The 12 Best Camping Coffee Makers
The 12 Best Camping Coffee Makers
Few things compare with the refreshment and joy of a good camping trip. Spending time in the outdoors is a great way to reset and re-center from the every-day stress of modern life. But, for most people, the sweet sounds of bird song in the morning isn’t a good replacement for a fresh cup of joe. There are lots of options out there for bringing your coffee with you camping, but the quality of your coffee maker has a big impact on the quality of your coffee.
If it weren’t already hard enough, there is also a wide variety of types of coffee maker, from large percolators to single-serve space savers. The options make it easy to bring you coffee with you but are overwhelming if you don’t know exactly what you’re looking for.
This list makes it easy to go through the many options out there, narrowing it down to the best options in each type, and explaining why each option makes the top of the list. Whether you are a solo-camper who loves hiking and needs to keep your pack as light as possible or a big-group camper with plenty of space who needs to be able to make a lot of coffee quickly, one of these will be the best camping coffee maker for you.
GSI Outdoors – 30 Fl Oz JavaPress, French Press
This French Press coffee maker is designed with camping in mind. It offers a good median in size, at 30oz its good for a couple cups of coffee at a go, making it a practical option for solo campers and small groups. Plus, French Presses are easy to rinse and reuse, so clean up is easy, and you can always brew up a second pot if needed.
The JavaPress is also designed to keep your coffee as toasty hot, hours later, as when it was first brewed. Featuring a double layer to insulate plus an additional cloth cover this french press guarantees a perfect temperature for the first person to wake up all the way through the last person to crawl out of bed.
While some French Presses aren’t suitable for camping gear, being too fragile to get banged around with your other pots and pans, GSI Outdoors has specifically designed this one to be breakage resistant. It is meant to be taken camping, and to stand up to the worst the great outdoors can throw at it.
Plus the comfort of the fabric cover means this is a good option for little kids. Not only does it protect the press itself, but it also protects impatient little fingers when making hot cocoa.
Coleman Grill Top Coffee Maker
This coffee maker is designed to give you a large pot of coffee with the gear you likely already have in your kit. It’s not quite the same as turning on your electric pot at home but offers much of the same convenience without relying on too many extras.
Designed to sit on a camp stove, this coffee maker is compatible with most 2-3 burner camp stoves and doesn’t require its own propane source to operate. Simply set up your coffee as normal, fire up the stove, and you can even cook breakfast while your coffee brews.
For a camping coffee maker, this one is on the large side. Offering a 10 cup maximum volume, this is perfect for large groups or multi-cup drinkers. It also offers the ability to pause brewing if you want to get out that first perfect cup before the whole pot has finished.
Overall this is an easy coffee pot to use, mimics the function of an electric pot, makes a large batch, and is a good compromise between function and size.
Mountain Mojo Collapsible Coffee Dripper
Sometimes you just need to go for the smallest option when it comes to camping. Whether it’s a matter of space in your trunk or the weight in your backpack, minimalism is a proud tradition in the outdoors. Mountain Mojo’s Collapsible Coffee Dripper is a great option for solo-campers and the space-conscious alike.
Made of 100% food-grade silicon this coffee dripper is designed to fit over your mug and directly brew a single cup of coffee at a time. That means you have the ultimate control over your coffee, you can make it exactly as strong as you want it, and can make the perfect amount just for you.
This is also an incredibly light-weight option. Since you don’t have to worry about the bulk of a water chamber this is about as easy to carry and easy to pack as it gets. The lightweight design also means you can bring more than one to accommodate a group trip without taking up the extra space of a bulkier option.
Silicon is easy to clean and re-use, so you can clean it and pack it away, and bring it back out again without the fuss if you need a mid-afternoon pick-me-up.
Stanley Cook and Brew Set
This is another French Press option, but the Stanley Cook and Brew set, as its name suggests, is designed with multi-purpose functionality in mind. Made of stainless steel, this set combines a cook pot for heating water or soup with a French Press that sits inside the empty pot.
