Love coffee as much as we do? Check out our guide on how to make the perfect cup of joe while camping!
Coffee is a must-have for any camping trip - it's the perfect way to start your day. But making coffee while camping can be tricky, especially if you're not familiar with the process. That's why we've put together this guide, so you can make delicious coffee anywhere you go.
With just a few simple supplies and this easy guide, you'll be able to make cafe-quality coffee while camping. Even if you don't have any fancy equipment, with our tips, you'll be able to brew your favorite cup of coffee anywhere.
Keep reading to learn all the ways of making coffee like a pro even while camping!
What You'll Need to Make Coffee While Camping
In order to make coffee while camping, you'll need a few supplies.
First, you'll need a method of heating water. If you're using a campfire, you can do this simply by boiling water in a pot or pan. Alternatively, if you're using a portable stove, you can bring along a small kettle.
Next, you'll need ground coffee and a way to filter the coffee. A French press is ideal for this, but a coffee filter and a paper towel will work in a pinch.
Finally, you'll need a cup or mug to drink your coffee from.
How To Grind Coffee When You Are Camping
If you're a coffee lover, then you know that fresh-ground coffee is the best way to enjoy your cup of joe. But what do you do when you're camping and there's no coffee grinder in sight?
Don't worry, there are a few ways that you can grind your coffee beans while camping.
If you are really passionate about your morning cuppa, then using a Hand-Held Grinder is a great way to grind coffee beans while camping. These grinders are small and compact, making them perfect for camping. Simply place the beans in the grinder and give it a few good turns.
Another way is to use the mortar and pestle method. Well, no one will carry a mortal and pestle while camping. Simply place the coffee beans in any of your small pots or even a kettle, and grind them until they have the desired consistency.
Alternatively, you could also place the coffee beans in a Ziploc bag, on a hard surface, such as a rock or a tree stump, and crush the beans with a can of food, or maybe your ax head, or shovel. If you're really in a bind, you can even use a large rock to crush the beans. Just make sure that the rocks are clean and free of dirt and debris.
Different Ways to Make Coffee while camping
Coffee is essential for many people in the morning, and you can still enjoy your favorite brew even when you're in the great outdoors. There are plenty of ways to make that perfect cup. Whether you like old-school methods or something fancier, here are the different methods of making coffee while camping.
If you don't have any fancy equipment but still want to enjoy your coffee, you can try one of the following:
Instant coffee is simply pre-brewed coffee that has been dried and ground into a powder or crystals. To make instant coffee, simply add hot water to the desired amount of instant coffee and stir until dissolved.
This will do just fine for many of you, but if you like to appreciate a flavorful cup, then instant coffee might not be for you.
The Cowboy Method
One of the best ways to make coffee while camping (and also the easiest) is the cowboy method. All you need is a pan, coffee grounds, and water. Simply boil water on a camp stove or over a fire, then pour the coffee grounds into it.
Let it steep for about 4 to 5 minutes. Then pour some cold water on top of the pan and let it settle down for a minute, this will push all the coffee ground to the bottom. Then pour it into your cup and enjoy!
This method produces a strong cup of coffee, so it's perfect for those who need an extra jolt in the morning. Check out the simple video showing this method:
Modified Cowboy Method
If you want a less bitter cup of coffee, try the modified cowboy method. This method is similar to the cowboy method, but it involves removing the pan from the heat source before adding the coffee grounds.
Once the water reaches a boiling point, take it off the fire and let it cool for 30 seconds. Then, add your coffee grounds and pour the water over them. Let it steep for 3-4 minutes, then enjoy.
If you're looking for a bit more complex cup of coffee, try the drip method. This method involves using a coffee filter, a mug, and hot water.
Place the coffee filter in the mug and add your desired amount of coffee grounds. Boil water on a camp stove or over a fire, then carefully pour it over the coffee grounds. The hot water will drip through the coffee filter and into the mug, creating a cup of coffee.
This method takes a little bit longer than the others, but it's worth it if you want a delicious cup of coffee.
If you like your coffee to be fancy, even when you are camping, and don't mind carrying a few pieces of equipment for that perfect brew, you can try one of the following methods:
For a more refined cup of coffee, try the pour-over method. This method requires a little more equipment than the other two methods, but it's still relatively simple to do. You'll need a filter, a coffee mug, and a pour-over coffee maker. A Stanley Pour Over Coffee Set is a nice travel-friendly option you can choose for this.
To make the coffee, put the filter in the pour-over coffee maker and wet it with hot water. This will help to remove any papery taste from the filter. Then, add your desired amount of ground to the filter. For every 8 ounces (1 cup) of water, use 2 tablespoons of grounds. Slowly pour hot water over the grounds, being sure to saturate all of them. Then, let the coffee drip into your mug and enjoy.
Cold Brew Method
If you're camping in warm weather, or you just don't want to heat up water to make coffee, try the cold brew method. This method requires a little more patience than the other methods, but it's worth it for a refreshing cup of coffee. To make cold-brew coffee, add your desired amount of grounds to a French press or Mason jar.
For every 8 ounces (1 cup) of water, use 2 tablespoons of grounds. Slowly pour cold water over the grounds, being sure to saturate all of them. Then, put the lid on the French press or Mason jar and let it steep overnight. In the morning, press down on the plunger or strain the coffee into a mug. If possible add some ice and enjoy!
Using Coffee Percolator
Another option for making coffee while camping is using a coffee percolator. This method is similar to the cowboy method, but it uses a percolator instead of a pan. For camping, use lightweight but durable percolators made from aluminum, steel, or even titanium.
To use a coffee percolator, add water to the pot and ground coffee to the basket. Place the basket on top of the pot, then put the lid on the percolator. Place the percolator over a heat source and wait for the coffee to percolate. This usually takes 10-12 minutes. Once the coffee is done, remove it from the heat and enjoy.
Using French Press
A French press is a coffee maker that works by steeping ground coffee in hot water for a period of time before pressing a plunger down to filter the coffee grounds out. French presses typically make a stronger cup of coffee than other methods as more of the coffee oils are extracted during the steeping process. Choose a small and lightweight French press made from stainless steel, like Stanley Adventure.
It is not something very common among campers. But if you are glamping then a camping Moka pot will be a great buy.
A Moka pot is a stovetop coffee maker that works by boiling water and forcing it up through a tube and into a chamber where the coffee grounds are located. The hot water then filters through the coffee grounds, extracting the flavor, before dripping back down into the pot.
Moka pots are typically made from aluminum or stainless steel. For camping, the Primula Coffee maker will be a great choice.
Finally, You Can Enjoy Your Perfect Cuppa
Making coffee while camping is easy with these simple tips! Just remember to bring along a few supplies, and a heat source for boiling water. In no time at all, you'll have a delicious cup of coffee to enjoy while taking in the great outdoors.
So next time you're planning a camping trip, be sure to remember these different methods of making coffee so you can start each day with a delicious cup.
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