by Sue Freeman
I can’t help it – I’m hooked on coffee. It’s an addiction, but one that has recently been shown to have some health benefits. I also love camping. Predominately my camping is the long-distance backpacking sort, although lately I’ve been doing more kayak camping and even a little car camping (although not at commercial campgrounds). I’ve discussed in previous blog posts how we need more terms for camping. That single word covers too broad a range of experiences to be useful.
But, I digress. My point here is that I’d love a simple way to match camping and coffee. Simple and of course, light weight. Along came SmartCup by Xpress. They sent me a kit to try. The kit contained 10
paper cups, 10 lids with built in filters, 10 plungers, a plastic measuring spoon and even an 8 oz. bag of Ethiopian Fancy coffee.
My first test run had some bumps. I added too much coffee. I put too much water in the cup and didn’t leave room for milk. And, I didn’t make sure the cup was on a semi-level surface and push the plunger straight down. But, by cup #2 I had it mastered.
Now I feel comfortable that I could take a cup, cap with filter, plunger and coffee grounds on a camping trip and have fresh French Press Coffee while camping. I could eyeball the amount of coffee and leave the measuring spoon home if I was backpacking. A single cup, cap with filter, and plunger weighs only one ounce. I tried rinsing out this single set-up, and reusing it, and it worked. Of course it wasn’t designed to be reused and you wouldn’t have to consider reuse if you were kayak camping or car camping, but it is an option.
You can take along any type of coffee you prefer – enjoying exotic blends even on a camping trip.
Here’s a YouTube video showing me making a cup of coffee using the SmartCup: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mP_ddpaI9ds
Click here to see more on this product and to order XPress 4 Home: http://mysmartcup.com/