There are certain things that, when we’re camping, we let slide. We might leave the floss at home, put a pause on a strict dietary regimen or wear the same shirt for a couple of days in a row. Your morning cup of coffee should not be one of the things that’s acceptable in a lower form just because you’re far from civilization. Many will resort to cowboy coffee — steeping ground beans directly in the cup and drinking around them. It doesn’t — it shouldn’t — have to be this way.
For those who care enough about their morning cup to shoulder a few extra ounces in their backpacks, there are plenty of camping-friendly coffee makers. GSI Outdoors’ Java Drip is one of the best available, especially if pour over is your brew method of choice. The apparatus consists of a 30-ounce carafe made of BPA-free plastic that’s wrapped in ballistic nylon for extra insulation. The conical drip cone locks directly onto its top and if it looks bulky don’t worry — it collapses for efficient storage within the carafe. The Java Drip comes with a reusable cloth, but any old paper filter will do the trick too.
Usually, the Java Drip costs $33, an easy price to pay when considering the alternatives (going without or chewing on grounds with every sip), and right now that price is down by 20 percent at Backcountry.
Tanner Bowden is a staff writer at Gear Patrol covering all things outdoors and fitness. He is a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School and a former wilderness educator. He lives in Brooklyn but will always identify as a Vermonter.
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