Travel Coffee Makers – how to make a choice

The Camping Coffee Maker ensures you never miss a day without your favorite coffee. Yes, even when you’re out in the woods! There are many different ways you can brew a cup or a pot of coffee while camping. The camping coffee maker is usually quite a beautiful and well-crafted item. Made of stainless steel it usually has a compact flat kettle at the bottom for holding the water over the fire. A tall thin spout usually ejects the freshly brewed coffee into a cup with you. Make sure you bring a thermos style cup along on your camping trips so that your freshly brewed espresso stays toasty.

Best camping coffee maker

Making coffee while camping is a bit more of a challenge than making it at home. You need a camping coffee maker that is portable and cleans easily. There are many different types and models to choose from. Percolators simple coffee pots, and even camping espresso machines. Basically any stovetop espresso maker or manual press could be taken on a camping trip and placed over an open flame but they are just not as small or nice as the ones specifically designed for camping. They are made to be tiny so they can fit easily in a backpack while you are hiking.

If you need a coffee maker for camping here are some backpacking coffee maker types to choose from.

Types of camping coffee makers

Manual Drip

The most common coffee makers for camping are of the manual drip variety as all you do is pour boiling water over your coffee while it sits in a filter. The filter sits in a holder and you just set the holder over your cup or mug. The variation includes the coffee sock.

Coffee Press

Coffee press camping coffee makers are the way to go. This easy-to-use portable coffee maker makes rich and flavorful brews. The French Press is typically a simple contraption made of stainless steel and glass with simple components like a glass cylinder and a wire mesh plunger to extract out the coffee flavor. As long as you have hot water, you can use your french press to brew a great-tasting cup of coffee.

Be careful with the glass parts –  you’ll have to pack those carefully to avoid breaking. Or you can simply get one which is not made of glass at all! Like the Snow Peak Titanium French Press priced about $60 and weighing in at 6.3 oz, this French Press is probably the lightest coffee press on the market. This coffee press also produces very good coffee. You can boil water in the body right in the fire, saving the need for a great or separate pot. For those who want gourmet coffee without the added weight, this might be the choice for you.

Snow Peak Titanium French Press, CS-111, Japanese Titanium

Snow Peak Titanium French Press, CS-111, Japanese Titanium, Lifetime Product Guarantee, Sustainable, Ultralight for Coffee While Backpacking and Camping



Another model that comes recommended is the Planetary Design French Press. This is one of the best French Presses available. It is durable (stainless steel) and well-designed, with a tight-fitting filter that doesn’t let grounds through and double-wall insulation to keep the coffee hot. It comes in different sizes and colors to fit your needs.

Planetary Design French Press Table Top Coffee and Tea Maker 

Planetary Design French Press Table Top Coffee and Tea Maker Carafe with Bru-Stop Technology – 48 oz – Stainless Steel – Brushed Steel


Coffee Percolator

Making coffee in a percolator is very easy – just put water in the percolator and coffee in the basket. Then place this camping coffee maker on a backpacking stove or any other heat source till water boils. The steam will start to come out of the tube via the basket with the coffee grounds. After that, it will dissipate back to the bottom of the percolator and will boil again, and will through the same route again. All you need to do is keep looking at the glass top to ensure the correct strength of the coffee.

Proper cleaning and grinding of the coffee percolator are essential. Youll have to assemble the percolator and fill the jug of the percolator to a suitable level with fresh water. Add the coffee into the brew basket. For each cup of water within the jug, place one tablespoon (rounded) of your ground coffee into the basket.

GSI Outdoors 8 Cup Enamelware Camping Coffee Maker

GSI Outdoors 8 Cup Enamelware Percolator for Coffee at Home or Campsite, Blue (15154)



If you want a low price and durability enamelware is the choice to make. It will last for many camping seasons, and a percolator invariably produces a decent cup of coffee. Its disadvantage, however, is its weight. This percolator weighs about 1.5 pounds, making it one of the heavier percolators on the market. For those who do not have the money to spend on titanium, though, it is still a good choice.

Manual Camping Coffee Maker models like the Coffee Press and Coffee Percolator being non-electric will require you to find other ways of heating the water in the jug. If you are outdoors, most people use a firepit, if indoors, a stove will work just fine. The boiling water is necessary to ensure great coffee. Typically, the cycle will only require about five to six minutes. However, make sure that you do not reboil the water as the coffee will be extremely bitter and rancid.

Stovetop Espresso Maker

Also known as the Moka Pot, this camping espresso maker is set on a portable stove or set on ashes to boil the water. The Moka pot is arguably the best camping coffee maker. There are three parts of a Moka pot, where the bottom part holds the cold water, the middle ring, which holds the coffee grounds, and the top part to collect the brew at the end of the coffee-making process.

