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Topic: Travel coffee, was +FP Travel (10 msgs / 374 lines)
1) From: Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee
Frankly, if i am going out for just a couple-a-few days, i pregrind 
coffee and put in a nice jar (or a plastic zip bag that i roll up 
inside a gold foil valve bag) and I take an aeropress. A french 
press, especially a small one, suffers greatly from heat loss. I 
mean, one of those narrow 3 tasse presses drops heat immediately 
considering the small amount of water you are using, and theres no 
"thermal mass" to maintain heat (if I understand the concept 
correctly).
I hate all those plastic travel grinders. I really think you need to 
look at the total picture, and pre-grinding really fresh coffee, 
packaging it well ... it's a good trade-off for grinding just before 
you brew. Now for long trips ... I just don't know. Confession: I 
actually like to buy coffee at cafes and restaurants because all I 
ever do is drink great, fresh coffee. It's kinda nice to hit the 
"reset" button and get back to the reality of how plain coffee is out 
there in the by-the-cup world. Sometimes I am pleasantly surprised. I 
actually think I have had some very nice cups of coffee at airport 
Caribou cafes. I had a great cup at a Whole Foods - it was a special 
reserve Ethiopia from Allegro, a good company in some regards. 
Anyway, that's just me...
Tom
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2) From: Larry Johnson
I'm glad to hear this, Tom. Sometimes I drag the Trosser and AeroPress
along to use in a hotel room if I'm going to be gone a few days. But, if
it's just for one day, I just drink the best I can find locally. Which is
usually pretty bad, but like you, I need the occasional 'reset'. And I do
find a good cup every once in a great while.
Nice to know that I'm in good company when I'm drinking something from the
"by-the-cup world". If it's good enough for you,Tom, it sure as hell is good
enough for me.
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3) From: Justin Marquez
Tom,
Dude... MiKe McK probably gonna zing off some of your  CSA points!
Safe Journeys and Sweet Music
Justin Marquez (CYPRESS, TX)
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4) From: Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee
Tom,
Dude... MiKe McK probably gonna zing off some of your  CSA points!
Yes - I know! But then again I live in a pretty insulated world, 
coffee-wise. For example, people ask me where to get a good cup in 
the Bay area and I hardly know what to say, because the last thing I 
would do after a week of roasting and cupping 50 incoming samples and 
writing reviews is run out and get a cup of coffee somewhere. So it's 
a rare opportunity to taste "whatever-you-can-get-nearby" coffee.
I can't wait, the new starbucks is opening about 10 blocks away!
Okay, now I AM kidding.
Tom
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                   "Great coffee comes from tiny roasters"
            Sweet Maria's Home Coffee Roasting  -  Tom & Maria
                      http://www.sweetmarias.com                Thompson Owen george_at_sweetmarias.com
     Sweet Maria's Coffee - 1115 21st Street, Oakland, CA 94607 - USA
             phone/fax: 888 876 5917 - tom_at_sweetmarias.com

5) From: Ken Schillinger
Hi, New Guy Here,
My two cents on this is that I always take my old Farberware Superfast 
coffee maker along with my own coffee (usually pre ground) when I am going 
to be in a hotel or motel. Yes I know that the old perculator isn't the best 
appliance, but it will withstand the rigors of travel and produces a brew 
that is far surperior to what can usually be found in the room, or (shudder) 
supplied in the lobby.
Ken.

