Bankside Coffee. How we make it.

We love coffee here at Bear. Somehow it's even better when its made and drunk beside the river. Here is our guide to making the perfect bankside coffee for two. If you are making coffee for one just half the amount of coffee and water used.

You will need:

  • An Aeropress, and filters.
  • A Kelly Kettle or similar way to boil water. 
  • Some great coffee, pre-ground. We recommend Allpress or Lonton.
  • Optional - Milk

Step 1: Fill your kettle. Some seem to use river water. We prefer to take something a little fresher with us to the river and use that.

Step 2: Measure out your coffee. Now some people are super precise with this. We aren't. At least not when we are on the river. We normally aim to fill the inverted Aeropress up to the number 4.

Step 3: Wait for your water to boil. Our kettle takes a little while. We often go and fish whilst it's boiling. You don't want the water to be too hot for coffee, so either take it off the heat before it starts to boil, or leave it for a couple of minutes after its boiled. Use a little water to wet the filter.

Step 4: Add the water to the Aeropress. Start by adding a little to let the gases from the coffee release, maybe give it a bit of stir. Then add the rest of the water filling it up to the top. Pop on the lid with the filter and leave for about 30 seconds. 

Step 5: Fill up your cups. We take keep cups with this out on the river. They don't break or take up much space. Place your Aeropress on top of the cups and gently push down on the plunger. Dispensing the coffee equally between the two cups. We then add a little extra hot water to each, and then if you want it a drop of milk. 

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