March 19, 2015

Coffee Survival Guide when Travelling

Hard Bean: Coffee Survival Guide when Travelling. Anna Johnston - www.shenannagans.com

Tell me I’m not alone being that confused, awkward and overwhelmed traveler when seeking coffee in a foreign city?

Caffeine deprived, jittery and fumbling over the cafe menu, feeling forced to deal with the daunting task of understanding the difference between a Ca phe sua da, Eiskaffee or Galao, normally surrendering and resorting to pantomime, pointing at the espresso machine (like a crazed demon lady) in the hopes of getting a cup of something hot, caffeinated and drinkable.

Well my nomadic coffee addicted friends, fear not…. no more shall you have to tackle your travels without coffee, merely existing, lacking that sense of purpose your morning dose gives.

Hard Bean: Coffee Survival Guide when Travelling. Anna Johnston - www.shenannagans.com

The below tips are just a few ways to get your daily caffeine kicks when on the road:

TAKE YOUR COFFEE MACHINE WITH YOU 

Hard Bean: Coffee Survival Guide when Travelling. Anna Johnston - www.shenannagans.com

Nessy our first addition Nespresso pod coffee machine has experienced the sites and sounds of many a country.

STARBUCKS
Free Wi-Fi…. Need I say more?

SHOW THE BARISTA ALL YOUR INSTAGRAM COFFEE PICTURES

Hard Bean: Coffee Survival Guide when Travelling. Anna Johnston - www.shenannagans.com

Or show mine @annaj31 Get your #like on peeps!

HIT UP THE LOCAL SUPERMARKET

Hard Bean: Coffee Survival Guide when Travelling. Anna Johnston - www.shenannagans.com

 It is far from what you crave, but enough to fulfill a basic chemical dependency until you can find the good stuff. You will find varying types of instant, or instant with powdered milk and sugar premixed (3 in 1). Super Coffee was a life saver the first morning we were in Singapore.

MCDONALDS

Hard Bean: Coffee Survival Guide when Travelling. Anna Johnston - www.shenannagans.com

Caffeinated mediocrity right here, but bless the worldwide strict guidelines on producing a consistently bad product.

When all else fails…..
HEAD TO THE NEAREST BAR AND ORDER A SHOT OF KAHLUA COFFEE LIQUEUR

I’d love to know how you get your daily caffeine kicks when on the road? 

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shenANNAgans is Anna Johnston, a 30 - something Aussie gal with an unwavering passion for the Hospitality industry. I love the quirky and unusual, designing events, travelling far and wide and eating food from all around the world. I am coffee blooded, a craft beer enthusiast, wine drinking yogi who enjoys writing about her adventures.

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Vanessa - April 26, 2016 Reply

We take our coffee machine with us! Or, rather, we take a travel mug that has a built in French press plunger and we take our own freshly ground beans from home. All we need is boiling water to make a better pot of coffee than you’ll find in 99% of hotels.

    Anna - April 27, 2016 Reply

    Boom Diggity! Now that is awesome, and much more convenient than taking the whole machine. Lol! WINNING to having access to delicious coffee when you travel too. 🙂

anto - April 26, 2016 Reply

I don’t drink coffee myself but my husband does, so I will pass this article onto him 🙂

Alice Teacake - April 26, 2016 Reply

I’ve kind of got addicted to coffee whilst travelling. Never really drank it back home! I’ve been staying in a hostel and buying coffee here but it’s been working out to be pretty damn expensive so I took myself off to the supermarket this week and got it from there 🙂 Way better. Nonetheless, trying to work my way to getting off coffee completely. The cost adds up ><

    Anna - April 29, 2016 Reply

    Oh that is the worst, an expensive coffee habit is not cool. At least you can buy some supermarket stuff to get you through. 🙂

Trisha Velarmino - P.S. I'm On My Way - April 26, 2016 Reply

I usually just ask for recommendations first by talking to my fellow travellers or my local hosts. It’s such a great joy though to stumble upon a great cafe during a random stroll. This has happened to me more than once; I followed my olfactory sense and it led me somewhere gastronomically wonderful. Love this interesting insight though! We all try to underestimate our respective caffeine dependencies. Haha! Thanks, Anna!

