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Topic: Travel brewing idea (7 msgs / 513 lines)
1) From: John Despres
I'm enjoying a cup of Bali Kintamani Arabica, roasted FC+. Steeped in 
tea bags.
I'm experimenting with some travel methods as I work on a TV show out of 
town and, while willing to share my coffee, I am unwilling to take much 
precious work time to brew a cuppa Aeropress for everyone. I also don't 
have much time to prepare an AP for myself most of the time. Then 
there's the bulk of the gear - takes up too much space. Yeah, I know, 
it's not much, but in our tiny studio facility, space is at a premium. I 
could throw my weight around in my position, but I'd rather save that 
for specific show decisions. And despite the fact that my head of props 
owns a very nice coffee shop with her husband and the coffee will 
probably be delivered at a nice rate, and may even taste OK, I'll drink 
my own, thank you.
Also a dripper with burner and the percolator are out of the question 
for me. I'm not going there.
So - I stopped by a very nice, high end tea shop this morning, asked for 
empty tea bags and was presented with a selection. One ws deigned to 
rest open on the rim of the cup, which presented bloom problems. Another 
was too small; it might hold a half tablespoon of grounds. I settled on 
two types: a drawstring cotton bag and a paper bag which both hold one 
SCAA scoop of coffee.
Arriving home, I brewed a cup with the reusable cotton drawstring bag. 
It's very easy to use, and made a very good cup of coffee. As it was 
steeping, I realized a fault with this method. I have no way to clean it 
out at work. This one cost me 50 cents.
The paper bag is disposable. It costs 15 cents and is sold in 10 or 20 
lot packages.
Both cups of coffee taste quite excellent! I need to experiment with 
grind and extraction times, but I like this solution. Some here have 
commented on not having room for a larger array of gear. Maybe this 
solution will work for them as well as me.
Now all I have to travel with is my little grinder, disposable coffee 
bags and coffee. I can even prep a couple bags to take on an airplane,  
pre-ground, but better than the option, right?
Yeah, I took the CSA pledge.
John
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2) From: Eddie Dove
John,
This is great info ...
We need pictures ...
Eddie
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Home Coffee Roasting Blog and Referencehttp://southcoastcoffeeroaster.blogspot.com/On Sat, Jun 14, 2008 at 10:32 AM, John Despres  wrote:
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3) From: Barnet Rawitch
My 2 cents for fellow road warriors:  I have a solution that works for me:
Based upon the Bodum "Bistro Mug Press". The Bistro Mug Press is an "Inside
Out French Press" instead of pouring the coffee away from the grinds, you
pull the grinds out of the coffee.  Think Teabag on Steroids!
The Mug Press has smallest footprint of any serious brewing method and packs
inside the coffee cup
URL:http://www.bodumusa.com/shop/line.asp?MD=1&GID=3&LID=558&HID=10377-=16&CHK=  =
Equipment I Carry
1.  Bistro Mug Press
2.  Whole Beans
3.  Zassenhaus hand Turkish Grinder
4.  1 "20oz" ceramic coffee cup
5.  Thermometer
6.  Bamboo chopstick
Of course the Turkish Grinder is optional, but I have tested and verified
that for me it makes a surprisingly noticeable difference.  Besides, when
traveling, I love to be able to bring my hobby with me.  (I tell my wife
that I exercise every morning and evening while traveling).
Procedure
A.  Grind the beans fresh - while you are:
B.  Heating water in the Cup in the hotel microwave
C.  Put the ground beans in the Mug Press
D.  Put the Mug Press INTO the coffee cup filled with hot water
	TIP:  Be sure to agitate the grinds until completely wet (I use a
bamboo chopstick)  =
F.  Experience the "Finest" cup of coffee possible.
G.  Rinse out the mug press in any sink.  (At this point you will find a
"Shi* Eating Grin on your face)
	TIP:  After you return home separate the mug press components to
thoroughly dry out.
I have tried bag brewing, tea infusers, single cup drip, Aeropress (my
choice for a filtered brew), "teabag brewing", stainless French press cup.
I find nothing is as compact, easy to use, or brews a better cup than the
Bistro Mug Press.  In fact I have multiple Presses that I use for travel,
guests, and myself when I am home.  It is my Preferred brewing method.  What
a treat to be able to travel with my "best cup".  =
My brother is on the road most of the time and has been known to brew his
own cup in a restaurant - he brings it in already packed with grinds and
just orders hot water - this is admittedly a little over the top.)
