Coffee is an integral part of my morning routine when I’m off on my car camping adventures. Whether I’m having a slow start over a home (camp)-cooked breakfast or need a quick jolt for a long stretch of driving, that delicious coffee aroma is a necessity to get me going.
Apart from wanting my coffee to be as strong and tasty as it is at home, there’s a few additional considerations for brewing an awesome cup of joe at camp. I like to keep gadgets to a minimum and brewing and cleanup should be quick and easy as possible.
A few years ago I discovered the Aeropress on Amazon. It’s a simple and inexpensive coffee brewing device that has over 5,000 4.5 star reviews. Figuring that many people can’t be wrong, I decided to give it a try, and it has since become my sole method for making coffee both at home and at camp. It takes less than a minute to make a cup of coffee, and the process results in a rich, smooth flavor that I haven’t been able to achieve with drip coffee or a french press.
** I want to note that this is not a sponsored post, and I’m not getting paid to write this. I just think the Aeropress rocks and I want to share it with you. However, if you do decide to purchase any of the products through the links in this post, I get a tiny bit of commission, and that helps keep this blog running. So thanks for the support! **
–What you Need to make the Perfect Cup of Camp Coffee —
Aeropress (Check price on Amazon)
Your favorite ground coffee
— How to use the Aeropress for Camp Coffee —
Brewing coffee with the Aeropress is a total cinch. Here’s step-by-step instructions for making a cup.
STEP 1: Put the two plastic pieces together and turn the Aeropress upside down. I like to have the black plunger aligned somewhere between number 2 and 3.
STEP 2: Add 2 tablespoons of ground coffee.
STEP 3: Heat water up until it’s almost boiling, and pour it into the chamber. Fill to the top.
STEP 4: Give it a quick stir to make sure all the coffee grounds are saturated.
STEP 5: Place one of the Aeropress filters in the basket (the thing with all of the little holes), and screw the basket into the top of the chamber.
STEP 6: Wait 20 seconds
STEP 7: Flip the Aeropress over and set it on top of your mug. Slowly press the plunger down.
STEP 8: Add a small splash of hot water to your mug and taste. If it’s too strong, water it down until it’s at the desired strength.
STEP 9: To clean, simply unscrew the basket. Dump out the grounds (pack our your grounds in accordance with Leave No Trace principles). Rinse out the Aeropress with water and ENJOY!
— Get the Aeropress —
At $30, it’s hard to beat the Aeropress, and you can purchase it on Amazon by clicking the link below.
I would say the only downside is that the Aeropress really only makes 1-2 servings at a time….so if you are car camping with a large group, you might be better off with a percolator. Also, when backpacking, I prefer instant coffee because I don’t like to deal with carrying out the grounds, and after many, many taste tests, this is the tastiest (and cheapest) instant coffee I’ve found.