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    What does everyone bring with them on trips?

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    Hello

    Just wondering what everyone brings with them when they go on holidays?

    I carted my Silvia and Rocky on a road trip a few months back and my friends thought I was crazy.
    The next morning, they were quietly appreciative of my efforts when everyone had a decent latte instead of blend 43.

    Would be interested to hear what extent others have done.

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    Re: What does everyone bring with them on trips?

    The wife & I recently took a 7 day car trip & brought the Hario NCA 5/Zess Knee Mill/water kettle/home roast. Just bought an Elektra MCaL w/alloy case so next time we will have espresso at the hotel. Thinking about setting the station wagon up with a 120v converter box so we can pull shots while camping. Now I just need to find a travel case for my older (small body) SJ.

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    Re: What does everyone bring with them on trips?

    Carted my Rossi RR45 with me on a few trips, get some wide eyed looks when it comes out but improves everyones plungers etc immensely. Havent a portable espresso just yet but give it time ;D

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    Re: What does everyone bring with them on trips?

    I used to take my La San Marco Domus on weekends/weeks in the country--providing there was electricity and a kitchen. I once hauled it to Kangaroo Island.

    Now that my home machine weighs 24 kg dry I take the Aeropress and Kyocera.

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    Aeropress & Kyocera, takes up no space at all :)

    Almost forgot, I take beans as well ;) and the sniffer dogs at customs enjoy the aroma as much as we do ::)

    Warren....

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    Re: What does everyone bring with them on trips?

    We have just come back from 2 weeks in Queensland. Brrrr are we feeling the cold. We took our Aeropress, Delonghi KG 100 grinder and some roasted Mocha Java Decaff from Bean Bay. Along the way we bought some roasted beans from C.S sponsors.

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    Re: What does everyone bring with them on trips?

    Recent trip to Hong Kong--Kenya roasted for plunger and pre-ground at home, plunger for two, very enjoyable each morning!! :)

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    Re: What does everyone bring with them on trips?

    If its a trip where Im driving, I always take my Pavoni lever machine and my Big Monster - the Fiorenzato Doge grinder.

    Camping, Ive been known to take a moka pot to use on the gas burner, with a hand grinder. One trip, after a particularly exhausting hike I went for an arvo nap.... woke up around 8 hours later at midnight :-?... Hmmmm... time for coffee ::) ... fired up the burner and moka pot and then heard the exclamations from several tents around the site "Is that coffee I can smell?" :D Sorry for getting off topic.

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    aah nothing like the smell of coffee at midnight to warm the soul :) or bring on insomnia.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4F525F54534452535A0F043D0 link=1249079631/0#0 date=1249079631
    Just wondering what everyone brings with them when they go on holidays?

    Would be interested to hear what extent others have done.
    If were driving, up until this year, Silvia and Rocky came with us. Coffs Harbour, Hunter Valley, Blue Mountains, Mt Gambier and Adelaide. We take them everywhere and are our "kids" ... when theres a rattle "quiet back there you kids!" *:P :P

    This year when we went to the Blue Mountains with a group of 10, this is what we had -



    plus Id only just bought my Gene so I took that too for us all to have a play with. Just a little bit overboard, perhaps. *:D :D

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    So let me clarify, you took not 1, not two, but THREE grinders with you on vacation? Plus the pourovers?

    Was there a roaster stashed in the back too? oh, you answered that one already :o

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    well, yes. ;D :D

    It was supposed to only be 2 grinders, one for pourover and the other for espresso, but I forgot when packing the car and put Rocky in anyway. We drank a bit of coffee that weekend, only matched by the amount of booze we drank. 8-) :D

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    Re: What does everyone bring with them on trips?

    On past camping & fishing trips Ive always taken a mocha pot and pre-ground. Even stale pre ground smells wonderful at the crack of dawn in the middle of nowhere.

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    Re: What does everyone bring with them on trips?

    Went camping over new years with 120 mates I took my Rancilio S24 and Mazzer Super Jolly with me along with around 6kg of home roast but I had to revert to super market coffee after a couple of days because I ran out of stock!

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    Re: What does everyone bring with them on trips?

    Did you take a generator?

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    Re: What does everyone bring with them on trips?

    Quote Originally Posted by 262F342D262B234E0 link=1249079631/10#10 date=1249165064
    Quote Originally Posted by 4F525F54534452535A0F043D0 link=1249079631/0#0 date=1249079631
    Just wondering what everyone brings with them when they go on holidays?

    Would be interested to hear what extent others have done.
    If were driving, up until this year, Silvia and Rocky came with us. Coffs Harbour, Hunter Valley, Blue Mountains, Mt Gambier and Adelaide. We take them everywhere and are our "kids" ... when theres a rattle "quiet back there you kids!" *:P :P

    This year when we went to the Blue Mountains with a group of 10, this is what we had -



    plus Id only just bought my Gene so I took that too for us all to have a play with. Just a little bit overboard, perhaps. *:D :D
    Ha Ha That is out of control! a true snob in every way possible! My missus would not be so......understanding! I had a laugh

    For camping i pregrind and stovetop if its a short trip in the bush, but if its over a week i will in future take silvia and rocky along for a holiday too, they work hard all year round......everyone needs a break! (i wonder if the missus will see my point?) ;D

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    Re: What does everyone bring with them on trips?

    I generally take an electric version of a stove pot and use a small spice grinder to grind on demand. Would love to take the Macap and Giotto but there just isnt room in the car for the coffee kit, kids and everything else.
    I cant very well leave the wife unit at home either.. can I :-/

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    Re: What does everyone bring with them on trips?

