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Topic: Morning coffee crisis averted (6 msgs / 172 lines)
1) From: mIke mcKoffee
The suite we're staying at doesn't have a kitchen just mini fridge, sink &
nuker. (New it in advance, staying at Inn at the Opera, part of Shell
Vacation Club) Didn't bring our bodum hotpot to heat water figured to use
the nuker. First challenge was the nuker was a little under the cabinet low
profile and the 32oz travel press pot wouldn't fit, too tall! Ok, got a bowl
out of cupboard to heat the water. Ah oh, the touchpad "start" button is
shot, no go. Tried everything I could think of. Pad dead.
Hmmm, there's a Krups Aroma Control sittin' there but no filters just some
pre-packaged stuff I ain't about to brew, and I brought mine ground for
Press anyway though I grind somewhat fine as Press goes so would work ok
drip but again no filters. Wash cloth, done it before? Decided not this
time. So I ran a tank of water through and dumped it. Ran a second tank and
poured it back into the tank and ran through again into the SS thermal
caraffe and immediately used it to brew a press pot. Worked fine thank
goodness! Drinking a cup of Sumatra Lintong from second pot now as Debi
finally getting around to getting dressed:-) 
Note: yes I brought pre-ground this short trip rather than whole bean and
Zass Turk'. Ground and immediately Foodsaver vac bagged in individual per
pot packs. Keepin' them in the mini fridge, works fine. Brought a couple
Konas, Rawanda & Sumatra.
miKe mcKoffee
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2) From: French Lewis
Mike,
I'm glad to hear you avoided disaster this morning.  
I'll be travelling in 2 weeks, but am planning on
whole beans, Zass knee mill and electric hot pot. 
I was a little suprised to see you brought coffees
aside from Kona.   I guess I assumed from your
affinity toward Kona that is was all you drank.   Like
the saying goes, Assume makes an ass of me. :)
French
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3) From: Espressoperson
In a message dated 10/21/2005 12:46:21 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,  
mcKoffee writes:
Hmmm,  there's a Krups Aroma Control sittin' there but no filters just  some
pre-packaged stuff I ain't about to brew, and I brought mine ground  for
Press anyway though I grind somewhat fine as Press goes so would work  ok
drip but again no filters. Wash cloth, done it before? Decided not  this
time. So I ran a tank of water through and dumped it. Ran a second  tank and
poured it back into the tank and ran through again into the SS  thermal
caraffe and immediately used it to brew a press pot. Worked fine  thank
goodness! 
It's always fun wrestling with hotel/motel equipment to try to start the  day 
right and know you'll have at least one good cup of coffee a day when  you're 
on the road.
 
My coffee travel kit has evolved over time. Lately it consists of  just 
beans, a hand grinder, and a 3-tasse (12 oz) press pot. I strip off  all the 
plastic or metal of the holder and just take the glass beaker which  I squeeze into 
a blue foam pop can holder. Dual purpose: wonderful  insulation for brewing 
and great padding for travel protection at the same  time.
 
In the hotel room, disassemble the room coffeepot. Take off every part that  
comes off - the filter, the swing out basket holder, etc. - so you're left  
with just a hot water dispenser shower head on top and nothing below down to the 
 hotplate. Then prop the empty presspot beaker below the shower head (I can  
always find something appropriate to place underneath beaker to get the right  
height and position - a ceramic soap dish, a folded, wetted washcloth, a few  
wooden stir sticks laid across the hotplate, the little cardboard covers they 
 put over the clean cups and glasses stacked up below the beaker, whatever it 
 takes). 
 
Fill the reservoir, put everything in place and run it once to  clean, test, 
and preheat everything. Then empty everything out, fill  with freshly ground 
coffee, and run again until presspot is full - usually 1 to  3 minutes of 
dripping/splashing for that to happen. Then remove presspot (and  put the stock 
carafe back in place if still dripping), stir, wait for the  rest of the time to 
the 4 minute mark, and finally press and pour into preheated  cup. Ahhhh. 
Worth all the gymnastics to get that kind of output.
 
I was worried when I started making my coffee this way that the water  would 
not get hot enough to brew a good cup. But no problem, it seems  to provide 
the right brew temperature for presspot coffee. Perhaps it's the  water going 
directly onto the grinds and not passing through all the plastic and  metal and 
paper that usually gets in the way. Perhaps these little hotel  jobbies 
provide hotter output than the bigger home models so many people  complain about. I 
don't know why it works, but it does.
 
Whatever it takes to start the day with a cup of freshly ground, freshly  
brewed homeroast...
 
MichaelB
 

4) From: Peter Zulkowski
Sounds like you have it all covered Michael.
Not sure why, but the last hotel we stayed in laughed when we asked 
about the in room coffee pot. Arrrgghhh.
Some of the chains have stopped giving them as standard. So now I just 
carry an immersion heater, and they are pretty inexpensive.
When I was in college they only cost about 75 cents, now they are in 
thrift stores for that, and in hardware stores for a few dollars more.
Not sure about dollar stores.
It is a little electric coil on the end of an electric cord. You put it 
in a cup of water and it will boil it quickly. They do not take up much 
room, would fit in your press pot easily, and are great to have when the 
nuker is broke and the coffee pot does not exist.
Hope this helps,
PeterZ
who just remembered he has a 12V version also.. here in LHC
Espressoperson wrote:
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5) From: Sandy Andina
I mistakenly thought the conference center where I am this weekend  
was giving us dorm rooms--and since breakfast is at 7 am and sessions  
start at 8, I figured that there would be no time between getting up  
and hitting the dining hall to go through my coffee ritual. Wrong!  
They assigned us actual apartments, with kitchenettes, electric drip  
pots and packets of caffeinated sawdust. Moral of the story is ALWAYS  
bring beans, grinder, press and filters.
On Oct 21, 2005, at 1:42 PM, French Lewis wrote:
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6) From: Sandy Andina
Some hotels have begun to provide instead a one-cup auto drip that  
uses proprietary filter packs in disposable holders. So I usually  
carry a Mini-Ibis kettle.
On Oct 21, 2005, at 4:07 PM, Peter Zulkowski wrote:
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