    Anna - April 29, 2016 Reply

    Yes, I agree, it is so exciting when you stumble upon a coffee shop and that first sip of the glorious bean is amazing. 🙂 I have followed big crowds of people in the hopes of finding a delicious cuppa, only to find myself awkwardly outside their house. So don’t ‘stumble’ much these days. 🙂

Arzo Travels - April 25, 2016 Reply

Haha, taking my coffee machine is a perfect idea 🙂 I actually try to reduce my coffee consumption (though I only drink one cup a day) and tend to drink more tea, easier to get everywhere 🙂

    Anna - April 29, 2016 Reply

    Teehee! Glad I inspired a little crazy in you too. Who needs those extra pairs of jeans or shoes right? Especially when you have your coffee machine. 🙂

Mar Pages - April 25, 2016 Reply

I’m pretty fussy with my coffee! If I can’t make my own while travelling, I’ll stop at a cafe with a good coffee machine. Nothing better to work with in the morning!

    Anna - April 25, 2016 Reply

    Yes, I hear that Mar, you are ‘usually’ pretty safe if the cafe has a sweet coffee machine, although I have had some mighty impressive fails from them too. I even offered to make my own coffee + the next 10 orders to stop the pain of watching/hearing them murder the milk. Lol!

John Morris - April 25, 2016 Reply

I a a coffee addict as well, and was surprised when my hotel’s breakfast buffet in Munich did not have black coffee as an option. it was a Marriott too, which I thought was really weird. I don’t have the patience to make my own coffee in the room (or at home), so I hit up the Starbucks. :p

    Anna - April 25, 2016 Reply

    Wow, I am blown away by the places that do and don’t have great coffee, Munich and a Marriott hotel too, really surprises me. Starbucks has saved me many a time on my travels, so can really appreciate you heading there for your caffeinated goodness. 🙂

Meg Jerrard - April 25, 2016 Reply

Awesome tips! I love the “take your coffee machine with you” idea – especially if you’re on a long roadtrip through a huge country like Australia or America where the power outlets and voltages will stay the same. We travel with a microwave on these kind of trips lol so I may as well throw the coffee machine in the car too … make it a whole traveling kitchen 😀

    Anna - April 25, 2016 Reply

    Meg, I reckon if you are travelling with a microwave, you might as well throw the coffee machine in too. I’d be way more inclined to pick caffeine over microwave tho. A travelling kitchen is a must, especially when you are hitting up Australia, had some pretty rough caffeine in my home country too.

janna - April 25, 2016 Reply

And here I thought I was addicted to coffee! haha what an awesome way to travel – carrying your portable coffee machine. I love coffee too and I try to check out as much coffee shops as I can during my travels.

    Anna - April 25, 2016 Reply

    Lol! Yup, I cannot recommend travelling with your coffee machine enough. Even just to give you the hit you need to tackle strange and wonderful coffee shops on your adventures. 🙂

Brenda Tolentino - April 25, 2016 Reply

The most challenging area to travel in for me, as a coffee freak myself, was South East Asia. Instant coffee is the norm for most households and even coffee shops but I eventually got used to my instant coffee after a week, because I didn’t want to pay Starbucks 3x more the price of my meals in places like Bangkok!

Now, we’re in Europe so all is good, I make sure I know what type of coffee I like in each country we visit and in this continent, they are mostly very good and priced well too.

    Anna - April 25, 2016 Reply

    Yes Brenda, I totally and absolutely agree with South East Asia being the most difficult part of the world to track a delicious coffee, the 3 in 1 packet coffee I picked up in Singapore to avoid paying the hefty Starbucks fees. Good you are sorted with you coffee now you are in Europe too, I haven’t travelled in Europe much, but would think it is more commonly consumed in that part of the world, then in Asia. Happy travels my friend.

