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Camp Coffee: Cafflano Klassic

Cafflano Klassic coffee maker outdoors

There’s nothing like getting out of the house or office and making coffee in the great outdoors. This is especially true on a sunny Winter day, after a string of cold, gloomy days here in Melbourne, Australia.

This week I took the Cafflano Klassic and gave it the camp coffee treatment. I’m always interested in whether a portable coffee maker is any good once you take it out of the kitchen and try to use it in the wild.

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Why I Grind and Brew Coffee Manually

manual coffee brewing and grinding equipment

This is the kit I pull out of the cupboard each morning to make coffee. Obviously I don’t brew manually because it’s convenient. There’s lots of bits and pieces and nothing is automated. Some folks would look at all this gear and write it off as being too complicated.

I love all the various bits and pieces. I continue to expand my collection of manual coffee brewing equipment. I’ll admit, that I have a job which makes accumulating gear very easy and inexpensive. For someone who doesn’t have a job like mine, for under a hundred bucks, you can get a manual coffee kit including: Aeropress coffee maker, Porlex coffee grinder and a bag of fresh beans. The kit in my photo above probably costs closer to $450. That might sound like a lot, but if you compared the cost of decent electric espresso makers and grinders, plus accessories, $450 is a bargain. The obvious advantage to manual gear is that you can take it anywhere, so there’s no compromise when you’re making coffee while camping.

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Cafflano Klassic all-in-one coffee maker and grinder

The Cafflano Klassic isn’t the first all-in-one coffee brewer/grinder we’ve used, but it’s certainly the smartest. We travelled down this road with the Grindripper, a great unit comprising of a solid hand grinder and a pourover cone. The Cafflano Klassic takes this idea further by also incorporating a much-needed drip kettle and a thermal mug. The Klassic also dispenses with the need for wasteful filter papers with the addition of the stainless steel filter in the cone. With the exception of hot water and beans, it really does offer everything you need to make coffee on the go, whether you’re at the campsite or at the office.

Here’s a video of the Cafflano Klassic in action. It’s worth noting that there’s actually a lid for the drip kettle, though they haven’t used it in the video.

The Klassic is now available in red or black, on our Australian and New Zealand websites:

Australia
Cafflano Klassic (Red)
Cafflano Klassic (Black)

New Zealand
Cafflano Klassic (Red)
Cafflano Klassic (Black)

 

Camp Coffee is the Best Coffee

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Photo credit: Elly Jackman

“Great coffee, anywhere” – Yes, it’s a marketing strap line, but it’s one we live by. We don’t just sell manual, portable coffee gear – we use and love it at home, on the road, camping – you name it. We’d all be looking for other jobs if we sold stuff we didn’t believe in – we’d get bored and probably go out of business.

It’s incredibly satisfying for us when we hear from customers who love our coffee gear as much as we do. Even more satisfying is seeing people getting out of the kitchen and taking their gear on the road. That’s what we’re all about.

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