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Topic: Traveler's coffee grinder (13 msgs / 302 lines)
1) From: ginny
What kayak do you have?
Your question begs another, how long are you going to be gone? For space I would roast, grind and vac seal ahead.
Will you be able to use any electric stuff.

2) From: David Johnson
In preparation for my kayaking trip, I figure I am not the only coffee
drinker. I am the only one who really knows/cares about the quality. Thus
I plan to be the bearer of things coffee. I have kind of settled on a
Nissan thermal press pot. It has Bodum innards and seems about the right
I really didn't want to put Mr Zass at risk here. My wife believes  he is
her property. I considered putting him in one of those waterproof bags,
but alas, I believe the photographic equipment will end up there.
I had pretty much resigned myself to pre-ground, but fairly fresh roasted
coffee in some kind of air tight container as a compromise. I ran across
something called a "traveler's coffee grinder" for $25. Any one have
experience with this?

3) From: John Blumel
On May 1, 2005, at 11:31am, David Johnson wrote:
No, but it would probably be better that pre-ground. French press 
brewing is not as sensitive to grind as vac pot or espresso so, unless 
it's absolutely horrible, it would probably be adequate for a trip 
where you don't want to risk losing or damaging a better grinder.
John Blumel

4) From: David Johnson
I am chaparoning a trip for a group of Venture Scouts to Lake Superior
(Apostle Islands). My presumption is that I will have no electricity for
the week, but I hadn't asked.
You got me thinking. These kids kind of like civilization. So it may not
be as rough as I am presuming.
I will have to ask.

5) From: Frank Haist
Yes, I've had some experience with the Traveler II grinder from REI. 
Bought it for a trip to Big Sur in March. Tried it at home for a few 
days. Took forever to grind (press pot level of grind) and had a rather 
small hopper. Probably a couple of minutes minimum to do a couple of 
rounded tablespoons. Overall, the grind was rather uniform. For one 
person preparation, it was probably sufficient. But this was going to be 
for four people. Just too much work. So I returned it, bit the bullet 
and bought a vac sealer from Costco. Used Rocky for the grinding and 
made up pre-measured packets for a 1 liter press pot. That worked like a 
charm. Plus, I get to use the vac sealer for other things in the 
kitchen. For me, that worked best. Be sure to leave enough headroom in a 
vac sealer bag for beans that may still off-gas. Mine were two-day 
rested at grind and inflated the bags over the course of the next few 
days camping. Hope this helps.
David Johnson wrote:

6) From: petzul
Hi David,
I have been contemplating getting one of these for travel:http://www.boundarywaterscatalog.com/browse.cfm/4,3223,0,0,0.htmIt is ceramic and lexan, and apparently will fit in the cup you brew in.
What do you think of it?
Not sure if it will provide enough output, here in LHC.
David Johnson wrote:

7) From: Brett Mason
David this is simple....   Buy another Zass on eBay for $20-30, and
put it in a watertight bag.  Try a ziplok in another ziplok.  Why on
God's green earth would you choose a lesser solution at a greater
price?  You need another zass, and should treat it as a welcomed
passenger for your travels.  He might only make it throough a few
trips.  You are worth it, and the cost isn't that high...
Buy two rocks and a big bag to collect the grinds you crush between them...
I like the first solution.
On 5/1/05, David Johnson  wrote:
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Brett Mason
   _(( )_  Please don't spill the coffee!

8) From: miKe mcKoffee
From: "Brett Mason" 
Sent: Sunday, May 01, 2005 10:31 PM
If those two rocks happen to be shaped like a mortar & pestle they'd do a 
quite good job with a decent technique;-)
Kona Konnaisseur miKe mcKoffee
URL to Rosto mods, FrankenFormer etc.http://mdmint.home.comcast.net/coffee/Rosto_mod.htm

9) From: David Johnson
You are right. I need another Zass. There is  a Zass ending today. There
is also a Fassenhaus. Are they any good?

10) From: Brett Mason
Yes, they're made by Zassenhaus actually.  The only difference is the
F and the Z on tha handle.   Funny thing is the F and the Z for these
are identical.
Turns out if you don't know coffee, then you might own a Fassenhaus. 
And nobody who knows coffee owns a Fassenhaus, because they recognize
that it is actually a Zassenhaus.   I have saved money twice by buying
Fassenhaus grinders because nobody searches for these...
It's a Zass!
On 5/2/05, David Johnson  wrote:
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Brett Mason
   _(( )_  Please don't spill the coffee!

11) From: J.W.Bullfrog
A German Z can look like an F; Nine or 9?
Brett Mason wrote:
Life in the fast lane ......
It is by will alone I set my mind in motion.
It is by the juice of aribica that thoughts acquire speed,
the lips acquire stains.
The stains become a warning.
It is by will alone I set my mind in motion.

12) From: owen cox
I will echo Mike's comment. Used homemade wooden mortar and pestle for
a year in Tanzania for press pot. Light weight and no concern about
water damage.
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13) From: Philip Keleshian
I have the larger one of these:http://www.yuccadune.com/product336.htmlI got it at REI.
It has fairly nice conical burrs.  I would say it grinds as well as my =
*$ barista.  Be aware that it take a very long time.  One other issue is =
that the top of the auger section of the burrs is narrow so it doesn't =
do well with large beans.  Before I travel I roast a supply of peaberry =
beans which work OK in it.

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