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    hey all,

    just wondering what is the best travel espresso maker? the biggest priorities would be:
    • the quality of the shot
    • weight
    • compactness

    with ease of use and cleaning/maintenance also factors. hand luggage size would be ideal. ive been marveling at the presso (http://www.pressoaustralia.com/), but it looks kinda big..

    what do yall use? im going to tassie and cant bear the thought of not having nice coffee first thing in the morning. then i thought i could grind up enough coffee for a week and take a portable espresso machine, even if it is not quite so good.

    looking forward to next beanbay!

    cheers,
    andrew

    p.s. this is no indictment of tassie coffee, im sure its great and i intend to sample!

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    Re: best travel espresso maker

    Hi Andrew,

    When I travel I take a stove-top mocha pot and/or an Aeropress.

    The aeropress is light, pretty unbreakable, cheap, produces a full-bodied coffee (more like vac pot than espresso) and only needs boiling water.

    A good stainless steel stove-top (one with a large coffee basket relative to water chamber) is obviously a bit heavier than the plastic aeropress but produces thick, creamy stove-top espresso. BTW, there are some procedural tricks you can do in stove-top espresso preparation that make the difference between producing fair coffee and magnificent coffee.

    I hope this helps.

    Cheers,

    Rob

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    • #3
      Re: best travel espresso maker

      thanks, that sounds good. what are the stove-top techniques, i would be very interested to know.

      the aeropress also looks good.

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      • #4
        Re: best travel espresso maker

        Stovetop tricks/tips (assuming the grind is fine enough):
        • Have a large basket relative to the water chamber. Tamp the coffee down, but not too hard.
        • Put boiling (ie just boiled) water into the reservoir (youll need to use a tea towel to screw the thing closed, of course, so you dont burn yourself).
        • Put on low to medium flame (if electric stove, pre-heat element)
        • As soon as theres coffee coming out of the spout (this can be in as little as 90 seconds) turn off the burner. If its an electric stove remove the pot from the hotplate.
        • The coffee will ooze out nicely and thickly over the next few minutes, without disturbing the crema. The last quarter of coffee will be weaker and will not taste as good so I think its better to decant before its completely finished.

        It can be very tempting to leave the burner on until the coffee is well under way but this will mean the water and the pot get too hot, pressure is too high and youre more likely to get spurting steam-driven not-so-great coffee.

        Cheers,

        Rob

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        • #5
          Re: best travel espresso maker

          On our boat, its a stove-top. All the snobbery goes out the window and we use coffee I grind at home before we go.

          The basket is hit by water of at least boilng point (it has to rise), theres no pre-infusion, no 9 bar pump pressure no crema, no nothing.

          A double of that, softened with a little hot milk and sugar, plus toast with Tasmanian Leatherwood honey -- and thats breakfast. Its not bad, actually.

          The evil black brew is sometimes even placed into a small thermos for use later --- but we do enjoy going to the cafes for the odd latte. For the setting, that is, not the latte.

          --Robusto

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          • #6
            Re: best travel espresso maker

            Some of us are ridiculous- for us if its car trips, its the botticelli plus cunill grinder, or if space is limited its the Quaha napolitana (has its own grinder built in).
            Sure beats bad coffee!
            Brett
            p.s. one of the little advantages of having grown up kids and a partner who likes the finer things of life at least as much as I do!

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            • #7
              Re: best travel espresso maker

              I tend to just take a french press and a lux grinder. Id much rather have top-quality FP coffee than mediocre espresso.

              Originally posted by Robster link=1174971088/0#3 date=1174975708
              [*]The coffee will ooze out nicely and thickly over the next few minutes, without disturbing the crema. The last quarter of coffee will be weaker and not taste so good so I think its better to decant before its completely finished
              One trick that I picked up from the stumpies is to wrap a cold, damp teatowel around the base to stop it brewing.

              Cheers,

              Luca

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              • #8
                Re: best travel espresso maker

                Originally posted by luca link=1174971088/0#6 date=1174992761
                One trick that I picked up from the stumpies is to wrap a cold, damp teatowel around the base to stop it brewing.
                Luca: the Stumptown coffee-brewing tips are a great resource. I havent come across them before. Thanks for the link. Ive got to say, though, the coffee I get from my mocha pot is thick and opaque, unlike the Stumptown photo, and has some crema.

                Now I must explore all their other tips . . .

                Rob

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                • #9
                  Re: best travel espresso maker

                  I posted some stove-top coffee pics here:

                  http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1175047754

                  Rob

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                  • #10
                    Re: best travel espresso maker

                    Ive been pretty impressed with my Presso I must say. Once youve got the grind and technique right its one of the few ways to get proper espresso without electricity. Definitely worth a look!

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                    • #11
                      Re: best travel espresso maker

                      Whenever I go out I take a bottle of water as I havent found an extension lead thats long enough so that I can transport my machine

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                      • #12
                        Re: best travel espresso maker

                        Dennis, you need the new cordless model.
                        And a truck to carry the batteries and charger.
                        --Robusto

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                        • #13
                          Re: best travel espresso maker

                          Originally posted by robusto link=1174971088/0#11 date=1175068160
                          Dennis, you need the new cordless model.

                          --Robusto
                          Now theres a thought.....
                          a cordless machine, especially if it can be charged from the car as well.

                          OTOH I tend to agree with Luca, and take a plunger.

                          Bullitt

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                          • #14
                            Re: best travel espresso maker

                            any good travel grinders that dont need electricity? something to complement the plunger...

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                            • #15
                              Re: best travel espresso maker

                              Originally posted by dailybean link=1174971088/0#13 date=1175126979
                              any good travel grinders that dont need electricity? something to complement the plunger...
                              Have heard the zassenhaus is said to be the best mill - only difficulty is in finding one! You might try the better delis

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