How to Brew Your Coffee While Camping:
As a full time RV’er, on a 16,000 mile Journey Across America in pursuit of the finest coffee roasters on earth, you learn a thing or two about brewing coffee outdoors.
My name’s Mike Callahan, Founder of StarBARKSCoffee.com.
We sell premium, Fresh Roasted, Small Batch, Eco Friendly Coffee with 100% of our profits supporting Animal Welfare.
We offer Free delivery on-line, directly to you and the safety of your own home, wherever that home may be parked.
It’s been a terrible year with the Pandemic, and we’re just trying to make it a little bit safer and a lot more delicious for everyone.
Although we‘re usually staying in our RV during our long journeys, we did our fair share of hiking and camping out under the stars, sitting around a roaring campfire.
There are a few basic items required for brewing while camping.
Pre-ground or whole bean?
The true coffee connoisseur would recommend fresh ground, as oils and flavors of the bean will increasingly escape after grinding and you can lose as much as 60% of the flavor and aroma over time.
You should keep your beans in an airtight container with a “One Way Degassing Valve” that allows these gasses to escape without letting oxygen in.
The bags our coffees are shipped in are perfect for this.
I get it, in a perfect world, for maximum quality, grinding on site is the way to go, but if convenience dictates, grind as close to your departure time as possible, or buy our Fresh Roasted Ground if desired, it’s all good!
There are numerous grinders to be found on Amazon, and several manually operated grinders can be purchased for as little as $12.00.
Our Coffee Journey began in Boston, down to Key West, through New Orleans, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Oregon, and everywhere in-between.
As a private pilot and volunteer with the New England Aquarium, transporting endangered sea turtles, I’ve been a long time animal welfare advocate with numerous articles written about my many ventures on the front pages of Beverly’s North Shore Sunday and the social columns of the Boston Herald.
If you’d like to enjoy the videos of our 16,000 mile Journey across America in search of the finest coffee roasters on the planet, including private tours of the Turtle Hospital in Marathon Key, Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary, Historic Tombstone, both pre and post pandemic, check us out at StarBarksCoffee.com and join us on this incredible journey of compassion.
My traveling companion Alissa, our two dogs and her two ferrets were usually in charge of building the fire, while I sat, grinding away at our recently sourced and freshly roasted coffee beans.
One of our favorite site was The Grand Canyon.
Waking up to the spectacular sunrises at the Southern Rim, with the occasional Antelope and Mule Deer wandering through our Campsite looking for a pat on the head, and a good scratching behind their furry little ears… how cool is that?
Waaaay cool, and we’ve got the videos to prove it!
Fortunately we didn’t have any bears poking their noses around or chomping on us for dinner.
You just can’t make a good cup of coffee without that glorious water.
I recommend using fresh spring water and reusable containers to minimize waste and maximize flavor… here’s a link to some great options.
Heating the Water:
Hopefully you brought a sturdy pot or kettle of some sort (and maybe a small grill to place over the fire).
Heat the water until it comes to a boil.
If you have a camp stove, that’s even better, 'cuz who wants to build a fire when you just wake up and want COFFEE… NOW!
Make sure you have a proper hand/oven mitt so you don’t burn your hands, and make sure you always have complete control of the scalding hot water container… you don’t want to burn anyone, as medical help could be miles away, and there’s usually lots of things to trip over in a campsite.
Safety is always my first priority, and it should be yours as well.
Also, make sure it doesn’t have a handle that will melt in the heat (guess how I know this).
Once you get your water heated, it’s on to the next part.
So now what?
You’ve gotta turn that glorious coffee and hot water into the “Nectar of the Gods” that you so dearly crave and deserve…
You need a filter of some sort, and of course the proper StarBARKS Coffee mugs to drink it out of, otherwise it’s just not the same (c’mon, work with me on this will ya?).
There are several types of filters available.
This is the one we recommend most for Camping.
It’s portable, sturdy, and easy to clean.
Here’s a guide on how to use it.
The “French Press”:
The French Press (often made of glass) but for camping, you should choose a metal one.
Here’s a few to check out.
The “Pour Over”:
This method is very portable and about as simple as it gets.
Check out this selection from Amazon.
Amazon is great for a lot of things… coffee?
Not so much.
