Best French Press for Camping
If like me you enjoy the great outdoors, and also like your coffee, then this article should really help you out. At home I use different brewing methods for my coffee.
One of those happens to be the French Press which I still like to use. I use the classic glass style which I am pretty sure you will find in thousands of homes across the UK. It remains a very popular choice.
While that type of Press may be suitable for home use, it is hardly ideal to take camping, and the reasons are pretty obvious. Now I do have a small one that I often take on holidays which is securely stored away carefully in my luggage. For a camp trip though, I doubt if it would survive very long. That is simply because most French Presses are made almost entirely from glass.
Best Camping Option
For Camping though, a stainless steel French Press is a better and safer option as there is zero risk of any glass breaking which would be a bit of a disaster. One made from this material will be durable and be able to handle just about anything that you can throw at it.
Now you can get these for the home and I do like them a lot. For travelling though, and especially for camping or hiking, I like something that is built specifically for the outdoors.
Bodum Travel Press Set
I spent a lot of time researching just about anything that was available for making good coffee when I was outdoors. There are certainly some very interesting offers available and many of them work great.
When outdoors though, and I have no idea why, I like my coffee hot and strong. By that I mean stronger than I would have at home.
That just might have something to do with the temperature of our wonderful UK weather.
This Bodum model costs pictured on the left, costs about £16-25 depending on where you buy it. It works like a treat though and it is super simple to use.
It works just like a French Press, is made of stainless steel, has a rubber base and grip and comes with a spare lid. You adjust the rate flow of the coffee by screwing the lid.
Now although I am a coffee person, this one also works great for tea drinkers, who prefer loose leaf tea to the teabag. I will be the first to admit that this is not a cheap option, but I don't mind paying if the quality is high and it works the way it is supposed to.
It also keeps the coffee hot as well and people use this one as a travel mug and for bringing their home made coffee to work.
It helps avoid canteen prices or coffee shop prices, that's for sure. This will keep the liquid inside hot for up to 2 hours. That is why many people use this as a travel mug but I wouldn't leave it any longer than 2 hours unless you like luke warm coffee.
A few people have complained that it can leak at the lid. The way I viewed this really was to allow me to be able to make a good cup of coffee when out camping. When I make it I drink it, so personally I have never used this as a travel mug. For me it does the job and is about as close as I have come to getting the type of French coffee I like when under a tent.
Other Camping Coffee Brewing Options
I did look at one called the Jetboil Coffee Flash but at £100 it was certainly out of my league. I love my coffee but I don't love it that much. This is basically a stove with a built-in press. The manufacturers have designed this one to be suitable for mountaineering, trekking and camping.You push a button to light the stove, and in 2 minutes you have boiling water.
This is a clever option for sure, and if you are a serious hiker or camper, this could be a great option as there are other cooking accessories that you can add on to this one, such as a frying pan.
Gsi Outdoors Personal Javapress
This one has recently come to market, and is proving popular with lots of campers. At around £30, not a cheap option, however a very good one. It is a 2-piece mug set so you can make a cup to help wake you up, and also make one for the road..
It is an insulated press which is both compact and lightweight. That makes it handy for both hikers and campers. It is super easy to use, and also easy to clean. The most important thing is that it makes great coffee and it will not break.