Whether you’re heading on a road trip, taking out your caravan, or venturing into the wilderness – here is how to brew the best coffee for your travels.
Summer is well and truly here! If you’re lucky enough to still be on holidays or you’re simply daydreaming about your next trip you’ll want to make sure you have good coffee. You might not be able to pack your coffee machine or, the barista at your favourite café… but that doesn’t mean you have to go without a quality cuppa (or worse… take instant). Have tasty coffee wherever you go! Find out how below.
1. Choose your weapon
You won’t be stuck for options when choosing a coffee gadget for your camping trip.
There is such a great selection of portable, lightweight and reliable coffee gadgets to choose from. There is the AeroPress GO, AeroPress, Clever Coffee Dripper, V60, and more. All will work well in making superb coffee on your trip. It will come down to your individual preference. Check out our YouTube channel to see videos of the gadgets in action. Pick which one you like the best and make sure you get the correct filter papers to go with.
All filter coffee gadgets are very easy and quick to use. For those that are new to filter coffee, it might seem a little intimidating. But, once you’ve made one or two coffees you’ll be feeling confident… and caffeinated!
2. Choose your coffee beans
Now that you’ve got your coffee gadget it’s time to choose your coffee beans.
If you’re using a filter brewing gadget you want to choose coffee beans that are roasted for filter (rather than espresso). Filter roasts are generally lighter and are designed specifically for your chosen device. However, many coffee lovers enjoy espresso roasts for brewing devices as well. When it comes to flavour, it’s dependent on what kind of taste profile you’re after.
You’re always welcome to come and visit our coffee roastery in Perth, Western Australia and ask any and all questions! We’re here to make sure you find exactly what you’ve been looking for.
3. Freshly ground coffee
Fresh is always best. When it comes to getting your coffee ground it’s always best to grind your beans right before you make your coffee.
For travel, we recommend using the Rhinowares hand grinder. This grinder is perfect for grinding coffee beans for 1 – 2 cups. Simply put your whole beans in at the top, grind manually by turning the handle and find your coffee grounds at the bottom.
Alternatively, you can ask the roastery to grind your beans for you. However, by pre-grinding, they will lose some flavour and quality.
4. But, how do I boil my water?
If your campsite doesn’t have a communal kitchen or access to power you’ll need to invest in a portable stove. Camping stoves come in very handy both for coffee and for outdoor cooking. You can purchase a portable stove from your local camping supplies shop. We got ours from Australia’s much loved BCF. Take a gas bottle with you and you’ll be ready to go.
Also, you can also make iced filter coffee. Australian Summers can be scorching, iced filter coffee is a delicious option for campers. The best way to make iced filter coffee is to use a Cold Bruer or, a Toddy. With these two gadgets, all you need is iced water and ground coffee. Pick up some ice from the petrol station. You brew the coffee overnight and when you wake up you’ve got mouth-watering coffee to enjoy in the morning. You also won’t need any power to make the cold brew.
5. Sit back and enjoy
There’s nothing like falling into your camper chair, putting your feet up on the esky, and enjoying a freshly brewed coffee. Exactly what holidays are about – great coffee, great company and the great outdoors.
All of our coffee gadgets come with our Karvan Brew Guide. This includes step-by-step instructions on how to use your device.
In summary: next time you hit the road make sure to pack your coffee.