Don’t miss your morning cup o’ Joe
We’re creatures of habit. We love our comforts, and there’s no greater comfort than enjoying a piping hot cup of amazing coffee as we watch the sun dawn on a new day. While there’s no café or coffee shop in the great outdoors, you certainly don’t have to go without your fix. You may have perfected your skill at cooking over an open fire, but brewing coffee takes a different approach. We could take along the instant coffee, but honestly who wants a bad cup of coffee to start each day? It doesn’t take a lot of effort to make real coffee while away from home, and you may just find that you love the camping alternative to the fancy gadgets we invest money in to getting the perfect cup.
Brew your coffee with an egg
Does it sound gross? We thought so at first as well. This is how the Cowboys did it, and it’s worth a shot. The method tells us to boil water in a tin and add the desired amount of coffee. Remove your tin from the heat and let it steep as you would tea, typically about five minutes for a full, robust flavor.
When the coffee is just about done steeping, open an egg – and we suggest using the contents for breakfast – and toss the eggshell into the coffee. The eggshell helps the coffee grounds to sink to the bottom, so you don’t have to worry about getting any in your cup. Alternatively, you could use a coffee filter with the coffee wrapped up in it to let steep, but that’s not very authentic and doesn’t taste as good.
Pour it over
Pour-over coffee systems are becoming more popular, and the great thing about them is that you can take them with you wherever you go. For some pour-over systems, you will need to pack paper filters, and for others, filters aren’t required, but the glass on these systems may be a concern for people lugging around heavy packs, and potential accidents may break the pot.
The pot also takes up a bit of room, but for coffee lovers, it’s room well used. For these systems, you pack the desired amount of coffee into the filter and pour the piping hot water slowly over the grounds. Let the water drain a bit and pour more. It takes a bit of time, but the result is one you will love.
There’s a reason a press is such a popular option for brewing. The coffee is strong and robust, and just a bit of pressing takes away the grounds. The method is pretty straightforward; add coffee, add the hot water, and let it steep. Then you press down to contain the grounds. Pour and enjoy. They even make options for campers in mug size, so there’s little muss or fuss!
Let it percolate
This is a bit more rustic and old fashion, but there’s peace in getting back to our roots. A percolator makes great coffee, and you’re in complete control of how strong or weak your brew is.
The basket is removed, water added, replace the basket, and add grounds. Assemble it all and put it on the fire until it starts percolating. Give it a minute or so once the perking process starts, remove it from the heat until it settles, and pour out the liquid pick-me-up. These systems are a bit more durable as they’re often made of metal so even accidents won’t break it.
Whether this is your first camping trip or your fiftieth, coffee is a staple to many mornings. Playing around with different methods of brewing can help you find a way of making coffee that you absolutely love, and who knows, you may just start doing it that way at home as well!
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