My travel coffee paraphernalia


I’m now on the third week of a month-long photographic assignment all over the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), all five provinces of them — Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-tawi.

I may be on the road for so long a time, and it’s tiring work with frequent travel on the worst roads and on the worst boats. But coffee helps me along the way, and I’m still enjoying my specialty coffee. How? I brought with me my coffee gear!

Aside from my clothes in a big travel bag and my camera gear in a LowePro backpack, I brought along another backpack containing my coffee paraphernalia.

What’s in the bag?
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Meet my grinders


“What? It’s not NORMAL to have 5 coffee grinders?”

That’s how you are labeled when you achieve a certain status, depending on your number of posts, in the coffee forum I’m in — the Green Coffee Buying Club.

So now I know I’m normal, coz, as you see in the picture above, I ONLY have 4 grinders.

From left to right, that’s the Bodum Antigua, a Zassenhaus manual grinder, the Clipper Mini Coffee Grinder, and the 3D Café Aroma Plus.

Having a grinder at home is important, because you should only grind your coffee beans just before brewing. Ground coffee goes stale fast, real fast. Those who buy their coffee already ground in expensive looking foil bags with famous brands, I’m sorry to tell you that you are drinking stale coffee. It may still be okay for you, but you haven’t really tried what real coffee tastes like. Read more