Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Coffee for light travel and packable

When packing for a bicycle trip, weight and size matters. When packing for a tandem, two people on one bicycle, weight and size becomes even more important. One of the main questions people would ask us is, "How much gear weight do you pack?" We weighed everything one year and our gear turned out to be 100 pounds. That's really not bad considering that single cyclists (people traveling on a regular bicycle (not tandem)) carry 50 - 75 pounds of gear. 

Now we travel in, what some people would call, a tiny travel trailer. We call it a luxurious mansion on wheels, our 17-foot Casita Spirit Deluxe travel trailer (all things are relative). While we can pack a lot more, space still plays an important part. I've seen all sorts of inside trailer modifications just to accommodate a conventional coffee brewer. One of the items we've taken from those bicycle
traveling days is a  collapsible silicone coffee drip .  

It stores flat, it expands for a #4 coffee filters and makes from 1 to 12 cups of delicious brew. Expand the cone, put in the filter, place over a cup (large cup if brewing a lot) boil water and pour over the coffee grounds an voila! Java! Clean-up is a cinch. Remove and throw out the filter with used grounds, rinse and dry cone, collapse, store it in the tiniest of locations, then energetically walk out to greet the world.

We use the GSI Outdoors Collapsible Java Drip. But there is a variety out there these days. It's great for small spaces, car trips, or use in your kitchen at home.

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