Tuesday, June 5, 2012


Making good coffee at home isn’t rocket science. It’s as simple as grinding beans, heating water and mixing the two in a French Press.  Of course, there’s a lot more to good coffee than just that, but making a solid cup of joe at home is very possible. However, according to the Daily Shot of Coffee blog, making good coffee while traveling isn’t as simple.  If you travel at all you know that just about every hotel has a coffee pot in the room or at least in the lobby and there are gas stations at every exit on the interstate, but once you’ve spoiled yourself with smooth, flavorful, home-brewed coffee from the Kona Cowboy Coffee Company, it’s hard to down the hotel’s  bitter, stale brews.  Before your next trip, spend just as much time planning which coffee gear to pack as what clothes to bring along.  If you are the coffee fiend I think you are, you’re probably obsessed with good coffee.  If that’s true, no matter if you’re traveling by air, land or sea, you could make sure that have enough room for a few coffee related necessities.  Now you might think that you have everything until you check into the Hotel from Hell and find that you have no way to heat the water. Or the little drip coffee maker looks dirty and neglected. To make matters worse, the nearest coffee shop is 24 miles away and who knows if it is even a good one.  You could use the microwave to heat the water in the paper or plastic coffee cups but it is not the easiest or the quickest way, and you could melt the cup!
To prevent future near death experiences, a blogger that I read created an updated list of essential coffee gear that he’s packing.  Here are his tips and they’re pretty good.
Whole Bean Coffee – Pretty much a given.  I, of course, suggest our Paniola Kona Cowboy Coffee which is always sold whole bean.  You could grind it at home but ground coffee goes stale. Buy whole bean and grind it just before you brew. I recommend picking up our whole bean Kona online from KonaCowboyCoffee.com and then you’ll have it before leaving home.
Coffee Grinder – You’re going to have to ground that coffee somehow. It is easier to get a small blade grinder to take with you when you travel.
French Press –Take a small French Press but be careful you don’t break the glass.  You could also try a pour over but don’t forget the filters.
 Electric Kettle – Whether you’re staying at a hotel or grandmother’s lake cabin, it’ll guarantee that you have a hot water source.
What do I do, you may ask?  I take a microwaveable cup in case the in-room coffee maker looks funky and I eliminate all of the above with Hula Girl Freeze Dried Instant Kona Coffee.  And you can get a package of that from me at any trade show where you find the Cowboy Coffee Saloon!
Do you want FREE coffee?  The very first cowpoke who saunters up to the Kona Cowboy Coffee Company’s Cowboy Coffee Saloon at the Single Action Shooting Society’s World Championship of Cowboy Action Shooting and Wild West Jubilee: End of Trail, June 16 – 24 at Founders Ranch in Edgewood, New Mexico and asks for it, will get a free, that’s FREE bag of CAFÉ PINON de Nuevo Mexico…our newest fusion coffee made with a proprietary blend of Central American coffees and real New Mexico pinon nuts!

The purpose of this blog is to unite Kona coffee lovers and perhaps learn a little about coffee and all the benefits of coffee at the same time.  Join up, become a member, comment and have fun!  You can find the Kona Coffee Fiends group on Facebook and we’d appreciate it if Facebook users would “LIKE” the Kona Cowboy Coffee Company page at www.facebook.com/pages/Kona-Cowboy-Coffee-Company/222070817858553.  Just copy and paste to your browser.  You can also find us on Twitter at  http://twitter.com/#!/jackshuster.  And on the web at www.KonaCowboyCoffee.com to order your gourmet coffee and coffee products.

You know you’re a coffee fiend when Instant coffee takes too long.  So enjoy your coffee, make it Kona, and remember, Kona is the home of the Hawaiian cowboy…and we had cowboys in Kona before there were cowboys in Texas!

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