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What are you using for a coffee maker and coffee brand when camping/overlanding?

goexplore.ae

New member
I'm really surprised no one has mentioned the Minipresso hand pump, which works with either regular grounds or Nespresso capsules. I've had mine for a few months now - boil water using the Alpkit Wolf (UK version of the Jetboil), run a cup through to warm it up, then inset Nespresso capsule and another cup of water. Top up with either remaining hot water for Americano or heat milk for a ‘latte' of sorts.

https://www.wacaco.com

Really quick and clean. No need to worry about the mess grounds make, or carry bags of beans, just a few capsules per trip and you're sorted.
 

Jeromelo

New member
I have a short bed mid size pick up with a All Terrain Camper shell. Space is sacred to me. I use a medium size sauce pan boil water and add coffee grounds then pour into my coffee mug through a small paper filter. It makes good coffee and except for the coffee and filters it adds nothing to my little kitchen.
 

Thirty-Nine

Explorer

For the last few years, we've been using the GSI Java Press. It nests into a compact size, which is great. The coffee it makes is pretty good. It is a lot to clean, since there are multiple parts.


The last trip, we tried a collapsible silicone pour-over thingy that uses #2 filters. I don't think it makes as good a cup of coffee. Since we like our coffee stronger, we use a lot of grounds. That seems to easily plug the two small holes up. I do like the fact I can brew directly into the Hydroflasks, however. I think a full-size one that uses #4 filters might be a better option. (We got this little thing for $3 at a camping store, so we figured we'd try it).

I am a bit of a coffee gadget junkie, as at home we also have an Aeropress, three Bialetti moka pots, a Mokamaster drip, a pour-over, and some strange stovetop moka-pot-like thing that a neighbor gave us that also, allegedly, froths milk. (I may need an intervention.) However, the above two examples are the only ones we've taken camping.
 

workerdrone

Fulltimer
Nobody does cowboy coffee / turkesa style?

Very fine grind, very hot water, just mix it in your cup. Grounds settle. Add stuff if you like. Drink, rinse out your cup.

No maker, no filters, no gadgets, nothing to buy, maintain, lose, or break. If any grounds stay floating and annoy you, the grind is too coarse or the water not hot enough.
 

fire_strom

Adventurer
+millions!!!
Or...

in more civilized settings I keep coming back to the single serving drip. Best results, easiest clean this side of instant. If they made a triple sized aero press I would be in but it takes two sessions just to make coffee to get to work with their kid sized offering
 
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Corey

OverCamping Specialist
+millions!!!
Or...

in more civilized settings I keep coming back to the single serving drip. Best results, easiest clean this side of instant. If they made a triple sized aero press I would be in but it takes two sessions just to make coffee to get to work with their kid sized offering
That is my only beef too about the Aeropress, a little small.
Plus I have to pour extra water in the coffee cup to get a decent sized one serving.
 

The Raven

Member
That is my only beef too about the Aeropress, a little small.
Plus I have to pour extra water in the coffee cup to get a decent sized one serving.
? Not sure I understand your issue? My areopress fills up my 20oz Yeti perfectly with a great cup of joe. A triple espresso topped up with water. done.
 

Corey

OverCamping Specialist
? Not sure I understand your issue? My areopress fills up my 20oz Yeti perfectly with a great cup of joe. A triple espresso topped up with water. done.
I fill it up most of the way, and then when I press it down, I do not even get 8 oz. hardly.
Maybe I will have to check the next time I use it to see exactly how far I am filling it up, and how much I end up with in my cup.
 

CSG

Explorer
Corey, do yourself a favor and try the Melitta filter holder for $3-4. Get #4 filters available everywhere (we get them by the 400 for $4 at Costco). Your parents were right. Aeropress, French press, percolator,camp coffee, why? None of them make as good a cup as a properly prepared Melitta pourover. And like I showed earlier in this thread, I brew mine directly into a 20 oz thermal mug. No clean-up, just toss the filter when done. No grounds to deal with.

Frankly, I'm amazed that most don't make their individual coffees that way. I've tried them all (methods) and have never found a method I like better than the Melitta. You control every aspect of making your coffee and it never comes out wrong. Want to make it into a bigger Thermos type container? Add a little more coffee and brew directly into the Thermos.
 

Corey

OverCamping Specialist
Corey, do yourself a favor and try the Melitta filter holder for $3-4. Get #4 filters available everywhere (we get them by the 400 for $4 at Costco). Your parents were right. Aeropress, French press, percolator,camp coffee, why? None of them make as good a cup as a properly prepared Melitta pourover. And like I showed earlier in this thread, I brew mine directly into a 20 oz thermal mug. No clean-up, just toss the filter when done. No grounds to deal with.
Thanks, are you talking about something like this, or is it too small?
It uses number two filters.

Melitta Ready Set Joe Single Cup Coffee Brewer black



Looks like you can also get a permanent filter too.

Gold Tone #2 Permanent Cone Coffee Filter, Brown
 

CSG

Explorer
How is the Melitta different from any other filter holder and pour over system?
It's been around the longest but, for me, what puts it ahead of, say Hario, is weight, a smaller hole (longer extraction), and price. My point is that for making easy and great camp coffee (as well as coffee at home), it's hard to do better than the simplicity of the Melitta.
 

CSG

Explorer
Thanks, are you talking about something like this, or is it too small?
It uses number two filters.

Melitta Ready Set Joe Single Cup Coffee Brewer black



Looks like you can also get a permanent filter too.

Gold Tone #2 Permanent Cone Coffee Filter, Brown
Yes, that's the one. I prefer plastic for travel but use them at home as well (over the ceramic version). However, I would use #4 filters, not #2. The reason for #4 filters is they are cheaper (about a penny each in bulk) and extend past the top of the filter holder giving you a little room for more water during the pour. I don't like anything that requires dumping grounds and cleaning (like the screen filters or French presses). With the Melitta, you remove the filter with the wet grounds and toss, done.

Once again, I'll post this photo of me preparing a mug of coffee. You'll see a Melitta filter holder, #4 filter, set on an Ozark Trail 20 oz mug. Water is being heated in the small kettle on a butane burner (which I use far more often than the two burner cooktop in the van).

 
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SportsmanJake

Adventurer
I fill it up most of the way, and then when I press it down, I do not even get 8 oz. hardly.
Maybe I will have to check the next time I use it to see exactly how far I am filling it up, and how much I end up with in my cup.
The product of what comes out of an aeropress is essentially coffee concentrate. You must add hot water to it if you are trying to replicate a typical cup of drip coffee.
 
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