Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Outwitting The Hotel-room Coffeemaker




{Gloria here!} Coffee! Can't live without it!  But what to do when you are away from home and staying in a hotel for a weekend?

It's really nice that the hotel offers free coffee samples... but there are only two!  I don't know about you but that is not going to last a weekend for me!

Let me share with you my DIY On-The-Go Coffee method. This will work in most hotel coffee makers (but not the kind that use the K-cup). This works for hot tea also!!

Before you leave home, pack a supply of 8-10 cup coffee filters, grab a handful, for as many cups of coffee that you will want.  Stash some coffee (already ground) in a ziploc bag, take plenty!  And bring a spoon if you want to measure out your coffee.  You might want to bring your favorite to-go cup, too!!



Put the coffee in the middle of the filter, enough for a cup of coffee.  Carefully draw up the edges of the filter and give it a twist.  Fold it over so it fits into the machine.  Place it in the basket and slide it in place.  Add the proper amount of water and press start!


In three minutes, a fresh cup of coffee made with your favorite brand of coffee!

Because I wanted to fill my to-go cup, I added a little more coffee to the filter and used it twice.

I hope this helps you on your next trip to be able to enjoy fresh brewed coffee in your usual quantities!!







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27 comments:

  1. I never think about taking my own coffee. Will definitely be doing it next month when we go on vacation! Thanks for the tip!
    Kelly

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  2. You're welcome! Hope you have a great time!
    Gloria

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  3. We never leave home without our coffee. Hahaha!! If push comes to shove a kleenex will work for a filter. My husband taught me that. I have ask for more coffee from the maids if I wanted some.

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  4. You're a smart gal!! A kleenex, hmm.. I could see that but maybe a little flimsy but good in a pinch! Thanks for commenting!
    Gloria

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  5. I did this very thing the last time we were in a hotel. I was so disappointed to see they had swapped out a regular coffee maker for one of these new fangled single cup things. I had brought my filters and coffee so I just made my only little 'pods'. guess we are both pretty smart, not our first rodeo, right? Love you!!

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    1. I agree with you, I was disappointed they had swapped out the coffee makers! Yes, you are a true resourceful gal so I'm sure this wasn't new to you!! ;) Thanks for commenting, my friend!
      Gloria

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  6. I only have 1 small problem with making coffee in a hotel room. If the coffee pot is in the bathroom I will not use it to make coffee. When a toilet is flushed those particles go every where. The coffee maker too.

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    1. I guess it is good to be cautious.
      Gloria

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  7. this made me smile :o) What a fun and original post! Thanks for linking up to Tasteful Tuesdays and for the link back :o) Can't wait to see what you bring next week. Emily @ Nap-Time Creations
    oh, and I just posted an amazing round-up from last weeks party… stop on over and check it out!

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    1. Glad we made you smile, Emily! Don't worry, we will be back with more next week! :)

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  8. You are all so funny! I have managed hotels for the last 30 years. Just ask at the desk for more coffee. It's free!

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    1. Thanks for the tip, Sharon! Although when you make your own coffee, you can make your favorite brand, if that's important to you. :D

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    2. Agreed. My hotel has Keuregs and we carry Van Houtte House Blend, Columbian, French Roast & Decaf for coffees. The teas are Orange Spice, Mint, Green, English Breakfast, Earl Grey, and Lemon. Covers most of the basics I think :)

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  9. Hope this doesn't show up twice...lol
    A paper towel works great as a filter also, if you forget to pack your filters

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    1. Great idea, Millie! Thanks for sharing it! :)

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  10. Married to a serious coffee drinker! We never go anywhere without coffee, filters and now a refillable K-Cup! Glad to know there are others who do the same -- your method is very resourceful! Thanks for sharing on busy Monday!

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  11. GENIUS!!!!!!

    Thanks for linking up at The DIY Dreamer last week! Can't wait to see what you link up tomorrow evening!

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  12. Genius idea! Thanks so much for sharing at last week's All my Bloggy Friends - Linda and I look forward to seeing what you share this week! :)

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    1. Thanks for commenting! It is a fun idea!
      Gloria

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  13. So smart! Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home.
    Sherry

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  14. What a helpful post! I always miss my coffee from when I am traveling but it is not easy to bring Krups parts everywhere I go. This will really help me still get some quality coffee on the road

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    1. Exactly! I like my brand of coffee and it makes my day start out right!
      Gloria

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  15. This is one of those "head-slapping, why didn't I think of that" kind of ideas! We are planning a little get-away, and I love my morning brew, but detest those awful little disks of coffee they provide for the tiny in-room coffee maker. I'm absolutely doing this, plus taking my own sweetener & cream (we are taking a small electric cooler, so why not! I discovered your blog through the Ahoha Party and am now following!

    Carol

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    1. Ha Ha, yes, that is great! Sometimes that's the way it is. We can easily overlook a simple solution. Thanks for commenting. It made my day!
      Gloria

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