How to Make the Perfect Cup of Coffee While Camping
Coffee lovers might find it challenging to enjoy a hot cup of coffee while camping. After all, spending hours away from all the modern-day conveniences can be daunting. But just because you’re camping, that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on your favorite cup of java. Here’s a step-by-step guide to making the perfect cup of coffee while camping, so you can enjoy a little something special in the great outdoors.
The great thing about making coffee while camping is that there are so many ways to enjoy your joe. From traditional methods like French presses to more modern takes on the camping staple, you’ll be able to find the perfect coffee-making option for you.
Once you’ve decided on the method you’d like to use, it’s time to get started. One of the best ways to make coffee while camping is with pour-over coffee – a time-tested method that is sure to produce a delicious cup of coffee. This method is great for anyone who doesn’t want to bring along too much equipment and doesn’t have access to a standard coffeemaker while camping. The process of making pour-over coffee is simple and requires only a few basic supplies. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Your favorite type of coffee grounds
- A kettle or pot to boil water.
- A pour-over coffee cone and filter.
- A carafe or other vessel for collecting the brewed coffee.
- A timer.
- A spoon for stirring.
Once you have all of your supplies you’re ready to begin. Start by boiling your water in the kettle or pot – just be sure to give yourself plenty of time so you don’t burn the water or make the coffee too strong. While your water is boiling, measure out your coffee grounds – a good rule of thumb is around 2 tablespoons of grounds per cup of water. Once the water is ready, place your filter inside your pour-over cone and pour the grounds into it.
Next, slowly pour the hot water over the coffee grounds in the cone – try to evenly distribute the water so that all the grounds are evenly saturated. As the water passes through the grounds, it will collect in your carafe or vessel. Now that the first pour is done, stir the grounds with a spoon and wait 15-20 seconds before pouring a little more water through the filter to ensure all the grounds have been evenly saturated. Continue to repeat the process until your timer reads 4 minutes.
Once the timer beeps, discard your filter and grounds and pour your freshly brewed coffee into a cup. You can also sweeten or cream your coffee if you like – although some would argue that a good cup of coffee should not be tampered with. For an extra kick, look for smoky espresso grounds to give your coffee an authentic camping experience.
Of course, if you’re not a fan of the pour-over method, you can also use other methods of making coffee while camping. French presses are always a popular choice, and an Aeropress is a great choice for those who want the convenience of a one-step brewing process. For a video tutorial on how to make coffee using a French press, check out this helpful guide from our friends at REI Adventures:
Whichever method you choose to use, making coffee while camping doesn’t have to be a hassle. With just a few simple ingredients and supplies, you can have a hot, delicious cup of coffee in minutes. So put the instant coffee away and try one of the methods above – you’ll be glad you did!
Whether you’re an avid camper or a coffee lover, making coffee while camping is an experience you won’t forget. So grab a cup of joe and admire the great outdoors – you deserve it!