The Ultimate Guide to Camp Coffee: Our Favorite Ways to Brew Coffee While Camping

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From cowboy coffee to pour-over stands to portable espresso makers, we cover all the different ways to make a great cup of coffee while camping.

Megan holding a cup of coffee near a campfire

Coffee. Sweet, sweet coffee, the lifeblood of outdoor adventurers and campers everywhere. While we are willing to forgo a great many things while camping, a good cup of coffee is not one of them. Thankfully, there are countless ways to enjoy a good brew in the wild.
Here are a few of the many, many, ways to make coffee while camping.

This list is ordered from the lightest and simplest methods of brewing coffee to the heaviest and most elaborate. We have tried the majority of methods on this list, but not all of them. Where relevant we note our personal experiences with the products we’ve used as well as those we’ve researched.

Instant Coffee | Cowboy Coffee | Single Serve Pour Overs | Pour Over Stands | Aeropress | Moka Pot | French Press | Cook System with French Press | Percolator | Portable Espresso Maker | OXX CoffeeBoxx | Coffee Mugs | Grinders


An assortment of instant coffees on a camp table

1.) Instant Coffee

While instant coffee is lightweight, packable, and otherwise ideally suited for camping, it doesn’t have the best reputation when it comes to taste. Thankfully, there has been a lot of innovative advancements in the instant coffee world over the past few years! If you haven’t tried instant coffee in a while, it’s worth checking a few of these brands out.

Ideal Use: Backpacking, bikepacking, and anyone else with an incentive to save space and reduce weight.

Method: While the exact instructions will vary from brand to brand, the general idea is to put the instant coffee grounds into a cup and add boiling water. Wait a few seconds until powder is dissolved and then enjoy. We can’t imagine a simpler brewing method.
Here are a few of our favorite instant coffee brands:

Alpine Start

Seeking instant coffee you actually look forward to in the morning? Search no more. Alpine Start instant coffee was created by a climber and a foodie to be the best on-the-go cup of joe you can get. In addition to their classic coffee, Alpine Start also offers an instant Dirty Chai Latte and a Coconut Creamer Latte. I drank Alpine Start for 19 days on the John Muir Trail and would definitely recommend it!
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Mt Hagen packaging
Mt. Hagan

This German-brand of organic fair-trade instant coffee has been Megan’s go-to choice whenever we go backpacking. It’s reasonably priced but offers a very well-balanced cup of instant coffee. This is what she drank for 19 days on the John Muir Trail, and would drink it for 19 more!
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Voila coffee packaging
Voila Instant Coffee

The ultimate gourmet instant coffee, we can’t say enough good things about Voila. They partner with local coffee roasters and use a proprietary freeze-drying technique to create a cup of instant coffee that tastes as good as a fresh cup from your local coffee shop. No joke. However, this exceptional instant coffee is priced accordingly, so we save it for special occasions.
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Laird SuperFood Instant Coffee

While it doesn’t come in individual packets, this is one of the best instant coffee + creamer combinations we’ve tasted. We picked up a bag to test a while ago and Megan was literally addicted to it. It’s a coconut milk-based creamer, so if you’re backpacking and want to pick up some extra calories in your morning cup of coffee, this is a great option.
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A pot of cowboy coffee on a campfire

2.) Cowboy Coffee

Just add coffee grounds to hot water. It doesn’t get much simpler than that. In terms of equipment needed, cowboy coffee is the simplest way to make coffee while camping. Although, since the grounds don’t dissolve into the water, clean up can be a little messy, making it less ideal for backpacking or anywhere that you’d need to pack out your waste.

Ideal Use: For those who want to look tough. Also, those who forgot all their fancy coffee-making gear at home. Good for small or large groups, depending on the size of your kettle.

Method: For something as simple putting coffee grounds in hot water, there are a surprising number of ways to brew cowboy coffee. One popular way (at least according to the internet) is to include either broken eggshells or a whole raw egg into the coffee grounds (no joke). With the rampant state of salmonella in this country, we’re just going to go ahead and skip that one entirely. But here are some far less risky ways to brew a perfect cup of cowboy coffee. Fine grounds are recommended.

