Growers Cup: Coffeebrewer
By John Fenna
Some folk on this site are known to like their coffee – not Nescaf ratpack specials or any other instant, but real coffee
, and for those not prepared to roast and grind their own on site the Coffeebrewer from Growers Cup (a Danish company) may prove attractive.
This ingenious but simple solution to getting real coffee in camp with minimum fuss is basically a bag made from PE-coated paper and a filter made from stuff similar to the bags in “boil in the bag” rice packets. The bags measure approx 22.5cm x 20cm x 1cm when unused and will give half a litre (two normal mugs or three normal cups) of great coffee in 5-10 minutes from the 24gm of ground coffee. The whole package is only about 45g.
All you have to do is open the top, pull out a red tag to open the “spout”, reshape the bottom (like good dehydrated food pouches) to let it stand, pour in the water and seal the top. The water mixes with the coffee, then passes through the filter into a lower chamber. The longer you let it stand, the stronger the coffee!
Then, when the coffee is as strong as you want it (very strong for me, please!), shape the spout on the side of the bag and pour it out into your Kuksa/Crusader/whatever mug, sweeten and add cream to taste (or enjoy it as is – the best for cup No 1 of the day) and sip away.
Once used (and I found that if you like weak coffee you can get a second brew out of the bag), then the packaging gives little pollution (and a great aroma) if burnt on your campfire, though it will probably be best if you can pack out your trash and get it properly recycled/disposed of.
I have been trying several varieties from the Growers Cup “Organic Speciality” range, which includes coffees from Bolivia, Nicaragua, Honduras, Ethiopia and Guatemala, and all are certified organic, are “Fairtrade” certified and give not only the tech spec on where, what and how of the coffee, but some information on the growing area, on the back of the packet.
The coffee is great, the process simple, and each pouch costs approx £2.50 – cheaper per cup than in some cafes.
For more information visit their fascinating website at www.growerscup.com
, which includes a list of UK retailers.