Jackie Sills-Dellegrazie - April 25, 2016 Reply

Haha! I can’t believe you pack your own Nespresso maker. That is tried and true dedication! Great name, too! Hold on to your cup of Joe, but I’m actually not a coffee lover at all! So, I’ve not had the troubles abroad with finding the right fix. But, I’ve been dragged along with my husband as he frantically searches for something strong enough to help him make it through my morning perkiness! 😉

    Anna - April 25, 2016 Reply

    Haha! Yep, its actually a bit of a worry that I pack my coffee machine for international travel, I imagine the guys checking my luggage having a giggle at my caffeine addiction. 🙂 Not a coffee drinker, but are you a tea lover? Love that you tag along in moral support for the hubbster while he searches for that morning fix.

Eileen | The Food Avenue - April 24, 2016 Reply

Haha great post! I think this is advice everyone can relate to.

Rob - April 24, 2016 Reply

I hear you. We were a little shocked when we went to Colombia (home of Colombian coffee) and found that the locals didn’t really have a a coffee culture and for the most part drank instant. We solved this by buying a travel french press cup that work great for getting our morning fix. I had never thought of using instagram, lol, although I don’t have a single photo of coffee in my gallery, I guess I will have to use yours.

    Anna - April 25, 2016 Reply

    You are kidding, no waaaay. How crazy! Famous for the coffee and they don’t drink the stuff. Mind blown. 🙂 And yes, the French Press is a winner for many coffee loving travellers.

noel - April 24, 2016 Reply

Well that is a first I’ve ever seen anyone pack their coffee machine, wow! But you know I’m just as crazy bringing along all my camera gear and electronics so there it is….

    Anna - April 25, 2016 Reply

    I feel ya Noel! My coffee machine is on the list along with my camera gear and electronics, my bag normally ways a tonne. 🙂

Vicki Louise - April 24, 2016 Reply

I can’t believe you travel with the giant coffee machine! I have a similar addiction but my caffeine of choice comes in the form of coca cola – and luckily (or unluckily!) I can find it almost everywhere!

    Anna - April 25, 2016 Reply

    Haha… Well Nessy is actually rather compact, but yes, I suppose you are right about it being a little strange to travel with. 🙂 Coco Cola, don’t get me wrong, it is great when you need a sugar heat after hours of walking and touring, but not my idea of a delicious way to start the day. But… luckily for you, you can find the stuff EVERYWHERE.

anna - April 24, 2016 Reply

Hahaha! Such a funny post but so true. We would carry packets of coffee in expensive countries. I have heard of pocket nespresso machines and they look awesome!

    Anna - April 25, 2016 Reply

    Glad I made you giggle, and those packet coffee mixes are a dream when you are desperate. And pocket nespresso, now this sounds like something I must know more about. Wow!

Krysten - April 23, 2016 Reply

I loved this article. I’m a caffeine freak!

i bought an Aero Press and an mini electric kettle for it… Yeah, that’s how I travel. Lol

😀

    Anna - April 24, 2016 Reply

    Many folk say they bring their Aero Press with them on their travels, most pleasing to know I am not alone with ensuring I am covered with caffeine intake. Lol! 🙂

Prateek - April 23, 2016 Reply

I usually travel with an elaborate tea set up quite similar to your coffee set up. I am trying to drink more coffee, actually love coffee and have been meaning to switch to black coffee as well just haven’t developed the taste yet!

    Anna - April 24, 2016 Reply

    I would like to be able to say, I take my coffee black too, but like you, haven’t got a taste for it yet. 🙂

Rosemary - April 23, 2016 Reply

Great post. This takes back to being on a long bus ride in South America and arriving in a new city with nowhere to buy coffee. The only available coffee was like the super coffee you show. Then imagine that flooded with milk. Not much for caffeine and was like drinking hot milk. But, I have to tell you, at that particular moment, it was the best coffee, ever! Since that incident, I carry my own instant coffee, until I can get to “real coffee.” 🙂

    Anna - April 24, 2016 Reply

    Yup… I can totally taste your hot milk that smells like caffeinated goodness, but sadly… it isn’t. 🙂 Good call carrying your instant to get you through until you find the real deal.

Serina aka Ms Frugal Ears - April 23, 2016 Reply

Some great ideas! My dear Dad, who can’t live without his morning cappuccino, visited me when we were in Taipei. He got up early and walked to this amazing cafe/patisserie near us and ordered a cappuccino from the menu. He got a cappuccino – but it was iced! He said it was a weird pantomime where he was pointing to ‘cappuccino’ on the menu and she was nodding furiously (in summer in Taiwan most coffees are served cold as it is so hot). I think the idea of showing Instagram photos is excellent.

