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Enjoying a good coffee while camping


By Jean-Luc Théberge, author of the Guide du petit campeur québécois

When you’re camping, savouring a good coffee in the morning as you admire the landscape in one of Quebec’s magnificent regions can be a highlight of your day. Instant coffee is always an option, of course, but many people prefer something a bit fancier.

All kinds of coffee is available in Quebec these days, as well as different types of coffeemakers. 
Electric espresso machines and “Nespresso“ type machines

Although such machines make very good coffee, you’ll need a back-up plan for campsites without electricity. Unfortunately, that means lugging around two types of coffeemaker in your RV or tent, and they can be fairly bulky and heavy.

Italian stovetop espresso pots

These little coffee pots, which sit directly on a gas burner, produce very good coffee. But there are some drawbacks. They make only a limited amount at a time. Often the base, where you put the water, is still very hot when you want to make more. In addition, it can be difficult to unscrew. And you have to go through the same process every time. 

Plunger coffeemaker (Bodum)

These also make very good coffee and, depending on the model, can produce up to three cups at a time. Just boil your water with an electric kettle or on a gas burner, and pour it over the ground coffee in the coffeemaker. Wait a few minutes, then push the plunger down. Use a regular grind of coffee for the best results.

Another advantage is that plunger-type coffeemakers don’t take up much room in your RV. This can be a major asset, given the tight storage space. Needless to say, tastes and preferences vary from one coffee drinker to another. 

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