Making a Cup from Ground Coffee
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Delmar O'Donnell
(Bolster)

Locale: Between Jacinto & Gorgonio
Making a Cup from Ground Coffee on 10/29/2013 23:18:16 MDT Print View

I feel silly asking this question, the answer is probably obvious, but I don't know it.

Is it possible to put ground coffee in a tea infuser, and get a decent cup of joe? If so, this would seem a lightweight way of making backcountry coffee. Or does the coffee have to pass through the grounds, as opposed to soak?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Infuser

What I'm asking: is drip really all that much better than immersion? Immersion seems so much easier.

I remember a passage from Grapes of Wrath, where the Okies made coffee by just tossing ground beans into a boiling can, then straining out the grounds with their teeth. I don't want to go THAT far. But I would like to use my own ground coffee on the trail. Via is kinda spendy if you know what I mean.

I'd be interested to know "steeping" ways (ie, non-press, non-percolator) that BPL'ers have made coffee from their own ground beans in the backcountry. I don't want to carry but minimal extra equipment to do this.

Edited by Bolster on 10/29/2013 23:50:50 MDT.

Delmar O'Donnell
(Bolster)

Locale: Between Jacinto & Gorgonio
Cloth Bag on 10/29/2013 23:32:53 MDT Print View

ON a search, I found one post from an old thread:

"Ahhh, so wtf guys no one has suggested reuseable cotton cloth bags roughly twice the size of a teabag. I got them at the grocery store. Hell the cut off toe section of a clean, old cotton sock would work. Fill with grounds and steep. Fling grounds broadly across landscape and dry on pack during the hike and it is all good."

That's not a tea infuser, but it's the same idea...

Here's another:

"Now onto making a DIY filter here is an idea: you can take cone filters, add the ground coffee for one cup (to your cups size of course!) then sew the top closed with cotton thread. Cut off the top excess and you have a "coffee bag". Then toss it in like a tea bag when you make coffee."

Aha, MSR Mugmate. Perhaps that's what I'm looking for.

Edited by Bolster on 10/29/2013 23:45:11 MDT.

Bruce Tolley
(btolley) - M

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Making a Cup from Ground Coffee on 10/29/2013 23:48:34 MDT Print View

I think I got this recipe from the BPL forum or maybe it was Mike Clelland's book

Basically it is a deconstructed "french press"

Use one coffee measure, french press grind, for each 4 to 6 oz of water

Bring the desired amount of water to boil (32 oz)

Remove from pot from stove

Add 8 measures of coffee

Let coffee bloom for 1 minute

Stir down the bloom

Let coffee steep for one to 3 minutes (depending on taste)

Filter into your cup with an MSR gold filter

Pack used grinds into zip lock bag (pack it in, pack it out)

Enjoy

Delmar O'Donnell
(Bolster)

Locale: Between Jacinto & Gorgonio
Bloom? on 10/29/2013 23:52:05 MDT Print View

"Bloom"? What means this?

Edited by Bolster on 10/29/2013 23:52:51 MDT.

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: Making a Cup from Ground Coffee on 10/30/2013 02:10:24 MDT Print View

> the Okies made coffee by just tossing ground beans into a boiling can, then
> straining out the grounds with their teeth.
Sometimes referred to as 'cowboy coffee', and as old as the hills. Works just fine.

Cheers

Dave Grey
(dapperdave) - F
Bloom on 10/30/2013 04:15:34 MDT Print View

Delmar,

When coffee is roasted Carbon Dioxide is trapped in the beans, when fresh beans are hit by hot water the gas is released, causing the coffee to float to the surface, this combination of grounds, water and gas is called bloom.

Bloom

Dave

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: Making Coffee on 10/30/2013 06:14:42 MDT Print View

Delmar have you seen this?

http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/coffee_beautiful_cup.html#.UnD3-5Fd0m0

Ian B.
(IDBLOOM) - MLife

Locale: PNW
Re: Re: Making Coffee on 10/30/2013 07:17:37 MDT Print View

"Is it possible to put ground coffee in a tea infuser, and get a decent cup of joe? If so, this would seem a lightweight way of making backcountry coffee. Or does the coffee have to pass through the grounds, as opposed to soak?"

Tea infuser is fine but I prefer cowboy/turkish coffee. With the infuser, I feel the coffee is on par with using a french press.

.coffee collapse

.side by side

.side by side

.steeping

Edited by IDBLOOM on 10/30/2013 07:22:07 MDT.

Eddy Walker
(Ewker)

Locale: southeast
Medaglia D' Oro Instant Espresso Coffe on 10/30/2013 07:27:40 MDT Print View

just pack some of this up in a ziploc and take it with you

Instant expresso coffee

Edited by Ewker on 10/30/2013 07:31:10 MDT.

Delmar O'Donnell
(Bolster)

Locale: Between Jacinto & Gorgonio
Re: Re: Making Coffee on 10/30/2013 08:51:17 MDT Print View

> Delmar have you seen this?

Not till now, and it's excellent! Many thanks for your zen-like librarian skills, Ken, not only in this thread but many others.

