Java "Great travel companion!" phile
So first of all, howdy.
We are buying our first camper in the next month or 2 and looking for advice for a small footprint espresso set up. Wife has milk based coffee whereas Im a ristretto/espresso drinker
We use a Breville dual boiler at home and have just ordered a smart grinder (reward points ;-) )to go with it so I could probably send the Sunbeam POS I have currently to van duties, or take the BSG with me.
Was thinking a 2nd hand Silvia perhaps? I've never tried an Aeropress type of machine but not a fan of stove top style coffee.
Java "Great travel companion!" phile
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We have a Jayco Hawk and I also contemplated a machine and grinder especially given our impending 6 week trip. I've got access to a basic machine and grinder that I could take. I'm the only coffee drinker and I drink 75% of my coffee black, so I don't have a need to have milk based coffees like you do though.
So I'll be taking the Aeropress and Clever Coffee Dripper along with my hand grinder, freshly roasted beans and of course my Jetboil for those roadside stops.
In the end the idea of having to pack the machine and grinder away every time we take off coupled with the limited bench and storage space made it a relatively straight forward and easy decision. I also like free camping which to me means no power. So Jetboil + aeropress + hand grinder + fresh roasted coffee = great times ahead
Will be watching this thread with interest.
I can vouch for the Aeropress. I used to use a stovetop then last camping trip a friend introduced me to an Aeropress. I know use it in the office with my hand grinder and take that camping.
I'm addicted to coffee as much as the next snob but with Javabeen and couldn't motivate myself to taking
Machines. But then again 6 weeks is a long time
My dad has a lelit combi bolted to the bench in his van, pretty much the best thing ever. Able to run off inverter/generator as needed as well. Footprint is about the same as a silvia sans grinder, won't do better than that
Bacchi stovetop coupled with Lido hand grinder produces real espresso better than most cafés ( using freshly roasted beans of course)
How about a small la pavoni lever
Although we are camping in a pop up campervan we won't move around too much (3 and 4 year old girls) so taking an actual espresso machine plus either of my home grinders doesn't phase me. In fact my wife saw you tube videos of the Portaspresso machine and thought it was an overly fiddly process. Does look like it's built like a tank though.
We've been down a similar path and although we have the room ( 6 berth motor home) decided not to install an espresso machine, I did buy a Portapresso and grinder a couple of years back however am finding that making two long blacks in the AM is whole lot more stuffing around than than I'm prepared to put up with, perhaps another Aeropress is the answer
One good point about not taking the Bezzera on the road is that we certainly have something to look forward to on our return home.
Some of the hand operated grinders are very small and robust and can produce a good grind if you are willing to put in the elbow grease.
Agreed. And with no electrics to worry about you could leave it in a camping trailer with no worries. I use it onboard my boat regularly and as you say Barry, it makes a superb brew- not at the level of a Giotto or other similar E 61 machine but I'd confidently say it produces a better coffee than say a Silvia or similar. Other stove tops just don't get anywhere near it IMHO, it's like anything- you get what you pay for.
We have our camper van now. I've decided to look for a 2nd hand Bacchi. Will start a thread in the market place section
think I need 1 more post...
So I've now bought a Bacchi off a forum member and still need a few more goes to get the hang of it. It needs a much finer grind than my BES900, that's for sure, about 3 clicks finer on a smart grinder. I think once I master grind and technique it will be great. Unfortunately it gets quite hot and a shot takes around 6 minutes, so not easy to continually produce shots to get it right.
I'm now looking for a manual grinder to keep in the camper trailer. We only think we will get around 20 days a year away in the camper so nothing too expensive, was thinking a Hario or Porlex based on a little research. Any other recomendations or a preference between Hario and Porlex? I'm a little concerned about reviews of the porlex saying the ceramic burrs crack, but also know a bad experience is more likely to reach the net than a satisfactory one.
What does are you using Blybo? I can't compare to a Breville, but I tend to go a touch coarser and higher dose for the Baachi than my E61
You of course need to be very careful if you disassemble the burrs to clean. Any ceramic burr is likely to crack or break if dropped.
Enjoy the ride....they are a great machine.