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Did someone say coffee?
your bridal unit should be quite happy w/ the pressMy wife is a big coffee drinker, and not so much of a camper (or should I say "Overlander"?). But she'll be going to the NW Overland Rally with me this summer (she's a good sport), so to keep her happy and caffeinated, I just bought one of those Aero Press coffee things partially because of this thread. I told her to start practicing with it so when we go, she'll be good with it. I'm more of a bottled Starbucks Mocha kinda guy, so I'm not the coffee making expert.
Any quick tips for her using this thing? We haven't even taken it out of the mailing package yet - it just arrived this week. I know there are a bunch of you-tubes out there (got any good ones you'd recommend?).
Agreed 100%. I said as much in this thread earlier and on Mud as well. At home, I grind daily but for a trip, I take up to a week's worth. Longer than that, I'll try to get some fresh ground on the road. A Melitta filter holder is less than $5 and filters, bought right (like the pack of 400 from Costco) are a penny or two each. Brew into a thermal mug like a Yeti (I like the 20 oz Ozark Trail although I have a Yeti as well), add a Yeti Magslide lid, and your coffee will stay hot for 2-3 hours or longer. Too many guys make it silly hard with all the gadgets and mess in dealing with used grounds. I posted this photo already but here it is again:The issue while camping or overlander is water.. as in using as little as possible... And carrying as little stuff as possible... pre grind your coffee for the trip and place in an airtight container to lock in freshness.. buy a plastic Melika pour through unit.. and disposable white melika #4 filters ... Heat water and pour over grounds into your cup
Nothing to wash.. and the coffee grounds will help keep your garbage from smelling bad..
every time I hear steel is real I think of this poem. I ride steel too. Steel hand made ritchey and serotta are a couple in my stable.On a safari trip to one of the private reserves adjacent to Kruger National Park a few years ago, here's what the guides use for morning coffee break on the bullbar/grille of the Land Rover game viewer. These stainless steel French presses brewed a pretty decent cuppa, and are stronger than many I've seen and used. I ride steel bicycle frames, too, and for things that gotta last, believe strongly that "steel is real".
The same press was in my tent (or really, luxo-half-tent) for my morning coffee before going out on the trails ahead of sunrise.
Available through many sources and almost certainly imported from China, here's the version on Amazon. They come in several sizes, with matching accessories for those inclined to that kind of stylin' by the campfire (or bullbar.)
Most of my miles are put on a Waterford road frame built by Dave Wages when he was there -- the best frame I've ever ridden. I also have a now-vintage Ritchey mountain bike (an Ascent Comp) from back when Tom was still brazing the main triangles. And an Alex Singer, one of the last with design input from Ernest Czuka and built by his son Olivier, who now runs that historic shop in Paris.every time I hear steel is real I think of this poem. I ride steel too. Steel hand made ritchey and serotta are a couple in my stable.