Coffee when traveling


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Just wondering what you guys do for coffee when traveling. I often take off for a week or to at a time. Now that I'm enjoying my morning coffee ritual I'm wondering what to do when on the road.

I can take most of what I need without a problem but I'm thinking taking my grinder would be a bit much.

Make it a coffee adventure and research the places you are going. Try to find the best roasters and cafes and visit them. Could be inspiring! Just be ready for anything. If you have bad luck, it will just make you appreciate what you have at home that much more.
I always ask at the front desk where there is a good coffee shop. Sometimes I get lucky but more often I am disappointed. It is part of being a road warrior.

(use to bad coffee on the road)
interesting question.
for me, I do not carry around special coffee making equipment when I travel, mainly because I like to travel light. and sometimes I go for 3 weeks to a month at a time, so it is essential to pack very compact.

normally, I research where the great coffee shops are and what they specialize in before I visit a city. (like when I was in Hong Kong 3 weeks ago, I visited about 8 out of 17 best coffee shops in entire Hong Kong, Kind of hobby and profession of mine. I posted most of photos in this forum few weeks ago).

however, when I go to China and stay away from busy downtown, I even carry instant coffee mix, because most of coffee they serve at hotels are really undrinkable. (yes, way worse then instant drink mix)

Currently, I am in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala and at this moment, I am having a great latte from &cafe located at central park. (yes, the company name is &cafe, second largest coffee chain in Guatemala. the biggest one is called Barista cafe)

Today, I will be visiting a coffee farm in Huehue with couple of my Aussie customers and I am sure that we will be cupping some great coffee there.
Absolutely no need to take any instant mix when I come to Guatemala. One of the best coffee countries in the world.
When I was a small boy, early to mid 1950's, my father's work caused us to travel regularly. My mother carried her Sunbeam vacuum pot and her favorite coffee wherever we went. Apparently, I inherited the better-coffee gene from her.

On a six-week road trip to Alaska last summer, with my adult daughter, we made our coffee in an insulated stainless steel Frieling press pot when camping. When staying in hotels, we tried local coffee shops.

My usual MO when traveling is to try to identify promising coffee shops on the Internet ahead of time. Same with beer, I try to sample the local craft beers wherever I go.
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I travel w/ an Aeropress, Porlex Mini. . .
While I don't really travel much, but when I do that above combination works fine.


When I went back home to Hawaii this is what I brought with me to make Affogato al Caffè for my cousins:

The portable HandPresso Wild Hybrid works just fine for what it was intended for.

Enjoy! :coffee:
When I travel I am always checking the proper cafes in advance. The best is if you have some friend living there. When I went to Paris, I visited a friend and we went to some great cafes thanks to him.
Most hotels have the capability to, at the very least, make hot water. I usually pack an Aeropress and a pre-grind (which I never do at home). I also like to try new places and sometimes even base my hotel location decisions around coffee places I want to try. I will call shops ahead of time and ask who their roaster is. All about research. I like the idea of a manual grinder. I think I'll put that on my wish list.
The zombie thread, back to life after nine years!

Since I posted years ago about using a French press while road-tripping to Alaska with my daughter, my coffee practice while traveling has changed completely. My wife and I, who do long road trips regularly, thought rarely good and often terrible hotel coffee was about the worst part of the experience. We have started traveling with a Clever Dripper. We just packed a Rubbermaid container with all the necessary stuff and it goes easily in an out of hotels with our luggage.

Our solution does impact our departure times in the morning but, at this point, we no longer drive long, hard days anyway. We actually find the pleasure and pace of our days impacted positively rather than detrimentally. YMMV, of course.