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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 Well, feed it with good stuff anyway

    So, I am looking at suggestions here for good coffee.
    I am aware of the
    -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?

  • #2
    Re: Travelling coffee set up

    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...

    /Kevin

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    • #3
      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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      • #4
        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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        • #5
          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.

          Cheers

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          • #6
            Re: Travelling coffee set up

            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.

            Cheers
            Peter

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            • #7
              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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              • #8
                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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                • #9
                  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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                  • #10
                    Re: Travelling coffee set up

                    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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                    • #11
                      Re: Travelling coffee set up

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

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                      • #12
                        Re: Travelling coffee set up

                        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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                        • #13
                          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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                          • #14
                            Re: Travelling coffee set up

                            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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                            • #15
                              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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