6 great ways to make delicious coffee at camp

6 Great Ways To Make Delicious Coffee At Camp

Whether you want a quick gas station coffee or a gourmet coffee, there’s a way to get it right.

For most of us, morning coffee sits somewhere between a habit and a sacred ritual.

The smell of a fresh cup is a wake-up call – a transition between that part of the day when we’re tired and blinking in our sleeping bags and the part when we come alive.

I’ve tried all sorts of brewing methods, from instant coffee brewed in bottled water to miniature espresso machines.

There’s really no “right” way to make your morning coffee: it depends on what you’re looking for and what your needs are.

Ultralight hikers (and most backpackers) prefer instant coffee, which has only gotten better over the years.

Other coffee lovers may be willing to pay a few extra grams for a higher-quality cup.

Below, I’ll show you six of the best ways to brew coffee while traveling and give you a few tips on how to get the most out of it.

1. Instant coffee – made quickly

6 Great Ways To Make Delicious Coffee At Camp

The advantage is already in the name: instant coffee is easy to prepare when you are still tired and don’t have time. You don’t have to clean up afterwards or carry away the coffee grounds.

While traditionally you had to sacrifice a lot of taste with instant coffee, there are now great brands so that you can really enjoy your morning cuppa.

This coffee-drinking method is best suited for microlight hikers and hikers in a hurry.

The disadvantage is that the coffee mostly tastes like instant coffee.

My recommendation: try them Mount Hagen Organic Naturland Instant Coffee Sticks (2g x 25 sticks, 100% organic Fairtrade instant coffee) or, if you like sugar in it, the Jacobs coffee specialities 3 in 1 (1.8g x 10 sticks).

2. Cowboy coffee – like in the old days

6 Great Ways To Make Delicious Coffee At Camp

Of all the coffee-making methods out there, this is sure to be the least likely to be used at home.

Just put a few spoonfuls of ground coffee in your pot or cup and brew it up. It’s easy and requires no additional equipment.

The downside: It’s also quite grainy, especially if you haven’t gotten the hang of it yet. You’ll pick the coffee grounds out of your teeth.

The method is best suited for large groups who don’t want to lug around brewing equipment.

Tips for preparation: Boil the water first, then remove from the heat and add the coffee (2 tablespoons per 250 ml). Stir briefly and leave covered for 4 minutes.

Remove the lid and sprinkle with cold water or tap the rim with a spoon to settle the ground coffee. Pour it over carefully so that the coffee is not stirred up and pour it out carefully. A ladle comes in handy if you’ve been cooking in a large pot.

3. French Press – for moments of taste

6 Great Ways To Make Delicious Coffee At Camp

This multi-step method makes for a strong, flavorful brew, and if you’re an avid devotee, you probably know how to make it.

But it also means lugging a single-use kitchen utensil into the wild and having to clean it up afterwards. Is it worth the trouble? I’ll let you decide.

The coffee brewing method is best suited for groups with sophisticated tastes.

The disadvantage is cleaning because it is a water-intensive matter.

Brewing Tips: I prefer these GSI Outdoor Commuter JavaPress coffee mugs because of their weight and capacity. Put the coffee and water in the press (2 tablespoons per mug.), stir vigorously, leave for 4 minutes, then slowly slide the filter down. Finished.

4. Pouring out – the ritual

6 Great Ways To Make Delicious Coffee At Camp

This simple brewing method makes a great cup of coffee without the weight and moving parts of a French press.

But like the French press, you’ll need to pack a few extra pieces of equipment. Also, only one cup can be brewed at a time, so this method is best for solo hikers or small groups.

This method is ideal for coffee lovers who like a little ritual. The downside is that you can only brew one cup at a time.

Here’s how it works: Make a coffee dripper – like that GSI Outdoors Unisex Java Drip or the Collapsible Coffee Drip by Snow Peak – about a cup. Insert a filter and then add the coffee. Then pour the water (just before boiling point) in slow spirals until your cup is full (about 3 minutes).

This is my favourite backpacking coffee method.

5. AeroPress – the finest sieve for the finest coffee

6 Great Ways To Make Delicious Coffee At Camp

Now it gets really elegant. If you’re used to having a double shot or latte in the morning, this is the easiest way to brew a strong, espresso-like coffee on the go.

This method also requires you to carry a disposable device, but if you’re a true coffee enthusiast, this might be something for you. This method is best suited for connoisseurs.

Portable espresso machines are expensive, not to mention bulky for the amount of coffee they make.

As an alternative, there is the AeroPress which brews similarly rich, strong coffee in under a minute. It’s great that the AeroPress is easy to clean.

6. Portable espresso machine – the creamy one

6 Great Ways To Make Delicious Coffee At Camp
Pictures: Amazon product page of WACACO Minipresso

The outdoor industry is always inventing new things and the latest craze is the mini espresso machine to take with you on your travels.

If you love espresso, then you should try this mobile espresso machine.

The device is the size of a small thermos flask and works with muscle power. You will need espresso or coffee capsules (they are not really environmentally friendly).

You put the capsule in the WACACO Minipresso, fill in water and press creamy espresso into your cup. Enjoy your meal.

Bonus tip: use tea bags as DIY coffee bags

Here’s a little trick for everyone who likes cowboy coffee but wants to do without the coffee grounds.

Place ground coffee in a paper tea bag, then tie it in a knot with unflavored dental floss. You can also try tying the tea bag together if it’s big enough (always works for me).

6 Great Ways To Make Delicious Coffee At Camp

Then, heat water to your desired brewing temperature then drops the sachet into the cup or pot. Then leave the bag in the cup for 2-4+ minutes depending on how strong you like your coffee.

There is also an alternative Ear Drip Coffee Bag, but unfortunately, you can’t prepare them. However, there are also already filled coffee bags (like the Filter coffee from emilo), which you just have to hang in the cup.

6 Great Ways To Make Delicious Coffee At Camp
Photo: Amazon product filter coffee by emilo

Summary: Coffee lovers get their money’s worth through a variety of methods

Many coffee lovers are willing to make any effort to get their black juice.

Especially in the morning when you’re out of your tent to come, under the tarp sits or the hammock leaves, the coffee really motivates us to start the day.

I myself like cowboy coffee because it is so easy to prepare and I only need coffee, a cup and hot water. And since I’ve perfected the method, I never have coffee grounds in my mouth.

6 Great Ways To Make Delicious Coffee At Camp
I like to do it when it has to be quick: the cowboy coffee

However, the French Press also got me hooked and I like it JavaPress mug from GSI Outdooreven if it is not cheap.

No matter what method you use, there’s always something for everyone when it comes to sipping your favourite beverage—whether in the wild or making your own at home.

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