Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Camping with the Bonavita Clever

Well, all my fellow campers, hunters, backpackers, and hikers....here is our first brewing method review.

We (my husband and I) have found that we are unreasonably grumpy when we wake up, anytime we go camping. "Why?" you ask...because we have a toddler sleeping between us all. night. long.

So, to help us bypass the morning frustrations of getting the fire going and waiting for our pot to start boiling water, we've bought our newest toy. The Jet Boil. (Find it here online or at REI stores.)
We used it for every pot we made simply because it was easier than filling a kettle and waiting for it to boil while continually stoking the fire.

I decided to take my trusty Bonavita clever (buy it here on Amazon) to brew our morning Cup o' Joe. All you need is the Bonavita clever, cone filters (white is best but brown will do), and coffee, we brought along Latin Silk (buy it on our website, in your local Fairbanks store,or at our warehouse).

Once you pour the coffee in (about 2 tablespoons) begin pouring your hot water (just off a boil) over the grounds.

1.   Wet the grounds just enough to cover them at first. Wait about 5 seconds before pouring in the rest of the hot water about a half inch from the top of the clever.

2.    Let brew for 3-4 minutes.

Open the stopper and let it drain into your cup. 

Here are the Pros and Cons of using this brewing method outdoors.

Brews coffee quickly (with Jet boil, only 6-7 minutes total)
Gives an excellent tasting brew without electricity
Requires minimal to no cleaning (simply remove the filter and let air dry)

The clever is porcelain (breakable and heavy)
Must use filters (extra trash and one more thing to bring along)

Overall we give this brewing method a 3 out of 5 as an outdoor brewing process.

Thanks for reading!