The smell of a warm cup of coffee is enough to brighten someone’s day. From the comfort it brings to the energy it provides, coffee has since been a requirement for a quick pick me up.
There’s a chance you might be reading this since you didn’t do your research before you left, or you’re doing some last minute research! So we compiled two quick and easy methods to for you to quickly grab the things you need to have a coffee infused morning on the campground, without breaking the bank.
Method 1: The French Press
Materials needed: French press, 1/2 cup ground coffee, 4 cups of clean water, stove/fire
Serving size: 4 cups of coffee.
The French press has been around for centuries. This timeless classic will simplify your coffee brewing while camping and speed things up so you can do what you came to do! Some things to note to improve your coffee experience, are that there are things that ruin the taste of the coffee to the pallet if done incorrectly.
The coffee beans used must not be too finely ground to pass by the filter used by the French press. Keep a course setting when grinding your coffee beans; this will keep you from drinking your beans rather than your coffee. Another thing to keep in mind is to not immediately pour scorching boiling water into the press, but also not wait until the temperature becomes tepid. There is a balance to be found!
Step 1. Measure out 1/2 cup of coarsely ground coffee, about the size of breadcrumbs, and pour into the French press.
Step 2. After boiling 4 cups of water, let sit for about 1 minute, before pouring into the French press.
Step 3. Stir and let sit for 3-4 minutes.
Step 4. Use the plunger and press steadily and consistently.
Step 5. Enjoy!
Method 2: The pour over
Materials needed: Filter holder, Coffee Filter, Ground Coffee, Water, Stove/fire
Serving Size: Refer to this coffee brewing guide to brew the amount of your choice!
Okay, coffee brewing is a science to some people and literally is broken down into fine, minute details by some self-proclaimed sommeliers.
We’re just camping so let’s break these complicated steps you will find all over the internet, into much simpler steps. One simple thing to keep in mind, however, is the target brew time. You want to aim for about 3-4 minutes of total target brew time (drip time) including the time when you stop adding water because it will continue dripping for an additional 30 seconds or so.
Step 1. Place a coffee filter in the filter holder. Aim for a total target brew time of 3-4 minutes.
Step 2. Add ground coffee beans, about the sugar in the raw granules, to the filter about 2/3 full.
Step 3. Use boiling water, about 30 seconds post-boil, and pour over the beans, allow the beans to swell with the hot pour.
Step 4. Continue with the hot pour keeping the pour close to the beans as possible, not to agitate the beans too much.
Step 5. Remember to allow some time to let the coffee to continue to drip and factor this into your “pour time.”