Clean Cup Method – You’ll need a cloth coffee sock, cheesecloth, or bandana. Boil water. Remove from heat. Place coffee grounds inside the cloth and then place in kettle. Return to low heat to steep.

Sink Down Method – Heat a kettle of water until boiling. Remove from heat and dump coffee grounds in. Return to low heat and simmer. The coffee grounds should start to sink to the bottom after a few minutes. If they don’t, drizzle some cold water on top to help them sink to the bottom.

Scoop Top Method – Heat a kettle of water until boiling. Remove from heat and spoon coffee grounds in. Return to low heat and simmer. With a spoon, skim the coffee grounds off the surface.

GSI Kettle
GSI Stainless Kettle

We’ve used this kettle to make coffee nearly every morning for the past two years and have nothing but good things to say about it. Durable stainless steel can be placed over a campfire or stove, the spout doesn’t dribble, and the compact size is perfect for 2-3 people.
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A green mug of coffee on a camping table

3. Coffee in a Bag

There is a beautiful simplicity to steeping a teabag. So why not do the same for coffee? For the longest time, the only coffee-in-a-bag option was Folger’s singles – which tastes just like you’d expect. But there are a few new startups trying to revive the tried-and-true brew method and bring coffee-in-a-bag into the 21st century.

Ideal Use: Short trip backpackers, bikepackers, and anyone who doesn’t want to go full instant but also doesn’t want to deal with a brewing apparatus.

Method: Place the brew bag into a cup and fill with hot water. Steep until your desired strength is reached and then remove. If you can steep a cup of tea, then you brew a bag of coffee just as easily.

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High Side Brew Bag

We recently got a chance to try out the new High Side Brew Bag and it was one of the tastiest cups of coffee we’ve had in a while. By steeping the coffee in a brew bag, we have complete control over the strength. Another big plus for us: The packaging is recyclable and the brew bag itself is compostable. Check them out here:

Steeped coffee package
Steeped Coffee

We haven’t had the chance to try this one yet, but Steeped Coffee is another startup coffee brand that’s trying to jumpstart the coffee-in-bag trend. You can check them out here: Steeped Coffee

Pouring water from a kettle into a single serve pour over on a mug

4.) Single Serving Pour-Overs

The next step up from instant coffee and cowboy coffee (at least in terms of ease of use) are single-serving pour-overs. These are a relatively new type of product designed specifically for campers. Since the grounds are kept separate from the water, clean up is a lot easier.
True, you’ll have to pack out both the paper filter and the wet grounds, but you’ll have a cup of coffee that tastes a lot closer to a typical pour-over. For something that comes in a small, lightweight package, single-serve pour-overs can be a very appealing alternative to instant coffee.

Ideal Use: Backpacking, bikepacking, and people who want to save space and reduce weight, but can’t or won’t commit to going full instant.

Method: Single serving pour-overs consist of a paper frame and pouch that is filled with coffee grounds. The frame is expanded and placed over the top of your cup. You then pour boiling water through the pouch-like pour-over. Remove and enjoy.

Kuju coffee packaing
Kuju Pocket Pour Over

Our favorite single-serve pour-over brand, Kuju was one of the first to bring this innovative brew method to the outdoor industry. They have fantastic tasting coffee, they offer blends and single-origin, plus they donate 1% of sales to the National Park Foundation. What’s not to love!
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Libra Coffee Pourtables

Libra Coffee is a mission-based company based out of Oceanside, California. For every premium, small-batch pourtable coffee packet they sell, $1 goes toward a water filter for people living without clean drinking water. Each filter has the power to provide clean drinking water to 100 people for 5 years. We’ve tried their coffee, we love it, and we’ll certainly raise our cup to the good work they’re doing.
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Tribo Coffee

While we have not personally tried this brand, they’re all over Amazon with a lot of great reviews. We’ll definitely be giving this one a try soon.
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GSI Pourover Camp Coffee Maker

5.) Pour-Over Stand

If “ease of use” is less important than “cost per use” then you can also go with a non-disposable pour over stand. The pour-over stands found in coffee shops are often made from ceramic, but there are many lightweight and compact pour-over stands designed specifically for campers.

Ideal Use: Serious coffee drinkers (or people who want to be perceived as serious coffee drinkers). Good for groups of about 2-4 people.

