Traveling with Coffee Machines

Submitted: Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 13:26
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Our grinder has died and the old machine seems to be on the way out. Can anyone give some advice on coffee machines suitable for caravan use. Being new to caravanning (haven't even got the van yet) I'm concerned about how they hold up to travel.

cheers Rick.
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Reply By: Member - joc45 (WA) - Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 13:42

Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 13:42
Hi Rick,
I use a cheap $15 electric grinder and a plunger for camping. You can get double-skinned metal plungers which don't break and pack well.
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Reply By: Member - Bruce T (SA) - Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 14:00

Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 14:00
Rick and Kerry,

We travel with a Breville Roma Coffee Machine and it is fine. We pack it in a green shopping bag and it rides on the floor under the table. It has travel 1000's of km without a problem. I buy ground coffee (espresso) for travelling otherwise I take a small grinder.

Can't go without my morning coffee.

Di
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Reply By: Chipsy - Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 14:00

Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 14:00
I have a light weight avanti brand stovetop esspresso which I bought from a camping store, no parts to break, and IMO tastes better than plunger. I just take preground coffee.

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Follow Up By: Navigator 1 (NSW) - Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 17:50

Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 17:50
We also use a stovetop esspresso - stainless steel. Makes an excellent coffee.
Stainless steel models around $100, aluminium models around $50.
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Follow Up By: Chipsy - Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 22:27

Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 22:27
the stainless steel one we bought was only about $50 or $60, its lighter weight that the one we have for home. doesnt aluminum give you dementia?

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Follow Up By: Lex M (Brisbane) - Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 22:35

Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 22:35
"doesnt aluminum give you dementia?"

Can't remember.......
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Reply By: Bryan (WA) - Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 14:02

Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 14:02
Hi Rick,
we use one of the stove top pressure coffee percolators - great as they are aluminum so they cant break - take ground coffee in a sealed container.

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Follow Up By: Member -Pinko (NSW) - Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 17:24

Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 17:24
We have an Avanti stove top job also.Take ground coffee thet we use at home. Holds two to four mugs.
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Reply By: John and Lynne - Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 14:13

Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 14:13
We also find a stove top espresso pot ideal for the van. It is easy to use, virtually unbreakable (we have the basic Italian one), takes up little space and makes excellent coffee.
When travelling we tend to use good quality preground coffee which is still a lot better than the coffee you get in most cafes around the country. We have tried taking a grinder but the little one with blades did not grind coffee well and we often camp without 240 power(demoted to a spice grinder at home) and the good burr grinder takes up too much space to be a good option for our van.
If you buy a stove top pot remember that the number of cups given for the size of pot refers to small Italian short black cups! If you like to have a mug of coffee get a six or eight cup size for two mugs and adjust the amount of coffee to suit your taste or add hot water or milk as you like. You won't look back! Lynne
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Reply By: Maîneÿ . . .- Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 15:07

Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 15:07
Rick,
this coffee machine takes care of the two items in the same unit, you will need an inverter to run it from a 12v battery system

I've the previous model which has the grinder separate to the machine, I can assure you it's capable of making fantastic coffee, even when compared to any coffee shop when you know how to drive it


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Follow Up By: olddigger - Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 17:08

Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 17:08
Mainey, could you let me have your email address please. I tried the one in your profile, but they guy said he was not you!
digger.dyson@hotmail.com

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Follow Up By: Maîneÿ . . .- Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 19:42

Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 19:42
Tony,
I just 'tested' it and it works for me, I've emailed you with the reason why :-))

Maîneÿ . . .
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Reply By: Member - Heather G (NSW) - Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 15:07

Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 15:07
Hi Rick,

If you stay in powered sites most of the time, then you can't beat a Nespresso Essenza automatic machine for which you can buy a carrier and the pods it takes online. They have been on special at the big electrical retailers recently and sometimes have a cash back bonus, also always ask for the lowest price they will give you.The carriers are very sturdy and protect it when in transit and the pods come in a big range of strengths and flavours, also three different decaffeinated types.

They deliver within a couple of days to most parts of the country and make fantastic coffee.

I am currently travelling with one and just love it but of course they will only work with a 2kva generator if you are away from 240v power. We are selling our 1kva honda and buying a 2kva so we can use it for running appliances when we want to as we dont need it to charge the batteries now we have solar and battery power. May as well carry one whic is useful.

