This post was written by: Jenni Jobe
Summer is not complete in my mind without a camping trip or two–or twelve! One of the essentials of a good camping trip is a good cup of coffee in the morning, which has not always been an easy thing to come by. But it is possible, especially with Top Pot Coffee Roasters (in house at our 5th Ave café) freshly roasted coffee. Amongst the mountains and trees of the Pacific Northwest, combine our Camper Blend coffee with a trusty brew method, and you can wake up at your morning campfire and enjoy!
Recently I went camping with a big group of friends, and I found the truth in the age-old adage of “if you brew it they will come”. Follow these steps and you too will be loved by your family and friends the whole camping trip. I was deemed the “camping coffee master,” and you can too. All it takes is bringing along a trusty brewer, picking up some Top Pot Coffee on the way outta town, and putting it all together when you reach your campsite. So pack up your gear, fill up a couple coolers, grab the coffee, and put up a “Gone Camping” sign. It’s time to get away from it all and refresh your soul in the great outdoors.
Reasons to bring Top Pot camping:
- Increase your popularity amongst your friends. Doughnuts make everyone happy and having quality coffee while camping is hard to come by.
- Keep your weekday morning routine and kick start your day of adventures in the wilderness.
- Support Top Pot’s Camper Blend.
- Invent a new type of s’mores with top pot doughnuts.
- And remember: If you brew it, they will come.
Top Pot Camping Timeline
Take off from work a bit early, load up your gear and coolers and hit up your local Top Pot Café. Grab a dozen doughnuts, a cold brew coffee for the road and a bag or two of the Camper Blend for coffee provisions through the weekend in the mountains and trees. You can even have your coffee ground at the café.
Arrive and set up camp! Once the tents and sleeping bags are set for crawling into at a later hour, and dinner is in the works, find out where that box of doughnuts ended up. Ensure you get your favorite before the early bird catches the doughnuts in the morning before you roll out of the tent.
Roll outta the tent and grab a doughnut to tide you over till the rest of breakfast is ready. Get your hot water started so you can get that coffee brewing. If you brew it, they will come. And you will be loved. For full effect use Top Pot Coffee Roasters Camper Blend.
Repeat steps from Saturday morning. Insider tip–if you train someone on Saturday you can sleep in on Sunday and roll outta your sleeping bag to coffee that’s already made!
Camping Brew Methods:
The French press is a great way to brew multiple cups at a time and makes a nice full bodied cup of coffee. I recommend grabbing a stainless steel one as they’re more durable and you don’t have to worry about it breaking at the campsite.
- For every cup of coffee, put two tablespoons of coarsely ground coffee into the French press. Fill half way with water at about 200 degrees, or just before boiling. Make sure all the grounds are saturated with water.
- Brew for 1 minute and 30 seconds to allow the coffee to bloom. Stir and fill the press the rest of the way with hot water, leaving enough room to rest the plunger on top.
- Continue brewing for another 1 minute and 30 seconds to 2 minutes and 30 seconds. Now you can plunge slowly. Sometimes you’ll feel a little resistance; that’s OK. Don’t force it, you can always pull the press up a little and then continue pressing down. Pour and enjoy!
The Chemex will impress your friends and up your hipster game. This hourglass shaped brewer uses a thick paper filter to produce a smooth cup of coffee. This is also a good method for brewing a few cups at a time when you are making coffee for the whole camp site. The Chemex is slightly more technical than the French Press, however it is one of my favorite methods for brewing coffee.
- Place a cone-shaped paper filter in the top of the Chemex. Make three folds on one side of the filter and one fold on the opposite side to create a cone shape. Arrange the three fold side toward the front spout and one fold toward the back.
- Dampen the filter with warm water to preheat the brewer and rinse out the filter, pour the water out of the spout to discard.
- Use two tablespoons of medium-course ground coffee per cup. Place coffee into the deepest part of the filter.
- Heat your water to about 200 degrees or just before boiling. Pour enough water to wet all of the grounds and let sit for 30 seconds to allow the coffee to bloom.
- Pour your hot water in an even circular motion leaving about ¼-inch of room at the top of the brewer. Once the water filters through the coffee, repeat this step with a second pour to complete the brew.
- Remove filter once all the water has brewed through and discard into compost. Pour and enjoy!
The Aeropress is perfect for brewing single cups of coffee relatively quickly, and it’s small so it is a convenient space saver, especially if you’re backpacking to a campsite. It is also great when people are rolling out of their tents at varying times.
- Place a filter in the cap and fit the cap onto the chamber. Set the chamber onto a steady mug and put one scoop of finely ground coffee into the chamber. Give it a little shake to level out the coffee.
- Pour 200 degree, or just before boiling, water into the chamber up to the number 2.
- Stir the coffee for 10 seconds. Insert plunger at an angle and pull up slightly to create a seal. Press down gently for 20 to 60 seconds until you hear the hiss of the escaping air.
- Remove the chamber from your cup and add 6 ounces of water for one cup of coffee.
You can adjust the amount of water based on your preference; the less you use the stronger the coffee will be. To clean, remove the cap and push over the grounds. The coffee puck will pop right off, ready for compost! Rinse with water.