How to Make Great Coffee While in the Field

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So how do you make coffee while in the field?  Well for starters, you need the right equipment.  First off, a good camp stove will work wonders. They’re not that expensive and they’re really easy to transport around with you. 

You’ll also want something like a French press or something similar. That way your coffee ends up being as strong as possible without having any of those nasty bits floating around in it from when you boiled it on your stovetop. The other thing is that different types of beans are better than others depending on what type of environment you’ll be camping in.

What Does it Mean to Make Great Coffee in the Field?

As a coffee drinker, I know how important it is to have an excellent cup of coffee. Similar to how people brew their own beer or create wine, the same can be said for how they take pride over how they prepare and enjoy their coffee.  

For this reason, I always do my best to ensure that the beans are fresh and that the water is hot. It’s all about having your grounds prepared and ready to go, water that has been boiled (not just hot) but also filtered/purified if possible. 

Having a great coffee on hand doesn’t hurt either but I believe it’s more of how one makes the actual cup.  There are many variables that can affect how your coffee tastes: how you grind the beans, how you measure out your water, how long you steep the coffee, how quickly you serve it and how much sugar or milk you add to it. These variables can make a huge difference in taste and flavor quality.

How Do You Make Great Coffee Whilst in the Field Using Different Brewing Devices? 

The French press is something that a good majority of campers use. It’s simple and doesn’t require any electricity or anything like that. Using the right type of beans goes along with how well you actually prepare your coffee too. 

Do you know how much water to put in there? How long should it steep for? What grind size do you want to use? These are all questions I get asked every time someone says they’re going camping and how can they make sure their coffee tastes as amazing as possible.

4 Different Types Of Brewing Devices Used Whilst in the Field

Even in the most remote locations, you don’t have to go without your morning cup of joe.  I always have at least 4 different ways of making coffee whilst in the field. 

They include: a French press, stove-top espresso maker, percolator, and cowboy coffee. There are pros and cons to each method, but when out in nature you don’t always have access to electricity or running water.  

When I’m out in nature, there’s no telling when my next cup of coffee is coming and how it will taste. The answer to this problem? Be resourceful!

A French press can be used over a fire or stove-top espresso maker for those times you’re without power; percolators are perfect for boiling water from lakes and streams as the heat rises through the pot. There’s also cowboy coffee: simply pour hot water into your favorite mug with ground beans sprinkled on top–no extras needed!

What Type of Beans Should I Use for This?

Making great tasting coffee can be difficult if you’re not sure how to make it best.

The answer is that there are no rules and ultimately some trial and error will help you determine how your taste buds like their coffee!

But here’s a few hints:

You can use any ground coffee for this – instant or freshly-ground beans from a store. The important thing is the grind size. It should be ground finer than percolator/traditional French press making, so more like a medium drip coffee grind (like aeropress). Aim for something just larger than sugar grain size but finer than traditional filter grounds.

Are There Any Additional Tips That You Can Give Me About How to Make Coffee in the Field That is Truly Outstanding?

The key is making sure there’s plenty of water for each round of coffee – that way you get crema (the brown foam) on top, just like a real barista makes. The more coffee you can put in the plunger, the better! This is how you make a much stronger brew and how to make your French press as strong as possible so that it tastes great.

The water should be about 21 degrees (C) – not boiling hot, but slightly cooler than body temperature. Hotter water will end up scalding the grounds which over-extracts them – this makes for a sour tasting cup of coffee. If the water is too cool, however, some of the finer aromas and flavours won’t be extracted from the grounds – resulting in a lack-lustre cup of joe. The best way to strike an optimum balance between these extremes is by using a thermometer.

How Long Should You Let Your Grounds Steep Before Plunging Them Down?

You should let the French press steep for 1-2 minutes, depending how strong you like it. The longer it sits, the stronger it will get – but remember – how long you leave your coffee in (brewing and steeping time) is directly related to how much caffeine there is per serving. If you’re looking for a light caffeinated drink you shouldn’t brew it for too long! 

How Should I Go About Dispensing My Hot Beverage?

Here’s how: keep the plunger vertical, cup underneath it, then press down on the plunger slowly, waiting until all the liquid has come through before repeating or drinking from it. This will help prevent scalding your tongue and lips if you’re super keen to start drinking immediately!

Enjoying Your Coffee

There is nothing worse than going on a camping trip and finding out you don’t have the tools necessary for coffee. Learn how to make your own great campfire coffee using your preferred brewing device.

I always try to pack my gear for the trip so that it is lightweight, compact, and useful in a variety of situations outside of coffee.  By having several methods you will be able to find what works best depending on how you like your coffee.  This is how I learned how to make coffee whilst in the field.

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