As a Northwesterner, my coffee is as important as our drinking water (or in some cases, our beer). Nothing, or almost nothing, tastes better consumed outside. At home I use my Nespresso Cube (a single cup espresso maker, that both my husband and I are fairly dependent on). I wanted to find an option, while camping, where I didn’t need to have power or fire up a super loud generator in order to have a fab cuppa’. I tend to like a strong cup, and a French press just wasn’t doing it for me.
This is what I have found and fell in love with, the Bialetti Moka Express.
This is their 3 cup size, and I find it works just fine for one person who is making a latte (me) or an americano (my husband). We usually make two batches in the morning. One for each of us. You can use which ever bean you like best, but we have been enjoying the Illy Moka Ground Coffee (medium). You will want something that has a robust flavor, as you are making espresso.
It is super easy. Fill the bottom with water up to the line, put the coffee filter bit in and put your coffee in. Screw on the top bit and put on low heat. Wait until the coffee perks up to the top bit, about 3-5 minutes. You want to make sure the temps are not too hot as it will produce bitter or burnt coffee and start to splash out at bit…remember, good things come to those who wait! Pour into your mug and alter (or not) as you see fit!
When finished, simply rinse things out, dry them off and put them on the shelf for tomorrow. It was recommended to have extra filters, so I have a couple in my cupboard, just in case!
I received mine for mother’s day, but I know it was ordered off Amazon for around $26. There is a larger one, which is slightly more expensive, but we haven’t tried it yet. I can only assume the end result will be similar, which is to say, excellent!
I am not normally too hip on the idea of using aluminium for cooking, but since we are camping 30+ nights a year, and this is the only aluminium I am using, I am ok with it. If you are a strict, no aluminium person, this will not work for you.