Coffee Filter Alternative Travel Tip

I believe you can buy ground coffee in every country; however, you may need to have coffee filters sent from home. Here is another way to make coffee, for when you are desperate.

1. Boil water with a one-cup hot water cooker.
2. Put in from 1-3 spoons full of ground coffee.
3. Stir, maybe let sit for a few minutes.
4. Slowly pour through a clean scratch pad.

You can purchase these scouring pads in easier than you can find coffee filters.

Port-au-Prince, Haiti --- Thursday, December 31, 2009
By Andy Graham of
Travel Gear

Rinse and hang up on the clothesline to dry, the ability to completely dry is your best guaranteed that cooking items are clean. I dry all my dishes by hanging on the clothe line, even started doing this with my toothbrush.

I gave up coffee, then the Ethiopia Coffee ceremony caused me to slip.

Coffee Filter Alternative Travel Tip


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Happy New Year!

Thanks again for tips I can really use RIGHT NOW!

Fuegos Artificiales!!!

pregunta ... Fiesta o Pachanga?

Quien Sabe.

Muy amable,

- hotspringfreak

I thoroughly researched this problem and bought what I think is the best solution:

MSR MugMate Coffee/Tea Filter

It is not cheap ($17) but it works great and is super portable and takes little space. I now use it multiple times daily. Andy, this is also sold on and you should add it to your amazon recommendations page.

The only issue is getting rid of the coffee grounds without clogging the sink. What I do is I put most of the grounds in the garbage. Then I wash the filter inside my cup and pour the rest down the toilet.

For my cup (the only condiment I carry besides a plastic spoon), I have one of those transparent plastic cups that are highly heat resistant and light and a little bigger than a typical coffee mug (maybe 11 ounces (325 ml). And it fits in there perfetctly.


Hi Andy

Why don't you just make "Turkish coffee", simple, without need for filters and extra equipment?

This is a MacGyver solution, I am in Haiti.

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