How to Make Pour Over Coffee While Camping
If you are a camping enthusiast like me, nothing is better than getting up with a hot cup of coffee while on a camping trip. However, if you’re a coffee lover like I am, you know that a regular old cup of camp coffee is nowhere near as good as an amazing pour over coffee. The good news is that if you know how, making pour-over coffee is incredibly easy and even better while camping.
Making pour-over coffee is a relatively new phenomenon and many coffee lovers I’ve talked to seem intimidated by the thought of making pour-over coffee. But making pour-over coffee is actually incredibly simple and the key to making a great cup of pour-over coffee is all about using the right equipment.
Here is what you’ll need to make great pour-over coffee while camping:
– Pour over brewer – These brewers come in many shapes and sizes and can be made from ceramic, stainless steel, or plastic.
– Filters – Many makes and models of filters will work, but paper filters work best and can usually be found in camping and outdoor stores.
– A kettle – You will need a kettle or pot to boil water. You can also use a camping stove if that’s what you’ve got.
Once you’ve gathered your equipment, it’s time to get started. Here are the steps to making the perfect pour-over coffee:
1) Begin by pre-wetting the filter. Place the filter in the pour over brewer and then pour hot water through it, to help rid the filter of any paper residue and to make sure the filter is completely saturated. Then dump the water out that was used for pre-wetting.
2) Place the appropriate amount of grounds in the filter. The amount you need to use depends on your taste, but typically a ratio of 15-20 grams of coffee per 8 oz. of water is a good starting point.
3) Boil water to 205-210F.
4) Pour a small amount of hot, but not boiling, water over the coffee grounds and let it sit for 30 seconds. This is called “blooming” and gets the most flavor out of the coffee grounds.
5) Once the bloom is done, begin to slowly pour the hot water over the coffee grounds, in circles, until all the water is gone. Don’t rush this step – take it slow and steady.
6) Remove the filter and enjoy!
Making pour-over coffee while camping is not only incredibly simple, but it results in a cup of coffee that is much smoother and has a more nuanced flavor than any standard camp coffee. As an experienced camper and a father of three coffee-loving kids, experience tells me that taking the time to make pour-over coffee while camping is well worth the effort.
To make sure you get the most out of your camping pour-over coffee experience, be sure to use the freshest coffee possible. Coffee that is freshly ground and more lightly roasted tends to bring out the most flavor. Also, don’t forget to keep supplies in your camping kitchen like a good burr grinder, quality filters, and of course, the kettle.
So the next time you’re packing for your camping trip don’t forget to add the needed supplies for making great pour-over coffee while camping. Who knows, you might find yourself becoming a coffee snob – I know I did!