Camping and Coffee: How to Keep Things Simple
No camping trip is complete without coffee, and there is no shortage of options out there in terms of the accessories you can bring along in order to make the perfect brew in the field. However, it's really easy to complicate the simple in terms of coffee when all you really need is some hot water and grounds. Let's take a look at a few options that can give you access to all of the coffee you want without having to carry a lot of extra weight or waste valuable space.
We suggest that you focus on portability and efficiency when choosing your best coffee-making options. While you can invest in a portable espresso machine that is designed for outdoor use, it's important to really think about the practicality of bringing something like that along. They are heavy, have complex parts, and they are delicate. These are things that can be problematic in the field, and you don't want to end up with a coffee emergency caused by a broken machine.
Think along the lines of percolators, using camping filter basket that can rest atop a cup or pitcher or getting a portable, yet durable coffee brewer that runs on batteries. Percolators are arguably the best because they can be set up and placed on a rock next to a fire where they can brew away on their own. Cups and filters are a great option when space is limited, but you are also only able to make one or two cups at a time.
Another option is to bring a french press, which is also a self-contained brewing machine. All you need to do is add the coffee, pour in some hot water, let it steep for a few minutes, press the plunger, and you're good to go.
At the end of the day, these simple and time-honored devices may not be much to look at. However, they have been helping to keep people caffeinated for hundreds of years, and chances are that they will serve you well also.
Choosing the Right Coffee
You pretty much have two choices when it comes to camping coffee: Grounds or instant. Instant coffee has come a long way over the past few years, and you have more choices than ever in terms of flavors, strength and even packaging. One great improvement is single-serve packets that are easy to store and carry, and you don't need to measure portions when you want to make a cup.
Another nice option are single-serve coffee pouches that resemble tea bags. Just plop them in your cup, add hot water, and remove the bag when the desired strength is reached. You can even find instant coffee packets that are mixed with cream and sugar as well.
When it comes to choosing grounds and brewing coffee, try to use grounds that are fine as opposed to coarse. This will help the water to pass through the filter faster, and more of the flavor will end up in the cup instead of being locked in the grounds.
Take some time to come up with the best option for your needs. Think about space, portability and practicality, and then go with the system that will produce the best results with minimal hassles. Don't over-think coffee as all that is really needed is some water and heat to make the perfect cup in the field.