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Post by Woodglue » Wed Nov 15, 2006 11:38 am

My boy is up every morning at 6:15am. On really lucky mornings, we get to sleep in till 6:45am. My first mission is to get dressed and get out of the trailer.
I noticed that some guys camped near us would spark up their generator at these early early hours and let it run for 10 or 15 minutes, then they'd shut it down.

:-k The only thing I could come up with was that they wanted to use their microwave or coffee pot. If it's the microwave, I can't help ya... but there is a way to brew a pot of coffee that doesn't require a conventional coffee pot... or one of those old purculators.

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Post by f-BOB » Wed Nov 15, 2006 3:58 pm

so we'll all come over to your camp for coffee so we don't wake up the rest of our camps!!!!

That's a pretty cool little device. Where did you get it?
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Post by Woodglue » Wed Nov 15, 2006 4:39 pm

f-BOB wrote:so we'll all come over to your camp for coffee so we don't wake up the rest of our camps!!!!
Sure thing! We always have pot on the stove AND another one on the table outside for tent campers.... and guys like f-Bob. :lol:
f-BOB wrote:That's a pretty cool little device. Where did you get it?
I think they sell them at WalMart / Target kind of stores. :?
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Post by Washroad » Wed Nov 15, 2006 4:51 pm

When I get up in the morning I'm really cranky. :shock:

I got even more cranky when I was waiting for the water to heat on the stove so I could pour it into that drip thingy Malita thing. That was back in the days before the genny.

My genny is right under the head of the bed. I'm not in the bed anymore so what do I care if I wake up Gail? WTH? I'll save her some of the coffee, unless other campers come over and need some. I'm a nice guy. I'm more than willing to start the genny again and make more. So what if Gail can't sleep? Wha? She on a vacation or something? :lol: (I can talk tough here, ya know.)

Coffee is ready by the time I'm ready and I'm not so cranky.


BTW, I bought my coffee maker like the pic above at Ralphs. Just gotta look for them.
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Post by jhitesma » Wed Nov 15, 2006 5:46 pm

I can't stand coffee...but just got my latest issue of Make (one of the greatest magazines I've ever found BTW) and this is one of the featured projects this issue:

http://makezine.com/08/coffeeroaster/

May have to build one just for the fun of it :D

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Post by Glamisbound » Wed Nov 15, 2006 10:01 pm

Or you could just flip the switch on the inverted and have the best of both worlds. A real coffee maker with no gen running.
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Post by Winston Cup » Wed Nov 15, 2006 10:15 pm

I don't really care how it happens, or who gets hurt. I gotta have my coffee in the morning. After that I'm an extremely cooperative person.
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Post by alyshka » Thu Nov 16, 2006 1:27 am

Being a caffeine junkie :shock:

I usally start the day with a $tarebuk$ double shot :)

Then move on to coffee I brewed at home and put into water bottles w/cream and keep cold.

If its cold in the morning I do one of three options

1. Perk- about 5 cups old allum. thing that takes way to long

2. Press- pour in hot water and coffee wait 2 min and plunge

3. Italan expresso- 3-5mins for that quick jumpstart 8-[
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Post by Winston Cup » Thu Nov 16, 2006 8:56 am

My mother in law has this neat deal that doesn't use a paper filter, it just has a really, really fine screen. You just pour in hot water, then put in X amount of coffee grounds in the top part, force the plunger down and wahlah, fresh brewed coffee. Pretty cool.
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Post by Sloppyduner » Thu Nov 16, 2006 5:21 pm

SIMPLE. Foldgers singles. I wake up in my tent on wheels and it’s usually cold-freezing so the first thing I do is crack the window (o2 thing) turn on my single burner cooker thinggy. Pout a bottle of water in the pan, put it on the fire. Put the bag in the cup. In three minutes my tent on wheels is warm and I got a cup of coffee.

One of these days I GOTTA get my 1200watt inverter hooked up so I can use my microwave. But then what would I use to heat up the tent on wheels?
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Post by Grumpy Wookiee » Fri Dec 15, 2006 12:58 pm

Washroad wrote:When I get up in the morning I'm really cranky. :shock: Thats an understatment!

