With all the cold weather hitting the east coast recently and talk of coffee lately, it reminded me of the past Overland Expo East in Asheville, North Carolina. It was bitter cold and poured rain the entire time. Even though the weather was less than perfect, the Expo was a lot of fun and it gave me the opportunity to meet Daisson from The Java Can ($145).
After Daisson gave me a quick run-through of the The Java Can and the thought process behind it, I knew I had to have one! With The Java Can you can be your own barista while overlanding. Essentially, it is an all-in-one espresso kit that packs down nice and neat into military ammo can. For the record, while there were some doubters at first back at camp, I quickly became everybody’s favorite person while making espresso and cappuccino as we rode out the rain.
The Java Can was designed by a U.S. Army Green Beret over a period of multiple deployments. Needless to say, it’s been rigorously field tested around the globe. The kit comes complete with everything you need – just bring your own beans, cream (if you’re looking for something more than a classic espresso), and a fuel canister. Here is a complete list of what you’ll find inside:
- mil-spec military container
- 4 Cup Moka Pot
- GSI Java Mill coffee grinder
- ultralight camping canister fuel stove
- 12 oz milk frothing pitcher
- milk frothing whisk
- 6 oz liquor flask
- Mini camping hand towel
- (4) stainless steel double wall java cups
While it is not included with The Java Can, the company does carry an organically grown espresso that I sampled while at Overland Expo. Trust me, it’s very good! I take The Java Kit with me whenever I load up the truck and head out. While it’s more than I would want to carry along on a backpacking trip, I do like how compact and organized the kit is using the ammo can. Plus, I never have to worry about the contents getting dropped or crushing when I hit the trails. If you like to have quality coffee on your trips and not that instant grit from the packet, I would highly recommend taking a look at it.
If you want to see it in action, here is a quick video by Daisson that was recorded the one time it wasn’t raining at OE East: