see inside it (ie. it has an open end). Thatll be pretty much useless for you ;)



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    Re: Travelling coffee set up

    As I know, they are hazardous materials, therefore are banned from all domestic and international aircrafts, so could not even take them on check in luggage.

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    Re: Travelling coffee set up

    In the volumes associated with the bulbs, I suspect it is less that the material is hazardous, and more an issue of security. As Toasty has already said, if they (security) are unable to inspect the interior of the bulbs, and its contents, it is not allowed.

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    Re: Travelling coffee set up

    Well, on the first trip away. A local trip out west to Perth with the Hario mini slim grinder and Aeopress.

    Have to admit, I am impressed with the setup. Grinding with the Hario was no where as onerous as I had feared. Had sufficient grounds even before the water had boiled!

    And the coffee from the Aeropress is pretty good. While it isnt espresso, it is a pretty good cup, and sure beats the instant you get in the room. Even with the old beans I dug out from the dark labrynthe of my pantry, the coffee wasnt too bad. Had originally dragged the old beans out to test the grinder. But after grinding, thought I might as well try the beans out :) And the coffee was pretty good.

    Cant wait to try the fresh roasted beans I picked up before flying out.


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    Re: Travelling coffee set up

    As someone who deals with airport security daily, never risk anything in your carry-on that you cant afford to lose. I am infinitely familiar with airline regulations but have still had stuff confiscated randomly by someone overly officious or new to the job. There is no argument and they dont have to give you anything back that they take even if you decide not to fly.

    I once had a small piece of camembert cheese taken.... :o Yes folks, fromage is apparently a dangerous good. ;D And Ive had lipsticks investigated merely because they are in a metal tube....excuse me for buying quality. I wouldnt risk a nice heavy Rossa in carry-on, thats just asking for a loss.


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    Re: Travelling coffee set up

    Quote Originally Posted by 777875667572787B140 link=1328159997/17#17 date=1330296709
    I once had a small piece of camembert cheese taken...

    Expect just about any comestible item to be confiscated because of the risk of introduction of diseases.
    Youre right, there has not been any known cases of attempted hijacking usinga dairy product. "You will fly this plane to Tehran or I will unwrap this piece of Stilton!".

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    Re: Travelling coffee set up

    Quote Originally Posted by 29233621212E3A3C4F0 link=1328159997/18#18 date=1330298158
    "You will fly this plane to Tehran or I will unwrap this piece of Stilton!".
    "Fresh out."
    "How about a nice Double Gloucester highjacking?"
    "Be in tomorrow, sir."
    "I could do you with a nice Farleigh Wallop."
    "Uhhh... Nope. Sorry."
    "Not much of a cheese shop highjacking."
    "Finest cheese-shop highjacking at his airport, Sire."

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    I recently travelled by air (domestically, within Australia for all those snobs across the seas) with the portaspresso HC, rosco grinder, and bellman steamer in the hand luggage

    The first time it went through the xray three times due to the amount of coffee related junk in the hand luggage. I opened the grinder both ends to show them, and they went through on a separate tray.

    On the way back, they got the bellman steamer out and did the same thing. As I told them, they commented 'brews up!' like I was some kind of nutter. (is coffee a nut?!I ) but all smiles, and they were happy with a quick explanation.

    I'm not sure how the pressure gauge would go in the luggage hold. I believe the luggage hold is not pressurised. An unopened bag of beans that travelled in the check in looked like they had been cryovac sealed (the one way valve had let out all the air, but wouldn't let it back in. As the gauge is sealed, and is meant to read positive pressure, how would it go with the negative reading it would be forced to produce?



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