There's nothing quite like waking up in the great outdoors to a piping hot morning cup of coffee. Gearing you up for a big day of hiking, fishing, or lazily hanging around the campsite, there's something about that morning brew that makes the whole adventure worth it. The problem is, how do you make coffee camping when there's no outlet around? There's an easy answer: Camping coffee makers.
Sure, you could do it the old school way with good old cowboy coffee. But then once the pot gets low you're going to be chewing down your caffeine rather than drinking it. If you consider a coffee maker to be essential camping gear (and we do), you need the right gadget to replace your coffee pot from home.
Don't forget, you're going to need some kind of stovetop setup for boiling water, whether it's a camp stove or rig over a campfire. And unless you bring a hand coffee grinder for your coffee beans, make sure you grind your favorite coffee brew before you hit the trail.
Camping Coffee Makers
Best for: Family
If there was one brand out there that screams family camping trips it's Coleman. From tents to coolers, this well-known brand has long been supplying car camping families with all their outdoor gear. So what better camping coffee maker to caffeinate the whole gang than a Coleman coffee percolator?
This heavy-duty double-coated enamelware 14 cup Coleman camping coffee maker is crack-resistant and gets high marks for ease of use. Equipped with a built-in coffee filter, simply fill the basket up with ground coffee, pour in the water and watch it percolate until the coffee is ready. It can brew about 14 cups of hot coffee on a camping stove.
It may not be as light as the other camping coffee makers, but considering you have a bunch of people around you won't have to worry about someone accidentally knocking it over thanks to its incredibly sturdy base.
Best For: Temperature Control
First one up? Grab the Stanley, boil water and make a cup of joe. This stainless steel vacuum French press is also a carafe that will keep coffee hot for up to four hours - or cold for nine hours if it's blazing hot out. Can your ordinary French press do that? I think not.
Naturally BPA-free, the double wall steel lid retains heat while preventing any plastic contact. It also comes equipped with a rugged ergonomic handle so you won't have to worry about breakage when you're roughing it in the outdoors. Think of it like the trusty Stanley Thermos we all know and love, expect it brews a mean cup in five minutes.
If you're the type to wake up at the crack of dawn to watch the sunrise while everyone else is snoozing or want to gear up for an early morning fishing trip, you'll be guaranteed a hot brew with the Stanley French Press coffee maker.
Best for: Gourmet couples
Lattes at camp? Did someone sneak in an espresso maker? Nope, they used the AeroPress coffee maker. It's definitely a top pick for coffee drinkers. Designed for the camping coffee lover who likes things more on the luxurious side as opposed to roughing it in the dirt, the AeroPress brews espresso-style shots in a mere 30 seconds. Instant coffee is the best coffee. How's that for helping you wake up?
There's also the option of brewing 1-3 richer gourmet cups of coffee in a single minute. While that won't fuel the whole family, it's good enough for the solo drinker or couple who loves their coffee. Plus, the AeroPress has a microfilter so you won't be chugging down sludge like other coffee makers. The portability is a plus. It's a lightweight coffee maker, one pound to be exact, so you won't have to haul around extra heavy gear simply for a single cup.
Best for: Minimalists
If you're the type to pack downlight, consider the GSI Outdoors Collapsible Java Drip for your camping coffee maker. As minimal as it gets, this silicone collapsible filter opens up to form a drip cone. Don't be fooled by its looks, although it packs minimal it brews anything but. The 4 filter capacity can brew 1-12 cups. Simply place the spill-free fit-ring over your camping mug or insulated water bottle and use the pour over method with hot water.
Weighing in at 4.8 ounces, this portable coffee maker is ideal for the backpacker on the go. If you'd rather backpack into your campsite or want to pack down light so you can have more space for all your kayaking gear, mountain bikes, or whatever your outdoors interest of choice is, this one is for you. Plus, since it is made out of food-grade silicone you won't have to worry about destroying an expensive coffeemaker during your next crazy adventure.
Best for: Large group gourmet
Of course, you can't go wrong with the Moka Express. This all in one pot is practically begging to be boiling on the camp stove. Unlike the AeroPress, this camping coffee maker lets you brew coffee for larger groups. So for groups that want velvety espresso style coffee fast, the Moka Express is your answer. Easy to use, it comes with a built-in metal filter basket, meaning there's no need to worry about forgetting the paper filters. Come morning, load up the basket with your favorite coffee grounds, fill up the bottom reservoir with water, and let it brew right over the camp stove burner.
Depending upon your group, you can purchase a Moka Express that brews as little as 1-cup and up to 12-cups. I find the 6-cup is enough to get the job done. With everyone on their first mug, you can throw it back on the stove and brew another pot before anyone is even ready for their next cup.
Start planning your next backpacking or Yosemite trip now with these camping coffee makers. Campers, here's your chance to be your own barista and make the best coffee you've ever had. Have your morning cup in minutes and enjoy coffee around the campfire.
This post was originally published on August 14, 2018.