Friday, June 14, 2024

Brewing Adventures in The Gambia: How I Took My Coffee Obsession on the Road

As someone who has developed a genuine obsession with coffee, the prospect of a work trip to The Gambia posed an interesting challenge. A quick pre-trip investigation revealed a surprising fact – there were no coffee shops in the region. Determined not to compromise my daily caffeine fix, I took matters into my own hands, packing a coffee arsenal that allowed me to brew coffee wherever I went.

The Essentials: My preparation involved careful consideration of the essentials. Here's what made it into my coffee-centric travel kit:

  1. Ground Coffee from a Las Vegas Roaster
  2. Bialetti Coffee Maker
  3. Camping Mug
  4. Hot Plate (Plugs in Anywhere)

To complement my stash, I made a strategic purchase upon arrival – whole milk from the local store. With my supplies in tow, I was ready to turn any corner of The Gambia into my personal coffee haven.

Desperate times call for desperate measures

One of the most liberating aspects of my coffee expedition was the flexibility to brew wherever I pleased. My hotel room became a makeshift coffee haven, and I found myself setting up shop in unexpected places – a school, a conference room, and even on the side of the road. The only prerequisites were an electrical outlet and a precious supply of electricity, a rarity in certain locations.

By taking control of my coffee destiny, I spared myself the challenge of navigating a coffee-less landscape. My do-it-yourself approach ensured a daily dose of delicious coffee without inconveniencing anyone or compromising on taste.

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