If you love coffee and camping, then this blog post is for you! There are many different ways to make coffee while camping. You can use a French Press, an AeroPress or even just making it on your stovetop.
In this article, I will share with you some of the best ways to make coffee while camping, as well as tips on how to keep your brew hot and fresh!
Making Coffee While Camping
Camping is a wonderful experience. There’s nothing like waking up to the sound of birds chirping in trees or seeing deer grazing on the side of your campsite as you sit there sipping your morning coffee!
The hardest part of camping is often the lack of coffee. It’s not like you can just go to your nearest Starbucks and get a fresh cup, but more importantly- camping means no electricity!
Electricity is what powers most coffee makers that we have at home, which doesn’t leave many options when it comes to brewing up a cup of coffee.
1. Use The AeroPress
Many people don’t know that camping is the perfect time to use an AeroPress. You never have to worry about electricity, plus it brews a great cup of coffee!
An Aeropress will allow you to make anywhere from one to three cups of coffee very fast. Plus, all your camping friends can join in on the fun!
To make coffee with the AeroPress simply heat up water in a pot or in a kettle, then add your finely grounded coffee beans in the AeroPress chamber and start pouring the hot water. The only thing left to do is to start pushing the plunger down and enjoy your coffee!
2. Make Coffee With The French Press
If camping to you means camping without electricity, then camping with a French press is the perfect way to go. Making coffee in a French press is fairly simple and all you need is boiling water, coffee beans, and of course, a French press.
Once the water temperature is around 195 Degrees F you can add your favorite kind of ground coffee into your French Press and slowly pour the hot water over the top of it.
Then let the coffee to brew for 4 minutes and after that start pressing down the plunger. You’ll know that it’s finished brewing when most of the leftover coffee grounds have been pushed to the bottom of your French Press.
Equipment: French Press, Coarsely Grounded Coffee Beans, A Cup.
3. Make Coffee With The Moka Pot
If you are looking for a simple way to make coffee while camping, then the Moka pot is perfect for you. The Moka pot is a stovetop espresso maker that was originally created in Italy. It brews delicious coffee very quickly and can make anywhere from one to three cups at once!
To use the Moka pot, all you need to do is fill the bottom chamber with water and add your medium-fine grounded coffee beans. After that, put the Moka pot over your stove and wait until the water in the bottom chamber boils.
Let it brew until it starts to overflow out of the water chamber and then turn off your stove. You should now have a delicious cup of coffee that’s perfect when camping!
Equipment: Moka Pot, Medium-Fine Grounded Coffee Beans, Cup.
4. Use Instant Coffee
Another way to make coffee while camping is to use instant coffee. Instant coffee is perfect for camping because you can make it with cold or hot water depending on your preferences.
The best thing about instant coffee is that it doesn’t need to be grounded like regular coffee beans, so you only need water and a mug or cup!
To make the perfect cup of instant coffee all you have to do is fill up your mug with hot or cold water, add one teaspoon of instant coffee to it, and stir. Add sugar if you want and enjoy!
You can also make greek frappe with instant coffee!
Equipment: Instant Coffee, Mug
5. Make Coffee With The Percolator
The Percolator is a classic way to make coffee while camping. This kind of pot creates a hot and bubbling mixture that ends up making the perfect cup of coffee in no time!
Probably the best part of a percolator is how great it looks. It’s got that classic stove-top look and you can make different types of coffee with it!
To use a percolator you will need coarsely ground coffee, water, and the pot itself. Fill the bottom of the pot to about halfway full with fresh filtered or tap water just like you would if you were making tea, and add to the upper basket your grounded coffee beans.
Next, place it on your stove over medium-high heat and wait for it to boil. Once you see a little bit of steam coming up from the top portion, turn down the temperature just slightly so that there’s not too much water boiling out at once.
You should keep this process going until all of the water has been boiled out of the pot, which will take around 5 to 7 minutes.
After 5 minutes remove the percolator from the heat and let it cool for around 3 minutes before you drink your coffee!
Equipment: Percolator, Coarsely Grounded Coffee Beans, Your Favorite Mug.
6. The Cowboy Method
This method is also a great way to make coffee while camping. The Cowboy Method involves using old-fashioned cowboy-style methods, so if you’re feeling especially adventurous then this might be the best one for you!
Making cowboy coffee is one of the best things to do on a cold day. All you need are two large mugs, your chosen coffee pot, some coffee grounds, and hot water.
First, start by boiling some water in your desired Pot. Once the water is boiling, remove the pot from the stove and let it cool for about two minutes.
Then, add your ground coffee inside the pot and let it sit for another two minutes.
After that, stir the mixture with some cold water for about a minute and start pouring slowly into your mugs, so that the coffee grounds stay at the bottom of your pot.
You can make any type of hot drink with this method including black coffee, and more.
Equipment: Pot with Hot Water, Grounded Coffee Beans, A Mug.
7. Make Coffee With The Pour Over Method
The last way is with the Pour-Over method. This method is perfect for the person who loves to make their coffee at home and wants to take that same experience on the go.
First, measure out one tablespoon of ground coffee beans per every four ounces of water and put them in the filter paper.
Next, place your cone on top of a mug, or your carafe, and put your filter on top of that. After that, pour the hot water over the grounds and let it drip through into your mug or carafe.
Use a spoon to stir the beans before letting them continue dripping. You can make any hot drink with this method and you should let it drip for around four minutes before drinking, or until all of the coffee has dripped through into your mug.
After 3-4 minutes remove the cone from the carafe and start pouring the coffee into your mug and enjoy!
Equipment: Paper Filters, Grounded Coffee Beans, Carafe, Hot Water, Your Favorite Cup.
Tips To Keep Your Coffee Hot While Camping
Making coffee while camping solves one problem, but what about keeping it hot? Let’s take a look at a few tips for that!
1. Insulated Mug
Bring an insulated mug with you on your journey. That way, the coffee will stay hot and not cool down as quickly.
The insulation of most mugs is designed to keep drinks hotter longer than most camping gear available today.
2. A Thermos
Bring a thermos with you. This way, the coffee will stay hot for a longer period of time and you won’t have to worry about it cooling down.
3. Avoid Using Metal Cups
They have a tendency to lose heat. If you do use one, set it down on a rock or log and not directly on the ground or next to something that will “steal” its heat.
4. Use A Stoneware Mug
Stoneware mugs are also good because they last longer and retain heat but bear in mind that if you put boiling water from the kettle into them, even after filling them up with coffee they can still be too hot to handle for a while.
How to Make Coffee While Camping without A Fire?
You can use instant coffee with cold water to make your coffee. Simply mix these two in a cup and stir for a few minutes for it to dissolve.
How Long Should I Brew Coffee for When Camping?
You can brew your coffee anywhere from three to five minutes. The longer you let the coffee brew, the stronger and bitter it will be.
What do you do with Leftover Coffee Grounds When Backpacking?
The best thing to do is to take the leftover coffee with you or store it in a container. That way, you won’t leave any trace behind.
It’s no surprise that there are a lot of ways to make coffee while camping. If you’re looking for tips on how to keep your coffee warm, we’ve got those too!
From using a thermos or insulated cup to a stoneware mug, there’s no excuse not to indulge in this morning ritual on your next outdoor adventure! Which tip will you try first?
Let us know how it goes. We love hearing from happy campers who have tried something new!