There is nothing better than the smell of fresh coffee brewing at the campsite, because it brings you to life in the most profound way. Almost every method of making coffee has been adapted for the outdoors, so it just depends on what your preference is. We’ll run through a few of our favorite camping coffee makers to help you get your fix on the trail.
Nice! You like to keep it old school. Perhaps you have memories of your grandparents firing one up on Sunday mornings, or maybe you just like to keep things simple. Either way, it’s hard to beat the value you’ll find with the Farberware percolator. $20
If you don’t want to stray too far from your good ol’ automatic coffee maker at home, the Coleman Camping Coffee Maker has you covered. It sits right on top of your camp stove and brews ten 6-ounce cups of joe to get your whole crew ready for the trail. It takes about ten minutes to brew a pot, and has stainless steel base. $33
It’s hard to beat the simplicity of a drip style (also called pour over) coffee maker. Fans claim that it’s better than an automatic because you can get a more even saturation of the grains, resulting in a more balanced cup of coffee. For a no frills camping coffee maker it’s hard to beat the simplicity of the GSI Outdoors Collapsible Java Drip. It only weighs 4.8 oz and has a snap on cover so you can just toss it in camp box after you’re wide eyed. $13
Few coffee making systems have a cult following like the Aeropress. It’s easy to use and gives the brewer complete control over how they prepare their precious cup. Because it uses lower temperatures and a shorter brew time, you also end up with a less acidic cup of coffee. It’s great for camping because it’s all plastic and can be cleaned with a very small amount of water. $30
The French Press
Last but not least we have the french press, which is perfect for camping because you don’t need any filters and you can easily control the brew time to suit your fellow camper’s needs. If you’re looking for a great french press camping coffee maker it’s worth giving Espro a look. Their vacuum insulated stainless steel press is hard to beat. It has two filters to remove the grit and the vacuum wall will keep your brew warm for hours. Perfect for those lazy bums in your group that like to sleep in. $100