Nothing beats a great cup of coffee first thing in the morning. For that matter, nothing beats a cup of coffee as a late afternoon pick-me-up. When we decided to hit the road in the RV, we knew that the availability of getting our coffee fix had to be one of top priority. What is challenging for those of us who live full-time in an RV is the equipment required to brew a tasty beverage. We first started off with a Keurig machine. Now, I know there is great debate among the coffee connoisseurs that Keurig coffee isn’t real coffee or is certainly not the quality that most would want or expect. However, truth be told, there are some pretty darn good coffees out there, available for the Keurig Machine. We personally loved our K575 model. It had all the features we wanted (including some others that we never used).
However, one of the challenges we had was both the size of the machine, as well as the amount of space required to house our K-Cups. Okay, we know…how much space do you need for K-Cups? Well, my wife drinks decaf, I love a good dark roast, my daughter likes tea, and my son likes anything that either Mom, Dad or Sissy fixes for him. We looked into a few storage options for the Keurig, but nothing really fit our needs well.
So, we did the logical thing, we traded in the Keurig for a great quality French Press. This gives us the ability to take up no additional space on our counter, and we can use more economical coffees, in smaller bags. That also gives each of us the freedom of keeping the flavors around that we prefer. Not all French Presses are created equal. We chose the Secura. We poured over hundreds of reviews (you see what I did there), and honestly, with a 5 star review and over 2500 ratings, we knew we'd love this press. Needless to say, we have not been disappointed.
But, we didn’t stop there. You see, I had a huge Starbucks addiction. But, I don’t like any of the crazy fancy, uber-expensive drinks. For me, nothing beats a good old classic iced coffee, prepared with just a light splash of heavy cream, and a low-glycemic sweetener. If you have not had an iced coffee before, it is important to note that iced coffees are not brewed with heat. Instead, the coffee is steeped in cold water for anywhere from 12-24 hours. This cold steeping process extracts out the savory, nutty goodness, without bringing out the bitterness of the coffee bean. We found an amazing cold brew setup, made by Takeya. We picked this one, because we will often times have to play refrigerator Tetris, as space in an RV fridge is limited. The Takeya seals water tight, meaning that if needed, we can lay it on its side, while it is steeping. We also like how the immersion filter that holds the grind doesn’t let grinds get into the brewed coffee. My wife was a skeptic. When I asked her for my Takeya, she thought it would be a fad, and I'd go back to my afternoon runs to the closest Starbucks. But, I've kept her a happy wife, and have saved ourselves a ton of money in the process. I'll give you a hint...find a good coffee bean that is roasted specifically for cold brew. My current favorite addiction is from Five Lakes Cold Brew. We found it up in the Southern Michigan area. If you are near Grand Rapids, definitely hit them up.
While this works well for us, we have many friends that have also had success in their tiny living journey. One good friend loves their pour over. He’ll sit outside at his campsite on a cold morning, with his camp stove cooking some water, and let the anticipation build while he waits for the pour over the strain his brew.
One important detail to think about when considering life on the road is power loss or boondocking. Boondocking, for those of you that don’t know, is camping in an RV without power to your electrical devices. In an RV, you’ll have lights, hot water and even fridge power (in most cases) even while without main power to you rig. That’s because RVs have both a 12v power system, as well as a 120v power system. So, if you think about this, you will likely be able to cold brew while boondocking, and you can likely heat up water with a camp stove or grill using propane. But what about grinding the beans? Some coffee enthusiasts say that freshly ground coffee is the only way to get the absolute best cup of coffee. Unfortunately, if you don’t have power, you won’t have any ground beans. So, take it from us, always make sure you have a manual coffee grinder, just in case. We prefer the Mueller Ultra Grind. It isn’t the most expensive one on the market and it is really good at what it does.
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