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I'm looking for a tough, convenient and easy to clean device that allows me to brew good coffee when camping. I'm particularly interested in something that can easily brew coffee for up to 6 people, but suggestions for light weight single serving devices are also welcome.

asked Jun 12 '11 at 23:45

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I have an Aeropress which is easily portable and makes the best cup of coffee I've ever had. It's great for a couple of servings at once but may be less useful for parties of 6.

To do more at once, maybe a larger french press like the Bodum 1548-01.


answered Jun 13 '11 at 00:19

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Seconding Aeropress, all the way. It's portable, durable, and makes fantastic coffee. We use it as our daily coffee maker & take it when traveling sometimes as well.

3 years, 7 months ago
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Another vote for the Aeropress. Coffee is great with virtually no bitterness, and cleanup is a breeze -- all that is left is a solid puck of coffee grounds that can be ejected from the press.

3 years, 6 months ago
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We use a melitta drip cone with a regular filter. Boil a pot of water then pour it over the beans and let it drip into another pan or a carafe. Not exotic or fancy but it's foolproof, indestructible, and very easy to clean/rinse while camping. http://www.amazon.com/Melitta-Cone-Filter-Coffeemaker-1-Count/dp/B000MIT2OK


answered Jun 14 '11 at 13:16

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+1 for the melitta cone. There is a small one you can use over a mug or thermos that I prefer, and can be had at many US grocery stores with a mug for about $8, or without a mug for $3. http://www.amazon.com/Melitta-Ready-Single-Coffee-Brewer/dp/B0014CVEH6/

2 years, 7 months ago
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The Aeropress is a great option, but there is also a simpler way to make good coffee with minimal equipment. Get a gold mesh filter cone. Brew the coffee by stirring the ground coffee directly into a pot of hot water, let it steep for a couple minutes (equivalent to a French press brew time) then pour it in to individual cups, using the gold mesh filter as a sieve. If you pour carefully, most of the grounds stay in the pot, so you don't even need a very large gold mesh filter.


answered Jul 27 '11 at 17:25

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Tom Sackett

I'm with pelicanhook. Go one step simpler though. Toss the guts of the pot and make cowboy coffee. Just boil the stuff a while, toss in an eggshell to smooth out the acid if you have one, take it off the heat and add a little cold water to settle the grounds. Pour slowley and rinse out the last cup.


answered Jul 27 '11 at 19:43

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My favorite solution is Starbucks Via. Especially if it's hot out, you can simply mix it with a small bottle (or half bottle) of cold bottled water and magic cold coffee! Costco sells a multipack at about half the per-unit price as Starbucks stores or the supermarket, and Amazon has a 60-ish count item intended as a foodservice pack at about the same per-unit cost.


answered Jun 27 '12 at 09:16

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May I suggest brewing Turkish style coffee in an Ibrik? It may take a couple of rounds of production, but that's just a few minutes of coffee production interaction. Turkish coffee is a potent and intense concoction and IMO, 4 oz. is equal to an 8 oz. cup of conventionally brewed coffee. Preparation involves grinding whole bean coffee to a very fine powder (Your local coffee shop with a calibrated grinder will produce the proper grind #1 or "Turkish"). Pre-measure 125mL of cold water for a 4oz cup. Most Ibriks can easily hold 250mL. Add some sugar and about 2 well rounded tsp of coffee powder for each 125mL. Bring to boil two times allowing a rest of 20 seconds between each boil. After the third and last boil, allow to rest for more than a minute (allows the powder to settle). Carefully pour the coffee into small 4 oz cups. When poured correctly, there will be very little residue in the cup as most will be in the Ibrik. On a propane stove, the entire process would take up 3-4 minutes. Most importantly, the brewer must attend to the process full time as the trick is to remove the Ibrik to prevent boil-over. Your fellow campers will be happy and wired. No filters to clean/throwaway, easy cleanup and one or two tbl spoons of coffee residue in the Ibrik can be composted.


answered Jun 13 '11 at 14:45

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I have to concur, the melitta drip cone is what I used for years. Light weight and easy to clean. If you go with a gold melitta cone (gold cone) there's no waste except the coffee grinds.


answered Jun 15 '11 at 14:28

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I've used a lexan french press (easy to find at REI or a similar outdoor store) in the past. This makes it easy to brew for a group. My last car camping trip, I brought my Aeropress and found it was perfect for 1 or 2 people.

I know this is heretical for real coffee snobs, but I usually just use Starbucks Via when backpacking.


answered Jun 17 '11 at 12:02

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Samuel Kordik

Like ubizubi and kevy, we use a Melitta. It's a little slow-going for large groups (if you're using one cup for the whole group), but they certainly are light enough that each person could carry their own. With that said, they can be a bit tricky to fit in your pack. I usually pack mine between/with soft things (eg: spare socks, liner bag). Next time, I might just clip it to the outside of my pack. This is essentially the same method we use to make coffee at home. After use, the cone is basically still clean. We burn the used filters and grounds on our morning fire.


answered Jun 20 '11 at 15:25

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I like an old two cup aluminum percolator. Carry the grounds in a zip lock inside it, it's about the same size as a mug (which you can use it as if you don't mind a mug with a spout) and it's light. You can heat it over anything you can boil water with.

...and perked coffee? You can't beat the taste and aroma.



answered Jul 19 '11 at 13:09

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