Unwind and grab a cup

Text and photos by: @frilufts

Is there anything better than sitting in front of a fire in the woods and drinking a cup of coffee? Just looking into the crackling fire, listening to the wind, hearing the birds while slowly drinking a cup.

I go out into nature at least once a week to photograph, ventilate and relax. In the hall, the backpack is ready, packed with the most essentials for a walk in the woods. It is usually a shorter hike that lasts a couple of hours where the goal is to find a nice place. A place where I can sit down, have a cup of coffee and enjoy the moment. For me, a walk in the woods is associated with coffee. Whether I am out during the day, driving an overnight stay, kayaking in the archipelago or hiking in the mountains, the coffee is always there.

My coffee drinking has evolved. From drinking instant coffee to realizing that you can make really good coffee on the spot in nature with fairly simple means. For those who really appreciate a good cup of coffee, there are many options today. Here are my three favorites.

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Press coffee

Several years ago, I got a small, flexible one-man kitchen from Primus. The kitchen is called Lite + and holds about half a liter. An tea and coffee press is available as an accessory. The kitchen itself is very fuel efficient and it is quick to heat water. The combination means that you can get a cup of really good coffee in a quick and easy way.

Procedure

1. Boil the desired amount of water and turn off the kitchen.

2. Pour on coffee and mix with the hot water, let the coffee rest for a few minutes.

3. Fit the press and slowly push the sump down to the bottom.

4. Pour the coffee and enjoy.

The pressing method gives very good coffee and it smells really great when you stir the coffee into the hot water. I use this solution when I have limited time because it goes very fast. It is also an excellent solution to take with you on a mountain trip or when you need to pack light.

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Filter coffee

If you want to get as close to home-brewed coffee as possible and use your regular brewed coffee, you can get a filter holder and bring some coffee filters. There are a variety of filter holders. The one I use is a collapsible variant from GSI Outdoor. To the filter holder buy you use a disposable filter or you invest in a reusable filter.

Making filter coffee is easy and the result is very good. An advantage is that you do not need to have very much equipment with you. You go a long way with a filter holder, some coffee filters and some form of pan.

Procedure

1. Boil water

2. Place the filter holder and filter on top of a mug / cup / thermos.

3. Dose the right amount of coffee into the filter.

4. First pour a small amount of water to soak the coffee in the filter holder. Wait a while and then slowly pour in the rest of the water.

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”Cooked coffee”

”Cooked coffee”, or “cowboy coffee”, is probably what most people associate with outdoor life. To light a fire, fetch water from a lake, throw in a few handfuls of coffee and wait for a boil while sitting and enjoying in front of the fire. It's unbeatable.

Procedure

1. Fill the coffee pot with water, pour in coffee and place it on / by the fire.

2. Lift the coffee pot immediately when it starts to boil. Hold it over the fire and let the coffee simmer for a few seconds.

3. To clean the spout from coffee grounds, pour a few decilitres into a cup and then pour it back into the coffee pot.

4. Let the coffee rest for a few minutes so that the swamp has time to sink to the bottom.

5. The coffee is ready to be enjoyed

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Dosage and such

The basic rule when brewing, pressing and boiling coffee is to have 6 grams of coffee per deciliter of water. An ordinary coffee measure usually holds just 6 grams of coffee. Use 6 grams as a benchmark, when I wrote this article I found that about 7 grams suits me. It can certainly also vary between different beans and roasts. You know how many measurements you need to be satisfied with your coffee. If you do not know, it may be worth wasting some coffee and testing yourself.

To get the most out of flavors and aromas, the temperature should be between 92-96 degrees. When it comes to temperature, it is difficult to keep track, but for optimal results, you should avoid boiling the coffee for too long. It is better to let it simmer or just rest in warm water. At too high a temperature, unpleasant flavors appear.

Depending on the method, you also need to buy the right grinding. It may be obvious, but you can not use brewed coffee when brewing coffee. In the store, brewed coffee is most common and there is a large selection of different beans and roasts. When it comes to brewed and pressed coffee, the range is all the more limited. My tip is to visit a coffee roastery / coffee shop and get help from an expert. Describe what you like about coffee and how to prepare it. They then select a good variety and grind it for your specific purpose.

Summary

My personal favorite when it comes to outdoor coffee is press coffee. I think the flavors and aromas come out in a very nice way. The outdoor kitchen is small, it is simple and it is quick to get a cup of really good coffee

But you are not always in a hurry. Among the best things about being out in the woods is finding a nice campsite, gathering a big pile of firewood and lighting a cozy fire. There you can easily disappear the hours, either in the company of others or for yourself, next to the crackling fire. In such a situation, I have a hard time imagining anything other than brewed coffee. To be able to pick out your favorite cup and pour up a smoking cup, and just enjoy the fire, the surroundings and the moment.

What I want to say with this text is that it does not have to be complicated to make a good coffee in nature. If you are tired of instant coffee, or maybe just want to try something new, I hope this text has succeeded in motivating you to explore a world of outdoor coffee.

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