As we shed the last months of winter and move into the fresh beauty of spring, some of us are already planning for summer. We’re thinking about spending time in the outdoors steeped in nature. Or perhaps we’re already traveling, heading around the country on work trips, and wanting nothing more than to take a moment to relax with a cup of coffee. Being away from your kitchen doesn’t mean you have to do without your favorite cup of freshly-brewed coffee, though. Here are 4 ways to make delicious coffee while traveling.
“John Wayne” Style Coffee
The legend goes that this is how cowboys used to do it back in the days of the Wild West, camping beneath the stars. What you’ll need to do is fill a tall metal pitcher with water and dump in your preferred amount of coffee grounds. The pitcher goes over a fire (just like the old days!) and then you wait. In 5-10 minutes, you’ll have a steaming hot cup of coffee to wake you up.
Depending on where you’re heading and what kind of camper you are, there are a variety of drip coffee devices so that you’re bound to find something that works for you. If you’re on a road trip in an RV, a camping coffee maker would be a good choice as you don’t need to worry about bulk. For those who need to conserve space and weight, a collapsible device might be more suitable. Or perhaps try a smaller device like our 5-Cup Mini Drip Coffee Maker.
The French Press has just two parts—a lid and beaker. If you have a non-glass French Press, the device is great for packing. Make sure that your French Press is wrapped up or surrounded by a thick layer of clothes to keep it safe. The best thing about the French Press is that it gives you a pure coffee taste. Since brewing with the French Press involves no filters, the oils are kept in during the brewing process.
If you’re somewhere without power or hot water, you can make cold brew in a French Press as well. This is a hack that’s sure to impress your travel companions! You will need a fridge though, or at least to be located somewhere with a cooler temperature. You’ll need some time as well. 8-10 hours is suggested for a brew where you’re pressed for time, so you can prepare your cold brew before heading to bed, leave it aside and have it ready by the morning.
To make a cold brew with a French Press, mix your coffee ground and water into the beaker. Don’t press down the lid straight afterward. Just before you serve your coffee, press down on the lid and plunger to strain the grinds. Now, you’re all set to serve!
An On-the-Go Coffee Maker
For those of us looking for the convenience of a coffee maker in a more streamlined and portable appliance, don’t fret. Our On-the-Go Personal Coffee Maker is made exactly for you and your busy lifestyle. You don’t even need a cup! The coffee is brewed straight into a travel mug so that everything you need is packed within this compact coffee maker.