As Luke and I are getting older, one thing is for sure. We are getting way more addicted to coffee. We come from the breed of parents who will easily finish a large pot in the morning and then make another. This means that on vacation, Starbucks has become a major line item in our budget. Even worse, with four kids it can be difficult to even get to the coffee shop until a couple of hours after everyone has woken up and gotten ready. That, my friends, is a bit too late for us these days.
So on a recent trip to a tiny beach town in Goa, India, I thought I was prepared. I made sure to bring along my tiny, single-serve moka pot and fresh grounds since I knew there was a stove at the resort. However, when we arrived and I saw it was an induction stove, I knew immediately it wasn’t going to work. Gas is preferable, electric is manageable, but induction won’t work at all.
The next morning, Luke and I woke up early before the kids, determined to get some quiet moments, enjoying the balcony view and each other before the craziness began. I scrounged through the small resort kitchenette to see if I could effectively make some coffee without a machine. Turns out, we enjoyed some delicious coffee that morning and all subsequent mornings. And it was really, really easy!
Here’s what you need to bring
> Fresh grounds (a thicker, espresso grind is better than a thin, powdery one)
> A fine mesh tea strainer.
Here’s what you’ll need to find onsite
> Some way of acquiring almost boiling water. Any hotel accommodation should be able to provide you this. Our resort had an electric kettle, which made it super simple. Other options are zapping it in the microwave or checking with guest services, who may provide it to you for free.
> Two cups
Now here are the steps
1. Make sure the water is almost, but not quite boiling. You can bring it to a rolling boil, and then let it sit for a minute.
2. Add 1 tablespoon of coffee grounds per cup of water.
3. Cover the cup and let it brew for 2 minutes.
4. Use the fine mesh strainer to strain out the grounds. You can do this back and forth a couple of times, or line the strainer with a napkin to catch the really fine grounds.
5. Enjoy your coffee and get ready for a great day!
Luke and I are married and have four little munchkins that travel the world with us. I blog about living overseas, travel, kids, education and graphic design.
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