    Anna - April 24, 2016 Reply

    Hahaha… you poor dad, he even went to the effort of acting out his morning coffee order, only to receive the iced version. Lol! Nothing more depressing then putting on the performance of a lifetime, only to learn, it was totally wrong. Ha! The instagram photos work a treat. 🙂 I need to add that travel T-Shirt to the list too, point to the coffee and you are good to go.

Elizabeth @ Compass & Fork - April 22, 2016 Reply

We can relate- sometimes we give up and drink tea. We also carry a collapsible coffee maker that let’s you make a decent pour over if you can find coffee to make it yourself. That has saved us many a time.

    Anna - April 24, 2016 Reply

    Woah… a collapsible coffee maker… Fancy! I want to know more about this magical piece of equipment. 🙂

Shobha - April 22, 2016 Reply

I love the portable Nespresso! Only just tried Nespresso and it’s a pretty good product! Even my kids have a babyccino Starbucks habit though.

Elaine Masters - April 22, 2016 Reply

I consider coffee as a caffeine delivery system! Love the smell and flavor of course but if I’m concerned about it wherever I may go, the Starbucks instant coffee packets go with me. They taste wonderful when all else fails.

    Anna - April 24, 2016 Reply

    I totally and absolutely agree with you re the Starbucks instant when all else fails, when I was last in Asia, Starbucks was the tastiest coffee I had, had in over a month. 🙂

Krista - April 22, 2016 Reply

It definitely depends where I travel. 🙂 In Italy and Amsterdam ANY coffee is good, if I’m in the States I love Starbucks or the crappy but wonderfully bottomless coffee at Denny’s. 🙂 When I can, I like to bring my own, and tote along my French press. 🙂

    Anna - April 24, 2016 Reply

    Totally agree with you Krista, the coffee in Italy was great, but it was straight up black for the most part, and I take a little milk, so that was great for when I really needed a hit. 🙂 Starbucks has indeed come in most handy, some of the best coffee I had when in Asia last was at Starbucks. Lol! French Press, very savvy my lady! 🙂

Elissa - April 10, 2016 Reply

We found an app that was supposed to direct us to places renowned for their good coffee. Unfortunately there was a lot of backtracking here and there and up and down through the streets of Tokyo without success. Maybe a wifi issue? Next time we will follow our nose. Sometimes on holidays we bring a single cup filter device with filter papers and packages of our ground, roasted coffee, it takes up less space in the luggage than an espresso machine!

    Anna - April 11, 2016 Reply

    Yes, didn’t have much luck with the app, hence it not making it to my survival guide. 🙂 Twitter was an excellent source for coffee hot spots, especially in Asia where I found it very hit and miss when following my nose. The single cup is a great stand by indeed.

Matt @ Inspired Food - August 9, 2015 Reply

Ha! I’m glad i’m not the only one who craves coffee like some sort of crazed demon! But it is definitely a problem. I recently stay down south in an isolation forrest type area where they said there was a Nespresso machine… naturally you think they would also provide some capsules… no such luck. It was just a good thing I normally take a plunger and coffee with me every time i leave the house 😉

    Anna - August 9, 2015 Reply

    WEEEEELLLL… Some say it might be a problem, I say its a fun quirk to our personalities. 🙂
    O.M.G…. what on earth is the point of having a nespresso machine without the pods? Did you ask about why they have them? Seems a mean way to welcome your guests.
    Teehee, if we ever happen upon each other on our travels, its good to know we will both be sorted for the caffeine. 🙂

Erin - April 23, 2015 Reply

I feel your pain my fellow java-hound. I’ve nominated you for a Liebster Award! Check it out here http://reluctantfoodblogger.com/2015/04/22/liebster-award/

Ciao Florentina - April 8, 2015 Reply

You are most definitely not alone! I carry my old stove top bialetti espresso maker everywhere I go, my lover, my life hahaha

    Anna - April 8, 2015 Reply

    I love that you travel with your espresso machine too. 🙂
    And yes, you can always rely on caffeine loves. LOL!

