And, after driving for hours along the coast, without anyone to keep me company, I'd pull over, brew a cup of coffee, take in the scenery and then hit the road again.
Spending more than four hours driving each day didn't bother me knowing that caffeine was always just a brew away.Getting the Most Out of Your Pipamoka
After traveling with the Pipamoka for almost a week, I learned a few lessons, most of them the messy way. Literally. You should have seen my rental car - it was covered in coffee grounds. (Whoopths, sorry Enterprise!)
And that was because I bought grounds in Dublin. And, being in the perpetual hurry that I'm always in, I threw the bag in my backseat, where it would live for the next week, for easy access on the road. On day one I learned that was a big mistake. Because once the bag was opened, and I went to make my second brew, I realized that I didn't close the bag tightly the first time (damn side tabs!) and I basically made it rain coffee grounds in my backseat. Again, not my car, so not the end of the world, but wasting coffee is against my religion, so it hurt a little part of my soul when that happened.
The solution? Use a packing cube or dry sack to store your coffee ground bag in, or reuse an oversize zip lock bag you might have with you, or really prepare ahead and bring a plastic container specifically for this purpose. (Which isn't a bad solution if you want to bring your favorite grounds from home, fyi.)
Another little hack I loved was reusing a Nuun Hydration Immunity tube
I had just finished to pack a single refill of grounds in my day hiking pack so I could brew a cup up along the cliffs. (I didn't end up doing it, the rain making me want to get out of there as quickly as possible once I summited, but I could have, and that's what counts.)
At night, when I'd finally make it to my B&B and settle in for the evening (I was staying at B&B's exclusively during this trip and I loved it, but that's a whole different blog post!), I'd mix my used grounds with the MCT oil I had on hand to make my morning bulletproof coffees and I'd concoct a coffee ground exfoliating scrub.
The scrub helped rehydrate my skin, which was starting to look quite rough not only from the heavy jet lag that had set in, but also from the aggressive wind burn that had been assaulting my face over the course of the last few day's adventures. Basically, my face was in a very sad state and this helped bring it back to life.