A Coffee Lover’s Guide to Surviving Travel Fatigue


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As a self-proclaimed coffee snob, I know how difficult it can be to find a good cup of coffee, especially when you’re on the go. Unfortunately, hotel coffee is notorious for being subpar, lacking in flavor, and weak in strength. But fear not, fellow coffee lovers! With the right tools, you can make your own delicious cup of coffee right in your hotel room. If you’re late for your flight, skip to the end for my favorite travel coffee supplies.

First, let’s talk about what makes hotel coffee so bad. It’s usually cheap coffee and the water is treated with chlorine. Additionally, hotel coffee makers are often not cleaned properly, resulting in a buildup of residue that can affect the taste of the coffee. Let’s not forget that the plastic pods are not good for us or the earth! 

Now, let’s talk about how you can take matters into your own hands and make your own coffee in your hotel room. The key is to bring your own supplies, including a high-quality coffee maker, freshly ground coffee, and your favorite mug. Many coffee snobs prefer to use a French press, which allows for a more full-bodied and flavorful cup of coffee.

When choosing a coffee maker, it’s important to consider the size and weight, as you don’t want to be lugging around a heavy machine on your travels. The AeroPress and the iMiGoo Portable Coffee Maker are lightweight and compact options that are both perfect for traveling and make a great cup of coffee.

Freshly ground coffee is essential for a great cup of coffee, so be sure to bring along a portable coffee grinder or purchase pre-ground coffee from a reputable source. I like to pack a baggie full of my own fresh ground from home.

Once you have your supplies, it’s time to get brewing! Depending on your coffee maker, either add your water directly to the coffee maker, or heat up some water in the hotel room’s kettle or microwave. I prefer to use filtered water, which results in the cleanest tasting brew. I wish it didn’t come in plastic bottles! A more earth friendly alternative is to bring your own water filter. While the water is heating up, grind your coffee and add it to your coffee maker of choice. Once the water is hot, pour it over the coffee and wait your delicious, freshly brewed cup of coffee that rivals any coffee shop.

Ahhh, the elixir of life, black gold, welcoming cup of comfort to make your morning magical! Not only will you be able to enjoy a great cup of coffee in the comfort of your own hotel room, but you’ll also save money by avoiding the expensive hotel coffee and coffee shops.

Your favorite coffee can be your perfect travel companion! You have to suffer through bad hotel coffee.  Don’t be afraid to bring along your favorite coffee maker, freshly ground coffee, and mug on your travels. Your taste buds will thank you for it.

Keywords: Hotel Room Coffee: Tips for Making a Great Cup on the Go



This is the one I ended up buying. It makes a great cup of coffee, and also makes tea or just hot water. There are different settings for the strength of your brew, and I love that it doesn’t create any garbage! Good old fashioned percolated coffee! But don’t worry, it’s not cowboy coffee! It actually pours quite clean. Each time I use it I am impressed.


For you die hard French Press fans (I get you, I’ve been one for years!), check out this bad boy. Just press & go! 



I haven’t tried this coffee maker, but it gets excellent reviews. My iMiGoo needs an outlet, but this guy does not! It might be on my glamping list for future purchases….




Hate plastic water bottles? Me too. This collapsible filter will help save the earth and your coffee! 


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