Dec 16 2014
My day hasn’t properly begun till I’ve downed my first cup of coffee. And I make that coffee the old‑fashioned way. By hand. No sputtering grampus of an electric drip pot for me. I use a French press. This fussiness helps to explain why I wasn’t entirely happy with my camp coffee until quite recently, when I bought a GSI Personal Java Press. Now my coffee in camp is as good as my coffee at home.
My first cup from the Java Press was a eureka moment of sorts. I figured I’d found the Philosopher’s Stone of camp coffee, the sine qua non, the nonpareil, the… Well, you get the point. I was convinced that the Java Press was The Answer to the paddling coffee‑lover’s prayers, and I couldn’t see why anyone would want (or need) anything else. I was wrong, of course. Serious coffee drinkers are fiercely independent, and they’re not shy about setting forth their views — or even laying down the law for others, come to that. (Maybe it’s the caffeine!)
In any event, my Java Press column garnered more than the usual amount of mail, each letter outlining the writer’s take on the best method for making good coffee in camp. And (with one exception) no two writers agreed. It’s like I just said: Coffee drinkers are an independent bunch. I shouldn’t have been surprised. But I’ve still had to rethink the conclusion of my Java Press piece. Perhaps I didn’t discover the Philosopher’s Stone of camp coffee, after all. In fact, the evidence of my mailbag suggests that there are as many Answers to the question of how to make good coffee in camp as there are coffee‑drinking paddlers.
Which is why I’m writing this. If you, too, find it hard to start your engine in the morning without a jolt of java, but if you haven’t yet found a way to make a perfect cup of coffee when you’re camped at the water’s edge, you’ll want to keep reading. There’s a whole world of choices out there, and thanks to the generosity of In the Same Boat‘s readers, that cornucopia of choice is about to be spread before you. Try one reader’s suggestion or try them all. See what works for you. My opinions don’t matter. It’s the taster’s choice, pure and simple. So let’s begin with café filtre… Read more…
This article was originally published on December 22, 2011.
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