Method: Using either a paper or cloth filter, fill with coffee grounds and place over your cup. Heat your water until nearly boiling and then slowly pour into the filter in a circular motion. A kettle that can pour a smooth, steady stream of water without dribbling is critical for pour-over. While serious baristas use fancy gooseneck kettles to control the flow of water, we can’t say enough good things about our GSI kettle. Small, compact, and not a single dribble.

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GSI Ultralight Java Drip

We have been really impressed by this lightweight and compact pour over stand. It comes with a nylon reusable filter but is also compatible with paper filters as well.
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GSI Collapsible Java Drip

While slightly heavier than the ultralight stand, this is still a really compact pour over stand.
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Kalita Wave Dripper

If you want to go full backcountry barista, this metal pour over cup from Japan is known for making an exceptional cup of coffee easy and accessible to anyone.
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Bripe Coffee Pipe
Image courtesy of Bripe

6.) Bripe

Just when you thought you knew every conceivable way to brew coffee, this thing comes out of left-field. The Bripe is hands down the most novel coffee brew system we’ve seen to date. In the bowl of the pipe, add coffee grounds and water, and boil using a lighter. Let cool and sip through the attached straw. A mesh filter strains out the grounds. Hilarious in concept, but surprisingly efficient in practice. It’s definitely a conversation starter, but we can’t argue that it makes a fine shot of espresso-like coffee

Ideal use: Somebody on the go who wants a quick pick-me-up, but who is also willing to answer a lot of questions from everyone around them.

Method: Place the grounds and water into the cup of the pipe, boil the water using a lighter or stovetop, then sip through the attached straw when at a safe temperature (thermometer included).

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Bripe Coffee Brew Pipe Kit

The Bripe Coffee Brew Pipe Kit has got everything you need to started with this coffee making method.
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Michael making coffee using an Aeropress

7.) AeroPress

This is our #1 favorite way to make coffee. A combination between a pour-over, French press, and a pneumatic press, the Aeropress is an innovative brew method that delivers incredibly rich and smooth coffee. It compresses the grounds into a small puck, making cleanup a cinch. We’ve been using the Aeropress to make our coffee every morning for the past few years.

Ideal Use: Car camping, VanLife, and RVs or backpackers really dedicated to their coffee. Good for groups of 2-4 people.

Method: There are two different ways to use the AeroPress. Either way, you’ll want to use fine espresso grounds.

Top Down – Insert the filter, place base over your cup, dump coffee grounds into the base, drizzle a little bit of hot water to degas the grounds, then fill to the top. Water will start to slowly drip out the bottom into your cup. Wait for about 10-15 seconds, then depress the plunger. This method is similar to a pour-over, but with the addition of the plunger as a press.

Inverted – Place plunger on a flat surface facing up. Place the back of the base on top of the plunger and insert slightly. Dump grounds into the base, drizzle hot water to degas, fill compartment, and wait. The Aeropress is now functioning like a French press. Attach the filter to the top and place your cup upside down on top of the filter, and then carefully flip the Aeropress and cup over. Depress plunger.

For more info (with videos!), check out our in-depth article on how to use an Aeropress.

Aeropress coffee maker

Perhaps our favorite way to make coffee while camping. The Aeropress is the best way to make exceptional tasting coffee with minimal clean up afterwards.
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Metal Filters

The Aeropress comes with a million paper filters, but once you’ve gone through all of those, you can pick up these reusable metal filters to reduce waste.
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Moka Pot on a grenn camping stove

8.) Moka Pot

If you like strong Italian style coffee then the Moka Pot might be for you. This stovetop espresso maker produces powerful Italian style coffee, which can be enjoyed on their own or combined with hot water to make an Americano. The Moka pot comes with a built-in metal filter basket, so you’ll never need to worry about buying or throwing away paper filters.

Ideal Use: Any camper who wants to experience the peppy bravado that only a shot of genuine Italian espresso can imbue.

Method: A moka pot consists of three parts: the bottom reservoir, the metal filter in the middle, and the serving carafe at the top. Water is placed in the bottom and the grounds are packed into the middle filter. When placed over a stove, the water boils, steams up through the grounds, and collects in the top carafe.

