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    Anyone had any experience in having good coffee while camping? I'm keen to take something small and light for grinding and plunging or extraction. Minimum fuss would be nice.

    Thoughts?

    Cheers

  • #2
    G'day Scoobie,

    I'd suggest an Aeropress and a Porlex mini + Able or Kaffeologie filter and you're in business. The Porlex fits beautifully down the centre of the Aeropress. BYO bag 'o beans and you're in business!

    All are available for sale in the Coffee by hand area of our website.

    Hope that helps!

    Chris

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    • #3
      I'll 2nd Chris's suggestion. I prefer the Able (Coava) disk, but that's probably just a personal thing. I tend to set the Porlex at b/w 6 and 8 clicks off zero for the Aeropress. Works a real treat with Central American SO's.

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      • #4
        We took a camp stove, kettle & grindripper last time we went away. Only down side was the time to get two coffee's out for us both. I ended up filling two filters while the kettle boiled & putting one side to wait. Tempted to get a small inverter to run a Breville smart grinder off next time we go anywhere. Either way a second pour over will be taken.

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        • #5
          I've been quite happy with a hand grinder and the plunger for camping. With the new plunger bags that CS is selling, I'm looking forward to an even better coffee and a very easy and water efficient clean up.

          As I have a camper trailer, I'm not too limited to space or weight. I guess if you can tell us a bit about your expected camping set up, that would be helpful too.

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          • #6
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            • #7
              Ahh camp coffee, we love it! We take a breville burr grinder (moded) moka pot and stove top milk steamer. Works a treat for us

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              • #8
                I have a porlex and a stove top coffee maker.

                works well.

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                • #9
                  More articles on outbackcrossing

                  Look in the cooking section for different reviews.

                  Just been trying this weekend to work out my coffee processes while camping.

                  There's several variants: you have a caravan and aren't really camping (running water/240v power)

                  You have a vehicle, and space/weight isn't too bad.

                  You have to carry everything on your back.


                  I'm in #2. I have been using an aeropress at work and decided to try it together with a new bellman stovetop steamer. Coffee beans were kept in a mini ice box (no ice)

                  The following points came up short of expectations:

                  At work I depend overly on the zip boil for hot water, and the sink with running water for cleaning up. It is messier in real life camping.

                  The steamer is too small to sit on one of the stoves. (the convenient one).

                  Water was heated in a billy of sorts, but two gloved hands were needed to pour. A teapot of sorts that can be put on the burner/fire.

                  More bench space us needed and maybe a system of bowls to be able to catch/reuse preheating water.

                  Think, test, adjust.

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                  • #10
                    agree on Aeropress and Porlex hand grinder... small and convenient

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                    • #11
                      Thanks for all the quick replies! I've heard about the aeropress and grinder that fits inside so I think that sounds like the way forward. I've used the stove top and an old grinder I "aquired" from somewhere years ago. Very difficult to adjust the grind so I think it's headed straight for the bin.

                      My camping setup is basically I need to fit everything in the back of my landcruiser. PLanning of going for 4 weeks top the Cape and around North QLD and NT.

                      Ashley

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                      • #12
                        Thanks to Journeyman for the Aldi powdered milk suggestion, it works amazingly well!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by thegoner View Post
                          The steamer is too small to sit on one of the stoves. (the convenient one).
                          There is a gadget (had to google to discover what it's called . I've got several, but have always called them the gas thingy ) that should solve this problem

                          I now know that its correct name is: "Metal Stove Top Gas Ring Reducer Trivet" that I use at home for some things and my son uses for his Moka Pot. I would presume it would work on your camp stove as well. Allergic to camping, so not sure about that

                          Originally posted by thegoner View Post
                          Water was heated in a billy of sorts, but two gloved hands were needed to pour. A teapot of sorts that can be put on the burner/fire.
                          There are some kettles on the market with a fine spout (like a tea pot)

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                          • #14
                            So I've read a little more into it and the Aeropress with the Porlex hand grinder seems perfect. Although is there an easy way to make a milk coffee? Does the Aeropress produce a standard sized espresso shot which would require some way of heating/steaming the milk. Or does it mix with the water and produce something similar to a long black? Then just adding a smaller amount of milk?

                            Cheers

                            Ashley

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                            • #15
                              you won't get the espresso shot... more of a very clean french press coffee...
                              no milk steaming capabilities....

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