I'm a nice guy. I'm more than willing to start the genny again and make more.
:!: Since when are you a nice guy? I have always thought of you like this :arrow: :twisted:
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Post by valen76 » Fri Dec 15, 2006 1:29 pm

Sloppyduner Posted:

SIMPLE. Foldgers singles.
That is just enough to make me mad. I need the entire pot. I make good use of the genny while it is on. I like to watch the news while the coffee brews. Anyways I camp with old people and they are already up ie. Brian. Except for Gail she is asleep and she is NOT old.

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Post by Barley101 » Fri Dec 15, 2006 11:13 pm

We normally just get up.. start up the quads.. and head to vendors' row for coffee and a break. burro to get us started!!
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Post by Washroad » Sun Dec 17, 2006 9:04 am

Generators are made to be run.

Coffee pots are made to make coffee.

Running generator + prepared and turned on coffee maker = coffee

Need a lot of coffee. Let the generator run. I ain't skeered! :lol: :lol:
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Post by NOSJunkie » Sun Dec 17, 2006 10:28 am

Check out a French press.. Or coffee press if you dont like the french.. The coffee is better than a perk IMO.. and way better than a single.. They are very simple.. Dump in grounds, add boiling water, wait a few min. press the lid down and the screen filters the grounds out.. Excellent coffee!!
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Post by BakerKlan » Sun Dec 17, 2006 4:19 pm

NOSJunkie wrote:Check out a French press.. Or coffee press if you dont like the french.. The coffee is better than a perk IMO.. and way better than a single.. They are very simple.. Dump in grounds, add boiling water, wait a few min. press the lid down and the screen filters the grounds out.. Excellent coffee!!
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Post by MikeA » Sun Dec 17, 2006 4:27 pm

Yes, Washroad, I have to agree :wink:

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Post by Grumpy Wookiee » Mon Dec 18, 2006 1:32 pm

Washroad wrote:Generators are made to be run.

Coffee pots are made to make coffee.

Running generator + prepared and turned on coffee maker = coffee

Need a lot of coffee. Let the generator run. I ain't skeered! :lol: :lol:
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Post by Washroad » Mon Dec 18, 2006 9:21 pm

Grumpy Wookie wrote:
Washroad wrote:Generators are made to be run.

Coffee pots are made to make coffee.

Running generator + prepared and turned on coffee maker = coffee

Need a lot of coffee. Let the generator run. I ain't skeered! :lol: :lol:
If you aint skeered, why do you run from Gail like that all the time?
That's 'cause at night I've had a few JDs and can't remember where the magnum is. :shock: :shock: :shock:

In the morning I remember where I put it. :twisted:
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Post by OBSESSED » Mon Dec 18, 2006 9:58 pm

Glamisbound wrote:Or you could just flip the switch on the inverted and have the best of both worlds. A real coffee maker with no gen running.
Or don't flip any switch because my inverter is on all night running a air fan/purifier... My coffee pot has a timer my coffee is on and brewed before I get up out of bed...
Usually, I am up, however at times, I just love waking to the girggle of boiling hot coffee steam generating through the coffee maker.
Ok, maybe, it's not the best, but from bed to drinking coffee in 4 steps and 10 seconds?

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Post by Woodglue » Tue Dec 19, 2006 8:49 am

OBSESSED wrote:
Glamisbound wrote:Or you could just flip the switch on the inverted and have the best of both worlds. A real coffee maker with no gen running.
Or don't flip any switch because my inverter is on all night running a air fan/purifier... My coffee pot has a timer my coffee is on and brewed before I get up out of bed...
Usually, I am up, however at times, I just love waking to the girggle of boiling hot coffee steam generating through the coffee maker.
Ok, maybe, it's not the best, but from bed to drinking coffee in 4 steps and 10 seconds?

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Post by Washroad » Wed Dec 20, 2006 6:24 am

I've been thinking of the inverter thing too.

Upgrade my 2 6-volt batteries to 4 6-volt and get the inverter.

Leave the heat on all night and don't wake the wife.

But that wouldn't be any fun! If I'm cranky I want everyone cranky! :lol:
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Post by crash » Wed Dec 20, 2006 9:04 am

OK.....So......to get a cup of joe in the morning we need:

Automatic coffee maker.

