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

Scoutman

Explorer
I used to be 100% against a french press, simply because it was an extra item. The way I understood it you needed the container to heat water in AND the press to make coffee. 2 items, unrelated, and 1 of which is only useful for it's one job. It sounded like a big mess and I am not enough of a coffee snob to be bothered with it.

That being the case I preferred to stick with the good ol' percolator, at least it's guts stayed inside and it doubles as a good water pot if needed.

Then I ran across this by accident, really liked the design, and got it.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01H7MK3IC/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I've used it around the house to make coffee and love it, haven't camped with it yet but I already see it as a huge improvement over the percolator. It's smaller, it's self contained, should be easier to clean since it's fewer pieces, it makes 30oz which just so happens is exactly the size of my travel coffee mug, so less wasted coffee from me being overzealous with the water. (Not as good for sharing though.)

The pot can be used for heating anything by itself (can of soup or such), the press nests inside, and when you make the coffee it's all self contained. Only thing I don't like is it spills all over if you get in a hurry pouring, and I found a post by another user here pointing out it's the design of the spout at fault there and they supposedly fixed it with some minor filing to the lip.

It is a french press but without the key feature I hated about a french press, the separate hardware. Heat the water to almost boiling, spoon in some coffee, let it sit 4-5 minutes, stir again, slide in the press. It also keeps the water hot because you are not transferring it around and can keep the lid on it.

As for coffee, I like New England Breakfast Blend when I can find it. Work used to supply it for us in the office, and I got used to it, then they took it away for some cheap crap. I use Community coffee more now as places seem to carry it. Overall I'm not too particular as long as it's just regular coffee and contains caffeine.

I use the same one for the same reasons you mentioned. I used to use a GSI drip but hated the pour and it required a separate pot for the water heating.

I like the Stanley but I find that the seal of the press gets bound up sometimes. It's either easy to push with no 'blowby' or it's a pain to push and it ends up with liquid in the space between the press and outer vessel.

I would like to see how they filed the spout since I made a mess with ours this past weekend pouring into cups.
 

Airmapper

High-Tech Redneck
I use the same one for the same reasons you mentioned. I used to use a GSI drip but hated the pour and it required a separate pot for the water heating.

I like the Stanley but I find that the seal of the press gets bound up sometimes. It's either easy to push with no 'blowby' or it's a pain to push and it ends up with liquid in the space between the press and outer vessel.

I would like to see how they filed the spout since I made a mess with ours this past weekend pouring into cups.
I noticed people mentioning the binding in the amazon reviews, and someone posted a simple remedy I've been doing from the start, and haven't had this issue so far.

Give it a quick stir before you push the press in, it gets the grounds to swirling around so they all are not floating at the top lined up to clog the filter. I noticed after I put my grounds in and let them brew, most float up and make a layer at the surface.

I'd also like to see how that is ground on the spout. I've not been too keen on using any or my shop tools on it just yet, metal shavings off my file in the coffee is not a flavor I would like to try.
 

Beamer pilot

Explorer
Subscribed.
Love coffee, used it all from instant coffee in the old days to my Rocket set up today.
In camp it's an important part of our morning.
Looking to learn more from you guys...:coffeedrink:
 

CSG

Explorer
I took some of that Overland Coffee you can see in my chuckbox picture above, and made a cup.
I still had some ground up from last August in the fridge.

I boiled around 12 oz of water, used one of the number 2 filters, and wet the beans with hot water for around 30 seconds.
Read that on Google to make the bean off gas.
After that I slowly poured in the remainder of the water, and watched it drip.

I must say it was a very great cup of coffee for ground up beans in the fridge, and there was hardly any mess to clean up.
Less of a mess than using the Aeropress since you pick up the filter and toss it in the garbage.
The pourover itself just needed a rinsing.

I already put one plus the filters out in my new chuckbox :D
Glad to hear it worked for you. My feeling is that not only do you get a terrific cup of coffee but it's about as easy to clean up as one can hope for without the heartbreak of instant. ;) But do try freshly ground beans. You'll thank me later.
 
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Corey

OverCamping Specialist
Glad to hear it worked for you. My feeling is that not only do you get a terrific cup of coffee but it's about as easy to clean up as one can hope for without the heartbreak of instant. ;) But do try freshly ground beans. You'll thank me later.
I am using fresh ground Black Rifle Company "Just Black", grind them myself.
Since I got the pourover, I am not even using my Keurig at home.
 

Shredgnar

New member
Aeropress with a jetboil to boil water is my personal use setup, since a) the wife quit drinking coffee, and b) I'm usually up before everyone else and need something to do. The aeropress makes a good cup of dark black syrup so that I am sufficiently annoying to everyone else by the time they roll out of bed. ;) I rarely add water or cream, I like it to stick to my teeth.

Instant coffee makes me sad, but I've definitely drank plenty of it. Great for backpacking, but when you have a vehicle, why sacrifice?

For bigger groups, we have a big lexan french press. Works great, but kinda a PITA to clean.
 

Junkinduck

Observer
With the fifth wheel I have a percolator. It is a 14 cup but looking to a 30 cup because I always seem to be the hub at breakfast and my friends run the travel mugs. one round and back to the stove. For coffee I go with the Folders black silk.
My portable setup with the tent is a home-brew french press. It is a Stanley adventure cam cook set, and a plunger out of a broken Bodum french press with the stem cut to fit inside the pot. I grind and potion my beans at home. I boil and steep in the same pot. Makes amazing coffee. I have tryed it all and this is the simplest, most versatile, and reasonably light setup i have found for me. I do have lighter stove options but I like the 533. I have an MSR dragonfly but the preheat and setup is bit of a pain over the coleman. Also have a cheap butane amazon that works OK.
 

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Cayuse

Observer
Melitta when there is one ore two of us. If it's a larger group then I'll bring along a stove top percolator just for expediency. As for coffee I go back and forth between F* Bomb from Roast House out of Spokane and a Riverkeeper blend from Evans Brothers in Sandpoint, ID. Now that I've relocated to the southwest I have them ship me a couple pounds at a time.
 

MCX

TalesFromTheDesert.com
Usually just take the easy way out and grab Starbucks packets from the grocery store to take with me.
 

modernbeat

Jason McDaniel
NESCAFÉ Gold Blend with a tiny amount of sugar and a pinch of salt premixed in it, and hot water from an old Coleman bottle-top stove modified with a guard to keep the pot from sliding off.

I'm a monster. I know.
 

Model97

Member
I used to have a little espresso pot. I'd grind the beans with my GSI ceramic grinder and make some really potent stuff.
But the time and cleaning didn't really seem worth it.
So now I buy instant Sarbuck's when it's on sale at Costco:



And serve it as God intended:

What I'm doing too. I tend to travel solo and, i don't get help with many of the chores. I've crested the "buy stuff" mountain and am weaning out what takes unnecessary time to: unpack, set up, clean, maintain, tear down, repack. This stuff is easily good enough to not mess with grounds.
 

Ragman

Member
I too am a fan of the Stanley Press/vacuum bottle combo-main problem is that I have the larger version and it does take up a lot of real estate-not a problem in the Jeep, but when I am on motorcycle I do use the instant coffee.

Prior to the Stanley I used an old stainless perc pot (I think it is GSI) which always worked well in my book, but jut took a long time and a bit of fuel when not on a fire.

There are two us normally for coffee in the morning, is solo could certainly go smaller.
 
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