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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 use a French Press attachment in my Jetboil stove. I coarsely grind my coffee and bag it before my trip with a small tablespoon to measure it. The French Press attachment weighs about an ounce. Cleanup is very, very easy. Rinse it off. Grounds go the fire. My stove is 900 ml, or about 1 quart. It's a little light for "coffee for six" but a solution is to increase the strength of the brew and use a little water in each cup as you pour in the coffee.

I use a French Press at home and love the full flavor of it. Some folks don't like the small amount of sediment that sneaks in and is left in the bottom of the cup. I am not bothered by it. I leave one gulp in the cup and discard.

The process (with the Jetboil): 1) Attach the plunger to your lid. Raise it all the way and snap it on the pot. 2) Get your water to 180 degrees -- steamy, hot, close-but-not-quite boiling. Takes about 2 minutes in my stove. 3) Pour in COARSE ground coffee (drip coffee makers use very fine grounds that are not good in a press pot). 1 tbsp. per six ounces of water (or double for the "make it go farther method") and stir it in thoroughly. With 32 ounces, that's about five tablespoons. 4) Recap it and wait four minutes before plunging the pot, forcing the grounds to the bottom to stop brewing. 5) Pour it out into cups. If you made a super strong brew, you can dilute with water to get your six coffee drinkers capped off.

For me, only carrying that press, a light plastic and stainless steel screen that attaches to a two-piece rod, makes this a terrific light, easy solution.


answered Feb 16 '13 at 12:23

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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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Here is some recommendations in terms of reading about this and selecting your preferred method. I find that for everyone the answer is going to be a different based on your taste, desired features, and how you weigh the pros/cons of each system.
Great guide of many different available options: http://www.adventure-journal.com/2011/05/the-ultimate-guide-to-camp-coffee/ Good review of the aeropress: http://offpistemag.com/permalink.asp?id=560 CT take on the presso: http://www.kk.org/cooltools/archives/005340.php


answered Jul 28 '11 at 09:55

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Hard to beat a Coleman stainless steel percolator if you have the room. It will also boil water for cleanup, cook pasta, beans, stew or about anything else you can fit in...one item at a time is preferred. Besides nothing is quite so fine as waking up to the sound of coffee percolating!


answered Jul 28 '11 at 06:30

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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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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

On the chance you are more interested in lots of coffee than portability, you could look into the Coleman 10-cup propane coffee maker. It is (obviously) a propane-powered version of a standard home drip coffee maker.


answered Jul 27 '11 at 16:22

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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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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'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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