2000 watt inverter.

4 six volt battaries.

Solar panels to recharge the batts during the day. (Remember that 2k inverter on all night, just by itself, will pull major power.)

Let's see......if one goes to the dunes ALOT you could probably reduce your per cup cost to...oh....about $30.00!!!!

Keep a can of Coke by the side of your bed!

So glad I don't have a coffee habit. :D

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Post by OBSESSED » Wed Dec 20, 2006 7:32 pm

crash wrote:OK.....So......to get a cup of joe in the morning we need:

Automatic coffee maker.

2000 watt inverter.

4 six volt battaries.

Solar panels to recharge the batts during the day. (Remember that 2k inverter on all night, just by itself, will pull major power.)

Let's see......if one goes to the dunes ALOT you could probably reduce your per cup cost to...oh....about $30.00!!!!

Keep a can of Coke by the side of your bed!

So glad I don't have a coffee habit. :D
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Post by crash » Thu Dec 21, 2006 8:46 am

OBSESSED wrote: I quit carbonation... you could too...

side benifit you will have less gas! :shock:
That's why I drink iced tea and water.

In my opinion, nothing wakes you up like Coca Cola. I can drink three Mountain Dews or Pepsis and sleep just fine. If I drink ONE Coke, I'll be up till the sun rises. Must be their combination of sugar and caffine.

If you don't like the carbonation, just pop it when you go to bed. I'm sure the bubbling will put you right to sleep. :D

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Post by Voice » Thu Dec 21, 2006 6:14 pm

Ok, as a serious coffee drinker I'll let you know exactly how to do it... and it works for anyone...

Get a good aluminum perk coffee pot... Mine makes like 12 cups in about 8 minutes or maybe a little more... (I'll post the picture tonite)
Perk the coffee on the single burner propane stove that cost like $5

Pour the fresh coffee into a good air pot...

If you want to have hot coffee first thing in the morning then perk it before you go to bed and put it in the air pot. It will still be good and warm in the morning.

My airpot will keep coffee warm for 18 hours or so, if it's full... the time reduces with less coffee in the airpot.
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Post by Washroad » Fri Dec 22, 2006 10:08 am

If I had coffee ready and waiting for me in the morning I'd still be cranky.

I'm just cranky in the morning, even at Glamis watching the sun come up. Well, I'm only cranky then if someone tries to talk to me. :lol:

So, if I'm cranky, might as well make other people cranky.

I think I'd turn on the generator anyway, just for the hell of it. :lol: :lol:
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Post by Dune Shredder » Sun Dec 24, 2006 11:07 am

here here start it up and nothing like fresh ground Starbucks in the morning. And yes also working on the inverter thingy so as not to disturb the older folks in our group,
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Dune Shredder I thought that monster house had everything. Sure looked that way. :D
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Post by teardrop » Tue Jan 12, 2010 10:48 am

French Press with Starbucks coffee.

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Post by Glamisbound » Wed Jan 13, 2010 12:08 pm

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That ok, because it's a good subject. I use to use a regular coffee pot. Now I have a Keurig...google it. It's the only way to go in the dunes.

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Post by Mudkattgowfo » Wed Jan 13, 2010 12:55 pm

Coffee Bad, Drink Pepsi.... :D

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Post by jhitesma » Wed Jan 13, 2010 1:14 pm

I have to update my previous post. The lure of roasting coffee intrigued me enough that I now enjoy the occasional cup of coffee. Though like most think I went into it a bit further than intended and seem to have ended up in the coffee snob category now.

Wouldn't dream of subjecting coffee to the abuse of a percolator. I could probably fill a post with reasons why percolators are evil but I'll keep it short and just say that while I do have a little camp percolator the only thing I use it for is to heat water in.

I do have a pour over like the one that started this thread, and have no complaints at all about it...but it's a bit more mess and work than I usually like to deal with, and only does a cup at a time...so it doesn't really get used very often. It is great for camping though.

I carry two methods in my RV.

The already mentioned French Press (A cheap one I picked up for $7 at a local grocery store, I have a nice Bodum one I keep at home) which is great if I'm making enough to share with a few people since I try to limit myself to just one cup a day. I use the evil percolator to boil up the water for this method.

