It’s the beginning of June, meaning for many of us, camping season is here. Camping lovers are itching to unroll sleeping bags, haul canoes into lakes, and eat comfort food that has been cooked over an open flame. We dream of longer days, warmer nights, and getting outside to slow down, connect with nature, and relax.
One of my favorite ways of slowing down is crawling out of a cozy tent into the cool morning air, and brewing a delicious cup of camp coffee. Our morning routines typically involve coffee so that certainly shouldn’t stop while we’re camping. I’m not talking about your dad’s old-fashioned cowboy coffee from an enamel percolator, either - although there’s nothing wrong with that if you enjoy your coffee with some texture!
The percolator, invented by a physicist in the early 1800’s, has led to a multitude of brewing improvements. Over the past few decades, things have changed in the brewing world - and that’s not only limited to coffee at home, but coffee brewed outdoors as well. Common devices around the campfire today are the (thermal) French press, aeropress, pour-over brewers, and yes, even portable espresso makers. And while I do love a good espresso from time to time, I can’t help but think that’s a little more like “glamping” than camping, so I’ll stick with my favorite: the Melitta pour-over.
Plastic and durable, inexpensive and light, this pour-over is great for almost any level of camping. You can store it in a food bin, or dangle it from your pack on a carabineer. These pour-overs require #2 filters, which make for great forest composting when you’re finished with them.