GourmetGetaways - April 1, 2015 Reply

I had to pop back over. I’m sitting in Starbucks in Mexico because I need Internet and caffeine. The hotel I’m staying in serves warm milk, with foam and calls it coffee

    Anna - April 1, 2015 Reply

    Hahaha…. That is brilliant. Bless the hotel for their wonderful interpretation of coffee. Tweet me a picture Julie! 🙂

Sophie - March 31, 2015 Reply

Hahahahahahhahaha! What a fun cool post, dear Anna! x

Sue - March 31, 2015 Reply

There are certain words I learn in the languages of folks where we travel. That includes beer, wine, coffee, please, thank you, coffee, sorry, restroom, coffee. Not necessarily in that order. I usually don’t have a problem and the crazed menopausal woman look seems to get the urgent message communicated. 🙂

    Anna - March 31, 2015 Reply

    Bahaha! I love this. The crazy lady thing seems to be a common theme. LOL!
    Your language translates worldwide. 🙂

Liz - March 27, 2015 Reply

Way to be prepared! As a tea drinker, I dislike finding only fruity spiced up teas when looking for a decaffeinated version for late in the day. I usually have a stash of tea bags in my purse since all I need is a cup, a faucet and a microwave (though tea purists wouldn’t approve of the latter!).

    Anna - March 27, 2015 Reply

    Haha! Yep… I take my coffee addiction rather seriously. LOL! 🙂
    I don’t think I have ever used a microwave to prepare a caffeinated beverage. Will have to have a whirl at that. And boom yeah, love that you have a sneaky purse stash of tea.

The Squishy Monster - March 26, 2015 Reply

LOL–and when all else fails…I wonder how much caffeine a shot has?

Gourmet Getaways - March 24, 2015 Reply

Hehe, some nice practical tips from a fellow coffee buff! We’d like to discover coffee in places, too. But when we can’t go out of our comfort zone, your tips work for us! Have a nice day, Anna!!

Julie & Alesah
Gourmet Getaways xx

Krista - March 24, 2015 Reply

Like you, I take it any way I can find it while on the road. 🙂 Gas station, Macca’s, bar, you name it, I’ll drink it. 🙂

    Anna - March 25, 2015 Reply

    Teehee! Love that, although cant say Ive had a cuppa from a fuel station before, although word is they go down a treat for the caffeine addicted amongst us. 🙂

Maureen | Orgasmic Chef - March 24, 2015 Reply

This makes me laugh. On my first visit to Australia to meet John he asked if I wanted coffee and I said sure.

“What sort?”

“Coffee. In a cup.”

“Don’t be silly, which coffee do you want?”

“I just want coffee.”

“Don’t be difficult, ” he said.

When the penny dropped he realised that for me, coffee was one sort. No lattes, no flat whites, no cappuccinos, no flavoured coffees – my small town America didn’t even have a Starbucks.

THEN as if that wasn’t enough, a little while later he said, “What would you like for tea?”

and I smiled broadly and said, “Anything but I like Earl Grey.”

“I meant dinner.”

🙂

and in spite of all that I kept him. for 20 years.

    Anna - March 25, 2015 Reply

    Hahahaha…. HA! That is hilarious, Maureen. Laughing out loud this end! 🙂
    Don’t be difficult… LOL!

    And, the tea one gets a lot of people, even in Australia. Think that is a country thing, my Mom & Dad always called dinner tea.

    Thanks for the giggle. 🙂

Raymund - March 24, 2015 Reply

I think we are spoiled here in Australia and New Zealand as we have great coffee places/cafe owned by small business owners and not those commercial giants, they serve real good coffee not masked by artificial flavours and processed whipped cream. This is my usual problem when I go out of the country and have thought why not bring my own machine but thanks to nespresso which can be found nearly everywhere now a good cup of coffee is easy to find. I hate those powdered ones they taste nowhere near even a bad cup of real coffee.

    Anna - March 24, 2015 Reply

    We really are huh Raymund, we have become accustomed to drinking really good quality coffee, using beans sourced from wonderful little nooks of the world.

