With all the travel restrictions placed on us lately, many folks are ready to get out and see some new places, or at least places not seen in a while. Traveling is always an adventure and a rewarding experience, but it does have its share of inconveniences.
If you love coffee as I do, you know that one of these inconveniences is not being able to make the coffee you truly want while on the road.
Often, the inability to have great coffee while traveling comes down to not having a reliable travel coffee grinder.
Fortunately, there are grinders designed to be smaller, lighter, and well-suited for travel, so you can have your favorite brew with you wherever you go. It's important to find the right size and style, however, so that your grinder will hold up while being moved around and not be too heavy or cumbersome for you.
Be sure to look for these characteristics when choosing your travel grinder:
Size, Shape and Weight
The point of using a travel coffee grinder is that it is portable and easy to carry with you. If it is heavy, large, or oddly shaped, it will end up being more of a hindrance than a benefit as you travel.
This is especially important to consider if you are flying, where size and weight restrictions on luggage are most significant. Think in terms of a water bottle - something that is easy to carry and easily packed.
A good rule of thumb is no heavier than 10-12 ounces and no longer than 12 inches.
Coffee grinders are made using a variety of materials such as stainless steel, glass, or plastic. Obviously, it is important to choose a model that will not break easily if your luggage gets thrown around some or there is turbulence.
Stainless steel is very durable and a great choice, as long as the grinder is not too heavy. If you are looking at a plastic model, ensure that it is BPA-free and doesn't have other glass parts that could be easily broken.
Manual (Burr) Grinders
Another, and probably better, choice for travel is to go with a completely manual grinder. Before you write off this option as too much work, remember that since it requires no electricity, it can be used literally anywhere, anytime.
It takes a bit of elbow grease, but if you are a true coffee lover (as I suspect you are, wanting to travel with a coffee grinder), manually grinding your own coffee can bring you a greater appreciation for the process and for coffee in general.
Many people opt for a cheaper, electric blade grinder for traveling purposes.
While it may save you some money initially, you will need to always have access to a correct outlet, and you will not have nearly as much control over your grind.
Blade grinders chop, not grind, the beans, and are notorious for lack of uniformity and consistency. A manual grinder will give you the flexibility and control you want for great coffee on the road.
Whatever grinder you choose, remember that you usually get what you pay for and you are making an investment in yourself - that no matter where you find yourself, good coffee won't be far away.
Invest a little more and you will reap the benefits of amazing coffee, near or far!