The other is a little moka pot I picked up when Linens and things was going out of business for something like $10. It's the small one and only does one cup at a time, but it makes a GREAT cup of strong coffee (The manufacturer may sell it as an espresso maker...but it's NOT espresso by any measure.)

The moka works great, but is best on the burner in the RV. I've used it in a campfire and it worked, but really got discolored and the handle got a little melted. It also works on a grill, but takes a bit longer since the heat isn't as directed as on an actual burner.

The part where I get really picky is in the beans. I get green beans from sweetmarias.com and roast them at home in a $12 chefmate popcorn popper I found at Target. At home I pretty much only make espresso since I got a passable machine at the LnT going out of business sale but I'll only use beans that are between 3 and 10 days out of the roaster for that. If they've been sitting more than 10 days and I haven't used them for espresso - they get relegated to coffee use instead. If I haven't used them within a month for coffee...they go to friends who aren't as picky and gladly drink a pot or two of cheap coffee daily ;)

I'm not a fan at all of the pod machines since whether making coffee or espresso I won't grind my beans until just before I brew. (And I mean JUST, I'll heat the water then grind rather than let the ground beans wait around while I heat water.) I have a cheap whirly blade grinder I use in the RV which is fine for the moka pot and french press (and even the pour over.) At home I have my prize which I'll take a minute to brag about because it has dune cred:

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It's a Nuova Simonelli MDX espresso grinder. They sell new for almost a grand and used often fetch $300-$500. I found it on ebay for $50. When I went to pick it up I found out that the guy selling it has run a coffee and ice cream shop as a vendor at Glamis for the past 4 or 5 years and was retiring. His wife set the price that cheap because he had taken it apart and lost the screws that hold the base on :D


So yeah, I over complicate things. But at the same time I like to keep them simple. No electric wanted or needed for making brew in the dunes. And I like whatever method is the quickest and easiest for me to prepare and cleanup without creating any waste. Which is why I'm a big fan of the french press for more than one cup or the moka pot for a single serving.

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Re: Camping: Coffee how to's

Post by Glamisbound » Wed Jan 13, 2010 3:27 pm

Seems like you are quite the aficionado now.

I love good coffee. I just don't have the patients to do it the way you do while in the dunes.

Part of camping for me is making my life just a little less work and stress than normal everyday life.

That's where the Kuerig comes in. First, the coffees really are pretty good quality. Second, it can't get any easier. Third, you can keep the K-cups in the moho, and therefore will seldom "forget" to pack coffee. Just put a case of K-cups in the rig and no worries.

The last thing is that no one else in my moho drinks java so there is no need to make a full pot. Just make a cup as I go. I'll probably do three per morning but this way I don't need to keep the gen or inverter going the entire time to keep a pot hot. Just turn it on when you want to make a cup.

Try it, you might like it!
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Post by DuneRookie » Wed Jan 13, 2010 3:57 pm

Instant Coffee, Only cause its easy and fairly quick.

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Re: Camping: Coffee how to's

Post by jhitesma » Wed Jan 13, 2010 4:58 pm

I'd rather go without than compromise on the quality. If I'm going to drink it then it has to be top notch coffee. Otherwise I'll skip it like I have for most of my life :D

The moka pot is dirt simple for one cup. Just put in the grounds, pour in some water, put it on the heat then wait until it's done. For me that's easier than anything that requires electricity :D

Though I do want to pick up a little hand grinder since my grinder does require me to use my inverter to turn beans into grounds. Then I can really feel like I'm camping again even if I am in the RV ;)

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Re: Camping: Coffee how to's

Post by MattV » Wed Jan 13, 2010 5:08 pm

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That ok, because it's a good subject. I use to use a regular coffee pot. Now I have a Keurig...google it. It's the only way to go in the dunes.

