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Mar 30, 2014 08:34 AM

Coffee in Hotel Rooms

We often stay at hotels with in room coffee makers that use flat round filters filled with coffee. Unfortunately the coffee is sometimes really bad. Wondered if anyone had found a way to bring your own better coffee and still use their 2-4 cup coffee makers?

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  1. Melitta makes a small coffee filter called the Junior that would fit into the basket of most of these coffee makers.

    Just an observation...if the coffee maker is never cleaned out, its liable to produce "sometimes really bad" coffee.

    1. Pack your own coffee maker. I've been known to stop at walgreens and buy one if I was going to be staying more than a night or two.

      1. Get the #4 basket filters at the supermarket and through them into your luggage along with your favorite coffee and some bottled water. Much better than the "gourmet" coffee packets the hotels use.

        1. Those crappy in-room coffee makers don't get the water hot enough to brew a decent cup even if you use quality whole beans and grind it fresh.

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          1. re: grampart

            That is definitely the case. I'm a tea drinker, not coffee, and I've tried to use the hotel coffee makers to make tea a few times. It's supposed to work - they stock a few tea bags along with the coffee packets - but it comes out terrible. The water isn't hot enough to properly brew tea, and it usually has a faint flavor of stale coffee since, as someone else said, those coffee makes never get cleaned.

            1. re: cookie monster

              My kid sis is also a tea drinker. When she checks in at any major hotel, the first thing she does is call housekeeping and request a kettle (and a plate, a bowl, full set of cutlery). She is rarely disappointed.
              The only time I've not been able to get a kettle was in Turin, Italy; the hotel cited safety concerns. So now I just pack an immersion heater, and pick up a large mug at a flea market.

          2. Hotel coffee is easily the most vile kind.
            Buy a plastic gizmo like this (usually $5 or so):
            Pack filters and your coffee, microwave water until its actually really hot, and pour over.
            At least 100xs better than hotel coffee

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            1. re: Ttrockwood

              Where would you find a microwave in a typical hotel room?

                1. re: Ttrockwood

                  Well yes, that is where you would typically find one if your room had one. I rarely see them unless it's a hotel room that also has a kitchenette in it. I travel a lot for work and I'm very happy when any room I'm in has a mini fridge in it instead of a mini bar that I'll never use.

                  1. re: Ttrockwood

                    I have rarely seen microwaves as standard equipment. In fact, I don't think I've ever seen microwaves in a room. Ever in all my travels.

                    Even the suites that I have stayed in kitchens do not have microwaves, even though they'll have a stove and an oven. Would've traded both for a microwave, however.

                    1. re: ipsedixit

                      You and SaraAshley are just spoiled and staying at expensive hotels. Most of the mid-range places aimed at business travelers have a mini fridge and microwave as standard, along with the free breakfast, and a happy hour if you are lucky. :)

                      When you get to the better hotels then you just get the mini-bar and they want you to order room service.

                      10+ years of business travel all over the US, lots and lots of microwaves.

                      1. re: pamf

                        Lol. Most of my travels for work are in big cities and I think most hotels in big cities are like this. The 6 floor hotels in more suburban cities are more likely to have microwaves.

                        1. re: SaraAshley

                          Many of the hotels are now switching to espresso machines with Nespresso pods.

                          Good stuff. For a hotel.

                          1. re: SaraAshley

                            Exactly. I can't remember the last time I was in a downtown metro hotel that had a microwave. We usually bring one of these, along with a plastic Melitta cone:

                            Speaking of nasty in-room coffee machines, etc., we also bring our own coffee mugs and plastic cups. We've seen the way maids use dirty washrags to "clean" the house mugs and water glasses.

                            1. re: Steve Green

                              and yet, my DH wonders why I wash the glasses and mugs when we unpack

                          2. re: pamf

                            Haha, I think you may have something there. I spend 100-150 nights in hotel rooms each year, many times just one night in any one place, and these days I am rarely without a microwave and mini fridge. Your average Holiday Inn Express, Comfort Inn/Comfort Suites, Best Western, etc is equipped in such a manner.

                    2. re: Ttrockwood

                      Agreed. If I were wanting to have good (or at least consistent) coffee in my hotel room, I'd pack my AeroPress and coffee, and heat the water in the microwave.