How to Make Delicious Coffee When Camping
Camping is the perfect way to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and enjoy some quality time outdoors with family and friends. Nothing beats the feeling of popping a fresh cup of delicious coffee on your camping stove to start an adventurous day. But the question often arises “How do I make great coffee when camping?”
As an experienced camper and father of three, I understand completely the importance of making a good, sustaining cup of Joe while camping. After all, the right cup of coffee is an essential part of the camping experience – a welcoming start to a new day of exploration! It can be intimidating to make a delicious cup of coffee while you’re away from home, but it doesn’t have to be. With a little bit of know-how and the right supplies, you can make a great cup of coffee even while camping.
What You’ll Need
Before you start brewing, you’ll need to make sure you have the right supplies. Of course, you’ll need some ground coffee, but you’ll also need to pick up the proper tools and gadgets to make your coffee:
- A camping stove
- A coffee grinder
- A lightweight camping pot, preferably stainless steel
- A coffee filter
- A campfire coffee filter (optional)
Makin’ It: Step-by-Step Guide
Once you’ve gathered all the essential supplies, it’s time to start brewing. To begin, grind your chosen beans on a coarse setting. Fill up your camping pot with water, and place it on your camping stove. Now, carefully pour your ground coffee into the filter, and then submerge it in the hot water. Make sure the filter has plenty of water to make sure your coffee is properly steeped and flavorful. Make sure to keep an eye on the pot at all times once you’ve put it on the stove.
Once the water starts to boil, take off the heat. Let the pot stand for 4-6 minutes, until the grounds have settled. Now, carefully place your coffee filter on the lid of your camping pot. Untie the drawstring around the filter, then slowly pour the coffee in a circular motion into either a mug or a carafe. Take it off the heat, and enjoy!
Alternative Coffee-Making Techniques
If you prefer more of a hands-on make-it-yourself approach to your coffee-making when you’re camping, there are always a few alternatives to the classic camping pot method. For example, you could try using a campfire filter, which is a circular basket made out of stainless steel that you fit onto your fire and fill with your ground coffee. The basket is safe to use, and the coffee tastes great. Or, you could try using a cow-bell, a cast iron tool that you can hang over your campfire. The cow-bell has a small basket in the middle of two handles, where you can put your ground coffee and a little bit of water. Hang the whole thing over your fire, and 3-5 minutes later your coffee is ready to be enjoyed.
What About Ready-Made Coffee Packets?
Another option is using store-bought coffee packets. All you need to do is boil some water, and pour the contents of the packet into your mug or carafe. These packets come in a variety of flavors and sizes, so you’re sure to find something you’ll enjoy. However, the downside to this method is that it’s generally much more expensive than going about it the more traditional way.
Though making coffee while camping can sometimes be challenging, it doesn’t have to be. With a little bit of know-how and the right supplies, you can make delicious coffee even while away from home. So get out there and try it for yourself!