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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 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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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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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 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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