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A Cup of Comfort: Why Pour-Over Coffee Wins on Your Car Camping Trip with VSSL's new Nest System

Setup for making Coffee in the Van
Setup for making Coffee in the Van

The crisp morning air, the sound of birds chirping, and a steaming cup of delicious coffee - that's the perfect way to start a car camping adventure. But when you're surrounded by nature, ditching the fancy coffee shop doesn't mean giving up on a quality brew. In fact, a pour-over coffee maker might be your new best friend on the road.

VSSL Java 25 Grinder and Nest System

Why Pour-Over Reigns Supreme for Car Campers

  • Unbeatable Coffee Quality: Pour-over brewing allows you to control every aspect of the process, from the grind size and water temperature to the pouring technique. This level of control translates to a cup of coffee that highlights the unique flavors and aromas of your favorite beans. No more settling for burnt or bland coffee!

  • Compact and Portable: Pour-over drippers are lightweight and take up minimal space. Whether you're using a collapsible silicone cone or a nesting metal dripper, it easily fits in your car or van's cabinetry.

  • Minimal Gear, Maximum Satisfaction:  All you need is your dripper, filters, a kettle or pot to heat water, and of course, your coffee grounds. Cleaning is a breeze too - just rinse the dripper and filter (if not using a reusable one) and you're good to go.

Ground beans and the Stainless Steel Filter

  • Embrace the Ritual: The process of brewing pour-over coffee is almost meditative. The slow, deliberate pouring of hot water becomes a ritual in itself, a way to connect with your coffee and appreciate the simple pleasures of the outdoors.

  • VSSL's Nest System: VSSL took all of these elements and combined them in to one unique system so that you could have everything you need in one place, it even comes with a reusable stainless steel mesh filter. Just add your favorite beans and some hot water, and if you are interested in picking this up Rock Creek in Chattanooga has them in stock now

Taking Your Pour-Over on the Road

Here are a few extra tips to elevate your car camping coffee experience:

  • Invest in a Grinder: Freshly ground coffee makes a world of difference. A small, manual grinder (much like VSSL's Java G25 Coffee Grinder - Rock Creek also has these) is perfect for car camping and allows you to grind your beans right before brewing.

  • Temperature Matters: Ideally, you want your water to be just off the boil, around 195-205°F (90-96°C). A small camping thermometer can help you achieve the perfect temperature.

  • Experiment with Beans:  Since you have more control over the brewing process, you can explore different roasts and origins to find your perfect cup on the road.

With a little planning and the right tools, you can enjoy barista-quality coffee on your next car camping trip. So, ditch the instant coffee and embrace the pour-over experience. It's a small investment that will yield big rewards in the delicious cup that greets you each morning in the great outdoors.


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