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Most everyone loves a good ‘ol steaming cup of Java first thing in the morning. Weather your camping or living full-time in your rig. It seems everyone has a different way of making the perfect cup. In my FB group, RV Interior Ideas, I surveyed my members what their favorite way to make a cup of coffee was. I got a lot of answers but there were several that stuck out in my mind. Here is my list of 8 wonderful ways to make the best cup of coffee while in your RV, TT or camper!
A french press seems to be one of the top ways that people love to make their coffee. A full-time traveling couple called Always on Liberty , love using their Stainless Steel French Press. Many people prefer the look of the traditional Glass French Press I like Bodum products so that is why I decided to use that one as an example. Several people commented that the stainless steel version was a more practical option as it won’t break while traveling.
Cornelia Finder and her family prefer to use a regular sized Keurig. The come in various colors, models and sizes. If we had a Keurig in our RV I would prefer to have the Single Serving unit as I don’t have a lot of additional counter space to hold a full sized model. But if you do happen to have the counter space I say go for it!
Awh, the old fashioned percolator. This particular one that Chris Anfeldt owns is a stove top version. I love the green speckled look and the fact that it doesn’t take up any precious counter space. It can be kept on the stove out of the way. This version (not this particular one) is what we use to make coffee with. I purchased ours from Ebay and it’s a vintage unit. If you want vintage I would check out Ebay or Etsy. This 12 cup percolator above can be purchased online at REI.
If you don’t want to worry about cooking on your stove and using propane then you can always opt for the electric version. Lisa Vaught has this beauty. A similar looking version can be purchased online at Amazon.
Pour over’s also seem to be a very popular option for those who consider themselves “coffee snobs”, which is a term I only learned about last year. The pour over method is supposed to create a very pure taste with the coffee. The examples above are from Chelsea Brooke Colden and Angela Williams of RV Interior Ideas. I really love the wood and glass style that Chelsea has. Angela uses her complete glass Chemex with filters along with her collapsible silicone kettle. I think using the collapsible silicone kettle is genius cause it is a wonderful way to save space when it’s very limited. There is also an electric version of the collapsible kettle available as well.
One last option that is available for a pour over style is a silicone piece, as shown above, that can be placed over your favorite coffee cup!
Ashley Mann, from RV Inspiration is what I call a coffee addict. lol She has so much coffee paraphernalia she and her husband could easily start their own little cafe in their RV. When Ashley and her husband began making espresso they used what you see above which is a stove top espresso maker. This makes wonderful coffee. I know because I had one a long time ago myself. It was even a Bialetti! She then upgrade to a Nespresso machine but when they had a surge of electricity and no surge guard or surge protector they coffee maker got fried. Check out THIS post about the importance of Surge Guards and the differences between them and surge protectors.
Afterwards Ashley and her husband upgraded again. They were spending quite a bit of money monthly on coffee at coffee shops so they decided investing in a professional espresso machine might be the better option. Ashley said she uses this machine to make her daily to make her latte’s. She bought the Breville Espresso Machine.
Coffee Bean Grinders
As for how to grind the beans for the coffee I prefer the hand grinders. I picked this one off of the Etsy website because it matched my decor preferences in my kitchen and went really well with my white percolator. I loved the wood and porcelain look.
If your looking for something a bit more practical and a smaller footprint check out this one that Ashley from RV Inspiration uses to grind her beans fresh every day. Of course for those of you, like my husband, who need their caffeine fix as quick as possible you can always go with a electric coffee bean grinder for your morning routine. Amazon’s choice is the Krups 3oz electric bean grinder.
RV Coffee Stations
Along with the variety of ways to make coffee I also found pictures within my FB group of how people set up their coffee bars in their rigs. Check out these really neat ideas.
Christi Harmelink Kelch of RV Interior Ideas
Laura Glass of RV Interior Ideas
Lisa Dondrea of RV Interior Ideas
Lorry D Hagan of RV Interior Ideas
Rachelle Fields of RV Interior Ideas
Robyn Crowhurst via Instagram @ Tiny House Taylor
Gidget Centeno via FB @ The Rolling Cottage
I hope this post has given you some great ideas on how to make the best cup of Java and some thoughts on how to create a little coffee nook in your RV, Travel Trailer or Camper.