There are certain things that, when we’re camping, we let slide. We might leave the floss at home, put a pause on a strict dietary regimen or wear the same shirt for a couple of days in a row. Your morning cup of coffee should not be one of the things that’s acceptable in a lower form just because you’re far from civilization. Many will resort to cowboy coffee — steeping ground beans directly in the cup and drinking around them. It doesn’t — it shouldn’t — have to be this way.
For those who care enough about their morning cup to shoulder a few extra ounces in their backpacks, there are plenty of camping-friendly coffee makers. GSI Outdoors’ Java Drip is one of the best available, especially if pour over is your brew method of choice. The apparatus consists of a 30-ounce carafe made of BPA-free plastic that’s wrapped in ballistic nylon for extra insulation. The conical drip cone locks directly onto its top and if it looks bulky don’t worry — it collapses for efficient storage within the carafe. The Java Drip comes with a reusable cloth, but any old paper filter will do the trick too.
Usually, the Java Drip costs $33, an easy price to pay when considering the alternatives (going without or chewing on grounds with every sip), and right now that price is down by 20 percent at Backcountry.
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