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May | 2012 | Tamp & Steep

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Hellooooo Handsome!

Handsome Coffee Roasters by The Apple Sisters from Apple Sisters on Vimeo.

An adorable little video from the Apple Sisters about my favorite coffee shop in LA. It just makes me smile.

Travel Setup

Researching a good coffee travel setup has me scouring the Internet for the best minimal setup that will work anywhere from a quick weekend trip, a 7 day cruise, and especially camping in the woods. From so many articles and opinions I read, I am already leaning towards the Aeropress as my main vessel.

Knowing what I want for the main component is the start, but the surrounding equipment is just as important. Luckily I stumbled upon a great article from Sean Bonner that sounds like a perfect setup for me.

My Travel Coffee Setup, 2012 Edition

Although Sean didn’t exactly rave about his setup, I liked the compact look of the kit and I have heard so many good things about the Aeropress. The fact that the Porlex grinder looks solid and has some great reviews is also nice to see.

What is going to seal the deal for me is finding an article on Caroline On Crack with the travel setup of my coffee idol Michael Phillips of Handsome Coffee Roasters.

The Handsome Coffee Geek Travel Kit

Michael started by telling me what’s in his own coffee travel kit. “My standard super travel kit that goes on pretty much every flight with me (TSA friendly):

  • Aeropress
  • Porlux hand grinder
  • Tiny digital scale (goes to .1gram and has a 1000 g capacity)
  • 8 oz ceramic mug
  • Black towel
  • Paper filters
  • Slim bullet thermos (the silver type with a screw off cap)
  • iPhone overpriced timer and brew calculator

“This allows for a super accurate nerd brew to be made at 3,500 feet and all fits into my Patagonia midsize shoulder bag [could he be talking about this Daily Grind bag? heh] with my laptop, notepad, books and other travel goods. The thermos fits in the outside pouch designed for water bottles, the Porlux slides into the Aeropress, your towel and filters can cram into the mug, the scale and coffee are on their own.

There you have it, straight from the masters mouth. Looks like the Aeropress, Porlex grinder and a small digital scale is in my very near future.