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Bialetti Moka Pot

The original Moka pot, Bialetti a variety of sizes – ranging from a tiny single cup model to a gigantic 12-cup model. They are made from lightweight aluminum, which is can be plus or a negative for some people.
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GSI Stainless Moka Pot

The classic Bialetti moka pot is made from aluminum, which many people are trying to avoid these days. This GSI Moka pot is made from non-reactive stainless steel. Same concept, different material.
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GSI java Press Camp Coffee Maker

9.) French Press

While many people enjoy the simplicity of a French press, the typical glass carafe is not really designed for the rough and tumble life of camping. Thankfully, there are a lot of more durable models on the market. French press is great for making a lot of coffee, but it does use a lot more (coarse) grounds than other methods.

Ideal Use: Car campers, Vanlife, RV, and anyone else who enjoys a simple brew method that produces rich tasting coffee.

Method: Spoon coarse coffee grounds into the bottom, drizzle a little bit of hot water to degas, fill the container with hot water, stir, wait for about 8-10 minutes, and depress the plunger.

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GSI Java Press

We recently picked up this model to test and have really been enjoying it. It’s a plastic shatterproof carafe wrapped in a thermally insulating nylon sheath. Smooth pour, quality metal mesh filter. Overall we are very satisfied.
Compare prices: Amazon // REI

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Coffee Gator Insulated French Press

If you crossed a French Press with a Hydroflask, you’d get the Coffee Gator. This is a heavy-duty, stainless steel French Press that is double-walled and vacuum-sealed. That means your coffee stays warm 60 minutes longer than a typical glass French Press. Plus the Coffee Gator comes in a lot of really fun colors.
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Jetboil Coffee Maker

10.) Cook Systems with French Press Attachments

Many integrated cook systems like Jetboil, MSR, and Biolite now offer French press plungers. These plungers are designed to work with these rapid hot water makers, reducing the amount of gear you need to carry. The only problem is that most of these cook systems are intended for the backcountry, but French press style coffee (which uses a lot of grounds and can be difficult to clean) is better suited for front country use.

Ideal Use: If you already use your integrated cook-system in the front country to rapidly make hot water (which we often do). Or you really really like French press style coffee that you don’t mind packing the wet grounds out. Yes, pack them out. Burying them in a cat hole is not an acceptable answer here.

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Jetboil Flash Cooker

We have a Jetboil cup that connects to our Eureka two burner stove via satellite burner, which makes this a very convenient solution.
Compare prices: Amazon // REI// Backcountry

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MSR Windburner

This stove is awesome in windy conditions. We brewed coffee using the Windburner during a hike gone awry in Utah. Despite sleet and wind, this stove had no problems boiling water in just a few minutes.
Compare prices: Amazon // REI// Backcountry

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BioLite Coffee Press

While it’s intended for backcountry use, we more frequently use this stove in the front country. The Kettle Pot and Coffee Press attachment have come in handy when making a lot of coffee.
Compare prices: Amazon // Biolite // REI

Man pouring coffee from a Camp Percolator into a mug
Image courtesy of GSI Outdoors

11.) Percolator

The good old fashioned percolator has been a go-to for camp coffee drinkers for generations. A metal tube runs up into a metal basket filled with coffee grounds. As the water boils, it percolates up the tube and into the basket. This method is great at making lots of strong coffee over a camp stove or campfire.

Ideal Use: Car camping, vanlife, RV. Making coffee like your father. Making coffee like your father’s father. Good for small and large groups.

Method: Fill kettle with water, place a paper filter in the basket (or just use the metal filter), fill with grounds, and boil until ready. Most percolators come with a glass/plastic viewing bubble at the top so you can see when the coffee is the correct color.

The biggest gripe we’ve seen on the internet is that they just don’t make percolators like they use to. But here are few quality options still out there:

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Farberware Yosemite Percolator

Rave reviews on Amazon
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Coletti Bozeman Percolator

This percolator comes in both 9-cup and 12-cup sizes and has a nice wood handle detail – making this better suited for coffee making over a camp stove rather than a campfire.
Check price: Amazon

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GSI Glacier Percolator

Another highly rated option.
Check price: Amazon // Backcountry

Man holding a Wacaco Minipresso in a case
Image courtesy of Hugo Cailleton

12). Portable Espresso

Portable hand-powered espresso makers are all the rage these days. It unites people’s combined love of coffee, the outdoors, and new fancy gadgets. If you like espresso shots, then this type of coffee maker might be up your alley.

