My routine is the same every morning: I get out of bed, trip on my cat, and make a single espresso in my stove-top moka pot. It’s a safe bet that you, my reader, have a similar caffeine routine (though maybe not a 19 pound cat circling your feet). So how do you satisfy your coffee jones while travelling?
Coffee is expensive in most countries and not always readily available so HOB and I have a coffee fixing system that, while not glamorous, works for us. We pack a travel mug, immersion heater, and coffee singles. Coffee singles are a sort of coffee tea bag you dunk in hot water to make, um, coffee. While not the tastiest coffee in the world, it is better than nasty instant coffee. So anyway, we fill the travel mug with water and then heat it with the immersion heater. WARNING: the immersion heater should be submerged in liquid anytime it’s plugged in or the device will short out and then you’ll be in a sad coffee-less situation. (In truth, I’ve never actually performed the boiling water ritual myself, since HOB is so terrified I’ll do something wrong that he handles the immersion heater alone and then stands guard by the heating water like a mutt dog guarding a chew toy. Stay away from my coil boil, grrrrrrrrr). We usually split a warm coffee while in our room just to get us out the door, and then pack a fully boiled-up mug to go. Since we’re often traveling in winter, the hot coffee can be a nice warm up, and it also hits the spot on a long train ride.
When we travel in Italy we leave the coffee system at home. Did I mention I’m an espresso drinker? Well the espresso in Italy is so freaking good it practically makes my ovaries glow. And at around €1.25 a cup, it’s a worthwhile expense for even a cheapskate like me.
Coil boil coffee for cheapskates.
But when we’re in Italy “due caffè per favore.”