Latte art from Bellman Steamer

No art prizes here, but with practice I’m getting there.

A few years back, we had a great coffee road trip across the USA. Aside from just wanting an adventure, we also wanted to prove our gear really was capable of making great coffee anywhere. We did prove it and had a lot of fun doing so.

We’re well overdue for another adventure, so next week I’m heading off on the first Espresso Unplugged Australian road trip. I’ll be packing up my tent and leaving Melbourne, bound for Cromwell Farm near Byron Bay. Cromwell Farm is Espresso Unplugged HQ.

The Bellman is capable of achieving steamed milk as good as you’d get from expensive, electric espresso machines. I’m still working on my technique and I’m not about to win an art prize for my lattes, but these coffees looked and tasted great. With practice, I reckon I’ll give our team mate Dan a run for his money (Dan’s been a professional barista for around 15 years). I’m so excited about being able to belt out great coffees, camping out in the sticks and far off the grid.

Also in the kit this time around are the Handpresso and an Aeropress. I’m pretty well practiced with the Aeropress and it’s great if you’re a fan of filter coffee. The Handpresso is new for us but we’ve all been achieving great results with it. It makes smaller shots than the ROK, which makes sense given it’s compact size. Like the Aeropress, the Handpresso is well suited to hikers and cyclists who need something that will fit in a backpack.

I’m also going to try my hand at roasting coffee while I’m on the road. I bought a Whirley Pop stovetop popcorn roaster as I’ve heard they’re great for coffee roasting. I bought a bunch of green coffee and with luck I won’t burn it beyond recognition. It’s been a few years since I’ve roasted coffee and I can’t wait to get back to it.

I had mapped out a possible route for the trip, but I’ve decided to take it a day at a time and see where the winds (and coffees) carry me. I’ll be blogging from on the road, so check back soon or subscribe to the blog via email – look for the sign-up box in the footer.

What am I drinking today? Right now I have two espresso blends from Industry Beans in Melbourne. I like them both and so will be bring both their Fiztroy Blend and seasonal Winter blend along on the trip.