How to Make Coffee While Traveling

WRITTEN BY: Equator Coffees

Believe it or not, it’s possible to have a great cup of coffee anywhere in the world. 

With just a few tools and techniques for enjoying coffee on-the-go, you’ll always be able to brew up something worth sipping — whether you’re on the summit of a mountain or just the side of town without an Equator cafe.

What You Need:

Instant Coffee

When you’re on the move, instant coffee is a must. You probably hear the words “instant coffee” and picture a styrofoam cup full of lukewarm sludge or spitting out grounds after every sip. But that’s a thing of the past — instant coffee has come a long way, and it’s just as delicious as its more time-consuming counterparts.


We have two great instant coffees that can easily be stashed in your car or backpack for when you need a boost of caffeine. Both are great hot or cold, and ready whenever and wherever you are. The Ethiopia Kayon Mountain Natural is a light roast that has notes of blueberry, blood orange, and tea rose. Colombia La Cristalina is a slightly darker roast that tastes like candied lemon, pomegranate, and honey. Either way, you can’t go wrong.

 

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Travel Tumbler

Since you can’t bring your old favorite oversized mug along on a hike too easily, it’s important to have a good travel tumbler that you can throw in the cupholder on your way to the trailhead.


Lucky for us, our friends at MiiR have figured out a way to keep our coffee hot and our drinks cold for up to 4 hours with their 12 oz. travel tumbler. We recently teamed up with Lucy Kirk, an illustrator who lent her playful style to our B’Cause Artist Series — and together we created this custom travel tumbler linked below with a fresh new take on our classic Bengal tiger logo.


Just add some of our instant coffee and hot or cold water to the travel tumbler and you’ll be able to stay caffeinated on-the-go no matter where you’re headed.


How to Brew Coffee While Traveling:

Cold Brew Filter Bags

We’ve created a simple and easy way to make cold brew coffee even when you’re on the move. Introducing our brand new Specialty Cold Brew Filter Bags. Each package comes with 4 filter bags of our signature Snow Leopard blend, so you can brew 24 ounces of crisp and refreshing cold brew anywhere, anytime. Just follow the steps below and enjoy.

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    1. Drop 1 filter bag of cold brew into 32 ounces of water.
    2. Place it in the fridge for 12-24 hours
    3. Remove the cold brew bag
    4. Dilute or don’t, it’s up to you.
    5. Congratulations. You’re a cold brew pro! 
 

The AeroPress

Invented by retired Stanford engineering lecturer Alan Adler, the AeroPress is the perfect coffee maker for the great outdoors. The AeroPress is an easy and compact way to brew a single cup of coffee that still allows a huge amount of control over the brewing process. The durable shatter-proof body means you don’t have to worry about it breaking in your bag, and the unique design helps with heat retention. 

 

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The AeroPress is an incredibly easy way to make a single cup of coffee that’s quick, clean, and simple — making it the perfect addition for camping or a road trip. 


The innovative design keeps all the necessary components safely tucked inside the shatter-proof tube, and it weighs next to nothing. All you need are a few AeroPress filters, some hot water, and your favorite coffee. 


Here’s how to do it:


    1. Place an AeroPress filter inside the cap and screw tightly. Place this onto the opening of your mug or Travel Tumbler.Add a scoop of ground coffee.
    2. Slowly pour hot water directly onto the coffee and fill to the marked level on the cylinder.
    3. Insert the plunger, but don’t press down quite yet — allow the coffee to steep in the hot water for a minute or two before slowly pushing down the plunger until you hear a faint hissing sound.
    4. Voila! You have a single serving of coffee you can enjoy anywhere.

Check out our AeroPress brew guide for a detailed look at how to brew with an AeroPress. 

 

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Cowboy Coffee

Don’t have the tools or the time to make drip coffee in the field? Well, it’s possible to make a great cup of coffee with nothing more than a handful of grounds and hot water. Affectionately known as “Cowboy Coffee” it’s the method that requires the least amount of time and equipment to make — two things that are particularly helpful when you’ve got to carry all your gear on horseback.


All you need is ground coffee or whole bean coffee and a good hand grinder. Once you have the coffee ground and ready to go, just follow these simple steps:


    1. Boil your coffee and water together for a few minutes until the grounds settle. (Pro Tip: You can add a small splash of cold water to help keep the grounds at the bottom of your vessel)
    2. Strain the coffee into your cup and enjoy. It’s that simple, and it tastes better than you might think.

So don’t let a lack of cafes keep you from enjoying great coffee, no matter where your travels take you. It could be a remote backpacking expedition, or maybe you just don’t feel like making the trip into town — either way, by learning a few simple techniques and investing in some tools, you’ll be able to make delicious coffee that re-energizes and reinvigorates you when you need it most.