CoffeeNate #33 :: Make Better Hotel Room Coffee


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Why the hell do all hotel rooms come equipped with those ridiculous 4-cup coffee pots?  It doesn’t matter if you are staying at the Ritz or Motel 6, you get the same el cheapo, crappy coffee!  This video will show you how to easily make great coffee, save money, and…

make being on the road a little more like home.

Typical Nasty Hotel Setup

I recently read a post on LifeHacker talking about making better coffee while you are in a hotel room, and I thought it was complete absurd.  The only thing suggested was to use bottled water, and if not, then use tap water left out overnight!  Huh??  Still use the hotel’s junkie brewer?  Still use the nasty generic stale coffee pod?  I don’t think so…CoffeeNate don’t play dat!  Here’s the REAL way to make better coffee while traveling:

BEANS>>>I like to take my whole beans along and grind them in the hotel room just before I brew, but if you are flying, then that isn’t very realistic to say the least.  If packing space is an issue, then I suggest grinding your beans at home, and packaging them in a vaccuum sealed package.  If you can’t vac pack ‘em, then use ziplock type snack bags and squeeze out all of the air that you possibly can.  Oxygen is coffee freshness enemy number ONE!  I would never advocate pregrinding coffee under usual circumstances, but when your choices are (1) stale ass plastic wrapped “coffee” brand coffee pods brewed in a crappy hotel coffee pot, or (2) pregrinding fresh roasted whole bean coffee and vac packing it…then I will choose the latter every time!

No, this is not from Austin Powers!

BREWER>>>If you are traveling with the family, then it may suit your needs quite well to travel with a french press (link to my tutorial, purchase below).  However, if you are traveling alone then there are two methods of making coffee that will brew high quality coffee on the go; the AeroPress (link to my tutorial, purchase below), and the Travel Mug / French Press combo mug.   All of these items are found below for purchase, and I strongly advise to use all of them!  I own them myself, and I am extremely please with the exceptional coffee brewed from all of them! :)

WATER>>> Beware of the chlorine flavored coffee!  I suggest using filtered or bottled water.  If you brew a lot of coffee, then perhaps you’ll want to stop at a grocery store near your hotel and pick up a large container of filtered water instead of buying many small bottles of water.  If you’re really hard up, then use your AeroPress with 2 filters and run the cold water through it…not perfect, but it will remove some of the minerals and nasty flavors.

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  1. Blanche James says:

    I love your idea of taking your own "travel french press/mug" with you to use in your hotel room. I have never seen one like the black one you used in this video. What brand is it and where can I get one. I have a standard french press, but prefer not to pack a glass pot. You also commented that all coffee pods are horrible! Are the Keurig capsules included in this opinion?

  2. Blanche James says:

    I love your idea of taking your own "travel french press/mug" with you to use in your hotel room. I have never seen one like the black one you used in this video. What brand is it and where can I get one. I have a standard french press, but prefer not to pack a glass pot. You also commented that all coffee pods are horrible! Are the Keurig capsules included in this opinion?

    • I agree Blanche! I use the travel french press http://bit.ly/bUMysQ at my work place. I'm the only coffee drinker in my area and I can make fresh brewed coffee whenever I want :) There is a link in the post as well, but this one will work just fine too http://bit.ly/bUMysQ I'm not a fan of the Keurig. Although I do prefer it to the normal autodrip, I think people are drawn to the dummy-proofness as they won't use too little coffee and it won't be exposed to oxygen for long periods of time. These are two things that casual coffee drinkers get wrong very frequently, storage and measure. You can get a basket to put your own fresh ground coffee in your Keurig.

  3. I agree Blanche! I use the travel french press <a href="http://bit.ly/bUMysQ&quot; target="_blank">http://bit.ly/bUMysQ</a&gt; at my work place. I'm the only coffee drinker in my area and I can make fresh brewed coffee whenever I want :) There is a link in the post as well, but this one will work just fine too <a href="http://bit.ly/bUMysQ&quot; target="_blank">http://bit.ly/bUMysQ</a&gt; I'm not a fan of the Keurig. Although I do prefer it to the normal autodrip, I think people are drawn to the dummy-proofness as they won't use too little coffee and it won't be exposed to oxygen for long periods of time. These are two things that casual coffee drinkers get wrong very frequently, storage and measure. You can get a basket to put your own fresh ground coffee in your Keurig.

