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    Espresso coffee for camping

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    Howdy experts,

    I'm interested in improving my holiday camping experience by adding high quality coffee. Zzzzzing! The wife and I enjoy espresso at home, so who's got a good machine/method for out-of-home-and-away-from-cafe coffee making?

    It'd need to be manual (or battery powered, no 240v power). Also not cost prohibitive...

    What do you reckon?

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    If it needs to be espresso- or thereabouts, a Handpresso may suit.

    They're about $180 I think. Hot water, ese pod (ergh) or your own fresh grind and you're in business. They are robust and travel well.

    We can source them.

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    Yep, we'd probably take preground beans (not great I know). Or maybe could take some pods I guess although I have no investment in this technology!
    What are the results like with the handpresso ? Rate-able?

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    Areopress - not a true espresso but the best camping coffee by far and $50!
    bought one for camping and wore 3 out using at home before i bought a machine better results than a lot of low end machines. Oh and they make great Frisbees too��

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    Moka Pot - that's what I use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dicky_bow_tie View Post
    Areopress - Oh and they make great Frisbees too
    Personally I would avoid using an Aeropress as a frisbee too dangerous and you're liable to break it....
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    Hi,
    If weight isn't a factor we take the OTTO (little guy) - makes great coffee, especially if you like a latte. HOWEVER they are heavy to travel with
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    I reckon I saw something some years ago where the operator screws down a cap on what looks a bit like a portafiller/handle type device. Any clues to its identify?

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    If cost is no option, then a portaspresso is awesome.
    Sadly Ross takes a while and has a waiting list.
    We managed to score a 2nd hand HC and a mini grinder for a7 week caravan trip, from a fellow snob. They worked brilliantly, and I now use them at work!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stickleback View Post
    If cost is no option, then a portaspresso is awesome.
    The OP did say 'Also not cost prohibitive.....'. So I would think the portaspresso and Otto (see above) are probably creeping into that territory (as would a Bacchi, which would also do a great job).

    Aeropress or Moka Pot for me given the constraints.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Talk_Coffee View Post
    That's brilliant.

    Mustn't... Be..... Interested....

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    Quote Originally Posted by shortblackman View Post
    That's brilliant.

    Mustn't... Be..... Interested....
    They haven't done that well from what I can gather. Perhaps the RRP of $450 might have had something to do with that.

    It gets a 3/10 on usability from me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Talk_Coffee View Post
    They haven't done that well from what I can gather. Perhaps the RRP of $450 might have had something to do with that.
    Our absolutely rubbish exchange rate and high freight costs due mainly to weight of the hefty item have placed this item in the "impossible to justify the cost" category for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Talk_Coffee View Post
    They haven't done that well from what I can gather. Perhaps the RRP of $450 might have had something to do with that.

    It gets a 3/10 on usability from me.
    That's a shame as its a good idea. Hopefully they can tweak a few things to make it more attractive.

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    Thanks for all the good ideas folks. I love the look of the OTTO but I'd prob prefer something smaller I reckon. saw the ROK in my travels online last night. What are it's results like? It looks kinda massive though...

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    I had a Minipresso for a while and was pleasantly surprised with the results. It's a small and very portable package and although it seems fiddly at first it doesn't take long to get used to it. Otherwise I'd be looking at a good quality moka pot as you can get great, syrupy, strong 'espresso' from one of these if you use it right. A Bacci is an option, but I don't know a lot about these. Or for a slightly smaller, cheaper version of an Otto what about a Bellman CX25P? It is big enough to make 2 drinks at a time and gives you the option of steaming milk as well. I've got a Bellman and while I don't use it much it has been a great travel companion a few times.

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    Oh and my Aeropress is my current favourite, but as mentioned above its not really espresso, no matter how strong you make it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BenjaminG View Post
    Thanks for all the good ideas folks. I love the look of the OTTO but I'd prob prefer something smaller I reckon. saw the ROK in my travels online last night. What are it's results like? It looks kinda massive though...
    I use a lido and a rok.

    i wouldn't hike with it. (I don't hike). So yeah, the rok is biggish, but as a "glamper" it's not a problem. The main problem with rok/ presso, is keeping it hot through the brew. You need hot water to preheat everything, keep it hot, then to brew. Watch a youtube. In cool camping conditions, this can be a bit of a juggle. It's potential is quite good, often better than cafes in the vacinity. And as with any lever, its fun!

    good luck

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    Behmor Brazen - $249 - Free Freight
    I reckon my preferred option is the Minipresso coupled with a Porlex grinder. Thanks for all the helpful suggestions. Looking at placing an order in the next few days...
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