Camping French Press Coffee
Recipe type: Coffee
Cuisine: Camp Cooking
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Serves: Up to 30 oz.
The French Press method of coffee brewing is renowned for making rich, full-bodied, delicious coffee. It may seem a little fru-fru for a camping trip, but that’s not the case any more. GSI Outdoor created the JavaPress especially for rugged use in the great outdoors, but it serves as well at home to make your coffee for the morning commute. Actually, French Pressing is another take on Cowboy Coffee. But instead of using cold water to pull the grounds to the bottom, in French Pressing the grounds are collected and held against the bottom by a filter disc you press through the coffee with a plunger. Then you pour out the grounds-free coffee from above the filter.
  • GSI Outdoors 30 oz. JavaPress
  • Up to 30 oz. water, just below boiling (200F is perfect)
  • 2 Tbsp. of coarsely ground coffee per 6 oz. of water
  1. Begin by boiling some water in a separate pot.
  2. Pour a couple of ounces into the JavaPress cylinder and swirl to warm the container. Return water to boiling pot.
  3. Measure 2 tablespoons of coarsely ground coffer per six ounces of water into the cylinder. If you’re making the full 30-ounce capacity of the JavaPress, that would be 10 tablespoons.
  4. Add water that’s cooled just below boiling to the cylinder.
  5. Place the lid/press in position on top of the cylinder and make sure it’s seated well.
  6. Allow coffee to steep for 4-5 minutes.
  7. Slowly press down plunger to the bottom of the pot.
  8. Turn the arrow on the lid to align with the pour spout and pour the coffee into your waiting mug.
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