What Do You Need for Coffee While Camping?

Coffee is one of the most important things in the world, besides air and water. There are many different ways to brew coffee while camping, but if you need your coffee first thing in the morning, you might want to make your favorite pot before you pack it all up and head out on your trip. Here are some items that will help you have the perfect cup of coffee on your next camping trip!

Ways to Brew Coffee While Camping

What You’ll Need

You will need some basic things to get started making coffee, regardless of what method you choose to use. There are a few items you might want to have as well. The majority are readily available, and there are a variety of choices and types to choose from.

Heat Source

It is best to have a heat source to boil water to make coffee. To save time, keep it simple and opt for just an open flame or pot with a handle that can be hung over the campfire (just make sure it is metal). Don’t forget the fuel!

Pan or Kettle

The simplest method is to heat water in a pan. However, this will not work for all methods and will become tedious as you pour the water.

Whenever you make camp coffee, never boil the water. The ideal temperature is just under a boil, at 200-205 degrees. You can either remove the water just before the full boil, or you can remove it, add some cold water, and let it sit for a minute or two before making coffee.

It’s easier to pour water for coffee with a kettle of some kind. It also prevents spills and burns, so it’s a much better coffee experience.


You can grind coffee beans ahead of time to bring camping with you, but you’ll end up with fresher coffee and a richer flavor if you do it there on the spot. You can adjust the coffee grind to suit the particular camp method you’re using. Manual hand grinders are an option, but there are also models you can use with an electric cord as well.

Good Coffee

The only myth about camp coffee is that it doesn’t taste good, but that doesn’t have to be true. Put off your adventures until you have picked up some excellent beans. 

Camp Coffee Mug

You will need a sturdy, easy-to-clean, and portable camping mug. Whether you want a ceramic camping mug or a fancy insulated tumbler, there are plenty of options out there.

Have you gathered all the necessary items? Good job! We’ll explore how to make camp coffee, along with the advantages and disadvantages of each method.

Instant Coffee

Even though there are some good instant coffees out there, they won’t be as good as what you make yourself, especially if you grind them fresh. Many coffee shops, however, offer “coffee pods” or instant coffee that can be dissolved in hot water. Keep in mind that hot water is not boiling water.


Quick. This is the quickest, simplest way to make coffee for camping and with the least amount of cleanup. It takes only your mug, a spoon, and hot water to brew the perfect mug of coffee. And, since the coffee dissolves into the water, there are no filters to clean or devices to fuss over.


Tasteless, fresh and more flavorful than other methods. What you gain in convenience, you lose in flavor. Instant coffee can certainly work if you’re not a picky coffee drinker.

Cowboy Coffee

You will need your kettle or pan, coffee beans to grind, and water to make this coffee. Eggshells may be added to the body, however, to make it more authentic. You should try it. It may surprise you.


Then add 1 heaping tablespoon of grounds to every 1 1/2 cups of cold water. Once the liquid in the container begins to boil, remove it from the heat source at the first sign of boiling and add some cold water to settle the grounds. Don’t forget to drink up.


You might have been advised by your grandparents to wait for the grounds to settle to make the experience a full-bodied one, but there is another solution. The one surefire way to get great-tasting coffee with fewer grounds in it is to use a filter to go over your mug so you get a smooth sip.


Super quick and easy and less of a mess, so-so flavor.


One problem may be the grounds getting in the coffee if you don’t see this pro tip coming from a mile away.

Grandpa’s Percolator Coffee

Making coffee while camping has been a tradition for many generations of outdoor lovers, and nothing beats the taste of a cup of coffee brewed in a classic percolator. Grandpa’s Percolator Coffee is an essential part of any camping trip – it’s easy to make, and it always tastes great.


To make the perfect pot of Grandpa’s Percolator Coffee, you will need some basic supplies: a percolator, some ground coffee, a heat source, and water. A traditional percolator works by boiling the water until it percolates up through the grounds. The result is a rich, flavorful cup of coffee that can be enjoyed in the great outdoors.

When selecting your ground coffee, be sure to buy a high-quality brand that won’t leave you with a bitter cup of coffee. For best results, use freshly-ground beans that have been freshly roasted. This will ensure that your coffee has maximum flavor and aroma.

Once you’ve got your supplies ready, it’s time to make some delicious Grandpa’s Percolator Coffee! Start by filling the percolator with cold water, then add your ground coffee. Place the percolator over your heat source and let it simmer until the water starts to boil. As the boiling water passes through the grounds, it will extract all of the coffee’s flavor and aroma. Once the water begins to bubble, turn off the heat and let the coffee steep for a few minutes before pouring it into cups or mugs.