Ideal Use: Car camping, Vanlife, RVs.

Method: While exact instructions vary model to model, the general idea is that fine coffee grounds are packed into one compartment and hot water is added to another compartment. The pressure builds and steam is pushed through the grounds – essentially “pulling a shot”.

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MiniPresso Espresso Maker

We haven’t used this model in particular, but it gets very positive reviews on Amazon. We’ve used another brand, that we won’t name here, but it rhymes with RandPresso… and we weren’t crazy about it. Anyways, we’ve read that a lot of people have switched over from it to the MiniPresso and they have been very happy with it.
Check price: Amazon

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GSI Espresso Maker

Offering more of an “Italian” style espresso, the GSI Outdoor Mini has a similar design as the classic Moka pot. Perfect for serving up a strong shot in the morning.
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OXX Coffee Maker
Image courtesy of Oxx

13.) Coffeeboxx by Oxx

Finally, the most over-the-top option when it comes to camp coffee has to be the OXX Coffeeboxx. It’s basically the industrial hard hat version of a Keurig. Crushproof, spill proof, impact and water resistant, this indestructible coffee maker produces a great cup of coffee at the push of a button.

Ideal Use: RVers, EarthRoamers, Tailgates, the craft service table on a Ford F-150 commercial, or anywhere else you have access to a 120v wall power outlet.

Method: Fill up the water tank. Put a K-cup in in the slot (They even sell reusable pods so you don’t have to use actual K-cups). Push button. Coffee.

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OXX Coffeebox

While the Coffeeboxx is a little excessive for most recreational weekend campers, if we were building out a Sprinter van we’re not saying we wouldn’t take a look at it.
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Being the coffee enthusiasts and outdoor bloggers that we are, we’ve tried many of the camping coffee mugs on the market. Here are our current favorites:

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Yeti Rambler Mug

The Big Gulp of coffee mugs, these vacuum insulated mugs by Yeti are great for car camping. Most standard size coffee mugs are 12 oz, but the Yeti Rambler is 14 oz. And some mornings, those extra 2 ounces can make all the difference!
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REI Camp Mug

Not too big and not too small, REI Co-Op Camp Mugs are a great vacuum sealed camping mug. They come in a bunch of cool colors and themes, so you can really brighten up your morning routine.
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snowpeak mug
Snow Peak Titanium Double Walled Mug

These lightweight mugs were a backpacking game-changer for us. Before we got them, we used to have to quickly gulp down our coffee before it got cold. Now, these super-light, double-layer vacuum insulated mugs allow us to slowly sip our coffee and enjoy the morning.
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GSI Infinity Mug

Another great backpacking mug with a much smaller price tag than the above mentioned Snow Peak. The GSI Infinity Mug isn’t vacuum-sealed, but comes with a neoprene sleeve that keeps your drink warm for a solid 20 minutes. (Pretty much all the time we need anyways). It’s cheaper and lighter than the Snow Peak mug and ultimately what we decided to take with us on our JMT thru-hike.
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While bringing pre-ground coffee is arguably the easiest way of making coffee while camping, there is definitely an argument for bringing whole beans and grinding them fresh in the morning, especially if you’re packing more specialty beans. Luckily, there are a number of manual coffee grinders on the market perfect for adding to your camp coffee making routine:

porlex grinder
Porlex Coffee Gridner

When we’re traveling on the road, we grind our coffee fresh every morning, giving new meaning to the term “the daily grind”! If you have great bag of coffee beans that you really want to savor, grinding them fresh on site really makes a difference.
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Wheroamoz Manual Coffee Grinder

We haven’t used this coffee grinder yet, but it’s relatively inexpensive and comes with a lifetime warranty, so we’re pretty tempted to try it out.
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  1. Why in the world would you want to trek your used coffee grounds out of the wild? Coffee grounds are not trash or anything foreign to the wilderness, forest or grassy fields. Coffee is a natural mix for soil. In the home front many use to airate and fertilize their special plants. This is one item that does not need to return to the source unless you are dumping the grounds on top of a picnic table or a parking lot. Just about any ground will surfice for mixing with your grounds.

