There's nothing quite like the scent of freshly brewed coffee intermingling with the crisp, clean air of the great outdoors. Whether you're a dedicated alpinist or a weekend camper, the art of brewing the perfect cup on your outdoor adventure is as satisfying as the journey itself. As avid nature enthusiasts and coffee connoisseurs, we at Huxley have the perfect brewing guide for you: crafting your coffee using a French press, even while camping or trekking.
Why the French Press?
The French press, or press pot, is an ideal coffee brewing device for your adventures. It's durable, portable, and uncomplicated - no need for filters or fancy mechanics. Plus, the French press emphasizes the natural oils and robust flavors in your coffee, yielding a rich and full-bodied cup that can keep up with your spirit of adventure.
What You'll Need
Before setting off, make sure you've packed the essentials. You'll need your French press, fresh Huxley coffee beans (pre-ground to a coarse consistency or with a portable grinder), clean water, a heat source (like a portable stove or campfire), and a kettle or pot to heat water. Don’t forget a mug to savor your brew and a spoon for stirring.
Brewing Your Outdoor French Press Coffee
Grind Size: Course
Ratio: 30 grams of coffee to 500 grams of water.
1. Heat water to ~205F (If it boils, let it sit for 30 seconds).
2. Add the coffee to the french press and pour the water on top.
3. Allow to brew for 4 minutes and then stir gently to break up the crust at the top.
4. Wait another minute for the crust to naturally sink to the bottom and then place the lid on the top and slowly push the press down.
5. Pour & Enjoy!
Remember, the French press brewing method is flexible. Feel free to adjust the coffee-to-water ratio, grind size, or brewing time according to your taste preference. The joy lies in the journey - the process of tweaking and experimenting until you find your perfect brew.
As with all outdoor adventures, leave no trace behind. The used coffee grounds make excellent compost, so consider dispersing them in an appropriate area or pack them out.
Whether you're waking up with the sunrise or winding down after a day of exploration, a well-crafted cup of French press coffee enhances the connection to your environment and your adventure. So, equip your backpack with a French press and your favorite Huxley coffee, and take your coffee brewing skills to new heights (quite literally!).