People often complain of a lack of decent coffee while traveling, but there’s really no need for this to happen to anyone, even if you’re hundreds of miles away from the nearest espresso machine.
If you have coffee beans and can get hot water (ie. at least 80ºC — whether that’s gas station tea-water or campfire pot-water), this grinding and brewing combination is really all you need to brew fantastic coffee to your own taste. (Incidentally, also toning those forearms and keeping your wallet nice and fat.)
- Hario Slim hand-cranked burr grinder (circa $35 — Amazon.com, Greenbeanery.ca)
- Aeropress (circa $30 — Amazon.com, Aeropress.ca)
Both are light, durable, and don’t require electricity.
- Hard water can ruin coffee’s taste, so if you find this a problem, you might want to invest in a portable water filter. Maybe something like the PurifiCup.
- For some guidance on Aeropress brewing techniques, check out the top Aeropress methods from the 2012 World Aeropress Championships.
- If you need great coffee delivered anywhere in the U.S. or Canada, I humbly suggest a farm-direct delivery from my company, Ethical Coffee. (“Shameless plug” disclaimer notwithstanding.)
- Bonus Aeropress eco-tip: their standard paper filters can be rinsed and reused many times.
(Apologies to any international readers for my only posting product links for Canada & the U.S. Email me if you know of good folks e-retailing the Hario Slim or Aeropress globally.)