    A barista in my town has been named Australia’s best recently, so the standard in my town alone is extremely high. #proud

    Haha, yeah, drinking the powered stuff wasn’t my finest moment, but it did the job. 🙂

Denise Browning@From Brazil To You - March 23, 2015 Reply

You would love Brazilian coffee, Anna! It’s strong and made from the best coffee beans. This is one of the reasons we drink cafezinho, coffee served in small cups. 🙂 Chef Mario Batali orders our beans for his restaurants.

I love your barista coffee pics. They are art in cups!
I have just followed you on Instagram. Have an awesome week, my dear!

    Anna - March 24, 2015 Reply

    All the yes Denise, can’t wait to get over to Brazil and try it. You guys own the title for brilliant beans. And yes, that makes sense, small cups of delicious and you are on your way.
    Thank you, I am amazed at some of the coffees I drink, they really are little pieces of artwork, they are wonderfully handy when I travel too.
    And yay, followed you right back on Insta.
    Wishing you a splendid week too. xo

Norma Chang - March 23, 2015 Reply

I do need my cuppa Joe in the morning but stop short of bringing my own coffee machine with me. Like the shot of Kahlua coffee liqueur advice when all else fails.

    Anna - March 24, 2015 Reply

    Haha…. A girls gotta do what a girls gotta do. 🙂
    And the Kahlua coffee shot works a treat, makes for a fun morning too. LOL

Kris Johnston - March 23, 2015 Reply

When travelling I always go for local if I can, and no chains.
But hey, when no options I have no problems with Maccas!!!

    Anna - March 24, 2015 Reply

    That’d be my first preference too, schnitzel. Although, at least with the chains, you know exactly what its going to taste like. 🙂

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella - March 22, 2015 Reply

Wow BYO coffee machine-that is for those really serious about coffee! 😀 Love your final piece of advice haha!

Mabel Kwong - March 22, 2015 Reply

Love this article, Anna. So much humour in it! Oh my, you really traveled with Nessy and shown photos of coffee to baristas 😀 That is so clever, I never thought of that…mainly because I am not a coffee drinker and force myself to get by without it. So that would mean in the mornings, though I’m sleepy, I’m the sanest one around my coffee-drinking friends and would probably be the fastest person to find coffee!

Some of my coffee-drinking friends reckon burnt coffee is better than no coffee in the morning, I don’t know if this is a general consensus among coffee-people circles. Some coffee-drinkers do demand a specific type of coffee and that can be harder to find what they want to drink in the morning. For instance, if you’re after a latte and you’re in Singapore, you won’t get it at a coffee shop 😀

    Anna - March 23, 2015 Reply

    Yep, when we get around to hitting up Thailand, little Nessy will travel with us. 🙂

    Haha, you sound an excellent travel buddy, love that you wake bright eyed and bushy tailed, even more that you will find the coffee for us twitching coffee addicts.

    I guess a Maccas coffee is right up there with the burnt variety, and yes, the only place I could find a cappuccino in Singapore was Starbucks. The rest just topped your cup up with milk. Although, that was fun trying the different interpretations. 🙂

Tandy | Lavender and Lime - March 21, 2015 Reply

Luckily for us we only travel to Europe where an espresso is an espresso. Last year we were staying in a hotel. It was totally unplanned so we had no coffee with us. We went to buy some but when we got back they had changed our room to one without a kettle. I was not happy.

    Anna - March 23, 2015 Reply

    Noooooooooooooooo! That is awful. That is most unusual not having a kettle in your room. Fingers crossed you sorted that stat! Even if it was heading to the nearest bar for some caffeinated booze. 🙂

hassan - March 20, 2015 Reply

2 or 3 cups of tea i drink.

Hotly Spiced - March 20, 2015 Reply

My husband loves his coffee and travelling to places where a good coffee is difficult to find makes for a very non-relaxing holiday. We often travel with our own portable coffee machine xx

    Anna - March 23, 2015 Reply

    Haha, I understand the non relaxing holiday without a cuppa coffee Charlie, and really love that I am not alone with bringing my coffee machine with. 🙂

Tim UrbanDuniya - March 20, 2015 Reply

I always try to do some reading before I get somewhere, and see where the locals hang out. If the coffee ain’t good, at least the scene might be? And yeah, Nescafe was invited for me in Pakistan.

