As the long evening stretches towards midnight, there’s nothing better than getting out of the city, away from everyone. Travel up to a summer cottage with family or friends. Take a walk in the woods. Enjoy a swim in a lake. Decompress in the sauna. Throw some nakki on the grill. Or simply sit and listen to the wind in the trees as the sun drops low.
Sometimes everyone just needs some peace and quiet.
Still, if there is one trapping of civilisation that we’re always reluctant to leave behind, it is inevitably quality coffee. Fortunately, with a little preparation and the right tools, you never need to go without. Whether your cottage has a fully stocked and equipped kitchen, or you have nothing more than a campfire to work with.
If you’re driving up to the cottage this Juhannus, here are a few things you might want to pack:
Packing a light-weight quality hand grinder like the Hario Ceramic Slim, means you can always have freshly ground coffee to enjoy while you splash your feet in the lake. This model is small enough that it won’t take too much luggage space and requires no power other than a little elbow strength.
If you’re looking for a quick and easy way of making great coffee while you’re away from civilisation, the AeroPress is a fantastic option. Perfect for a single cup of coffee but can cater for up to four. All you need is some way to boil the water, after that, perfect coffee is just a minute away.
One press will make you a perfect espresso, just add more hot water or milk for an americano or latte!
As a bonus, keeping your AeroPress clean and ready for the next brewing is simple, just wash off the base and you’re ready to go, no muss, no fuss.
The downside is that best results from an AeroPress come when you can control the temperature of the water you are using, which is a little harder if you’re boiling water over a fire, but even that just takes a little practice.
Moka Pot (Bialetti)
A popular option at home or at the cottage, the moka pot needs only a stove or a fire to heat the water. It is easy to use, though perfection may take a few tries. Once you’ve worked out the right quantities of coffee and water for your taste, it’s reliable and easy to use. As the pot begins to bubble it will let you know it’s ready! Moka pots are not expensive (depending on size and brand), and are available in various sizes, so choose the right model for the number of people you cater for.
Tough and reliable, Bialetti’s moka pot is a style classic, and looks good on the countertop even when you aren’t using it.
Careful while using your moka pot because the metal can get very hot. And always make sure to hand-wash the pot after every use. This is more involved than with the AeroPress but will make sure the pot keeps producing quality coffee longer.
So if you’re heading out to the mökki this Juhannus and don’t want to rely on instant coffee, coffee bags or making ‘cowboy’ coffee, take heart, and either of these preparation tools, and enjoy the midnight sun with a quality cup of artisan coffee.