Anyone that knows me well, would expect I am referring to something like the above as the solution to fill our coffee needs, but not this time. I think that little machine is pretty sexy, no doubt, but the solution to which I am referring, is far less complicated and provides an amazing cup of jo with minimal effort.
A little history is in order before I go on. Heidi and I could argue that coffee, for us, is a medical necessity. Like many, our mornings pre-coffee are scary at best, filled with lots of confusion and mumbling. I am pretty much incapable of speech without my fix, uttering only grunts while pointing to Conrad, (my coffee mug).
We have tried many methods to satisfy our need while on the road. The French Press, while nice, was a hassle to clean up and store. It also had a few parts that wore out and needed replacements that were not easy to locate.
We tried using the old campfire style perkolator on the cooktop. Same issue, a pain to clean up after,
We also attempted using the coffee singles (like tea bags) but never found any that we cared for.
A drip style coffee maker just uses more electric and has the same cleanup issues as well as requiring more space to store so that never made the list.
One solution that worked out well, was to stop by one of the many convenience stores and fill a thermos or two with coffee for the afternoon and next morning. Still a reasonable method, but a little more money and sometimes the coffee just isn't that good.
The final answer came by way of my brilliant
mother :) After being pleased with her experience, Mom recommended we try Taster's Choice Gourmet Roast. This is instant coffee that is amazing!
What we have found works really well is to fill our Thermos with hot water the night before so there is no delay in that first morning cup! Throughout the rest of the day, great coffee is easily had by either microwave or stove-top and there are no grounds to throw out and clean up after. It truly is an excellent solution for the Vantramp!
We have never been fans of instant coffee until now. Pretty sure this is love!