All this comes at a cost but if you love your coffee maybe like me you are prepared to pay for that. I know all this because I have one especially for the van.

I also have a Saeco fully automatic machine for home use which cost around 4 times as much and the coffee it makes is no better.

No affiliation with either brands but just a personal opinion from me.

Otherwise, you can try an espresso stove top job or I guess a plunger type but the coffee they make ( in my opinion) is nowhere near the quality. And the cost is nowhere near the same either of course.

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Follow Up By: Who was that again? (Vic) - Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 20:22

Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 20:22
Can't beat the Nespresso for flavour. We have carried one for thousands of kilometres and have used it off the inverter and also the generator as well as in cvp power.

We have the DeLongi Citiz pictured below and like you Heather, we have an automatic machine at home, but actually prefer the Nespresso for flavour and also milk treatment, maintaining the better crema.

I actually made a base for the machine that is nonslip, and it has a sort of foam reinforcing tent that protects it.

Nothing like sitting along the Darling back blocks or the Painted Desert with perfect coffee.

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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 17:01

Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 17:01
Hell, I just use Instant coffee. 43 beans to every cup.


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Follow Up By: bgreeni - Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 17:54

Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 17:54
With all this expense and complication with coffee I am glad that I am a tea drinker!!!
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Follow Up By: Member - barry F (NSW) - Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 17:56

Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 17:56
Mmmmm!! couldn't agree more. Alls I can say is I'm glad SHMBI is not reading this thread, as she would want to add to the the already many creature comforts she insists on taking!!

Mainey, I know its mothers day, but for heavens sake do you have to put a photo of a flash looking machine like that in a place where she might spot it? Give us blokes a fair go & stick to Solar Power!! LOL & cheers.
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Follow Up By: Fred G NSW - Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 20:10

Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 20:10
Where's Kim when ya need him ? most likely curled up with a Latte, aye, LOL.

Maatte, just get the tube of condensed Nestle coffee/milk, boil the billy, and away ya go...simple :-)))))
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Reply By: Tim Owen - Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 18:36

Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 18:36
Some manual options not requiring electricity.

http://pressoaustralia.com/

or

http://www.aeropress.com.au/

or

http://www.sorrentinacoffee.com/

Given that ground coffee has a shelf life of 3 minutes, you might be best to carry a grinder too. Something like this might be the go

http://www.coffeecompany.com.au/product-hardware.asp?CategoryID=73&ProductID=656

or a Zassenhaus.

If you want an electric espresso machine, then I'd skip all the thermoblock thumpers and head straight for a Lelit Combi (grinder and espresso machine in one - has a brass boiler, not a crappy thermoblock)....

http://www.talkcoffee.com.au/equipment/coffee-machine-lelit-combi.php

The suggestions about plunger and stovetop are good ones too.

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Follow Up By: Maîneÿ . . .- Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 19:40

Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 19:40
I believe with coffee it's all about the taste, the taste and the taste
The crème, texture and aroma must inspire and delight the palette

It's really all about how you enjoy your coffee
I like richly textured milk, nice aroma with a rich & thick crème

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I'm more than happy with my machine, I enjoy a few each day :-)

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Reply By: Member - Straps (SA) - Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 19:42

Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 19:42
I have a Bellman Cuppacino maker.
It is a gas stove top espresso maker and has an outlet to heat / froth milk.

Here is a review - Bellman Cuppacino maker

Not a bad device, once you get the hang of it...

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Follow Up By: Who was that again? (Vic) - Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 23:24

Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 23:24
Got a similar one of those too, but the coffee isn't a patch on the DeLonghi I mention above and been too easy to burn the milk before you get a froth. For an Italian machine it fails the test
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Reply By: Fred G NSW - Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 20:15

Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 20:15
Fair "Drinkum" youse blokes....all ya need is the Nestle squeeze tube and some bushells tea bags.....sheeeeeash :-)
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Reply By: Rick and Kerrie - Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 20:22

Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 20:22
Crikey, what have I started?

One thing for sure I will have to do a bit more research before I decide. Thanks for all your response I will study it all a bit more before I part with any $$$.

Cheers Rick
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Follow Up By: obee1212 - Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 20:59

Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 20:59
I grind the coffee just a few days worth at a time and I put a heaped spoonful into a cup and pour on boiling water. The grinds settle to the bottom by the time it is right drinking temp and just dont drink the grinds. Too easy.

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