Oh, the joy of piping hot coffee after a cold night under the stars! So few things in life are so simple yet so perfect. The mercury is low and there is little to convince you to crawl out of your toasty sleeping bag. But eventually, nature compels you to leave your horizontal compartment of warmth. After dawning your clothes and emptying the prior night’s liquids, it’s only a natural tendency to long for the warmth of a small campfire and a cup of robust liquified energy.
I’ve been in this situation more times than Carl Sagan can count. And my camp coffee is a requirement for longer outings where my vertebrae can tolerate the extra few ounces of weight that my percolator adds. However, my dilapidated percolator is destined for the garbage this week. Its hinges are inoperable, its plastic cover knob has melted from use and abuse, and its handle is missing any form of scaling. But most importantly, I believe there is a better way to brew coffee out there somewhere.
So, what is that method? I’m not sure.
Nessmuk provides a short dissertation on brewing coffee and I’m prone to attempt his methods prior to my next outing. But I’m looking for a more convenient method of providing myself and fellow campers with a hot cup of coffee. I often make French Presses at home and am considering a method similar to this for the campfire. However, I’ve yet to research lightweight presses or whether I can find one that can also serve other purposes.
This leaves me, and perhaps you, wondering how others make coffee at camp. I’m open to suggestions and I’d love to year your methods, opinions, or philosophies.