Thirteen years of coffee and commentary. Tridecaphobes, beware.


Hotel Coffee: Just Brew It


Unless you’re staying at Portland’s Ace Hotel and thus have a Stumptown Coffee bar in your über hip, bohemian lobby, when you’re in some far off place hoteling in a name-brand tower or a teensy, boutique inn, you’re entirely at the whim of those oh-so-fickle gods of hospitality for your in-room coffee. Chances are further that this in-room coffee service is a frac-pack of ground coffee of questionable freshness, to be brewed at  questionable temperatures in a likewise questionable brewing device.

It really doesn’t have to be this way.

On this trip I packed a coffee bag. In it are two half-pound valve bags of just-roasted beans (Panama Los Flores de Boquete, and  W.P. Ethiopian Jimma Doromina, ’cause sometimes you want a juicy Central and sometimes a peachy African), my trusty Braun hot water kettle (tough plastic, not glass), a Melitta cone pourover basket and filters, a measuring cup and spoon and a whirly-blade grinder. Yes, I said whirly-blade… this is just the scenario where the grinder you wouldn’t choose to have on your kitchen counter is just fine, thanks. So equipped, making coffee in your room is much the same as you’d make at home. ‘Course, you could also order something to go with from room service…

Author: deCadmus

Doug Cadmus is a usability guy, writer and sometime dramatist who moved to Vermont for the coffee, where he's the Web Guy for Green Mountain Coffee Roasters. When not writing, reading, or tapping out haiku-like Twitter posts, he roasts coffee in his garage.


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  3. Instead of a whirly grinder, why not pack a Hario Skerton ceramic burr hand grinder? To spice things up, instead of a pour-over, how bout an Aeropress, GSI “Personal Java Press” (lexan, break-down camping french press with a very interesting design) or Handpresso Dome with the “intense Filter” upgrade?

    I’m impressed with my GSI press for travel coffee. The filter is a laser perforated stainless steel disk embedded in a plastic carrier with plastic rings reminiscent of automotive piston rings to make a good seal. Well worth the $20.


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