Traveling is a delight. You get to meet new people, have new experiences, try new cuisine – you know the spiel. The one thing you can’t seem to do is make a great cup of coffee on the go.
Oh sure, there is freeze-dried instant coffee in your hotel room. But that doesn’t really hit your warm spot. You could visit the local coffee shop or chain café, but if you are homebody (hotel-body?), in rush, or trying to save money, these options won’t work for you.
Understanding this, we have compiled a short guide to serving yourself the best espresso when traveling.
Great Joe on the Go
Relatively speaking, drip coffee is easy to brew even when traveling. You can just throw your favorite brand of ground coffee into your suitcase. If you are taking a trip to a hotel or your parents’ house, there’s a good chance you find a coffee machine to use.
But what about espresso? You’re not likely to stumble across an espresso machine while roving about. Thankfully, there’s a solution to that puzzle – espresso pods. These nifty things make it easy to brew espresso while on the go.
You may have seen espresso pods before. They look like little plastic pods with a tinfoil top. You pop these into a machine, pierce the top, press a button, and presto! Hot espresso coffee in under a minute. There are also E.S.E. pods that contain an espresso coffee puck fit into an easy to handle coffee filter. But again, you’d need an espresso machines to make these worthwhile; that’ simply not an option if you are on the road, in the air, or bouncing from location to location.
Luckily, there is a new type of espresso pods making their way to market that do not require a machine. For instance, coffee vendor Caffè di Artisan is selling espresso pods that you simply peel and pour. It even comes with a handheld frother to simulate the creamy pour of espresso, without the big-rig coffee machine.
So, as you can see, there are options out there for the espresso coffee connoisseur on the go. Still, there are different forms of travel that come with different challenges. Here are a few examples…
Camping. When you are camping, the onus is on you to pack light. While some may choose to pre-brew a gallon of instant coffee before a long camping trip, this is as hardly satisfying as you’d like it to be. Instead, bring either espresso pods or a French press on your trip. Be careful with the latter though. You wouldn’t want the glass carafe to break in your pack.
Road Trips. Going on a long road trip? Well then coffee is a must! If you are an endurance driver – the kind who never stops unless they need to fill the gas tank – you won’t have time to make coffee. Instead, invest in a large insulated coffee mug. The bigger and more insulated the better. You don’t want to have to try and find an open coffee shop at 3 in the morning, do you?
Hotel Hopping. Some business trips require you to change hotels every few days. This is another perfect opportunity to use either espresso pods or a French press. They are easy to transport, and you only need to add water. Admittedly, you could check out local coffee shops, but that’s probably more running around than you want to do. Relax and make your cup of joe in your home away from home.
Visiting Friends & Family. If you are a discerning (or picky) coffee drinker, you might want to give a fair warning to your friends and family ahead of time. But if you don’t want to bother them, bring your prefer coffee-making method along for the trip.
We hope this article has been helpful. Leave us a comment below and happy travels!