Traveling is a favorite pastime for all, regardless if we go to the lake cabin, hiking, boating, camping, hunting, canoeing, or any other outdoor activities. Below are the best ways to make coffee while traveling.
As coffee lovers we look forward every single morning including during travels for that gourmet cup of Joe, to start our morning and get us going for our day’s activities. So, it’s very important that we are well-prepared with devices, coffee and accessories to have our morning coffee.
Recently the innovative products made it simple for us to Black coffee, Espresso, Americano, Cappuccino, Arabica, mocha, latte, macchiato, flat white, and many other delicious coffees away from home.
Outdoor activities happen throughout the year, and outdoor coffee is a necessity and needs preparation for any traveling, vacations, and outdoor activities.
We all know that one of the best things is having a cup of coffee before the start of each day. It doesn’t matter where you are, either at home or on the road, coffee is your best pal. It gives you the energy and boosts you for the whole day.
I’ll be sharing with you how to make amazing coffee that you will always crave every morning using different methods.
For you to brew your coffee, you need some basic items like your favorite bag of coffee beans, which is the freshest way to make coffee if you grind the coffee with a manual grinder prior to brewing, or a bag of already ground coffee, a measuring cup to measure your coffee, an electric hot water kettle, your favorite mug, and your portable coffee grinder. A Moka pot would be a nice option for great flavor coffee.
Your brewing items must be portable, durable, simple to use, and easy to pack. Simple enough.
It must be portable in the sense that it will be easy to carry wherever you go and should be able to fit into any bag you want to carry and easy to set up. It should be tough quality to withstand accidental drops, falls, and rough environments.
Making a good cup of coffee is not as difficult as it seems. In fact, it’s one of the easiest things to do. You need to know the products needed, and follow the processes to achieve that.
The first thing you need to do is to have bottled water and be able to heat it at the right temperature. The preferred water temperature to reach is 190-210°F.
Add your coffee beans into your portable grinder to produce enough coffee to serve everyone in the group. You brew your ground coffee bean in a cup of hot water, and then you are good to go and can now serve that hot cup of Joe.
In this article, I’ll illustrate the different ways of brewing your coffee with different coffee makers perfect for traveling outdoors or anywhere away from home.
So, What Are The Best Ways To Make Coffee While Traveling?
1. The Travel French Press
A French Press coffee maker is a machine used to brew coffee differently to achieve a better tasting cup of Joe. It’s an easy way to brew coffee with excellent flavor and aroma results.
The coffee extraction process in a French Press is very pure, from the coffee grounds. The coffee grounds are filtered through a mesh sieve while the plunger is gently pressed.
French Press method:
- Use 8 teaspoons of the coffee bean into your portable grinder(coarser setting). If the grinder is smaller, you may need to grind a few more times…
- Add the coarse coffee ground to the French Press
- French Press users mix an average of 8 grams of ground coffee per 4 ounces of water, it’s a good ratio, unless you prefer to increase, or decrease the strength of the coffee, and you can experiment by increasing or decreasing the coffee grounds in 1 gram increments until you achieve the perfect strength for you.
- Part of the process is to preheat the French Press by filling it halfway with hot water.
- Fill the 2nd half of the French Press carafe in a spiraling motion, and make sure you evenly submerge all the coffee grounds. This part of the process is called Blooming, which releases carbon dioxide bubbling up.
- After 1-2 minutes, fill the carafe the rest of the way with hot water while you gently stir the mix of coffee grounds.
- Allow it to rest for 3-4 minutes
- At this point push the plunger all the way down in a gentle but firm motion, until the coffee grounds are trapped at the bottom
and the coffee is ready to be poured.
And that’s all for a French press!
2. The AeroPress Brewer
When it comes to coffee making, AeroPress is innovative, affordable, and great at making quick flavorful coffee. With AeroPress coffee maker, you can have your coffee within 3-4 minutes, which is very ideal for outdoor activities.
AeroPress is a cylindrical-shaped coffee maker which uses pressure and gravity to force and brew the coffee out of your coffee grounds, in a quick and easy way. The AeroPress is a manual and popular brewing device, especially among travelers and people on the go; it is affordable, easy to use, and very portable.
Aeropress steps to brew:
- Start by grinding 2 1/2 tablespoons of coffee beans.
- Place the plunger of the coffee maker on a flat area and make sure it’s facing up.
- Insert the back of the base on top of the plunger and push slightly.
- The next step is to add the ground coffee beans into the base.
- Fill the grinder halfway with 1 cup of hot water and let it stay for 20 seconds.
- Fill up the grinder all the way up.
- After a 2-minute wait, the filter needs to be screwed to the top. Then place your coffee mug upside down at the top of the filter.
- Turn over the AeroPress over and slowly press the plunger down for the coffee extraction.