Imagine Coffee the way most people experience it in the “Rat Race”…
StarBARKSCoffee…seems a bit expensive you say?
If you want cheap, go to Amazon.
How long have those bags been sitting on their warehouse shelves?
First you roast ‘em, bag ‘em & tag ‘em.
Then send ‘em on to the Amazon Warehouses, and God knows where that may be, how long it takes to get there, or how long they sit on the shelf before being ordered, those poor lonely bags.
I've even heard some of those places are infested with all kinds of creepy crawly nasty things... just sayin’… and how many different hands touch it before reaching you.
Crawly thing are to be expected (and accepted) from camping in Nature, not from your Coffee Warehouse Suppliers.
So, you order your "Cost Effective" (cheap) coffee, and it's shipped out once again, finally to arrive, and sadly, you're destined to choke down some stale mud they call coffee while you've just crawled out of bed with an attitude that doesn't improve by being assaulted with some mediocre Java.
I don’t know about you, but breakfast is the meal I love most, as I slowly wake up thinking about what to make, and how thoroughly I’m gonna enjoy it… slowly crawling out of bed, hoping not to fall as I stumble and stagger towards the kitchen (ok, maybe the bathroom first) and turn on my favorite “Coffee House Classics” Chanel (it’s a good one) on the Sirius Music Mobile App, just to get my foggy head right with the world, and foolishly make some Amazon coffee in my sleepy stupor, take a sip, and gasp ARGGG!
What the Hell was that?
Shoulda got me some o’ that “Kick Ass StarBARKS”!
Now picture this...
In your infinite wisdom and compassion, you've chosen to buy some of our StarBARKS Coffee.
We won't ship it until it's freshly roasted and ready to go.
It's sent directly to you, wherever that may be, hopefully someplace really cool, or at least someplace that's right for you at the moment.
You brew it up as you try to wake up, sit down on the nearest log, listening to our favorite music (the sound of nature), half asleep, trying to remember the good parts of that dream you were just having, and your plans for the day and how to get everything done and how the world is sometimes so overwhelming you just want to go back to bed…but wait!
You smile, and slowly remember… oh ya, I’m camping, freakin’ awesome, and sigh in sheer pleasure, anticipating what you know is coming… oh baby…some of the world's most compassionate coffee that can only be fully appreciated by sipping it from one of our awesome mugs (ordered separately), and fantasizing about all the wonderful little dogs, cats, and various creatures large and small that are starting off their day a little bit better too, and a lot safer… because of you my dear friends.
The animals you've helped this very morning with your purchases, and all the animals you hope to see during the day ahead of you, in the great outdoors, is that an awesome start to your day, or what?
How cool is that?
Very cool indeed.
You’re a hero my friend, a true hero.
You've done a wonderful and compassionate thing...
you've got the mug to prove it, and the coffee to use it!
Speaking of mugs… we’ll be sponsoring a photo contest called…
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You might even say it’s the “Holy Grail” of Coffee Cups.
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Order our StarBARKS Coffee Mug, (or T-Shirt) and take a picture of it in the coolest situations/locations/adventures, with the pets/family/friends you love, at your RV/campsites, the highest mountain peaks, on your canoe trips, skydiving (Who jumps out of a perfectly good airplane? I do!), boating/diving in the Bahamas, etc.
Submit your photos, and we’ll have a monthly contest giving away free Coffee, T-Shirts, Swag, Cash, etc. for the most interesting/creative or simply coolest photos submitted.
But be careful out there my friends!
If you happen to destroy your mug (or T-Shirt) trying to get a great shot, don’t worry, we’ll send you another for free… Just send us the photos.
That’s how much we love you and all you do for Animal Welfare.
All we ask is that you sign up for our Free Newsletter, and no, we don’t sell our info, or haunt the Hell out of you to buy something, but we will keep you informed about upcoming roasting dates and availability, contests, give-aways, etc.
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Let us know… show the world you care!
Drink well my friends, drink well indeed.
And remember, friends don’t let friends drink bad coffee.
StarBarks also makes a great gift idea, and we offer Membership Subscription Discounts and automated shipments to make sure you never run out, cancel at any time.
So, stay healthy my friends, and thank you again so much for considering us as you make your future coffee investments!
Mike Callahan, Founder