July 24, 2013

A Guide: Camp Coffee

A Guide: Camp Coffee There are few things as ritualistic as coffee. People who love coffee have to have it the same way everyday, prepared like a religious ceremony.

The problem is that when you're away from your normal environment the coffee goes to shit or you have to resort to some place like Starbucks.

clockwise from left: Corvus Woodcraft x Steelhead Fine Goods camp stool;
 Snow Peak Titanium Mini Solo pot; Snow Peak LiteMax Titanium stove; 
Porlex JP-30 burr grinder; Aeropress; Snow Peak Ti-Double M300 stacking mug; 
and Corvus Woodcraft cutting board

But with an Aeropress, a little preparation, and care you can have outstanding coffee at camp or even at home. Yep, it's really that good. Here's what you'll need:

  • Aeropress
  • Manual burr grinder, like the Porlex JP-30
  • Stove and fuel
  • Pot or kettle
  • Mug
  • Coffee
  • Some sort of stirrer
  1. Boil water and run some water through the paper filter.
  2. Grind about 4 tablespoons of beans (you're camping, no need to be that precise) slightly finer than you would drip coffee. Assemble the Aeropress in the inverted manner and fill the chamber with grounds, which should come up to about the "3" mark (see Fig. 1).
  3. When the water comes to to a low boil fill the Aeropress chamber to the "1" (see Fig. 2), stir, and let it steep for about 30 seconds.
  4. Flip and press into a mug. The whole press time should be about 25 seconds.
  5. Add equal parts hot water and adjust from there.

And try it without sugar or cream. Because there is such a short extraction time with the Aeropress, it's a cup with very low acidity, so you won't notice the bite normally associated with drip coffee and you'll end up tasting much more of all those descriptors you hear when people talk about good coffee.


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