It was early morning. I was motoring down the highway toward my next RV adventure, humming along while The Manhattan Transfer’s version of Java Jive blasted from my truck’s sound system. As I followed the song’s directive and sipped myself a slug from that wonderful mug, I was reminded just how much we RVers love our coffee. And tea.
So among other gear and gadget finds, consider this the Java Jive edition of the Great RV Accessories newsletter. Pour yourself a cup and get comfortable.
Dueling camping French press coffee (and tea) makers
There are a whole lot of camping coffee makers and an enormous amount of French press coffee makers in general on the market, but imagine my surprise when Tony Barthel and I both pitched new RV and camping French press reviews in a recent staff meeting. Editor Emily Woodbury’s answer to both of us was “Yes,” as we were talking about different products!
So, in this issue, we feature some brand-new French press coffee makers made with the camper, van lifer, or RVer in mind.
And don’t forget, French press “coffee” makers also work great with loose-leaf teas, water flavor infusions (like citrus, herbs, cucumbers, etc.), and cold brew coffee, too.
Defiance Tools’ Off Road French press, manual coffee grinder molle kit
A French press makes a great concentrated cup of coffee, but they are usually made of glass and not an easy device to travel with. Defiance Tools’ Off Road French press, coffee grinder, and molle pouch kit changes all that. It lets you make gourmet coffee anytime, anywhere, without fear of breakage and with zero need for electrical power. The best part of it all is that once you press the grounds down, the French press that made the coffee turns into an insulated travel coffee mug. That’s right, you sip your coffee right from the same vessel that made it. Now that’s handy for space-saving RVers! Check out the Off Road coffee molle kit here.
Stanley Boil + Brew Coffee Maker
Like so many of the French presses out there including the ones we’ve shared on these pages before, this one operates exactly as you would expect. Heat water. Put in coffee grounds. Wait 4-6 minutes. Press down. Coffee. What makes this different is that the outer shell is a stainless steel vessel. Into the side is stamped a “fill” line and the word “fill.” The nifty thing is that this sucker is durable and you can take out the plastic guts and just put it directly on the stovetop to heat the water, so fewer additional pieces are needed. Learn more about the pros and cons of the Stanley Boil + Brew.
Tony Barthel’s and Cheri Sicard’s BEST on-the-road coffee choices!
- Tony loves his AeroPress best. He explains why in this post.
- My personal favorite, the Moka Pot, makes ultra-strong espresso-style coffee on the stovetop. It’s not for everyone, but if you miss espresso on the road, it might be for you. I talk about Moka Pots as part of this article on off-grid coffee makers. Be sure to check out the comments, too, as our coffee-loving readers had lots of thoughts on the topic.
- This coffee from Death Wish Coffee Co. is blueberry-flavored and this one is pumpkin-chai-flavored (yum!).
- Why not have coffee for breakfast? This “Electric Unicorn” coffee not only has a great label but tastes like cereal! It’s fruity cereal milk flavored! On the same page, you’ll find other flavors, too, like butterscotch, chocolate orange, cinnamon roll, chocolate raspberry and more.
- Okay, don’t be mad at us for telling you about this… but did you know Andes Chocolate Mints makes chocolate mint coffee? We’re in trouble with this one…
Other stuff we’re liking
New Amish RV fridge is a winner!
Fed up with Norcold’s poor quality, Jan Steele was more than ready to try something new and is more than happy with the results. Learn about Jan’s “better than Norcold” RV refrigerator alternative by clicking here.
A must-have for RVers? Walkie-talkies!
You may have tossed them aside once you outgrew “playing spies.” Or perhaps you quickly lost interest when that first cellphone landed in your hands. Whatever your reason, they remain a must-have for RVers: walkie-talkies! This low-tech wonder performs even when your cell signal drops. Gail Marsh outlines 7 important ways RVers can use walkie-talkies here.
Easy RV plants: No soil, watering, or moving!
These live RV plants need no watering, they need no soil, and they stay put even while you move. A little bit of gear and gadgets is all it takes to bring some live plants into your RV.
Check out the DIY RV plants tutorial.
Doctor’s order: Coffee!
This coffee mug is hilarious! It’s perfect for yourself or the coffee-lover in your life who just cannot live without coffee. This high-quality mug is made from ceramic and painted to look like a prescription pill bottle – it’s just what the doctor ordered! You can’t order this from a barista, but you can order one here.
The Book Nook
Guide to National Forest camping is a winner!
This guide profiles 4,108 designated camping areas at 141 forests in 42 states. It provides specific locations, how many campsites are available, what size RVs will fit, types of toilets, length of its season and camper stay limits, plus price, contact information and whether there’s a dumping station. Some National Grasslands areas are also included. Recently updated in May 2023. Get more info about the National Forest Camping guidebook.
RV Gadget Quick Takes
- Multimeters for RVers: You can pick one up for for about $6 but the information it provides is priceless. Check out what multimeters are and how to use them around your RV here.
- Battery fillers for easy battery maintenance: Dustin Simpson will show you how to use this battery filler for easy RV battery maintenance. Maintaining the distilled water in your RV battery has never been simpler! See the battery filler in action.
- Shelf-stable coffee cream and creamers: Did you know you can get shelf-stable half-and-half, heavy cream, and even vegan creamer alternatives? No refrigeration is needed until opened. That’s no worry with individual portions of cream or half-and-half.
Check out Amazon’s collection of shelf-stable coffee creamers.
Gadget & Gear Funny
Let your morning mug say what needs to be said and let the healing process begin with coffee. Hey.. We have ALL been there. Get the Parking the RV coffee mug on Amazon.
Editor: Cheri Sicard
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