    1. Milo, we totally get it that coffee grounds are compostable and can easily be re-integrated into the soil. If we were making coffee in our backyard, the grounds would go in the hedges. But there are a few reasons why we’d suggest packing out while backpacking. 1.) In a lot of the designated wilderness areas in the western US, it’s required you pack out all waste. 2.) Not all environments are equally suited for soil compositing: fragile alpine meadows, arid deserts, rocky summits. 3.) The strong smell of coffee can attract animals, which trains them to check backpackers sites for food. So while soil composting might works in some circumstances, we tend to err on the side of caution.

    2. Nate Denver says:

      I know this is a year old article but…..

      I live in Colorado and camp 10 to 12 times yearly.

      2 things:

      1st. Pack it out or dont pack it in. If you would rather not carry used grounds out with you, that is OK. Just take instant instead. And I do pack my tea bags out.

      2. What do you all think the preferred method for making coffee for 30 person camping would be? Need economical but still decent flavor. (full disclosure: I don’t drink coffee at all. I am a tea guy.) I will be hosting large monthly camping trips 4-5 times a year for the foreseeable future.

      1. Texsport, GSI, and a few others make mega-sized percolators (I think 24 cups). We’ve come across a few guided rafting camps (with like 30 people in them) and that was what they were using.

      2. WinterTakesAll says:

        I know this is really, really, really,*really* old, and everyone involved will have long since moved on with their lives, but just for the sake of future readers yet to come, I’d just like to tag in behind Nate and also say that it’s not all about the soil; caffeine is not safe – or necessarily *wise* – for all animals to consume. And if it smells interesting – which coffee grounds do – they *will* lick it.
        Even if your leftover grounds, dumped out in the wild, don’t outright poison any poor fuzzy li’l critter, have a heart for the other camper who might have to deal with a caffeinated bull moose (or mountain lion, or bear, or coyote…komodo dragon…cassowary…hey, I don’t know where you are).
        Half-joking? Sure. But only half.

  2. Emily Swift aka Goldie says:

    Haha this is great! I loved the little bripe! We mostly use a French press in our Skoolie. But in the woods I think instant is the way to go. If you live out there long enough it starts to taste like real coffee.

  3. Good article, so far I’ve just used the coffee press with my JetBoil Zip and a No4 coffee from Aldi and it was very easy to make and tasted good

  4. Where is the original travel espresso maker Handpresso?

    1. We had one of their models a couple of years back, and we weren’t super crazy about it. Perhaps they’ve made some improvements since. We’ll have to try them again.

  5. You can cold brew your own if you think to start it the day before. So good and smooth!

  6. Starbucks instant packets work just fine for this simple family! Sipping while looking at the lake! Camping is an escape for us.

  7. Kellie K Bassen says:

    We use a Dripolator. Best coffee we ever had

  8. I love this post! I had no idea about all of these methods to make coffee and it’s ceirtainly interesting! I was wondering which one of them did you like the most? I can think of a few method for different occasions but I think I will always prefer the pour over stand for camping (seriously coffee drinker and all that).

  9. Really nice! Enjoyed reading with a feeling of flavor and aroma of the coffee.

  10. Amazing article especially for those who can’t spend a single day without coffee.Lots of ways to brew coffee.Choose one which best suits you.Thank you for providing us with such information.

  11. Sally Kooch says:

    Great article! Can’t wait to try this!

  12. Amazing article indeed. I am a huge coffee lover and I also have a barista experience in the past. I have to say it is quite hard to spend a full day with no coffee. And that doesn’t happen in the Netherlands. As Portuguese I though it was on my blood, but Dutch are impressive with coffee!

  13. What a wonderful share! One thing I dread when I go camping is not being able to have a good cup of coffee. Don’t get me wrong, it is incredible to wake up to the great outdoors and the sounds of nature, but even better to wake up and have a warm coffee on campsite in that setting. The OXX box is SO COOL, but I’ve gotta say the classic Cowboy style is my fave. Thanks for sharing!

