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Coffee is My Glamping Must-Have

Glamping means many things to many people. For some it’s staying in a prebuilt tent structure with luxurious bedding. For others it’s all about glamming up the campsite with fun and festive decorations. And still for some, it’s about creating gourmet food out in the wild.

camping and coffee

Whatever you’re idea of glamping is, there is probably one thing you can’t live (or glamp) without. For me, that’s good coffee. I’d rather sleep on the hard ground than go without my cup of joe. Ideally, I’d prefer to have both and more, but coffee is the most essential item on my glamping list.

Often the best moments of my glamping trips are waking up early, sitting at at a picnic table or a comfy camping chair sipping my coffee and enjoying the peaceful beauty of my surroundings. It’s not just coffee, it’s an experience – a moment, if you will.

A few years ago I started brewing my own cold-brew coffee. I drink it at home all day, everyday. I rarely have a cup of hot coffee since I started the cold brewing process. This makes it simple to bring along great coffee when I go glamping. Instead of brewing just one gallon at a time, as I usually do, I make up a few gallons (depending on the number of people that will be at my campsite) and find that my fellow glampers love it.

Here’s a link to a post a wrote for a friend’s website on how to make the cold brew.

And for those that still want their steaming cup of java, I find simple is better. Sure, there are lots of gadgets for making coffee outdoors. Most of these are expensive and more money doesn’t necessarily mean better coffee. I say go for using an AeroPress or a simple stove top espresso maker, or a pour over solutions like a Chemex. Also just a simple French press is perfect for a great cup of coffee.

So, wake up and enjoy your cold or hot coffee while taking in the beauty of nature.

Let me know the one things you can’t glamp without.

Pizza Perfect for Glamping

pizza ovenPizza just might be the perfect glamping food. No, I’m not talking about using your cell to call a the nearest delivery joint to bring a pie to your tent. I’m talking about making your own pizza over a campfire or if you’re a real pizza junkie, bringing your own portable pizza oven.

Let me tell you that I am not a pizza person. I eat it every now and again – mostly when I’m with someone craving it or if there’s a big group at my place and someone suggests ordering it. That said, the best pizza I ever had was on a recent glampout where a savvy friend had brought all the fixings and whipped up a delicious treat that rivaled fancy wood burning oven pizza from the priciest restaurant. Needless, to say, it was a huge hit – even with me.

The best part is how simple yet sophisticated you can get with your pizza. My fellow glamper bought some bags of raw pizza dough. These are readily available in almost every grocery store. And not only can you get regular pizza dough, there’s garlic and herb dough, healthier options like whole wheat, and even gluten-free for those in your camping party that have specific dietary restrictrictions.

Plus, my friend prepped all toppings ahead of time, bringing little plastic baggies with various veggies (spinach, squash, zucchini, garlic, peppers,mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, onions, etc) and some meats (pepperoni and sausage) and of course there was plenty of cheese on hand. She even had a small container of homemade pesto for those like me that like their pie on the untraditional side.

She was also really smart to make the pizzas on the last night of our three day glamping trip and was able to use up our party’s leftovers as toppings. The hotdog, garlic, pizza with an egg on top was a show-stopper!

We cooked the pizza directly on the grate of our fire. But if you want to glamp it up even more, there are some portable pizza ovens that could work. I haven’t tried any of these, but if I do I’ll let you know. Or you could let me know about your experiences cooking pizza while camping.

Electric Pizza Ovens – You’ll need to connect to a generator or electrical supply where you’re camping.

Propane Pizza Oven

Accessories for the Open Fire or a BBQ Kettle –

 

So, if you’ve never thought of pizza for glamping – consider it for your next camp out. You won’t be sorry!!