The Bialetti Moka Express Stovetop Espresso Maker is the hands-down winner in this category of camping coffee maker. It makes 3 2-ounce cups of espresso in just 4 to 5 minutes and is made of durable polished aluminum in a unique octagon shape A flip-up top and side-pour spout provide added convenience. The device works by forcing steam from the water in the lower compartment through coffee grounds in the upper compartment. This camping coffee maker is sturdy and easy to clean. Plus it’s small and lightweight if you’re backpacking.

Bialetti 06799 Moka Express StoveTop Coffee maker, 3-Cup

Bialetti 06799 Moka Express StoveTop Coffee maker, 3-Cup, Aluminum Silver


Stovetop Coffee Maker/Camping Drip Coffee Maker

These are automatic drip coffee makers that have been designed for the camper who really wants that added convenience. These camping coffee makers are quite large and are not for the camper who is going to hike 10 miles for the perfect spot. They also require a backpacking stove. Your best method for making coffee while camping would be a manual drip coffee maker that is specifically designed for camping. These come in a large assortment of shapes and sizes but are made to withstand uneven campfire heat.

A popular model is the Coleman Camping Coffee Maker, which is designed to be used with a camp stove or when hot water is available. Affordably priced at under $50 the Coleman Camping Coffee Maker is actually a camping drip coffee maker. Great for those who long for home-brewed coffee in the outdoors. It can brew up to 10 cups of coffee or other hot drinks like tea or cocoa. Working with 2- and 3-burner camp stoves, it drip-brews coffee, just like your coffeemaker at home. It has a removable swing-out filter basket and a solid steel base. Nifty features include the brewing pause-n-serve feature.

Coleman Camping Coffee Maker

Coleman Camping Coffee Maker


Coffee Mugs

Coffee mugs are insulated containers that allow for fuss-free coffee brewing on the go. All you need is ground coffee, hot water, and this nifty camping coffee maker. The YETI Rambler 14 oz Mug about $25 makes a great choice. This camping coffee maker combines the brewing container and mug in one. It’s simple to use and relatively lightweight. One just boils water, inserts coffee grounds, and brews the coffee in the boiling water. What’s nice about this kind of coffee maker is that it need not be stowed away after camping season is over. Its year-round use capability makes up for its price tag and heavier weight.

YETI Rambler 14 oz Mug, Stainless Steel, Vacuum Insulated with Standard Lid

YETI Rambler 14 oz Mug, Stainless Steel, Vacuum Insulated with Standard Lid


12 Volt Coffee Maker

If you’re at a campsite or will have power via RV or generator then a 12-volt camping coffee maker will work. Usually intended for RV and boat use, these regular drip brewers can also be used as a camping coffee maker. A typical brewer of this type is the Schumacher 1229 12V Coffee Maker. If you want something smaller, that will brew one cup of coffee at a time, try something like the AICOK Portable Espresso Machine, Small Travel Coffee Maker.

Schumacher 1229 12V Coffee Maker

Schumacher 1229 12V Coffee Maker, Brown



AICOK Portable Espresso Machine, 15 Bar Electric Espresso Maker with Heating Function

AICOK Portable Espresso Machine, 15 Bar Electric Espresso Maker with Heating Function, Small Travel Coffee Maker Compatible with Nespresso Capsules, Easy to Clean, Perfect for Camping, Travel, Office


Choosing A Camping Coffee Maker

Usually, a camping coffee maker is not that expensive, running anywhere from thirty to sixty bucks depending on the type you get. You don’t want to buy one too expensive in case you lose it. There are many to choose from so you can decide on what will be the best for you. You can find the stores that specialize in hiking equipment, kitchen stores, and also stores that specialize in express machine equipment. Retail stores usually have a camping aisle so you can browse around the next time you are doing some shopping there. You can also find them online quite easily where usually they can be acquired very cheaply.

When purchasing a camping coffee maker, pay attention to quality. Being outdoors and in the elements means that your camping coffee pot will get more wear and tear than a home coffee maker. Also, be sure to shop around and read reviews from owners before deciding on a coffee maker. That way you’ll be happier with your purchase. Finally, make sure that you have all the necessary accessories like coffee filters and spoons before you go camping.

A camping coffee maker should be simple to use and it should be as no-frills as possible. This means that you should be able to use just about any old coffee filter out there. Anything that requires special filters should be tossed out as you might find yourself without the luxury of buying special filters when you are about to go camping.

A good camping coffee maker should also be able to handle wear and tear. Anything that seems flimsy is not a good idea anything that can’t stand a knock or two is not suitable for repeated camping trips.

With all these tips may you find your very own camping coffee maker!!!