  4. Hey, Nate! Great advice! Another option is the Melitta Ready Set Joe Cone or Travel Mug 1-Cup Manual Brewers. These are heavy plastic cone shaped brewers that sit right on top of your mug or travel mug. They work a little bit like an auto-drip (that's the grind you use, too) system, but completely manually. Put the brewer on the mug, filter in the brewer, ground coffee in the filter and then fill the cone with hot water. It will filter through the coffee &amp; into the mug in a few minutes and…..ta da…..you have a fresh cup of coffee. It's great for folks that don't like the stronger flavor of the French press or don't have the right grind for it. You can find them (pretty cheap) at <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0014CVEH6?ie=UTF8&tag=reviewsnratin-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B0014CVEH6&quot; target="_blank" rel="nofollow">amazon</a><br />
    edited to add link to product by CoffeeNate :)

  5. Hey, Nate! Great advice! Another option is the Melitta Ready Set Joe Cone or Travel Mug 1-Cup Manual Brewers. These are heavy plastic cone shaped brewers that sit right on top of your mug or travel mug. They work a little bit like an auto-drip (that's the grind you use, too) system, but completely manually. Put the brewer on the mug, filter in the brewer, ground coffee in the filter and then fill the cone with hot water. It will filter through the coffee & into the mug in a few minutes and…..ta da…..you have a fresh cup of coffee. It's great for folks that don't like the stronger flavor of the French press or don't have the right grind for it. You can find them (pretty cheap) at amazon
    edited to add link to product by CoffeeNate :)

  6. Thanks for the great idea! I’ve got a little travel drip plastic brewer that I could bring with for the hotel room! I HATE that nasty hotel coffee.

  7. Thanks for the great idea! I’ve got a little travel drip plastic brewer that I could bring with for the hotel room! I HATE that nasty hotel coffee.

  8. Glad to have inspired you :D

  9. What a great idea,I agree Lisa hotel coffee is nasty I bring my on coffee pot with me and my on coffee too.

  10. What a great idea,I agree Lisa hotel coffee is nasty I bring my on coffee pot with me and my on coffee too.

  11. mikecrimmins says:

    The one time I got good coffee at a hotel was at the Universal Sheraton – they had a coffee stand outside the lobby. However, from now on I'm bringing my aeropress. Thanks for the idea!

  12. mikecrimmins says:

    The one time I got good coffee at a hotel was at the Universal Sheraton – they had a coffee stand outside the lobby.

    However, from now on I'm bringing my aeropress. Thanks for the idea!

  13. Jason Coffee says:

    Ya I totally agree most hotel room coffee is sub par to say the least. I have done a couple tastings of it and the results were just about what you would expect. ( Four Seasons – <a href="http://bit.ly/dtaAKg&quot; target="_blank">http://bit.ly/dtaAKg</a&gt; &amp; Embassy Suites – <a href="http://bit.ly/c3e56b&quot; target="_blank">http://bit.ly/c3e56b</a&gt; ) I also think it would be great if hotels gave you the option to buy a half or 1/4 lb bag of coffee like they do with the mini fridge or wine.

  14. Ya I totally agree most hotel room coffee is sub par to say the least. I have done a couple tastings of it and the results were just about what you would expect. ( Four Seasons – http://bit.ly/dtaAKg & Embassy Suites – http://bit.ly/c3e56b )

    I also think it would be great if hotels gave you the option to buy a half or 1/4 lb bag of coffee like they do with the mini fridge or wine.

  15. @henthorna says:

    I appreciate the links to the travel French presses. I've been trying to find something that would work in my work environment and now I have found one!

  16. @henthorna says:

    I appreciate the links to the travel French presses. I've been trying to find something that would work in my work environment and now I have found one!

    • You are quite welcome! I love to use the travel press at my workplace, because I can’t bring a siphon pot to work. ;)

  17. You are quite welcome! I love to use the travel press at my workplace, because I can\’t bring a siphon pot to work. ;)

  18. @DevonHernandez says:

    Awesome ideas! I, too, greatly detest hotel coffee. Blech! I need to get me one of those travel mug french presses – I might be taking a job back in the office setting (currently work from home) and I'd be the only frequent coffee drinker. Thanks!

