Coffee is probably the most popular beverage in the world. In addition to the well-known benefits it has, its taste is unbeatable. And its popularity shows no signs of abating. At home, or in the woods, coffee has been the first thing people want when they wake up for decades.
But what happens if you are out on a camping trip and realize that the coffee has run out? Well, it really is not a tragedy.
We saw in a previous article how to feed on wild plants. Now let’s see how to prepare our favorite drink from nature.
You do not have to be near plantations in Colombia or Costa Rica. It may not really taste like coffee, but it still helps to start the day … proactively!
In this article, we will analyze how to make coffee when in the woods.
Although this coffee will never taste like the real thing, there is no doubt that it will be a good substitute when you run out of your personal necessities.
It goes without saying that the whole process will cost you time and effort. But it’s worth it.
How to get the coffee substitute from the plants around us
The starting point is the collection of beech seeds (also known as beech nuts).
Once the seeds have been collected, the pods are opened and the pods are separated from the glue that completely contains them. Be careful in the separation phase.
Then you can wash the seeds, peel them and let them dry for at least a day. Then you can continue baking in the oven at 350 ° C for at least 3 hours. Even a good campfire (of course where it can be lit in complete safety!) Will do its duty.
Remember that you have to rust them with extreme precision if you want to get rid of all the toxins!
With the roasted seeds, you can now move on to the demolition phase. Because they are very hard and durable, use a mortar before using a regular coffee grinder. By pounding them as nicely as possible, you will definitely make it easier for yourself.
If you are in the woods, you can use some stones that you have previously cleaned.
To taste it, you only need to boil 200 ml of water and add three tablespoons of book coffee. Do not overdo it and remember that seeds are laxatives.
The taste is reminiscent of both chicory and dandelion coffee, so it is quite bitter but still pleasant.
You can store your ground coffee in a tin can or in a dry bag.
If you decide to plant one at home, remember that beech trees are extremely hardy plants, but they prefer moist soils.
The best times to prune them are winter or at least early spring.
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