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Coffee Makers in Hotel Rooms

posted in Beverages by Kathy Maister

Yesterday my husband and I were in Philadelphia. Our hotel provided one of those mini in-room coffee makers. I thought this might be a perfect opportunity to talk about how to make coffee in one of these machines.

This “Drip Coffee” maker makes only 4 (5 ounce) cups of coffee; which really means 2 normal size cups of coffee. Drip machines, no matter what size, all work pretty much the same way. Just remember to always begin with the machine turned off.

Step 1
Remove the coffee basket. Rip open that packet of coffee and place the inner sealed packet of coffee in the basket. (Don’t open the inner sealed bag as that acts as a filter for the coffee.) Slide the basket back into the coffee machine.

Step 2
Using COLD water fill the glass carafe and pour the water into the back chamber of the coffee machine. Even though the water needs to heat up, NEVER start with hot water.

Hot water has impurities in it from the pipes so for all cooking start with cold water (even spaghetti water)! Plus these pots are designed to start with cold water.

Coffee afficionados can jump in here about why we should always start with cold water for the sake of the taste of the coffee.

Step 3
Press the on button and let the machine do its thing. Some of them have a pause button so that you can have a few slugs before the whole pot is finished brewing.

Step 4
Coffee’s ready!

We have just arrived in Germany. This is the coffee machine in our hotel room in Berlin…

…can’t wait to give this one a try!

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Betsy Maloney said:

I truly loved the article about hotel coffee makers. The pictures and explainations were very instructive and helpful. My husband and I often try to receive a decent cup of coffee while traveling and now I think we will have better luck. Thanks for all of the details.

Kathy Maister said:

Hi Betsy, great to hear from you! I tried the “Nespresso” coffee machine (last picture) and the coffee was fabulous! I’m thinking of getting one of these machines for home it was sooooo good, and easy to make once I read the direction!


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