BTW - I have a Pavoni still going strong that I purchased in 1975, a cold
drip extractors, A-List drip brewers, various iterations of French Presses,
Virtuoso Grinder and recently a Gene Café.
Barnet

4) From: Sean Cary
Used one of these every day in Iraq for 7 months this year...  Good enough.
Paired with a Zass Turk, I was good to go.
Sean
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5) From: sci
Barnet,
This sounds pretty efficient. I'd like to try it.
Question: Where does the coffee come out of the Bodum Mug Press? Does it
come out of the top like most FPs where you pour it out. Or does it come out
of the bottom? If out of the bottom, is this similar to the AP? I have
looked at the picture, but it is just one view with the thing assembled.
Even reading the method, it isn't clear to me how it works.
Thanks,
Ivan
PS: Coffee bags are an old trick that work in a pinch. Foldgers even mass
produced them, but they put instant coffee in them (yuck). IMHO, the bag is
more trouble than its worth compared to other "one-cup" methods.
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Date: Sun, 15 Jun 2008 08:54:26 -0700
From: "Barnet Rawitch" 
Subject: Re: [Homeroast] Travel brewing idea
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My 2 cents for fellow road warriors:  I have a solution that works for me:
Based upon the Bodum "Bistro Mug Press". The Bistro Mug Press is an "Inside
Out French Press" instead of pouring the coffee away from the grinds, you
pull the grinds out of the coffee.  Think Teabag on Steroids!
The Mug Press has smallest footprint of any serious brewing method and packs
inside the coffee cup
URL:http://www.bodumusa.com/shop/line.asp?MD=1&GID=3&LIDU8&HID377-16&CHK=Equipment I Carry
1.  Bistro Mug Press
2.  Whole Beans
3.  Zassenhaus hand Turkish Grinder
4.  1 "20oz" ceramic coffee cup
5.  Thermometer
6.  Bamboo chopstick
Of course the Turkish Grinder is optional, but I have tested and verified
that for me it makes a surprisingly noticeable difference.  Besides, when
traveling, I love to be able to bring my hobby with me.  (I tell my wife
that I exercise every morning and evening while traveling).
Procedure
A.  Grind the beans fresh - while you are:
B.  Heating water in the Cup in the hotel microwave
C.  Put the ground beans in the Mug Press
D.  Put the Mug Press INTO the coffee cup filled with hot water
       TIP:  Be sure to agitate the grinds until completely wet (I use a
bamboo chopstick)
F.  Experience the "Finest" cup of coffee possible.
G.  Rinse out the mug press in any sink.  (At this point you will find a
"Shi* Eating Grin on your face)
       TIP:  After you return home separate the mug press components to
thoroughly dry out.
I have tried bag brewing, tea infusers, single cup drip, Aeropress (my
choice for a filtered brew), "teabag brewing", stainless French press cup.
I find nothing is as compact, easy to use, or brews a better cup than the
Bistro Mug Press.  In fact I have multiple Presses that I use for travel,
guests, and myself when I am home.  It is my Preferred brewing method.  What
a treat to be able to travel with my "best cup".
My brother is on the road most of the time and has been known to brew his
own cup in a restaurant - he brings it in already packed with grinds and
just orders hot water - this is admittedly a little over the top.)
BTW - I have a Pavoni still going strong that I purchased in 1975, a cold
drip extractors, A-List drip brewers, various iterations of French Presses,
Virtuoso Grinder and recently a Gene Caf?.
Barnet
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6) From: Barnet Rawitch
Ivan,
Pull up the Bodum webpage at:http://www.bodumusa.com/shop/line.asp?MD=1&GID=3&LIDU8&HID377-16&CHK=
On the picture:
You will see a stainless cylinder with large cutouts that have screens. 
The cylinder is inserted into a soft rubber holder that holds the cylinder
in the cup of hot water.
Also note that the "plunger" is inserted into the cylinder.
The black cup in the back is used to both hold the "hot/damp" cylinder after
removal from the cup, and can be used to heat mike in a microwave.
So, you start by removing the plunger and putting in the grounds.  Leave the
plunger out during brewing.  The hot water and the coffee mix and brew
inside the cylinder.  After brewing time is complete, insert the plunger to
press out remaining water through the screens.  Place the cylinder in the
black carrier until ready to rinse and clean.
Hope this helps.  In any event when you have this thing in your hands it all
makes sense and comes together.
Barnet

7) From: raymanowen
"Used one of these every day in Iraq for 7 months this year..."
Like the Crapesso, maybe my calendar is busted- still shows *June*! -ro
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