Great Coffee When Camping IS a Possibility
Ah, nature! We’re all craving a hit of that right now. Whether it’s a weekend hike or a full-on wilderness adventure once things open up, there’s no need to sacrifice coffee quality on your getaway. Great coffee when camping is actually way easier than you might realize.
The good news is your travel coffee kit doesn’t need to break the bank. There’s quite a variety of packable options to suit a solo hike or a group camping trip.
I’ve broken it down into three levels: Basic, Intermediate and Advanced.
Basic Kit: French Press and Pre-Ground Coffee
It doesn’t get more basic than a French Press!
Easy to brew with, very forgiving and they have space inside to store your beans when travelling.
There are a couple of options for you here:
The Akimita – good for brewing a couple of cups
The one-litre Java Gear French Press in stainless steel, for when you want to brew multiple cups.
Both of these are rugged and sturdy, plus lightweight.
Add to that a solid coarse ground coffee (Mountain’s Edge Coastal Medium for example).
Leave the kettle at home and boil your water in a pot on the camp stove, or an isobutane single burner unit.
Intermediate Kit: AeroPress Go and Metal Filter
The AeroPress immersion system is simple and fast for a single cup of coffee. It comes with a mug that doubles as a carrying case, it’s super lightweight and it’s pretty much indestructible.
A fantastic addition to the Aeropress is a reusable metal filter.
This is by far the most eco-friendly option to use when camping. All you need to do is rinse with water and it’s good to use thousands of times.
To turbocharge this setup, consider a hand grinder. This will ensure your brews are as fresh as possible.
A great option is the Java Gear hand grinder.
Advanced Coffee When Camping Kit: Pour Over Kit and Hand Grinder
OK, we’re getting into true coffee shop territory here!
The Akimita Dripper Set is a lightweight dripper/carafe combo that is perfect for camping or home use (this thing looks amazing on a counter).
If you want to make it even more lightweight, leave the carafe at home and use the dripper on top of a camping mug.
Boil your water on a camp stove and in the place of a gooseneck kettle, you can use a simple pitcher to control the flow of your water.
Finally, this setup wouldn’t be complete without a hand grinder. I’d highly recommend the all-metal Hario Slim. It’s pretty much indestructible, grinds coffee quickly and with great grind consistency.
What Coffee To Choose
Roaster Central is your friend here! There’s a HUGE selection of coffee to buy. They’ll deliver it to your door and it’s mostly local roasters.
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