Not everyone drinks coffee, but those who do either make it a ritualistic part of their morning or afternoon, while others make a lifestyle by the ancient beverage. Camping and coffee go together more than you might think.
You might either use it as a way to start off your day in the morning, or brew it around the campfire at night – the methods are more numerous than you think.
So how do you brew your coffee? Unplug the drip machine for a little bit, and think of more fun ways to extract the goodness. With certain methods, you might even be able to use your existing campfire to get the water boiling. Take some time to learn.
French press pots are readily available in most home goods stores. The taste and quality of French press-brewed coffee is noticeably different than what you might be used to with the drip machine. Since there is no paper filter, you’ll be getting more of the bitter and essential oils in your cup that contribute to a fuller and smoother taste.
Using either the stove in your RV, a propane-fueled portable stove, or just a low-flame campfire, boil up some water and insert into the pot with the grounds at the bottom. Stirring for a while will ensure that the grounds are getting more immersion in the water. A regular-size French press typically makes enough coffee for about two to three people. Not a bad way to share!
Stove Top Espresso
Probably one of my favorite methods of making coffee is through an old Italian-style espresso maker. While many people think that espresso is a type of coffee bean, it’s really just a method of brewing any coffee, although there are espresso roasts. Like the French press, you can prepare (carefully) over the embers of your campfire. The only challenge with making coffee this way is to be careful not to actual let the water boil, for it is easy to burn.
The result of brewing this type of coffee is probably the strongest cup you’ve ever tasted. Only use coffee that has been ground for espresso – extremely fine powder.
If you’ve never had Turkish coffee, you probably didn’t know what coffee was capable of tasting (and looking) like. Turkish coffee is known for being thick and muddy, and once you have the first sip, you’ll wonder how you’ve been missing out this whole time. This brewing method is a bit more complex than what you might be used to, since you actually have to brew three times. The presentation and taste will impress you fellow campers, and a good percentage of people could very well be asking you for more.
Make your camping experience a bit more stimulated by trying new methods of coffee brewing. It’s not only fun, but an excellent way to make some new friends at the campground along the way.