If you're lucky enough to have a Sherpa or pack-mule, you might like to bring a propane coffeemaker on your next camping trip
It is morning in the wilderness. You have fuel, you have water, and you have coffee. You are thirsty, tired and grouchy enough to be banging your tin cup repeatedly against your leg. How do you proceed?
If you have an ounce of initiative left in your caffeine-starved brain, you might just boil up the water in your cup, throw in the coffee and wait*. You’ll get a perfect cup, and you can continue your hike with only your tin cup and pack of coffee to carry.
Or you could try the Coleman Portable Propane Coffeemaker, a chunky piece of kit which takes the familiar kitchen based coffeemaker and puts it into the field. It runs off a 16.4 oz propane cylinder, pushes 4,500 BTU into the water and can run for up to 4.4 hours on a single charge.
It is also extremely non-portable.
But the worst part is that many people will use this to take their miserable home-based coffee habits abroad. A drip coffeemaker starts burning your brew almost as the first drop hits the hotplate-heated jug (stainless steel in this case), and gets worse after that. The coffee never tastes fresh, is never strong enough, and the longer it sits the more bitter it gets.
If you really want to get fancy on your camping trips, take a large-sized moka pot and stick that on your camping stove. It’s lighter, and the result is infinitely better.
There’s one exception here. The product page suggests using the propane coffeemaker at construction sites. The coffee will still taste awful, but putting on a ten-cup pot is a lot easier than brewing a few cups at a time. $90.
Coleman Portable Propane Coffeemaker [Coleman via Uncrate]
* Pro tip: when the coffee is brewed, run a spoon, bowl-down, around the edge of the cup or jug to push the floating grounds gently under the surface. The grounds will sink to the bottom, letting you drink without having to strain the liquid. You’re welcome!
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Via: Gadget Lab