A cup of steaming coffee is the best way to wake up completely, especially on those nippy mornings. Even on camping trips, you can still have your morning joe by carrying a few necessities. Here are the many ways in which you can whip up a hot mug in the wild, from DIY methods to simple, travel-friendly coffee-making equipment.
If you’re hiking or camping with a group, carrying a French Press with you is the most hassle-free way to provide joe for several folks. In addition, this equipment will help keep your beverage hot and it’s made from stainless steel as well, which makes it travel-friendly.
Coffee grounds meant for percolator use means it should be roughly milled. For every person in the group, allot one teaspoon of the grounds. Toss the grounds to the French press, pour it with steaming water and let the mix soak for 4 minutes.
After the 4 minutes were done, press the device’s plunger bit by bit to let the coffee grounds stay on the bottom. Congratulations, you can now have your hot cup of joe.
Percolators are such a ‘70s thing, but this piece of nostalgia from the “Me” decade has proven to be quite a handy tool for camping or overnight trips.
To get your fix, put the percolator together and pour enough water just beneath the basket insert. Toss some grounds in the basket amounting to 1 tablespoon of the stuff per 1 cup of water. Bring the percolator to a boil (make sure that it’s low) and once you see the mix bursting in the dome, you can reduce the heat and let the mix simmer for an additional 5 or 10 minutes.
Unless you are using a campfire to make the coffee, better move the device away from the fire so it wouldn’t boil. To guarantee a great cup, make sure that you watch the dome. A pale-looking mix means the beverage won’t be that strong while simmering it too long will make it bitter. Percolators aren’t automatic devices, meaning it will keep operating until you put a stop to its procedure.
Make coffee the Italian way by bringing a Moka pot. Moka pots work the same way as percolators but the difference is in the result. Making your brew on this device results into an espresso-like beverage minus the crema.
To make one, fill up the bottom chamber with water and toss the middle filter with the grounds (the espresso-ground variety is recommended). Once the mixture boils, it undergoes a procedure where the water gets forced through the grounds and into the topmost chamber, thus giving you your first brew of the day.
The Coffee Bag
If you’re worried of carrying too much stuff on your ‘pack, you can lighten the load by doing this method. This will provide a single cup or more depending on the amount of coffee you throw on the filter.
This method requires paper coffee filters and all you have to do is put a needed volume of the grounds into the center of the coffee filter, fold its edges like you would a purse then secure it with a string. Wait for your water to boil then pour the water over it or simply plop the filter on the pot. Just remember to secure the filter properly so the grounds wouldn’t leak.
There are also coffee bags just like thee bags. Completely ready to use and you just pour the hot water in the cup. There are a lot of coffee bags with different coffee beans available for everybody’s taste!
Recyclable coffee filters are an affordable means to make your coffee and you can store it anywhere on your ‘pack. It’s light and all you have to do is put the coffee grounds on the filter, plop it into your mug, pour some water then let the filter soak for several minutes.
The premade ones are one of the easiest ways to get your fix of joe. However, those who are into their coffee often took note of its taste; it lacks that freshly-brewed, robust taste of freshly-ground kinds. This method only requires you to add steaming water to the product, give it a few stirs and you’re ready to go.
The Cowboy Way
This utilitarian approach to making your own cup does not need any additional tools. Heat your water up, throw the needed amount of coffee grounds in the pot then wait for several minutes until you can move the beverage to your mug. To avoid a bitter cup of the stuff, you can sprinkle a tiny pinch of salt to the mix. Not bringing the water to a boil and letting the mix simmer will also help minimize its bitter taste.
A cup of coffee while watching the sunrise can make all the walking and hiking worth the effort, and with all these different way to make your favorite cup, it’s going to become a habit.