Coffee: How to Fulfill your Addiction on the Road
While coffee may taste like ground up dirt for some, it is salvation to others. If your job puts you on the road for most of the time (i.e. truck driving) your first bet to get your coffee fix fall along the lines of a Starbucks drive through, gas station pit stop, or mixing up that dreaded instant coffee. The reasons we cant enjoy our coffee the way we do at home is because making coffee usually requires electricity for water heaters, drop pots, etc. We'll share some ways to make fresh traditional coffee if you happen to have a little electric plate, propane stove top, wood fire etc. We also have some coffee making ideas for if you don't have access to some sort of stove top or electrical connection.
If you happen to have access to a little propane powered stove top (those are awesome to have when you don't have an electrical connection) and you're coming into a truck stop for a rest, you can make yourself an authentic Turkish coffee. All you need is an ibrik/cezve or just a very small pot, and your coffee of course. Turkish coffee is stronger than regular coffee and is drunk in small tea cups. For this reason, the coffee grounds have to be very finely milled so that they are able to settle at the bottom. You can find great beans for Turkish coffee and have them ground to the right size at your grocery store before the trip. If you want to be even more traditional, you can get your own hand crank grinder and grind your beans fresh on the spot.
If you don't have access to a stove of some sorts, but you have hot water, (from microwaving it at a gas station or something) then all you need is a French press! These devices use a medium-coarse grind of coffee and "press" it for you. No plug ins required
If you don't have a heat source what so ever, you can take a crack at cold brew coffee. It is a longer process, but that's what makes the coffee taste so much sweeter. This method is arguably the healthiest method because it contains less acidity than hot coffee and can actually last longer than hot coffee that has cooled down. You pretty much soak coffee in room temperature water for a long time then strain it. You can easily use this method on the road (not while driving of course) and have yourself some fresh iced coffee that's not watered down!
Use these ideas next time you're trying to find an alterative to Starbucks and check out our Facebook page where we share recipes and links to step by step instructions for all the methods we mentioned above!