by Selmir Omic
Everyone enjoys coffee in their own unique way. If you're a traveler, you're going to want the best coffee travel kit to keep the caffeine levels at the right place.
In this article, we interview one Crazy Canadian who is cycling around the world with what he believes to be the best coffee travel set up.
A: Well, before I begin, I want to say that this may not be the best coffee travel setup for everyone, but it sure does serve me well.
My first coffee travel kit made the coffee exactly as I love to drink it. But, I have to admit - it was a bit stupid setup.
Anyway, here's what I had:
A: Just look at my coffee maker! It's made of glass.
I got it because I'm hooked on the making coffee with a french press. As you can guess the bumpy roads and the occasional mishandling by public servants led to the accident I so dreaded.
It was a tragic discovery and I had no idea it had happened until the morning when I was craving a cup of coffee. I opened up my bag with my travel coffee kit and there was my beloved Bodum French press - completely shattered.
A: No way. I need a cup of coffee in the morning. If I don't have one, my legs won't ride all day long - I know, I have a serious problem.
Anyway, I didn't know what to get and ended up buying an Aeropress coffee maker.
A: This was a no brainer after since I didn't want to have any more coffee equipment breaking as I travel.
Although, I have to admit that I got the idea to get this from a friend of mine traveling the world for coffee related reasons. When I saw him with the Aeropress and he made me a cup of coffee, I knew I had to have it.
Since the Aeropress is made of sturdy plastic and it can sure take a beating. Trust me, I have tested this repeatedly.
Whenever I'm done my coffee, I simply rinse it out with the water remaining in the pot and chuck it back in my bags.
You can see why this can make the best coffee travel kit.
However, my only concern now is: what do I do when I run out of filters?
A: It's pretty basic. After I wake up and pack up my tent, I set up my stove and boil a pot of water.
My travel stove takes about 3 minutes for the water to boil and in that time I use my Hario hand grinder to break up the bean.
Personally, I hate instant coffee and I always have to have coffee fresh from the bean. Otherwise, it can't be considered coffee.
When I'm finished grinding the bean, the water will usually be boiling and the only thing I have to do next it set up my Aeropress, place it on top of my wooden cup, and let the good times flow!
A: Oh, right. When I was living in Japan, a university friend of mine was traveling the world studying coffee culture and building a coffee based community.
When he arrived in my city, we toured around a few cafes then went back to my place. He showed off one of his best coffee cuppings.
Here's what he used:
A: Ah, this guy is a pro and he takes his coffee cupping seriously. In fact, I had no idea coffee cupping was a thing until he performed it for me.
Here's what I remember from the experience:
To be honest, I don't remember the whole process but I did manage to put a little video together about the experience. Check it out:
A: Hey, you know how it is: monkey see, monkey do.
After my friend left, I thought his was the ultimate travel coffee kit - it's truly unmatched.
So, I adapted my current coffee travel kit to be similar to his. I'm not as detailed about measuring of my coffee beans and even if I was, there's no room in my bags for a that kind of stuff.
A: Actually, I have.
A friend of mine really wanted an inappropriate Japanese book called, "How To Use F***?"
Sorry - can I mention this? It's a hilarious book and I recommend it to everyone (English learners and Japanese culture fanatics).
Anyway, I was using this book to teach Japanese businessmen some of the finer points of the English language at the bars.
Long story short, when I posted an image of it online, a Vietnamese friend on social media demanded a copy.
So, I made a proposition: you send me something for your country, I'll send you a copy of the book.
When my gift arrived, I found myself a vintage Vietnamese coffee maker and some of the most potent finely ground Vietnamese coffee - I swear, the stuff was like drugs. I'm surprised it made it through immigration.
A: To be honest, that'll depend on the coffee drinker. For someone putting together their own coffee travel kit, this little coffee maker would be ideal.
It's small, compact, and it doesn't take up too much room in your travel bags. Also, when I pulled it out and offered to make some of my travel hosts a cup of coffee, they were thoroughly impressed with the Vietnamese coffee maker.
Personally, I think the coffee was too slow to prepare, and I hate to wait more than a few minutes for my cup of caffeine.
I did travel with it for a little while, but eventually I regifted it to someone else who really appreciated Vietnamese coffee. Please don't tell my friend I did that!
A: I have to admit, there was nothing notable on my travels until I came to Indonesia. The coffee culture in Indonesia is insane.
Everyone is drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes everywhere you go.
Often, when I'm cycling in the countryside, the locals have coffee beans laid on a mat to dry out under the sun.
I think this has to be one of my favorite places to be. Just the other day I restocked on some coffee beans and I got a kilo of coffee for under $ 5 Canadian dollars.
I'm not lying.
The cost of living is significantly different here and the quality of beans and top notch. I have access to some of the best Arabica and Robusta coffee coming out of Java and Bali.
You'll have to come visit and check it out for yourself.
Do you have any advice for our readers how may be looking to create the best coffee travel kit for themselves?
A: Ha ha, yeah, there's a few things I would tell them:
A: Well, if anyone is crazy enough to go cycling around the world, I think have some kind of coffee kit is a must.
Not only is it perfect for the morning, but it's also one of the best ways to meet new people and make new friends.
I always take out my portable stove and brew up a cup for some of the locals. In exchange, I enjoy some of the best memories you could ever imagine.
Most people are genuinely good, and, most people enjoy coffee. Put the two together and you're sure to have an amazing adventure.
You'll never understand this if you don't have your own travel coffee setup.
Happy travels everyone.
Jef van de Graaf left Toronto, Canada in 2014 to a bicycle from Tokyo to Amsterdam. He's currently somewhere in South East Asia and everywhere he goes he has one of the best coffee travel kits to enjoy his favorite brew before pedaling the thousands of kilometers to reach his goal. You can follow his journey right here.
About Selmir Omic
Selmir Omic is KYG's cannabis lifestyle writer. He currently resides in San Francisco and can often be found enjoying design-forward cannabis accessories, candles and seltzer simultaneously. When he's not writing about pot or waxing poetic about vape pens, Selmir can be counted on to offer sage advice about the best strains for anxiety or how to make cannabutter without a stovetop.