3 Ways to Make Better Coffee While Camping

Coffee, the lifeblood of an adventurer like myself, is one of those things that I don't like to shortchange just because I am camping far away from a coffee shop. I have spent dozens of hours trying many different coffee making contraptions and I finally came up with these three ways that I suggest for making great coffee when camping. I follow the instructions when I use these devices so this post doesn't tell you how specifically do it as much as it provides the tools. If you disagree with these suggestions be sure to let me know in the comments as I am always looking for new ways to make a good cup!

coffee while camping

Cold Brew

Yes this is not technically "making coffee while camping" but this is one of my favorite ways to easily bring fantastic coffee. If you are familiar with the cold brew method it makes a more concentrated coffee as you brew it by letting it sit in cold water for 12-24 hours. Once completed you have a strong coffee that most people elect to add water to. This is what makes it perfect for camping as you can just heat it by adding boiling water and it makes the coffee last longer. I love to brew a whole batch of cold brew then throw it in my Stanley Thermos for a weekend trip. In the mornings I just boil up some water and add it to the cold brew for fantastic coffee. This is also a great way to make coffee for a lot of people, when you add water to it it really does make the batch go a long way.

coffee on the go


The Aeropress is a fantastic and relatively cheap way to make good coffee while camping. The contraption, similar to a French Press, uses a force brew method where you force hot water through the grounds. It is surprisingly easy and fast to make and with a few plastic components it is lightweight and easy to take with you. This method can be used over and over again easily so that you can make multiple cups of coffee in a short period of time, as long as you have the grounds and the hot water. The problem with this method is that there are a few pieces so you have to remember to bring everything in order to use it. All of these methods do require hot water as well, so you will need a JetBoil or another camp stove to boil water. Also, check out the GSI Outdoors Glacier Java Press.

Jetboil coffee

Jet Boil Flash Java Kit

I love the JetBoil, it is such a convenient thing to have when camping or backpacking into the wilderness as it is lightweight and super easy to use. When I saw there was a special Java JetBoil I bit and purchased one. This kit comes with a french press like plunger so that you can easily make french press coffee from the water you boil. Yes, you could bring a french press but that is extra weight when you are traveling so having it all in one kit is a great solution. The french press kit even folds up and stores in the JetBoil itself making it easier to carry.

I will say that the french press adapter is not the best and can let some grounds through when you are using it, but it's the wilderness so just enjoy the good coffee then chew a few grounds to help give you energy for your adventure. Pro Tip, you can always give your buddy the last cup of coffee with the grounds in it, it's a good way to start a day on the trail.

Camping Coffee

Lastly, if you don't want to do any of these methods why not just grab an old percolator, fill it with water and grounds and throw it in the fire. It's not the best but even bad coffee is better then no coffee right?

So there you have it, my tips for good coffee while camping, please sound off in the comments below and let me know what I missed so I can try your favorite method as well.

*Featured image courtesy of Benjamin Davidson.
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