Designed to make cooking easy, you can heat your water, brew your coffee, remove the french press and move straight into heating more water or directly cooking your next meal.
Rather than simply reducing the size of a single-function item, Stanley has designed this set to maximize the function for the size, saving you packing space by allowing you to bring along fewer individual items.
This is the ideal set for hunting and any camping trip that requires some versatility from the gear. Easy to clean, easy to use, easy to put away. The fewer steps between you and your coffee the better, and the Stanley Cook and Brew Set certainly offers that!
A folding handle, dishwasher safe material, and close-fitted thermal-efficient lid all add to the functionality of this coffee maker. The stainless steel design also means that this is a durable option. Plus, at 32oz capacity, it’s a good mid-size option that will give you multiple cups of coffee or servings of soup in a single go.
Stansport Aluminum Percolator Coffee Pot
This traditional camp percolator offers the single largest capacity of any option on this list At a 20 cup capacity this is the go-to coffee maker for large group trips.
Made from rustproof aluminum this coffee pot both heats your coffee quickly and saves on weight. It is designed with an easy pour spout and a loop on the side gives you a good grip point for total control.
The aluminum design is important in a percolator this big. Making a lot of coffee shouldn’t mean sacrificing making that coffee quickly. Stansport’s coffee pot balances these two needs well, letting you make a lot of coffee without waiting hours for it to heat enough to brew.
This coffee pot also has a traditional hinged handle over the top which means it will work hung over a campfire as easily as on a camp stove. It also has an easy-clean design, which makes breakfast clean up that much quicker.
Maranello Caffé Pour Over Coffee Dripper with Cup Stand
Maranello’s coffee dripper is another winner for its minimalist eco-friendly design. The steel mesh on this dripper means that you don’t need coffee filters to get a ground-free cup. It’s relatively small for easy packing, and it’s wide enough to fit over most mugs comfortably.
Being made from stainless steel also means that this coffee dripper is damage resistant and won’t easily show signs of wear and tear. Steel also gives this dripper enough weight that it’s unlikely to get blown away by the wind, even when it’s empty. Overall, this dripper is a great option for camping that’s also flexible enough to bring with you to the office.
Like Mountain Mojo’s coffee dripper, this option also gives you complete control over every single cup of coffee. Whether you’re adding a few extra grounds for an extra pick-me-up, mixing flavors, or brewing an extra-large cup of joe, this dripper has you covered.
Primula Single Serve Coffee Brew Buddy
Similar to the other coffee drippers on this list, this is a slim, single-cup brewing option. However, rather than offering a coffee dripper, the Primula Brew Buddy makes this list because it is equally well suited to coffee and tea.
The mesh bag it uses instead of a dripper is both more compact than dripper options and holds the tea leaves or coffee grounds in the water, so not only can you put in the perfect amount, you can brew your beverage for the perfect time too. Once you’re done you can simply invert the mesh to dump the leftover grounds or leaves, and then rinse it with a little water and it’s ready to use again.
The mesh back also means that the Brew Buddy folds down to take up virtually no space at all. Like the coffee drippers, the Brew Buddy is also designed to be compatible with most mugs, which means you can use it for even the biggest cups, while also offering the kind of streamlined versatility that makes this a great product at home or in the office as well as on camping trips.
Coleman Quikpot Propane Coffee Maker
At 10 cups capacity, this is another good option for those mid to large-sized camping groups that need a lot of coffee, quickly. This propane-fueled, easy light, large coffee maker is about as close to your home electric coffee pot as it gets.
This pot offers the additional convenience of not needing space on a camp stove. That does mean it needs a separate propane tank, but it’s worth it if you need the extra cooking space for breakfast. It also means that you can save some propane if you like your coffee before you eat, or if you want some later in the day, because you won’t have to fire up the whole stove to make your brew.