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Re: Camping: Coffee how to's

Post by Intelliduner » Wed Jan 13, 2010 6:04 pm

jhitesma wrote: The part where I get really picky is in the beans. I get green beans from sweetmarias.com and roast them at home in a $12 chefmate popcorn popper I found at Target.
Hah, cool idea. And I thought I was getting it as fresh as I could by buying from a local roaster. Their beans are always roasted within the previous 24 hours.
jhitesma wrote:It's a Nuova Simonelli MDX espresso grinder. They sell new for almost a grand and used often fetch $300-$500. I found it on ebay for $50. When I went to pick it up I found out that the guy selling it has run a coffee and ice cream shop as a vendor at Glamis for the past 4 or 5 years and was retiring. His wife set the price that cheap because he had taken it apart and lost the screws that hold the base on :D
Nice. I assume that's a burr/mill grinder, and not a blade type, right? Mills always perform more consistently than blades (unless you want your coffee pulverized into dust, then blades are great at doing it every time :) )

I'm something of a coffee snob, but my Cuisinart mill grinder does a good enough job for me, at FAR less than hundreds of dollars.

Re. the original post, I was using one of those Melita's in my previous moho until just last year. I didn't have a gennie, so that was my only option. Our new moho has a gennie, so the wife bought a 4-cup drip maker, and we just bring some pre-ground coffee out with us. Ah, the compromises I make to camp... :wink:

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Post by DuneRookie » Wed Jan 13, 2010 6:53 pm

Yuz guyz are spoiled. Get back to roots. I went to instant coffee. Keep it simple and un complicated. Ghetto campers rule. :D
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Re: Camping: Coffee how to's

Post by Woodglue » Thu Jan 14, 2010 3:51 pm

:shock: Check you guys out!
A group of Off Roading renegades are actually a bunch of COFFEE SISSY's :lol: :lol:

I can get away with such a personal attack, as I started the thread.

:-k So would that be the pot calling the coffee black?
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Re: Camping: Coffee how to's

Post by Intelliduner » Fri Jan 15, 2010 8:21 am

Life's too short to drink "stump water" (as my dad calls bad coffee) [-X :lol:

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Re: Camping: Coffee how to's

Post by Glamisbound » Fri Jan 15, 2010 4:15 pm

DuneRookie wrote:Yuz guyz are spoiled. Get back to roots. I went to instant coffee. Keep it simple and un complicated. Ghetto campers rule. :D
If you are going to degrade yourself that far, at least get the new instant coffee packs from Starbucks...Any other instant is just brown, bitter water.
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Re: Camping: Coffee how to's

Post by MattV » Sat Jan 16, 2010 1:24 am

Woodglue wrote::shock: Check you guys out!
A group of Off Roading renegades are actually a bunch of COFFEE SISSY's :lol: :lol:

I can get away with such a personal attack, as I started the thread.

:-k So would that be the pot calling the coffee black?
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Re: Camping: Coffee how to's

Post by DuneRookie » Sat Jan 16, 2010 8:56 am

Glamisbound wrote:
DuneRookie wrote:Yuz guyz are spoiled. Get back to roots. I went to instant coffee. Keep it simple and un complicated. Ghetto campers rule. :D
If you are going to degrade yourself that far, at least get the new instant coffee packs from Starbucks...Any other instant is just brown, bitter water.
Just because it says Starbucks doesn't necessarily mean it's better. I am not a coffee conoisseur. Just want that bitter caffine fluid to help me get going. I drink mine straight. Don't need no fancy creamers or sweetners. Why drink coffe at all if it gets dilluted by fru fru. Instant is easy and less clean up than using a stovetop perc pot (which I have and use on ocaission). It's all matter of personal taste of which I apparently don't have. :lol: By the way I knew bringing up instant coffee would stir the pot. :P
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Re: Camping: Coffee how to's

Post by Glamisbound » Sat Jan 16, 2010 11:06 am

Just try it, it pretty darn good actually :mrgreen:
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Re: Camping: Coffee how to's

Post by MattV » Sat Jan 16, 2010 11:45 am

I have had it and it wasn't bad. I'm not really a starbucks fan though. I find their coffee to be a little too acidic. Dark and bitter is good, but it lacks the fullness needed to balance it out. Best cup of coffee I ever had was in Antigua, Guatemala. It is not easy to find the true Antigua coffee here, but costco actually had it a while back. Currently the one close to us has a Rawandan coffee. It's pretty good, too.
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