coffee on the road.

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how do you make coffee on the road?

our coffee maker threw in the towel and now i,m using a `presso' machine.
swmbo prefers plunger type coffee so it got me wondering as to how people
prefer to have their coffee on the road?
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Reply By: Member - mark D18 - Friday, Jan 02, 2015 at 07:55

Friday, Jan 02, 2015 at 07:55
Burra
We Travelled for 4 months last year and used a plunger . I love a good morning coffee and this did the trick for me .
Also the plunger is light and easy to stall.

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Follow Up By: Member - ACD 1 - Friday, Jan 02, 2015 at 11:14

Friday, Jan 02, 2015 at 11:14
Like Burra we go for the plunger.

6 months on the road - quick to make, quick to clean and easy to store.

Mine is an Avante stainless steel model (I call it "The DeLorean" after the DMC - Don't Mess with the Coffee) no breakages here. I also have a small plastic thermal plunger type cup for quick stops by myself.

I use a jetboil to boil water - less than 2 1/2 minutes to boil the water and I have just purchased a plunger attachment for it so I figure 3 1/2 mins - coffee!

The biggest tip I can give is get good beans, ground fresh and stored in airtight and light proof container. If I find good beans, I stock up. Bamaga was out when I was there. I also enjoy trying local grown if it is available - picked up some beautiful QLD grown beans in the highlands above Cairns.

At home I have a steam producing monster, but a bit impractical to take away.

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Follow Up By: Member - ACD 1 - Friday, Jan 02, 2015 at 11:18

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Sorry Burra

Tha should read - Burra, like Mark...

Now I know Santa doesn't exsist, cause all I wanted for Christmas was an edit button.

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Reply By: Member - Norm & Lisa - Friday, Jan 02, 2015 at 08:36

Friday, Jan 02, 2015 at 08:36
If you want an alternative to the plunger, look at the Espresso Stove top coffee makers. We prefer them to the plungers. If you get one get a stainless steel one rather than the aluminium (better for your health). Also go for a larger one than you think eg 6 cups at least. When they refer to cup size I think they just mean shots. Our 6 cup one makes 2 nice size cups of the morning brew.
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Follow Up By: AlbyNSW - Friday, Jan 02, 2015 at 09:25

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x 2 on this method.
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Follow Up By: Gnomey - Friday, Jan 02, 2015 at 09:37

Friday, Jan 02, 2015 at 09:37
x 3 on all points. Some things can't be taken lightly when camping. :))

And for a better cuppa whip it off the burner as soon as the water has finished percolating - steam burns the brew.

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Follow Up By: Kilcowera Station Stay - Friday, Jan 02, 2015 at 11:36

Friday, Jan 02, 2015 at 11:36
Yep we use these too - a 3 cuppa does one cup nicely and the 6 cup for two of us. We like the coffee out of these it tastes more "cooked" than the plunger ones. Cheers Toni
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Follow Up By: Member - Fab72 (Paradise SA) - Saturday, Jan 03, 2015 at 21:10

Saturday, Jan 03, 2015 at 21:10
I'm Italian....good coffee runs through my veins. I too recommend a stove top job. Ground coffee in the funnel thingy, water in the bottom, on the heat and bingo...super fresh tasty coffee with little to no mess.
Save the coffee grinds and place around the legs of your camper/van..... ants hate coffee grinds and will steer well clear.

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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Friday, Jan 02, 2015 at 08:38

Friday, Jan 02, 2015 at 08:38
Pretty boring from my end, Burra. I just take a thermos of hot water, and add 2 or 3 teaspoons of "43 beans" to the cup.

Sometimes stop and get a real coffee when we're travelling to the coast, otherwise it's water.

Like I said: "Boring" :-)

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Follow Up By: The Landy - Friday, Jan 02, 2015 at 11:28

Friday, Jan 02, 2015 at 11:28
Hey Bob, you beat me to it…

I was thinking just the old fashioned way, hot water and instant!

All in jest...of course!

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Follow Up By: Member - Rod N (QLD) - Friday, Jan 02, 2015 at 12:49

Friday, Jan 02, 2015 at 12:49
We prefer tea, but like Bob Y we usually drink water. If we do have coffee it is Latte in a sachet, but must be Moccona.

I do not jest about things like this.
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Follow Up By: Member - PhilD_NT - Friday, Jan 02, 2015 at 15:42

Friday, Jan 02, 2015 at 15:42
Robert Timms coffee bags
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Follow Up By: Fiona & Paul - Saturday, Jan 03, 2015 at 21:42

Saturday, Jan 03, 2015 at 21:42
Spot on Bob & Landy

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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Wednesday, Jan 07, 2015 at 15:35

Wednesday, Jan 07, 2015 at 15:35
Tea always at home and on the road and coffee at other places, houses, restaurants and cafes. I prefer tea leaves but do have Dilmah bags.

I usually have coffee when out because I am yet to come across a restaurant or cafe that can make tea. All they want to do is drop a tea bag into luke warm water that isn't boiling. It doesn't matter how good the tea is, if the water isn't boiling the tea is crap.