More importantly, this coffee pot is designed to produce a perfect cup in even the most extreme weather conditions. You won’t have to go without your morning coffee just because of a little rain with this coffee pot. High wind conditions that make campfires and stoves tricky to control won’t get in your way either. That reliability is more than worth the extra space this handy gadget takes up.
Secura Stainless Steel French Press Coffee Maker
This stainless steel French Press was designed with the very best results in mind. The filter system is extensive, which means that you don’t have to worry about coffee grounds, even when you’re pouring out the last dregs of coffee from the bottom of the pot. That makes this a perfect pot for anyone that prefers fine-ground coffee blends to medium-ground options.
The handle on this French Press also guarantees you won’t burn your fingers while being made from stainless steel makes this more durable than most French Presses. You might lose your coffee should a clumsy camper or sudden storm knock the press over, but you’ll never have to worry about the pot breaking.
You’ve also got some options when it comes to size with this particular coffee maker. It comes in 17oz, 32oz, and 50oz sizes. That versatility means you can order one in the perfect size for every occasion, or all three if you’re planning for different types of trips.
Secura has also designed this French Press to be dishwasher safe, which saves time when you get home and need to put your camping supplies away. Or, better yet, just put it back on your counter for everyday use. The rich flavor of well-filtered French Press coffee will reward you for it.
Wacaco Minispresso GR
When coffee isn’t quite enough expresso comes to the rescue. There’s no reason you should have to leave your expresso at home when Wacaco’s Minispresso provides a hand-operated option small enough to be easily portable, and durable enough to survive a rugged camping trip.
One of the best features of this little machine is the ability to control exactly how much expresso you get. The semi-auto piston makes hand operation easy, and each push delivers a small but precise amount of water to your coffee grounds, so you determine your cup size.
Wacaco also offers multiple water tank sizes, so you don’t need to purchase a huge water tank if you prefer a small amount of expresso, and you don’t have to constantly re-fill a small tank if you’re looking for a larger cup.
Plus, the whole thing is designed to produce the best possible tasking expresso. Every element of the Minispresso is purpose-built to ensure there are no near-misses when it comes to giving you the perfect brew. You can be confident that every press provides the right pressure for extraction, no matter what grounds you use.
The ultralight and attractive design choices combine to make this a good option for your business trips and vacations in addition to being perfect for a camping trip.
MOSFiATA Portable Coffee Maker
As the only battery operated coffee maker on this list, MOSFiATA’s portable coffee maker comes with a unique combination of features that make it a good option for camping ease.
This coffee maker needs 2 AAA batteries, coffee grounds, and boiling water. Simple. It’s also compatible with K-cups, so you can bring your favorite flavors with you. The coffee maker comes with a reusable K-cup where you will put your grounds, if you want to use ground coffee, else just replace the reusable K-cup with your favorite flavor, and go!
Like the Minispresso, this coffee maker is also designed to provide the ideal conditions for your coffee, whether you use coffee grounds or a K-pod. Consistency is a major benefit with this coffee maker.
It’s also a lightweight option, coming in at just under a pound, and equally well suited to camping, home, and office use.
Stansport Enamel Percolator And Mugs
The final option on this list is a classic, but it’s classic for a reason. Stansport’s enamel percolator and mug set comes in either blue or white enamel and offers a full package of durable gear well designed for either a camp stove or a fire.
Since this percolator comes with matching mugs you don’t have to risk your favorite mugs from home to the conditions of the great outdoors. The matching set is also attractive and simple, a great addition to any camping kitchen set. It’s also perfect for you RV kitchen set, or even your home kitchen, especially combined with their other matching sets.
The kiln-fired enamel will stand up to just about any heat, and everything in this set is incredibly durable. A great option for families, both the percolator and the mugs will survive spills, falls, and even outright throwing with a minimum of damage.
More than anything, this set is designed to last.