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Old 04-18-2014, 11:30 AM   #1
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Hey guys,

I'm planning a couple camping trips for this summer, and since I need my daily fix I was wondering what your preferred method is to get coffee without electricity. I'd also like to avoid the need for open flames (such as a camp fire) just in case.

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Old 04-18-2014, 11:53 AM   #2
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Default Re: Making coffee while camping?

Will you have a camp stove? If so, boil some water and do a pour over. One cup at a time, but a good cup. For larger groups, I'd recommend making some coffee syrup and go that route - also a good route if you have limited space, like a backpacking trip.
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Old 04-18-2014, 12:02 PM   #3
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Default Re: Making coffee while camping?

I don't have anything currently, I'm weighing options before I buy anything so I can try to not have to buy something else after realizing I was wrong. My first thought is to buy a camp stove and use a small french press, but I don't know if theres some fancy mobile maker that I don't know about
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Old 04-18-2014, 12:05 PM   #4
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You can also use a moka pot. My friends who motorcycle camp make coffee on the cylinder head of a BMW oil head.
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http://www.ineedcoffee.com/04/cowboycoffee/
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Old 04-18-2014, 12:34 PM   #8
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Starbucks instant coffee isn't as good as real brew. But, its a very sensible alternative when space / weight is at a premium.
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Default Re: Making coffee while camping?

I used to use a Melitta coffee maker when I camped -- the single cup maker with either the paper or resuable filters works pretty well -- and it is fast. It's basically a plastic filter holder that sits on your cup. http://www.amazon.com/Melitta-Ready-...p+coffee+maker

They make a larger version that comes with a carafe. http://www.amazon.com/Melitta-Coffee...ywords=Melitta

If you bring the right coffee, ground to the right size it makes a great cup of coffee.
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Default Re: Making coffee while camping?

I bring a french press and just boil water on my camp stove.

You can get a very portable single burner stove for reasonable prices. They run on those mini tanks of propane.
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I bring a french press and just boil water on my camp stove.

You can get a very portable single burner stove for reasonable prices. They run on those mini tanks of propane.
This is what I'll probably end up doing, but thanks for the tips all, keep em coming
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I don't have anything currently, I'm weighing options before I buy anything so I can try to not have to buy something else after realizing I was wrong. My first thought is to buy a camp stove and use a small french press, but I don't know if theres some fancy mobile maker that I don't know about
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I still lean towards liquid fuel stoves, because they produce higher BTUs, and work in cold as well as heat. And I like the remote location of the fuel tank of the above model. Neven liked the stoves that sit on top of disposable fuel cylinders, they tend to be top heavy.

As to coffee, if it's just me and one other, I take the easy way out, and buy the Maxwell House pre-made 4-serving pods(?). That's if I don't have any of the hotel packs saved up. May not be the same as the good ground-fresh coffee as home, but it's light, compact and still tastes something like coffee.
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Ben, you absolutely cannot beat an old percolator on the campfire. Plus you can use it on a camp stove. Coleman makes a tiny, super powerful, single burner stove that's like a Coleman lantern base with a burner.
You can get all your coffee gear in one little tub, or stuff it all in your backpack.
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Default Re: Making coffee while camping?

if you don't want to deal with prep, why not make concentrated single serving cold brew, store each serving in a separate container or ziplock and add hot water to it?
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Default Re: Making coffee while camping?

If you want a new toy, buy an Aeropress. Makes a damn good cuppa. Lexan/polycarbonate/something pretty unbreakable.
Small propane/butane stove, something to heat water in, good to go.
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Default Re: Making coffee while camping?

Do a lot of camping. I have one of these - http://www.cabelas.com/product/Cabel...RI%3BIK-517720

But, if you need something smaller, then I'd suggest one of these. http://www.cabelas.com/product/Cabel...RI%3BIK-510164

Both make great coffee.

In fact, I like to use my 14 cup in the cabin up north over most other methods.

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Default Re: Making coffee while camping?

I've used the press pot, moka pot, aeropress, percolator, and clever coffee dripper when camping all based on my whims when packing. Since my wife started to enjoy coffee (which corresponded to home roasting), I've used a press pot almost exclusively (based on the size). When more than two coffee drinkers are camping a percolator is definitely the way to go. When it was just me, I preferred the aeropress or moka pot.

As already mentioned, there is something to be said for cowboy coffee when camping.
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Have a small two-burner stove. Heat the water. Mix with Starbucks Via instant coffee. It's not the best cup of coffee, but it's really REALLY convenient.
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For compact coffee makers, the aeropress is the way to go. I love mine and prefer it to the regular press. Never tried the moka pot though.
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I'm with Todd, 100%. That's exactly the kind of pot I was talking about.
Makes the best cowboy coffee in the world.
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