Make coffee on your next camping trip with these tips from Blain’s Farm & Fleet.
A camping trip isn’t complete without your favorite food and drinks – and that includes coffee. The last thing you want to do is lug a coffee maker with you to the campgrounds or haul one in your camp pack. Luckily, there are some tried and true ways to make coffee even when you’re enjoying the great outdoors. Blain’s Farm & Fleet has five different ways you can make coffee while camping.
Make camping coffee the classic way with a percolator. Used for generations, a percolator is a reliable and easy way to make coffee on your camping trip. A metal tube is connected to a metal basket, which is filled with coffee grounds. The bottom chamber is filled with water, which is brought to a boil. The boiling water percolates up the tube and into the basket of coffee grounds. You can use a percolator on a campfire or a camping stove.
2. Cowboy Coffee
Another classic way to make coffee while camping is cowboy coffee. It’s simple – just add coffee grounds to hot water. The coffee grounds don’t dissolve in the hot water, but there are a few ways around it getting grounds in your coffee mug. You can use the clean cup method, where you place the grounds in a cheese cloth or bandana. You can also use the scoop top method, where you skim the coffee grounds off the surface of the water.
3. Instant Coffee
Instant coffee is the easiest way to have coffee while camping. While method may vary by brand, generally instant coffee is made by adding a packet to hot water, stirring, and drinking. The individual packets are easy to pack for hiking or a day of backpacking. While it might not taste exactly like brewed coffee, it’s an easy way to have coffee on your camping trip.
4. French Press
French press coffee is a simple way to brew coffee while still getting plenty of flavor. This method is more suited for RV camping, or car camping, where you can bring a glass carafe with you. Although, there are some French presses that are more durable and suitable for tent camping. To use a French press, simply pour the coffee and hot water into the press, and stir. Using the mesh filter, squeeze the coffee grounds down to separate them from the water. You’re left with a pure, hot cup of coffee.
5. Coffee Bags
Finally, you can make coffee bags to take with on your camping trip. Just like a tea bag, the ground coffee is dropped into a hot mug of water and steeps until ready. To make your own, take a coffee filter and lay it flat. Fill it with your favorite freshly ground coffee, and tie it closed with butcher’s twine, leaving a bit of extra twine. Boil the water over a campfire or camping stove, and then let the coffee bag steep for about 1-3 minutes. Remove the coffee bag and enjoy a cup of coffee. It’s that easy.
Even when you’re camping you can enjoy all the amenities of home. For more camping tips, visit our Camping blog.