With the lovely cooler weather, many turn to the great outdoors for a few nights of reconnecting with nature when you won’t sweat to death. While you may have fine-tuned your technique of brewing coffee over a campfire–because really, you can’t be without coffee just because you’re camping; that’s just crazy talk–here is an interesting method that doesn’t take as much time or frustration as stoking a fire. The question is, could you get over using a sock to brew your coffee?
Okay, so it’s not a real sock that you wear on your feet. This sock is far more tightly woven than a traditional sock and it’s attached to a wire. Plus, there is no heel or tight elastic to pull it over your ankle. It’s just called a Coffee Sock, and it’s not recommended that you fashion one from your personal sock drawer.
To brew with the Coffee Sock, simply place the sock into an empty coffee mug and add ground coffee to the sock. The best general rule for adding the coffee is 2 scoops per 12 ounces. If your mug is 16 ounces, add another 1/2 scoop, and if it’s 8 ounces, subtract half a scoop. Next, boil water, let it cool for about 20 seconds, and then slowly pour it into the Coffee Sock. Break apart any lumps of coffee sticking out of the water with an eating utensil. Let the concoction brew for 2-3 minutes, all depending on what you prefer. Remove the sock and drink! Coffee is ready!
When you’re ready to clean up, simply dump the grounds into trash or a compost pile. Turn the sock inside out and rinse it well. Then put it in a dry spot so it can air dry for the next time you need some java!
Granted, this method may not be great if you go camping with several other coffee lovers, but if you prefer your coffee stronger or weaker than the others or even want decaf instead, this is a simple way to bring single-serve brewing to the great outdoors.