    I take money and enjoy what cafes have to offer - If i know that there are no nearby cafes or I know that the coffee will be poor, i take my aeropress and kyocera along with beans

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    Re: What does everyone bring with them on trips?

    Quote Originally Posted by 622526656E7E160 link=1249079631/15#15 date=1249339075
    Did you take a generator? *
    No it was a relatively disused Scout Camp on the Murray so there was a communal kitchen on offer but accommodation was all camping (ok there were some stinky mattresses on offer but only the very drunk or very hung over took up this option! ;D

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    Re: What does everyone bring with them on trips?

    If I cant pack the machine? I have three options:
    1) List of recommendations from the veneziano crew. This is how we met Dane in hobart at Island Espresso. Nothing like knowing people who know people
    2) iPhone with web access to coffee snobs. This is only my second option because if I dont know you as I do with the veneziano team then I dont know how your tastes compare to mine. Has served me well interstate
    3) Panadine ;-)

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    Re: What does everyone bring with them on trips?

    I dont feel as crazy about my coffee traveling gear as I used to after seeing some posts here!
    If I take gear, I usually take the Botticelli and Rocky combo. Lovely coffee. If I know theres great coffee to be had where Im going, I take no gear and enjoy the chance to sample.
    Brett

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    Re: What does everyone bring with them on trips?

    For hiking trips I make sacrifices to save weight, and one of these is going cold turkey - no coffee! And I call myself a coffeesnob? I need pain killers for the first day or two while withdrawal happens, but after that its okay. For car trips I still travel light & simple, and use cafes. I research the good ones beforehand, and if there arent any I try to go without.

    Abstinence does seem to heighten my appreciation of coffee when I get home ... if I can manage it. Last year in Tassie I got rather desperate at Liffey campground and had to do an urgent dash to Devonport for a shot or four.

    The Aeropress & Kyocera combination that some others use looks like a good lightweight solution, which Im thinking of for future car trips.

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    Re: What does everyone bring with them on trips?

    When I go away, I take a pack of panadol with me for the morning migraines.....

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    Re: What does everyone bring with them on trips?

    For trips away with the car, my Bezzera and a Tre Spade manual grinder. For trips involving a plane, my old Lavazza stovetop and the manual grinder.

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    Re: What does everyone bring with them on trips?

    I take a box of Robert Timms Coffee bags. I have never been able to get a cup of coffee out of a plunger that I think tastes appreciably better than a coffee bag, and the dripolator is slightly better but not sufficient to justify carting it around the place. I would need to be away from home for a long time to justify taking an espresso machine with me. I would find the best closest cafe and work on getting them to make a coffee that was acceptable.

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    Re: What does everyone bring with them on trips?

    Quote Originally Posted by 79444840522B0 link=1249079631/25#25 date=1250509587
    *I have never been able to get a cup of coffee out of a plunger that I think tastes appreciably better than a coffee bag
    Really??!! *:o :-?

    Great coffee, fresh and freshly ground out of a syphon, great drip or press and at correct temp can be incredible.

    My plunger v your bag any day, any time, 10 paces, winner takes all the coffee*8-)

    Ill be mulching my appropriated bags ;)

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    Re: What does everyone bring with them on trips?

    If there is a secret, I wish someone would tell me. I have a couple of plungers at work which I use with reasonable beans (fresh Merlo & Sexy Coffee) but I never really enjoy the result all that much.
    I never think the coffee has much character and it never seems to have the body and mellowness that I enjoy so much from my machine.
    Maybe just spoiled.

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    Re: What does everyone bring with them on trips?

    Quote Originally Posted by 08353931235A0 link=1249079631/27#27 date=1250580242
    If there is a secret, I wish someone would tell me.
    Ive never had a coffee bag brew better than the plunger coffee Ive prepared but we are talking preference. Not sure of your technique Rocky

    I think, like espresso, you need to play around a bit with grind and brewing technique. My technique is to add in dessertsponn per person, add hot, not boiling nor boiled water, stir, steep for a couple of minutes then plunge. This is in my pre-Snob days but was often complimented...and I was using pre-ground supermarket coffee.

    Something I tried yesterday, which was mentioned in the last edition of BeanScene, was to scoop out the grounds floating on top before plunging. I have only tried it once as I rarely make plunger coffee these days. The result seemed to be a much cleaner taste compared to plunger coffee I used to make.

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    Re: What does everyone bring with them on trips?

    For an awesome plunger guide (vimeo).

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    Re: What does everyone bring with them on trips?

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    Thanks for your responses Guys. (Video was great)
    I have a large Bodum French Press that I use when I am making coffee for just a couple of colleagues at work. It would hold about a litre I suppose. I pre-warm the Bodum and then add one measure of grind for each person and one for the pot. The Sexy Coffee looks a bit fine to me but says Plunger on the pack. (Sexy Coffee is a good blended brand sourced from the roaster/retail outlet outside Maryborough by one of the team who passes through there regularly. Its not in the same class as the stuff I get from Brownbay)
    The Merlo is fresh and the grind looks just right. I put the water in straight from the ZipBoil on the wall - I tested the temp & it is about 78degrees. It produces a creamy foam on the top which I have ignored, just stirring the pot and then depressing the plunger after about 4/5 mins. Made a brew this morning with the Merlo - it was OK but I couldnt say it was anything special. About the same as the dripolator I use when half a dozen of us have coffee together on Friday morning.



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