3. How to use the Moka Pot
This is a very old fashion method of brewing that gives you a nostalgic feeling. The Moka Pot comes with different body parts that are easy to assemble and use.
The Moka Pot has a metal tube in the middle that runs up into a metal basket and also a translucent dome. This metal basket is where the coffee grounds are placed. This coffee maker is also called a percolator because as the water is boiling, the pressure forces the water to percolate up its tube straight into the basket where it brews the coffee. This coffee maker works well outdoors, and with large gatherings.
Moka Pot Method
- Fill it up with water and place it near the basket.
- Add 2 tablespoons of ground coffee per cup of water to the basket and bring the percolator to a low boil. You can always use the camp stove or campfire.
- When it begins to boil, reduce the heat and steam for 5 to 10 minutes.
- The water then starts to percolate, turning the color of the water in the translucent dome darker (translucent domes are optional)
- And you are ready to enjoy your cup of Joe.
4. Turkish Pot (Ibrik)
This is another method that has been around for a very long time. It makes a unique and strong flavored coffee. The most important thing you need is a pot.
Turkish Pot Method
- Use freshly ground coffee.
If your coffee is old or stale, it will not foam. The Best way to keep coffee fresh after it’s opened,
store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Fresh coffee will always provide you with the best tasting coffee as a rule.
- For this process of coffee making, use cold filtered water. Do not use warm or hot water.
- Pour the ingredients, coffee, water and sugar (optional) in the Pot (Ibrik) and stir gently
until mixed. Don’t stir it fast, take it nice and slow!
- Heat your coffee on the lowest heat,
stirring two or three times until it starts to rise. Do not let it boil.
Remove it just before it starts to boil and as an option you can share the foams into the other cups,
using a teaspoon(that’s optional).
- After reheating the coffee, pour it slowly into the cups so the bubbles will remain in each cup.
5. The Pour-Over Cone
This is a pour-over coffee maker that is really portable. It gives you total control for the brewing process. You control the amount of coffee and water you want, the temperature of the water, and how quickly you want your coffee to be made.
How to Make Use of the Filter Cone
- Place your filter cone above your mug or jug.
- Place the filter paper inside the filter cone.
- Put the ground coffee bean into the filter in the cone.
- Pour the hot water through the ground coffee bean.
- The coffee is ready to be enjoyed! Yes, that’s how simple the process is.
If you’d like iced coffee place ice cubes, or crushed ice in your mug before you start the process above.
6. Cowboy Coffee
This coffee method is an original and traditional drink made in the old western days by cowboys on the trail. It’s a simple method of brewing coffee by heating coarse grounds with water and then pouring it into a cup after the grounds have settled to the bottom.
- What you need to do is boil your water in a pot .
- After boiling, let the water cool off for 30 seconds.
- The next step is to add 2 tablespoons of ground coffee and stir well.
- Let it brew for 2 minutes before stirring again.
- Pour some cold water in the pot to make the coffee particle settle.
- Then slowly pour the coffee into your mug to prevent the coffee particle from entering your drink.
- And that’s all! You can now sit and enjoy your cowboy coffee
And your sweet coffee journey is over. I hope you got the best outdoor coffee making methods from this article. All these different methods are manual usage to make coffee where electricity is not available.
Let me do some recap! Simply get your favorite fresh roasted coffee bean and grind it to get the freshest coffee, although you can also use already ground coffee. Don’t forget your hot water and also your filter, then serve in your favorite mug and enjoy. Choose whatever coffee-making process makes you feel comfortable, and works for you.
After following this article thoroughly, you should be able to select the type of coffee you are interested in and how you can make it while traveling. Then you are ready to travel to any location with the satisfaction you’ve got from your coffee skill no matter how long you’ll be away.
If you have any comments, please leave them below, I’d love to hear from you!
4 thoughts on “Best Ways To Make Coffee While Traveling”
Love the website I am a very big fan of coffee and love to make it. I was looking at your website and ordering if it is possible to make coffee when you dont have a cooker or furnace. I go hiking a lot and was wondering it I could meek coffe with a campfire or something like that.
Thank you for your comments Mason. Sounds like your a fellow coffee lover, and outdoor person. So, all the products I researched in my article can be used outdoors with out electricity and are affordable. If you have a larger group outdoors, I would suggest the Percolator. The One of the most portable device for outdoor coffee making is the AeroPress. The Moka pot is a proven coffee good maker since its been around for a long time.
Traveling can be fun but tiring at times especially if one is traveling alone. At this point, a cup of coffee can be an excellent companion. Thanks to your article that I found online, I have watched the videos and think that the French Press is the best for me especially with the fact that it gives an excellent flavor and aroma .
Dr. Mau, thank you for your comments. I agree with you that a cup of coffee in the morning is a great companion for anyone’s outdoor activity. The French Press that you liked, makes consistently great coffee, and is widely used indoors, as well as outdoors its simple to use without electricity. Thank you