  19. Awesome ideas! I, too, greatly detest hotel coffee. Blech! I need to get me one of those travel mug french presses – I might be taking a job back in the office setting (currently work from home) and I'd be the only frequent coffee drinker. Thanks!

    • No problem Devon, nice to hear that it gave you some good ideas :) I'm always looking for ways to improve everyone's coffee experiences….and my own! These last 9 nights in a hotel have inspired me to do this post!

  20. @DevonHernandez says:

    So Nate, do you prefer the Planetary Design one over the Bodum? I see they're the same price.

  21. So Nate, do you prefer the Planetary Design one over the Bodum? I see they're the same price.

  22. I do love <a href="http://bit.ly/bUMysQ&quot; target="_blank">my Planetary Design Mug</a> It has a cup in the bottom to store another cup's worth of grounds for a quick refill. Just bum some hot water in a restaurant! Their customer service is great as well!

  23. No problem Devon, nice to hear that it gave you some good ideas :) I'm always looking for ways to improve everyone's coffee experiences….and my own! These last 9 nights in a hotel have inspired me to do this post!

  24. Yeah, and in-room burr grinders too! That would be great, and another item for my kids to toss around and get charged to the room ;)

  25. lol…coffee stands don't count Mike! We are talking straight in-room brewing here. :P Yes, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/AeroPress-Coffee-Espresso-Maker-Filters/dp/B001HBCVX0?&amp;camp=212361&amp;linkCode=wey&amp;tag=reviewsnratin-20&amp;creative=391821is&quot; target="_blank">AeroPress</a> a handy deal for traveling, nothing to break and it makes awesome coffee!

  26. TheCoffeeMakerStore says:

    I like that you didn't blindly rave about what LifeHacker said. It's easy to jump on the &quot;rah rah&quot; bandwagon when popular sites say something. Thanks for the insightful tips. Raza

  27. I like that you didn't blindly rave about what LifeHacker said. It's easy to jump on the "rah rah" bandwagon when popular sites say something. Thanks for the insightful tips.

    Raza

  28. I hate hotel room coffees! What a great idea you gave me, I'll have to look into those! That is the one thing I can't stand when I travel is the coffee in the morning! Thank you for your idea!

  29. I hate hotel room coffees! What a great idea you gave me, I'll have to look into those! That is the one thing I can't stand when I travel is the coffee in the morning! Thank you for your idea!

  30. I never even think to bring my own Java. Usually so stressed trying to get a family of 6 packed and ready to go. Your post reminds me that maybe I should put myself first (or pack my coffee first at least) Mommy is not a happy camper w/o her coffee. And you know when Momma ain't happy…vacations aren't fun.

  31. I never even think to bring my own Java. Usually so stressed trying to get a family of 6 packed and ready to go. Your post reminds me that maybe I should put myself first (or pack my coffee first at least) Mommy is not a happy camper w/o her coffee. And you know when Momma ain't happy…vacations aren't fun.

  32. BaristaOnDutY says:

    It's April 2nd Nate! Did I Win! ? I Know I Never Win Anything I'll B Surprised If I Did, Even Though I Did Work My Tweets Off! The Winners Will Receive My New 2oz Bag Of Pan Roasted = 1 Pot Of Coffee, But Since We Got Such Great Responses, I'm Gonna Throw N An Extra Oz, So They Will Get 1Pot N 1/2 Of Coffee 4 Doing Such Hard Work! Also Hopefully They Know I Sell Coffee By The Cup, So That's About 18 Cups Of Sipping Art. Retail Value $25. This Is Whole Bean Hand Crafted PAN Roasted. Thanks Nate! |_|B Now Just Tell Me I Won Already!

  33. It's April 2nd Nate! Did I Win! ? I Know I Never Win Anything I'll B Surprised If I Did, Even Though I Did Work My Tweets Off! The Winners Will Receive My New 2oz Bag Of Pan Roasted = 1 Pot Of Coffee, But Since We Got Such Great Responses, I'm Gonna Throw N An Extra Oz, So They Will Get 1Pot N 1/2 Of Coffee 4 Doing Such Hard Work! Also Hopefully They Know I Sell Coffee By The Cup, So That's About 18 Cups Of Sipping Art. Retail Value $25. This Is Whole Bean Hand Crafted PAN Roasted. Thanks Nate! |_|B Now Just Tell Me I Won Already!

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