The Official Coffee Lover’s Camping Guide
Just because you’re going to rough it out in a tent doesn’t mean you have to settle for rough-tasting coffee. Camping gadgets and gizmos enhance the experience, and we’ve got some to save you from going the not-so-satisfying instant coffee route. First step: Check our list of water purifiers for getting that H2O ready for your beans. Then, create a high-quality wilderness java experience with these essential tools.
1. Handpresso Outdoor Set ($200): Manual espresso to-go! This product uses pods (like Illy and Lavazza) and 16-bar pressure. (If you’re a hardcore espresso drinker, you know what we’re talking about.) The whole set is a little pricey, but you can order items separately as well.
2. Handpresso Auto Espresso Maker ($180): If you’re into car camping or planning a massive road trip this summer, this is the espresso maker you’re going to want to reach for. Plug in, add water and a pod, and you’ve got delicious espresso.
3. Poler and Stumptown Camp Coffee ($125): Got a big love for all things Portlandia? Well, meet the P-Town-approved kit. It contains two custom mugs and a carrying bag from the hometown outdoor outfitter, plus an AeroPress and a Porlex hand burr grinder. Not pictured but also included is local roaster Stumptown’s Holler Mountain Blend, brew guide and instruction booklets.
4. Mini Cup Stainless Steel Espresso ($25): This little gadget fits right on the stovetop and brews one double shot in 90 seconds. It’s also available in a four-cup maker.
5. Grower’s Cup ($5): Remember when we told you about this the other day? Well, let us refresh your memory. The bag carries fair trade and organic coffee, even tea options! Purchase the whole kit with five pouches for $20 and get that French press experience even while you’re sitting in the dirt.
6. Snow Peak Titanium French Press ($56): A French press with folding handles that makes enough for three cups? Forget the fresh air and trees, this is the best part of waking up in the great outdoors. For a vacuum-insulated and double-walled stainless-steel press, check out the REI Table Top French Press.
7. Kelly Kettle ($65): If you’re using a French press, you’ll need a camping kettle to boil that water. This lightweight kettle uses any natural occurring solid fuel (i.e. sticks, pine cones, dry grass). How cool (err, boiling hot?) is that?! Want more options? Scope out the Backcountry Boiler.
8. Collapsible Java Drip ($13): You don’t have to skip the drip. This collapsible silicone cone comes in multiple sizes, so the spill-free design will fit over all of your mugs and cups.
9. Stumptown Cold Brew ($4): Skip all the steps and equipment with this already-brewed and ready-to-drink cold brew. It’s a refreshing cold press with low acidity and a chocolatey finish.
10. Klean Kanteen ($25): Insulate hot coffee for up to six hours and iced for up to 24! The Klean Kanteen features an extra wide mouth to fit your collapsible java drip and is spill-free, BPA-free, stainless steel, double-wall vacuum insulated and comes with a lifetime guarantee.
Will you be bringing coffee with you on your next camping trip? What’s your on-the-go coffee essential? Let us know in the comments below!
It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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