How To Make Camp Coffee: The Best Guide For Fresh Tasting Coffee2021-08-05T09:55:40-04:00

How To Make Camp Coffee: The Best Guide For Fresh Tasting Coffee

How to make coffee while camping and hikingWhen you’re camping out under the stars, there are a few home luxuries you give up, but coffee doesn’t need to be one of them.

If you haven’t planned a camping or backpacking trip in a while you may not be aware of all the new technology and methods to solve what used to be inconvenient problems.

We’ve rounded up some tried and tested ways method of making the perfect camping coffee.

Without any further hesitation, let’s jump right in.

Be make sure to stick around for the full article as we will dive into the details of each of these tasty and convenient methods to brewing coffee on your next camping trip.

You can choose to use these 5 methods to accommodate your specific needs to make coffee while camping:

  • Percolator
  • French Press
  • Pour Over
  • Instant Coffee/Coffee In A Bag
  • Cowboy Coffee

How To Make Coffee While Camping


The iconic way to make camping coffee. The percolator has been around for hundreds of years. The camping percolator is a great way to make a strong pot of coffee to keep you warm on a cold day.

The percolator is designed with a metal tube that leads to the coffee grounds’ metal container. The water moves up the tube as it boils.

You’ll be able to see when the coffee is brewed to the right strength via a small viewing hole.

French Press

A camping french press isn’t the delicate glass press you’re used to at home. Built specifically for campaign and hiking, they are much more rugged and able to withstand.

Simply fill the french press with the right amount of coffee, ad hot water and let it brew to the strength you prefer (usually up to 10 minutes), and press down the plunger.

Pour Over

If you’re not willing to compromise on taste, then a pour-over stand is the way to go. While it won’t get you a lot of coffee quickly, it will give you the closest to barista standard campfire coffee.

Specialist camping pour-overs have been designed to be more lightweight than regular ones. The whole process is slow and smooth and requires a steady hand.

To use a pour-over, place grounds in the filter and place them above your cup. Slowly pour the water over the grounds in a circular motion.

Instant Coffee/Coffee In A Bag

Before you turn your nose up at instant coffee, keep in mind that there has been a lot of progress in the quality of instant coffee. However, it is perfect for the backpacking coffee maker. It’s light, value for money, and requires no extra equipment to weigh you down.

Instant coffee can be bought in individual sachets for easy measuring, or you can put some of your coffee from home in a bag or waterproof container.

It’s also the quickest and easiest way to get your caffeine fix while camping. Simply add hot water and stir.

A more recent invention that combines convenience with quality, it the coffee in a bag. Similar to a teabag, ground coffee is placed inside a sealed bag that can then be steeped in hot water to the required strength. For some reason, these haven’t taken off as well as they should have and only a few brands are making them at the moment.

Cowboy Coffee

A call back to the days when there was no fancy equipment, or instant coffee to make things easier. People had to make do with what they had to hand.

The cowboy coffee method simply uses coffee grounds and hot water. It can be a messy way to do things as you won’t be able to filter the grounds.

There are plenty of hacks you can try to make this easier. If you have some cloth or a bandana, you can place the coffee grounds inside it, tie them securely and let them steep in the water.

Other methods include using a spoon to continually skim the surface of the coffee, removing the grounds.

Check Out This Tutorial On How To Make Coffee While Camping


If you fancy yourself a coffee connoisseur and camping coffee maker, then you have a host of methods to choose from. It all depends on how you like your coffee and how much room you have to carry coffee-making equipment with the rest of your kit. For most people, coffee is a camping essential.