You can't beat the great outdoors for recharging your batteries, whether you go for a long walkabout or just a weekend outing. Getting out of your sleeping bag, unzipping your tent, and walking through base camp is designed to make you feel energized and invigorated - giving you the push you need to start your day with high hopes and clear eyes. The smell of fallen leaves, the gentle babbling of a brook, and the cool breeze in the morning.
We all need a little pick-me-up in the morning, and a hot cup of coffee is a crucial pick-me-up for most of us. And just because you're roughing it doesn't mean you have to skip out on it. Over the years, coffee has been a pioneer staple, a clutch companion for adventurers and explorers. You can bet that coffee got those homesteaders moving in the morning when they conquered the great wide open.
The city's best coffee can be brought with weekend warriors. Here are some tips for making the best cup o' mud:
Over a fire, boil water
It pays to plan ahead: Grab your favorite Super Sparrow vacuum bottles, fill them with boiling hot water, seal them tight, and you've got almost a day's worth of hot water waiting for you.
Make sure it's ground up ahead of time
The first cup of coffee should be a no-brainer, but no-brainers are all relative after all. You don't want to open your bag of coffee first thing in the morning and see beans staring up at you (mocking you with their bean-ness). You might be able to get something going if you have your mortar and pestle, but if you are packing light, you should grind ahead of time.
Our coffee systems even come with a dry storage area in the stopper, can hold a bottle of grounds, and are easy to use.
Here are some tips for grinding:
- Grinding your beans at the last minute releases essential oils, creating a more flavorful and aromatic brew. The longer the ground beans sit, the less flavorful and fresh it will be.
- It will be easy to tell if you ground your beans too fine if you have a lot of resistance when trying to push your french press down.
- Keep your beans in an airtight container to prevent moisture and oil loss.
Take it and make it yours
Having a busy schedule can make it hard to find the time to brew a fresh cup of coffee. But that's where a vacuum bottle comes in handy: Brew your favorite coffee blend, pour it into an insulated mug, and enjoy it all day.
Creating a killer cup of coffee isn't rocket science, but if you do it right, it'll take you places.