6) From: miKe mcKoffee
Uh, no, Tom who reigns over the realm of Mount Olympus Coffee is more than
immune and beyond the reach of paltry mortal CSA dealings. :-)
Pacific Northwest Gathering VIhttp://home.comcast.net/~mckona/PNWGVI.htmKona Konnaisseur miKe mcKoffee
www.mcKonaKoffee.com
URL to Rosto mods, FrankenFormer, some recipes etc:http://www.mckoffee.com/Ultimately the quest for Koffee Nirvana is a solitary path. To know I must
first not know. And in knowing know I know not. Each Personal enlightenment
found exploring the many divergent foot steps of Those who have gone before.
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7) From: Edward Rasmussen
 I'm curious why you don't take something like the small Zass Turkish
hand grinder when you travel.  Do you find that coffee ground a day or
two before brewing doesn't really stale that badly?  
Not meaning to be argumentative.  I'm really wondering if I'm going to
more trouble than necessary when I hit the road with my Zass.
Ed
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8) From: Sandy Andina
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Major confession time--mea culpa, mea maxima culpa (warning: as a  
lapsed Reform Jew and an honorary Jewnitarian, my Latin is almost as  
bad as my Hebrew):
1.     It has been ten days since my last conf....er, roast. (Monkey  
Blend, SC/TO). I have had to go to the well of Metropolis for Harar,  
Schweik's Ottoman Adventure, Spice Islands Blend, Yirg and Red Line  
(but they probably get some of their greens from SM's).
2.     I actually brought not just my Zass Turkish with me here to NY  
this weekend, but also--GASP!--a S'bux whirley-blade. I am traveling  
with my husband and son,  veritable coffee sponges who have become so  
spoiled by the good stuff that they tasted room service coffee this  
morning (it came with breakfast) and decided they'd rather forego  
room service food if it was as bad as the coffee. (The Long Island  
Marriott apparently serves S'bux French Roast, brewed dilutely--it  
smells and tastes like an ashtray).
3.     I have resorted to worshiping at the false altar of the in- 
room drip machine (I brought my own basket filters for it)--hence the  
whirley-blade for the mass quantities of beans that need be ground  
(my brood would not be happy waiting for me to hand-grind enough to  
make 3 Aeropress mugs, nor to stop and refill the hot water kettle).
4.     I have been selfish---noticing that the hotel machine's "4- 
cup" carafe barely holds 2 mugs, I have been sneaking over to the  
sink to make myself an Aeropress mug while the machine drips.
I will now say five Hail Sweet Marias--as a further Act of Contrition  
when I return to Chicago on Mon. morning, I will roast for all those  
people to whom I'd offered some coffee.
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Major confession time--mea culpa, mea maxima culpa (warning: as a lapsed =
Reform Jew and an honorary Jewnitarian, my Latin is almost as bad as my =
Hebrew):1.     It has been ten days since my last conf....er, =
roast. (Monkey Blend, SC/TO). I have had to go to the well of Metropolis =
for Harar, Schweik's Ottoman Adventure, Spice Islands Blend, Yirg and =
Red Line (but they probably get some of their greens from =
SM's).2.     I actually brought not just my Zass Turkish =
with me here to NY this weekend, but also--GASP!--a S'bux whirley-blade. =
I am traveling with my husband and son,  veritable coffee sponges who =
have become so spoiled by the good stuff that they tasted room service =
coffee this morning (it came with breakfast) and decided they'd rather =
forego room service food if it was as bad as the coffee. (The Long =
Island Marriott apparently serves S'bux French Roast, brewed =
dilutely--it smells and tastes like an ashtray).3.     I =
have resorted to worshiping at the false altar of the in-room drip =
machine (I brought my own basket filters for it)--hence the =
whirley-blade for the mass quantities of beans that need be ground (my =
brood would not be happy waiting for me to hand-grind enough to make 3 =
Aeropress mugs, nor to stop and refill the hot water =
kettle).4.     I have been selfish---noticing that the =
hotel machine's "4-cup" carafe barely holds 2 mugs, I have been sneaking =
over to the sink to make myself an Aeropress mug while the machine =
drips. 
I = will now say five Hail Sweet Marias--as a further Act of Contrition when = I return to Chicago on Mon. morning, I will roast for all those people = to whom I'd offered some coffee. On Oct 5, 2007, at 1:09 = PM, Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee wrote:
Frankly, if i am going out for just a couple-a-few = days, i pregrind coffee and put in a nice jar (or a plastic zip bag that = i roll up inside a gold foil valve bag) and I take an aeropress. A = french press, especially a small one, suffers greatly from heat loss. I = mean, one of those narrow 3 tasse presses drops heat immediately = considering the small amount of water you are using, and theres no = "thermal mass" to maintain heat (if I understand the concept = correctly). I hate all those plastic travel grinders. I really = think you need to look at the total picture, and pre-grinding really = fresh coffee, packaging it well ... it's a good trade-off for grinding = just before you brew. Now for long trips ... I just don't know. = Confession: I actually like to buy coffee at cafes and restaurants = because all I ever do is drink great, fresh coffee. It's kinda nice to = hit the "reset" button and get back to the reality of how plain coffee = is out there in the by-the-cup world. Sometimes I am pleasantly = surprised. I actually think I have had some very nice cups of coffee at = airport Caribou cafes. I had a great cup at a Whole Foods - it was a = special reserve Ethiopia from Allegro, a good company in some regards. = Anyway, that's just me... Tom--                   = "Great coffee comes from tiny roasters"       =     Sweet Maria's Home Coffee Roasting  -  Tom & Maria        =               http://www.sweetmarias.com      =         Thompson Owen george_at_sweetmarias.com    Sweet Maria's Coffee - = 1115 21st Street, Oakland, CA 94607 - USA            = phone/fax: 888 876 5917 - tom_at_sweetmarias.comhomeroast mailing listhttp://li=sts.sweetmarias.com/mailman/listinfo/homeroastTo change your personal list settings (digest = options, vacations, unsvbscribes) go to http://=sweetmarias.com/maillistinfo.html#personalsettings = Sandywww.sass-music.com
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9) From: Brett Mason
Zass and me are long travel companions...  FP also goes along...  Never too
much trouble...
Just got back from days 4-6 of Wood Badge, and of course, roasted beans in
the campfire each night, and served each morning in my Bodum FP...
So if it's too much trouble for you, send it to me...
Brett
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10) From: True, Dennis W. FC1 (CVN69)
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Well I thought I might Chime in here...
        Onboard ship it is home away from home and I have a bit of space
NO MUCH mind you but some.
I use the Z&D roaster/Knee Zass/AP for my coffee needs while underway. 
 
        On the road/travel well I have only taken 2 trips since I
started roasting coffee and since my Alienware Laptop always goes where
I go I have found that I can put 1-2#'s of beans as well as the Zass and
the AP all in the coumputer backpack with the laptop and I travel.  
 
I would suggest the AP for everyone. It is a great virtually
unbreakable, inexpensive and makes a great cuppa.
the Zass now that they are back in stock I would encourage getting one
for travel. When I first started out the Zass were very scarce so I got
a bodum hand grinder from Tom and I loved it except that I killed it in
about 2 months (the bottom burr was held on by a plastic nut that
stripped out and I had to do a JBweld job to the bottom burr)  consider
getting a high quality hand grindeer since the MM and the Rocky are a
bit harder to pack.
 
	Dennis 
	"It is by Caffeine alone that I set my mind in motion 
	It is by the beans of Java, that my thoguhts aquire speed 
	the hands acquire shakes; the shakes become a warning 
	It is by Caffeine alone that I set my mind in motion" 


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