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4 Best Ways to Make Coffee While Camping

By Matthew Berk on April 01, 2021
Posted in: How-To's
Tags: Camping

It's easy to make coffee while camping. Once you've decided on a brew method (whether fancy, like the Minipresso, or simple, like cowboy coffee), pack your coffee in individual serving baggies. While some brave folks bring mini grinders with them, others bite the bullet and pre-grind. Either way, a great cup of coffee goes a really long way towards heightening the delights of being outdoors. Read on to see the best ways to make coffee while camping.

1. Pack an AeroPress

The AeroPress is one of the best coffee makers for camping. The lightweight design is perfect for throwing in your backpack for a hike, stroll on the beach, or even a breakfast picnic at the park. The AeroPress provides a fresh, clean cup of coffee without the over-extracted flavor of other brewing methods. Think of it as a more durable and portable French press that cleans up quickly and creates an incredibly smooth cup.

2. Bring a Hand Grinder 

Brewing coffee outdoors doesn't mean you need to use pre-ground or instant coffee. For the freshest cup possible, bring whole beans and grind them with a hand grinder right before you brew. We recommend the Hario "Skerton Plus" Ceramic Coffee Mill for its lightweight design and precise grind. It only takes a few minutes to grind your beans by hand and it's well worth the effort for a rich and flavorful cup. Freshness is measured in seconds. This is why it's important to use freshly-ground coffee no matter where you explore. 

3. Brew Like a Cowboy

Cowboy coffee is ideal if you don’t want to carry any extra coffee equipment. You just need a stove (or fire), water, coffee grounds, and a pot. First, take out your pot and add 2 tablespoons of coffee grounds for every 6 to 8 ounces of water. Bring this mixture to a boil, then take the pot off the heat. Next, add 2 to 4 tablespoons of water to help the grounds settle. Your coffee grounds will fall to the bottom and you can pour yourself a homemade cup of coffee. Pro tip: Make sure you pour the coffee slowly for your grounds to remain at the bottom of the pot. 

4. Pull Shots With a Minipresso 

The Minipresso is an ultra compact and lightweight device to pull espresso shots on the go. Without any fuss, this slick handheld espresso machine produces a rich espresso shot with a nice crema. The sleek design of the Minipresso is perfect for traveling outdoors, weighing only 0.8 pounds. Bring your coffee grounds and water with you, and you’ll be making yourself quality espresso wherever you please.

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