The holidays are just around the corner, and you’re undoubtedly gearing up for some holiday travel. Does this travel mean you have to sip on the coffee in the hotel lobby, mozzy to the big chain down the street, or guzzle Aunt Irma’s Folgers? No. With a little preparation, you can still have amazing coffee. We’ll show you 3 ways to make your holiday coffee excellent.
1. Make Your Own Coffee As Good As If You Were Still At Home (well almost)
What if I told you that your at-home routine didn’t have to be compromised, regardless of your location? As long as you have some good beans and the ability to heat up water, and a selection of coffee gear that is good on the go.
When we travel, we bring along a AeroPress coffee maker, Hario slim mill grinder, and an Able Brewing stainless steel Disk filter. Really? It may sound ridiculous, but hear us out. All together, this kit is smaller than a shoebox, as light as an iPad, and passes the TSA regulations. All you need is your favorite beans stored in an airtight baggy, and you’re good to go. So keep that morning routine of yours and object to an average start to your day. (And oh, what a great holiday gift idea. You can get our bundle here and save 15%)
2. Do Your Research Before You Go
Take 10 minutes before your trip to scope the scene online. First, the solution for all of the world’s problems: Google. Google “best coffee shops” in the area that you’re going to, and look for trusted sources (like this one) to give you the skinny on the best shops around. This might be a good time to ask your social networks too. A little Twitter action can go a long way.
3. Take Advantage of a Last Minute “Oh Sh*t! I don’t want Starbucks/Coffee Bean/ect.” Solution
There are some apps out there that can show you nearby independent coffee shops. We haven’t tested them all, but the app Coffee Trip is free and shows all the coffee shops nearby while excluding those big, bad chain coffee shops. It lists which coffee roaster supplies each shop’s coffee, which can be some indication of quality. And hey, maybe you’ll find a new favorite. You never know.
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! Enjoy your holiday (and coffee!).