Ian, what is that orange gizmo?

Edited by Bolster on 10/30/2013 08:52:40 MDT.

Ian B.
(IDBLOOM) - MLife

Locale: PNW
Re: Re: Re: Making Coffee on 10/30/2013 08:55:16 MDT Print View

It's a tea chingadera.

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: Medaglia D' Oro Instant Espresso Coffe on 10/30/2013 09:23:07 MDT Print View

The green lid is your portal to happiness and bliss. Sold in many grocery stores, top shelf.

Steofan The Apostate
(simaulius) - F

Locale: Bohemian Alps
What is that orange thing? on 10/30/2013 10:23:23 MDT Print View

Get this Tuffy Steeper from The Tea Spot in Boulder CO. Nice online store, great customer service too.

Tea Steeper

Ian B.
(IDBLOOM) - MLife

Locale: PNW
Re: What is that orange thing? on 10/30/2013 11:36:10 MDT Print View

I can't remember the weight of my diffuser but I'll check it when I get back home. It works fine but since it's made for tea, it's slow to drain when you lift it out of your mug. It works but there are better systems out there.

Valerie E
(Wildtowner) - M

Locale: Grand Canyon State
One More Possibility on 10/30/2013 11:45:31 MDT Print View

Folger's makes a "Via"-like product that only costs half as much as $tarbucks' product, but is essentially the same thing. So if you like Via (but just find it too expensive) try this...available at most grocery stores.Coffee

Edited because I left out a word!

Edited by Wildtowner on 10/30/2013 11:46:21 MDT.

KEN LARSON
(KENLARSON) - MLife

Locale: Western Michigan
Turkish Cowboy Coffee on 10/30/2013 11:47:57 MDT Print View

Turkish Cowboy Coffee

Excerpted from Ultralight Backpackin' Tips: 153 Amazing & Inexpensive Tips for Extremely Lightweight Camping by Mike Clelland!


This is an easy way to make exceptionally wonderful coffee in the backcountry, and it’s UL groovy. It is a combo of Turkish and cowboy styles, integrating the best of each technique. This system factors in my impatience, so it works well for me.

.COFFEE1

The Turkish solo cup of goodness:
A. Start with the actual coffee beans, use the inkiest and oiliest beans you can find. Either French Roast or Espresso roast.

B. Grind the beans as fine as you possibly can. A specialty coffee shop will accommodate your needs. Most grocery stores provide a burr style grinder, this will have a Turkish setting at the farthest end of the dial. The ground coffee should end up looking like chocolate cake flour.

C. Pack the coffee in two bags, one inside the other. The aroma is so overpowering that everything in your pack will smell like coffee if you just single bag.

D. In the field, bring your cup of water to a boil, and take it off the heat, pour this water into your mug.

E. Add one heaping spoonful to your mug and stir. The spoon itself will get stained and oily if you use it to stir, so just use the spoon to plop it into your cup, and then use a stick to stir.

F. Wait. How long? Hard to say, I am antsy and impatient, so this is a tricky question. Let’s say less than a minute.

G. Drink. (good, isn’t it!)

H. Be careful, there is a layer of gooey stuff at the bottom of your cup, known affectionately as the sludge. No matter how tempting, do not drink the sludge. Trust me on this.


COFFE2


The tried and true COWBOY option is good if there are two coffee drinkers sharing a pot.
(Follow steps A thru C from above)
D. Bring your pot of water to a boil, take it off the heat, and put it in the insulating cozy.

E. Add two spoonfuls of coffee to the pot, stir with a stick.

F. Wait. During the waiting time, you can stir gently, and tap the sides of the pot to get the fine little grounds to settle. Maybe toss a pebble in.

G. Carefully pour the coffee from the pot into the cups being hyper aware of the sludge. The longer you wait, the less sludge. Okay, now drink

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: Medaglia D' Oro Instant Espresso Coffe on 10/30/2013 18:01:51 MDT Print View

The words 'instant' and 'coffee' do not belong in the same sentence.
Yuk!
Unrepentent and no apologies.

Cheers

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: Instant Espresso Coffee on 10/30/2013 18:20:06 MDT Print View

The words 'instant' and 'coffee' do not belong in the same sentence.

+1

Real Coffee, no excuses. No reason not to.

Bruce Tolley
(btolley) - M

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Making a Cup From Ground Coffee on 10/30/2013 18:32:33 MDT Print View

To the web site admin

****Please remove all references in this thread to instant so-called coffee.****


I personally tried 3 or 4 various cowboy methods and the method above extracted from Mike Clelland's book. I for one do not like the taste of grounds on my teeth. Hence my use of the MSR gold filter and my recipe.

My recommended blend: Peet's Major Dickasons.

Delmar O'Donnell
(Bolster)

Locale: Between Jacinto & Gorgonio
Re: One More Possibility on 10/30/2013 21:32:04 MDT Print View

> Folger's makes a "Via"-like product

I had no idea! Thanks Valerie. Will check it.

(Do the anti-instant activists in this thread consider Via-type coffee to be instant?)

Edited by Bolster on 10/30/2013 21:39:15 MDT.