    1. We can’t answer comments on this post without feeling inspired to make ourselves a cup of coffee too!

  14. Great article on the different types of coffee that could be brewed. I read this article because I have a similar one about Cowboy Coffee and wanted to see if I left out anything important but you covered most of the base that I had with some additions.

  15. Greetings! Fun write up. Regarding the eggshell coffee, Salmonella wouldn’t survive boiling water though. That was curiously funny to me.

    That aside, I do Pour Over, French Press, or Cowboy, even at home, every day, the latter lowering to simmer right after boil, stirring for five minutes. Oh my goodness, wow, such a delicious coffee. Feliz con mi cafe – gracias!

  16. Thanks for such an informative writing. I am always on tours to different parts of country, And making my own coffee during my tours is very helpful to save time as i have not to search any restaurant nearby. Cheers.

  17. Great article, I recently discovered the GSI java drip and I have to say I am in love!! I do a lot of camping and field work for work and I have to pack light so sometimes so I end up falling for the instant coffee option which I have never liked (being a picky Colombian coffee drinker).
    I used to take French press that I found in the Australian shop Kathmandu similar to the GSI Java Press, but I found that coffee wasn’t always as good but probably because its a cheaper version; and obviously when packing light sometimes I would have to sacrifice it.
    The GSI Java Drip has saved my coffee love in the outdoors, will try some of the other light options next time such as the Jetboil attachment.

  18. Illimani94 says:

    Wow! Hope you paced yourselves; that’s a lot of coffee… Over the years my wife and I have tried most of these methods. We’ve ended up settling on instant for our backpacking, snowshoe camping, climbing ventures. Just lightest and simplest. We use the instant espresso from Medaglia d’ Oro, but now I want to try the instant from Alpine Start and Swift. At home we use a stainless French press a lot, though I’ve been known to fire a moki pot (Italian stovetop espresso maker) and have become a big fan of the Aeropress. In fact, the Aeropress has become our preferred method for campervan coffee. Great coffee, fast, minimal cleanup afterwards.

  19. So useful on the different types of coffee that could be brewed. Love your step by step instruction to brew the coffee. I will keep it in my mind. Thanks for the sharing such an informative article.

    1. DH, thanks for sharing the Simpresso! Looks like it could definitely be a good choice while camping. We’ll have to try it out for ourselves sometime.

  20. Many ways i use is listed here. But the first one, instant coffee as i can say it is not a coffee.
    As a turkish i also serve turkish coffee in camps on fire, it is quite easy

    1. Hah, instant coffee is definitely not our first choice, either! We typically use it only when lightweight backpacking where it doesn’t make sense to carry heavier coffee-making equipment.

      The Turkish coffee method is also a great idea. We love a strong cup of coffee afterall!

  21. Stephen Walker says:

    Some interesting methods. Well put together thanks.
    But, for me, I’ll keep it to my Sport Presso!

  22. Paul Jackson says:

    No mention of the aeropress?

    1. Aeropress is now on the list! Thanks for catching that Paul. It’s actually one of favorite brew methods

    2. The new Pipamoka is good fun and makes good coffee too! 🙂

  23. Good choices for making coffee while on the go or on a camping adventure. Nothing rejuvenates me when camping like a fresh mug of coffee. It clears the mind!

  24. I swear by a percolator for the best camping coffee!!! We have the Farberware Yosemite one and it is fantastic! You just can’t beat the taste of percolated coffee (in my opinion at least). And the nostalgia factor is there too, it always reminds me of my great grandfather 🙂 I’ve been thinking about getting an aeropress for a quicker cup when we need a little afternoon caffeine pick me up though (even though I love my percolator it does take a long time to make coffee)- thanks for all of the awesome info/tips!

    1. We love the taste of percolator coffee too, but since it’s just the two of us, we find that the Aeropress is the straightest line between us and a cup of coffee first thing in the morning. ????

  25. This is so helpful! I made a lot of cowboy coffee when I ended up in Hawaii without a coffee pot and I use instant coffee pretty often but I would love to give some of these other methods a try too. A good cup of coffee is always worth the effort : )