5 Ultimate Camp Coffee Makers

Caffeine Addicted?  Barista recommendations for the best camp coffee

Like many people, I know I may have a problem with coffee but it is not something I am going to look at any time soon! Whether you are climbing a mountain, rafting a river or taking a break on a work site, brewing up a coffee is a simple pleasure to be savored.  I believe camping should be easier and more fun than being at home whenever possible, and coffee making is no exception.

I have used many coffee makers under many conditions, from a simple light weight drip filters on multi-day hikes to industrial multi-head espresso machines in cafes. When selecting a coffee system on the go, my criteria are weight, ease of cleaning, simplicity of construction and whether the item can be used for other uses.

Weight – When you are hauling your raft over rocks or climbing up a trail, every ounce counts. Functionality with low weight is the goal. If you are base camping after a shore hike or are vehicle based,

Ease of Cleaning – Cleaning out on the trail with limited water can be hard.

Simplicity of Construction – The simpler a device is, the less that can go wrong.

Multifunctionality – Why have a dedicated coffee pot when it can do double duty boiling up pasta or rice?

Price? – Price does come in to the picture, but it is a more secondary consideration. When I’m buying a specific item for a specific use, sometimes I find it is worth paying more to buy the exact product I need.

In my opinion the Stanley Cook + Brew Set is the best choice. At just under a pound it is fairly light. The design is simple and easy to clean. Removing the press allows use as another cook pot and the press section can also be used for brewing tea and straining.

The other coffee contenders listed below are all different and which one will suit you depends on where and how you will be brewing

Stanley Cook + Brew Set – The middle weight all rounder

  • Stanley Cook and Brew SetWeight – 1 lb
  • Ease of cleaning – 4/5
  • Simplicity of construction – 4/5
  • Multifunction – Yes

Super simple, the Stanley Cook + Brew set is a french press style coffee maker that allows for the press to be removed to leave a sturdy cook pot. The comfortable handles fold easily for packing. I like the many ways it can be used, always a big plus in gear I buy

  • Multifunctional set brews, boils, and cooks. Pack less gear and do fewer dishes
  • Nesting design saves space when packing and storing
  • Vented, melt-resistant nylon lid fits on pot and press for thermal efficiency
  • Handles fold flat for easy packing and extend to pour
  • Dishwasher safe



Stansport Aluminum Percolator Coffee Pot – Basecamp Queen

  • Stansport Aluminum Percolator Coffee PotWeight – 1.8 lb
  • Ease of cleaning – 3/5
  • Simplicity of construction – 3/5
  • Multifunction – Yes

Great home style coffee on the trail. This classic style percolator tends to brew stronger coffee than drip machines. For best results, a course grounds light or medium roast coffee is recommended.

Percolators like the Stansport offer complete control over your brewing process. Adjusting your coffee-water ratio, brewing heat, and time percolating allows you to adjust your coffee experience to your tastes.

Due to the weight, the Stansport Percolator is more suited to base camping four wheeling.   The two piece percolator insert just lifts out, and you have a standard boiling pot with pouring spout.

  • Made of durable, rustproof, high gloss polished aluminum
  • Percolator stem and basket included
  • Comes with top and side handles
  • Easy pour spout
  • Aluminum construction heats quickly



GSI Outdoors 30 Fl Oz JavaPress – Lazy mornings in bed

  • GSI Outdoors 30 Fl Oz JavaPressWeight – 1 oz
  • Ease of cleaning – 2/5
  • Simplicity of construction – 2/5
  • Multifunction – No

Sometimes it is not important that the coffeepot is a bit harder to clean. Keeping coffee hot and fresh allows you to take some time out so sit, drink and and enjoy

  • BPA Free, made from co-polyester, and is shatter resistant
  • French Press coffee carefree. Simply hold the base and gently lower the plunger.
  • Features a double-walled, insulated lid. Coffee stays hot, and you stay happy.
  • Lightweight due to minimal metal used in construction


Primula Single Serve Coffee Brew Buddy – light and simple

  • Primula Single Serve Coffee Brew BuddyWeight – 1 oz
  • Ease of cleaning – 5/5
  • Simplicity of construction – 5/5
  • Multifunction – If you are a tea drinker this product can do double duty!

Simplicity itself! The Primula Brew Buddy fits over most coffee cups and mugs. Pour hot water through the coffee grounds. The strength will build the longer the grounds are left infusing.  Cleanup is as simple as washing out the filter and packing it away

  • Brews a single cup of coffee to any desired strength, in as little as 30 seconds
  • Economical, reusable fine mesh filter can accommodate your favorite coffee grind
  • Fits most cups and mugs, and fully portable so you can take it with you anywhere. Perfect for camping
  • Exclusive coffee accessory design you won’t find anywhere else
  • Dishwasher safe and easy to clean, so you can use it every day


GSI Outdoors Ultralight Java Drip – for the more discerning lightweight drinker

  • GSI Outdoors Ultralight Java DripWeight – 0.5 oz
  • Ease of cleaning – 5/5
  • Simplicity of construction – 5/5
  • Multifunction – No

Filtering coffee but leaving the grounds immersed can sometimes lead to bitterness. The GSI Java Drip has an ingenious solution. Legs hold the grounds above the water preventing steeping

  • Ultralight drip coffeemaker ideal for backpacking and camping
  • Sturdy legs clip to nearly any mug; produces bold, sediment-free coffee
  • Weighs less than half an ounce
  • Nests under standard butane fuel cartridge for easy storage and transport



Important Note: Grinding coffee for use in manual systems

ground coffee beansGrinding is a most important aspect of making good coffee. Ideally you want your beans to have coarse, even grind.

Grinding with a burr grinder will give a much more uniform ground size than a blade grinder.

If the taste is sour or acidic, you have probably ground the beans too coarsely, or brewed for too short a time.

Conversely if the coffee is tasteless or bitter your grounds may be too fine.


Happy brewing!

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