Enjoying a cup of Grandpa’s Percolator Coffee is a great way to start your day while camping. With just a few simple supplies and some high-quality ground coffee, you can enjoy a delicious cup of coffee no matter where your next outdoor adventure takes you!


Makes a flavorful cup of coffee; requires little equipment; fun and nostalgic


Takes longer to brew than instant coffee; requires more effort

The Simple Pour Over

If you’re looking for a simple and easy way to enjoy coffee while camping, then the Pour Over is a great choice. This method is incredibly easy to set up and doesn’t require any special equipment other than what you already have on hand. The pour-over brewing method is one of the most popular methods of making coffee because it’s so easy and convenient. 


To start, all you need is a filter, freshly ground coffee beans, and hot water. Place the filter into the top of the Pour Over brewer, and put the freshly ground coffee in the filter. You can use pre-ground coffee, but the flavor won’t be as good as using freshly ground beans. 

Once your coffee is in the filter, slowly pour hot water over the grounds until all the grounds are saturated. Allow the water to drip through the grounds and collect in your cup below. This should take around two minutes, depending on how much water you used. 

Once all of the water has passed through, remove the filter and discard the grounds. Stir your coffee to help it cool and enjoy! 

The Pour Over is an incredibly simple way to make a great cup of coffee while camping. All you need is some water, ground coffee beans, and a filter and you’re ready to go! Enjoy!


Easy, affordable, and available at grocery stores


Requires electricity or stove

The Classic French Press

Brewing coffee while camping can be a great way to start the morning off right and enjoy the outdoors. A French press is one of the most popular and classic ways to make coffee on the go. The process is simple and relatively mess-free, making it perfect for outdoor brewing. 


To get started with a French press, you’ll need a few items. First, you’ll need coffee grounds and hot water. You can easily pre-grind your coffee at home or buy pre-ground coffee while camping. Measure two tablespoons of coffee grounds per six ounces of water. 

Next, you’ll need a French press. Most French presses are made from glass or metal, with metal generally being more durable for camping trips. Look for one that has a large capacity for more coffee and a built-in filter that’s easy to clean.

Finally, you’ll need a heat source to boil your water. A portable stove is ideal but you can also use a campfire if necessary. Make sure to bring a pot or kettle with you so you have a container to boil your water in. 

Once you have your supplies ready, it’s time to start brewing! Start by boiling your water and then pour it into your French press. Let the coffee steep for several minutes, depending on how strong you want it. When it’s done, simply plunge the filter down and pour out your coffee into a mug or thermos. Enjoy!


The French Press is an affordable option that allows you to brew up to three cups of coffee quickly without any additional equipment needed. It’s also much easier than many other options because there’s no need for paper filters, meaning it will be less messy than some other methods such as using a Chemex.


There are only two cons associated with using the French Press method when camping. One is that this method does require the user to have boiling water which may not always be available when camping outdoors, although this should not be too much of an issue since even just regular warm water will produce drinkable coffee with this method. Another disadvantage would be that some may find the cleaning process involved after brewing to be tedious and difficult given where they’re drinking their coffee (i.e., outside). 

A portable espresso maker

It works much like a percolator pot but is more compact and foldable. It is often used by backpackers and other campers. Using it requires two steps and two parts.


Fill the lower chamber with water to the fill line; add the finely ground coffee to the upper chamber; place the top chamber on top of the bottom one; turn counter-clockwise until it’s tight. The handle may be turned clockwise if necessary to tighten up any leaks. Pour boiling water into both chambers about halfway through, then again to get up to three-quarters full when boiling has finished (or just before). Place over medium heat (not high) and wait until steam starts coming out of holes at the top of each compartment (don’t let go past this point!). Remove from heat once that happens, wait 3 minutes or so, then pour contents into cups or mugs.


Doesn’t take up too much space.



It’s a bit complicated. 

Requires a stove to use. 


Whether you’re going camping for a weekend or a whole season, coffee is essential for keeping your energy levels up. You don’t need to carry a lot of extra gear or a complicated setup to enjoy a good cup of coffee while camping. With a few simple items, you can easily make delicious coffee while you enjoy the great outdoors.

At a minimum, you need a few things to make coffee while camping: coffee grounds, water, and something to boil the water with. From there, you can make a basic cup of coffee using drip filters or even cowboy coffee. For more convenience, you may want to invest in an insulated mug and pour-over coffee maker.

In conclusion, making great coffee while camping doesn’t have to be hard or require a lot of extra gear. With the right ingredients and minimal equipment, you can easily make a great cup of coffee no matter where you are. So don’t forget your favorite brew when packing for your next camping trip!

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