There once was a good cafe in Tumut that made a ripper of a pot of tea with tea leaves. Alas all gone now.
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Follow Up By: Member - Scott M (NSW) - Wednesday, Jan 07, 2015 at 19:14

Wednesday, Jan 07, 2015 at 19:14
Bob Y - same as you, except I use a few spoons of the Nescafe Expresso.
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Reply By: Member - wicket - Friday, Jan 02, 2015 at 09:55

Friday, Jan 02, 2015 at 09:55
Or you could always try the ROK

Rok coffee
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Follow Up By: Member - Burra - Friday, Jan 02, 2015 at 23:05

Friday, Jan 02, 2015 at 23:05
wicket i already use something similar to this and it doe's a decent cup.
thanks for the reply.
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Reply By: Dingojim - Friday, Jan 02, 2015 at 09:58

Friday, Jan 02, 2015 at 09:58
Burra do NOT make or consume your coffee on the road due to the proliferation of unobservant/inattentive drivers who will run you over.
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Follow Up By: Member - Burra - Friday, Jan 02, 2015 at 23:13

Friday, Jan 02, 2015 at 23:13
i prefer it before i hit the road so that i hope to be alert enough to see these driver's before they see me.
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Reply By: K&FT - Friday, Jan 02, 2015 at 10:05

Friday, Jan 02, 2015 at 10:05
We both love a good coffee of a morning so we mostly use our Atomic coffee maker either on the portable cooker or on the hotplate inside the van. There are lots of this type of machine available these days to make a good cappuccino/latte/whatever you like.

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Reply By: Sigmund - Friday, Jan 02, 2015 at 11:44

Friday, Jan 02, 2015 at 11:44
Drip filter.

It's very easy to dispose of the grounds and uses minimal water in the clean up.

Jed's coffee bags are very good as an alternative. Made in NZ I've just seen them for the first time in Oz.
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Reply By: Bonz (Vic) - Friday, Jan 02, 2015 at 12:24

Friday, Jan 02, 2015 at 12:24
I use a double skinned stainless plunger, and (when I remember to take it with me...Hi Mt Gipps Station I will be back next year to retrieve it!) it works great.

A mate has one of these ROK Coffee and it works a treat.

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Reply By: aboutfivebucks (Pilbara) - Friday, Jan 02, 2015 at 14:36

Friday, Jan 02, 2015 at 14:36
We use Aeropress when we are on the road to make espresso's.

Its not for everyone but it does has a cult following. We enjoy using it, it takes second to clean and tastes nicer than instant coffee. You can buy them in most cities.

Aeropress



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Follow Up By: Member - johnat - Friday, Jan 02, 2015 at 19:46

Friday, Jan 02, 2015 at 19:46
Anything (excepting, perhaps, dishwater and teabags) tastes better than instant!
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Reply By: Member - johnat - Friday, Jan 02, 2015 at 19:44

Friday, Jan 02, 2015 at 19:44
We have a Nespresso capsule machine for when we have 240v available. For iother tomes, we have a plunger - stainless steel model and not breakable (unless you have a handy Sherman tank to run over it with!) ;^)
When we travel O/S, we carry a plastic plunger because of the weight saving. Take a brick of coffee with us and leave the "remains" behind as we depart.
Either way, we both prefer black, short and strong. So we get capsules with a rating of 11 or higher!
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Reply By: SuperGrover - Friday, Jan 02, 2015 at 23:40

Friday, Jan 02, 2015 at 23:40
We normally use a fancy coffee machine at home but when camping and not driving adding a cap of Baileys to any coffee makes it very nice!
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Reply By: Mudguard - Saturday, Jan 03, 2015 at 09:23

Saturday, Jan 03, 2015 at 09:23
Nothing like a good "campfire debate" must have kept you up for hours, we go for the 2 thermos option when on the road, start with the plunger one for her tea one for my coffee while packing, lunch time boil the billy again decant the hot thermos water into the" cold thermos" (its got amnesia cant keep things hot) at the end of a days travel @ beer o'clock we have cool boiled water for the drink bottles worked great on the CSR. cheers
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Reply By: alhow - Saturday, Jan 03, 2015 at 21:33

Saturday, Jan 03, 2015 at 21:33
Porlex grinder straight to the AeroPress (with the stainless screen).

http://www.cultofmac.com/278841/aeropress-coffee-maker-review/
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Follow Up By: Member - Cuppa - Tuesday, Jan 06, 2015 at 21:37

Tuesday, Jan 06, 2015 at 21:37
Yep, that’s one of our two travel set ups. I’ve never really understood quite how it does it, but I’ve found that you can make your coffee as strong as you like & it’s impossible to make it bitter with an Aeropress.
This set up is about as compact as you can get & have fresh ground coffee. The porlex grinder is practical & efficient with it’s ceramic burrs, but I find it’s narrowness makes it a bit uncomfortable to use.

My second setup is a small stove top espresso (moka pot). Single normal cup size. This has a ledge to sit the cup on & the made coffee spurts straight into the cup. With much use I have worked out how to get a decent cup of coffee out of it. Getting the water too hot results in a burned bitter & metallic tasting brew which is pretty awful. The secret to getting a good tasting brew is to first boil the water in a kettle, & then as quickly as possible put the hot water into the moka pot, add the pre-pressed coffee & screw the lid on (all done holding a tea towel to avoid being burned). Then onto the gas ring turned up, but as soon as any liquid starts coming out of the spout, turn the gas down to it’s lowest, avoiding overheating & too much steam spurting. Sounds like a lot of stuffing around, but the result makes it worthwhile. This set up has my preferred wood box type Zassenhaus grinder with cast iron burrs, a great 2nd hand buy on ebay a few years ago. I find placing it between my thighs when grinding quite comfortable but when doing so, sat behind a table, I’ve had a few odd looks in camp grounds! :)
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