    Anna - March 20, 2015 Reply

    I do that sometimes too, but that is often where I become that crazed demon lady pointing at the coffee machine… Always with an audience. Ha! 🙂
    Nescafe… Like Blend 43? LOL…. Right up there with Maccas and Supermarket 3 in 1 & battery acid. 🙂

Elizabeth - March 20, 2015 Reply

LOL, I have never had to take my coffee machine, so that is a blessing. I also drink tea and find that even in the worst of coffee situations, I can get a bit of a fix from tea until I find the real deal… I obviously don’t have as much of a problem as you because I would never…. ever buy Macca’s coffee, even if I was desperate 🙂 Liz xxx

    Anna - March 20, 2015 Reply

    I should have started the post with … My name is Anna and I am a addicted to coffee. 🙂

    Tea has saved me many a time too, Liz. The ‘fix’ isn’t as great, but you are right, does the job when it has too.

    Happy weekend!
    xo

Rachel (Rachel's Kitchen NZ) - March 20, 2015 Reply

I freely admit to being a coffee lover and a coffee snob! Love this post Anna – best tip is the last one:)

    Anna - March 20, 2015 Reply

    Haha… I used to think I was a coffee snob too Rachel, that is until I found myself standing in a McCafe thinking it didn’t taste that bad. LOL! 🙂

Lizzy (Good Things) - March 20, 2015 Reply

Yup, I’ve been known to travel with a plunger, beans and grinder… and in latter years, a mini coffee machine! Great post, fellow aficionado!

    Anna - March 20, 2015 Reply

    To think just a few years ago people would have called us crazy packing our coffee machines when we travel. 🙂
    Are you taking the plunger or the machine when you hit the road later this year?

hassan - March 20, 2015 Reply

Hi Anna. Unfortunately I dont like coffee … But every time anywhere I find coffee, I eat it!

    Anna - March 20, 2015 Reply

    You dont like coffee, Hassan. You are tea drinker?
    Good you will drink/eat coffee products if you are served them. 🙂

Mandy - March 19, 2015 Reply

Fear not lovely one, I can offer you the pod, instant, filtered and if you so wish, can even grind your own beans for a cuppa. I am sure to be able to throw some frothy milk at it while we are about it. 😀
Have a beautiful day sweet Anna. Can’t believe we are getting closer and closer to your visit – just need to get through winter and then then before you know it, you will be here!
🙂 Mandy xoxoxo

    Anna - March 20, 2015 Reply

    Well hot dang lady…. That is marvellous, I LOVE that, you’ve got it ALL going on in your kitchen cafe. And I get some frothy milk a top my cuppa too. You da lady!!! 🙂

    Wishing you a wonderful day and fabulous weekend too. Survive the winter and then I’ll be there. So exciting. Cant wait for all the coffees, cake baking, Meerkat spying, wine drinking and hours of chatting. Not to mention the amazing blog posts/vlogs we will make.

    Loves and hugs.
    xox

      My Inner Chick - March 25, 2015 Reply

      OMGOSH,
      are you guys going to meet? FABULOUS. AMAZING.
      I want LOTS of photos.
      WOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

        Anna - March 25, 2015 Reply

        I am…. I am heading to S.Africa to spend a few weeks with the gorgeous Mandy…… All the eating, cooking, drinking, adventuring and catching up in person we can muster. I am so looking forward to it.

        I imagine there will be blogs a plenty! 🙂

          My Inner Chick - March 25, 2015 Reply

          –I want to hear
          E V E R T H I N G.
          how far is S. Africa from you?
          HUG Mandy “HARD” for me.
          you are both just wonderful! xxxxxx

          Anna - March 26, 2015 Reply

          Abso-Fricken-Lutely Kim! 🙂 I will speak to Mandy, maybe we can Skype or Facetime you.
          South Africa is about 10500kms, I’d say a good 12-15hr flight.
          Haha, I’ll absolutely be delivering that giant hug for Mandy from you.
          And right back at chya. Cant wait to spend some time in your neck of the woods. 🙂
          Lotsa loves headed your way.
          xox

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