Best Camping Coffee Pots For The Great Outdoors

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To talk about the best camping coffee pots, we really need to figure out what kind of coffee you plan to drink on your camping trip. It’s not like there is a Keruig camping coffee maker – even if they do have smaller models available now. The whole electricity component of it makes for a poor choice to pack with you, not to mention the added weight,

Camping Coffee Pots For The Great Outdoors article cover image with a blue enamelware pot

We have come a long way from the Cowboy Coffee days – those hearty men of the plains drank a simple mixture of hot water poured over grounds and then boiled on the campfire. They weren’t too picky as long as it was hot and strong.

Best Camping Coffee Pots For The Great Outdoors

Is cowboy coffee bitter?

With roughly 1/4 cup coffee grounds to every 1 quart warm water, you would be surprised at the end result. Skip any recipe that talks about adding raw egg or egg shells – just yuck! Kent Rollings says it well:

Cowboy coffee, when it is made right, is probably the smoothest coffee in the world. I have had so many folks come up to me and tell me they can’t drink coffee because it upsets their stomach or gives them acid reflux. But, when you boil coffee correctly, it takes the bitterness out and boils the acid out of the bean. 

He should know – he’s been a chuck wagon cook for ranches over 20 years. But let’s face it: we don’t have that 20 years experience on our side.

So if you are like this camper that shared is thought on my Facebook group and need your daily cuppa joe? Let’s look at your options!

To me, coffee is essential for a successful camping trip and keeps the local bears and other campers safe.

this just cracked me up!

Instant Coffee or Coffee Bags For Camping

If you plan to use these for camping then you really don’t need any kind of camping coffee pot. All you need is your pan to boil some water. Take that hot water, pop it into your coffee mug, and add either the Instant coffee granules or a coffee bag.

Instant coffee granules are so freaking handy and light. Taster’s Choice won our favor for being super easy to pack and very light. After your cup of coffee has been enjoyed? You have very minimal clean up – just that single small coffee sleeve to pitch.

We also love that it is from 100% pure, responsibly sourced coffee beans. It’s fresh-tasting, consistent coffee without the hassle of roasting and grinding.

Coffee Bags are like Tea Bags, but they have coffee in them. This is ground coffee, not instant, so you will have some slightly messy garbage to dispose of after you have brewed your java. Again, lightweight and no special extra equipment needed. These by Folger’s won our favor:

Coffee Pour-Overs

How does a coffee pour-over device work? You are pouring hot water through coffee grounds in a filter. The water drains through the coffee and filter into a carafe or mug. Some people call this drip coffee or filter coffee.

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Since we are talking camping and packing light is always optimal, we like this stainless steel single cup pour-over cone that has a built-in filter. You have no paper filters to remember, it is easy to wash out, and is less cumbersome of breakable than a carafe.

We also love their MONEY BACK GUARANTEE: Cafellissimo is committed to providing a superior pour-over coffee drinking experience. If you aren’t satisfied, contact us within (30) days and we’ll issue you a full refund.

How can you go wrong on that?

French press

While you might not think of a French Press when you think of camping coffee pots, it actually comes in pretty handy if you have more than one caffeine addict in your group. You can make more than one cup’s worth of coffee at a time, and still only need to add hot water to your grounds.

Don’t grab just any French Press and pack it – many have glass and that could be a disaster. Look specifically for a CAMPING French Press and you will find something durable enough to take to the great outdoors.

This Stanley gem makes (4) 8 ounce cups of coffee in one shot and is made of stainless steel with a handle that folds flat against it for transport.

That is half the price of this baby – which also gets really high marks. It’s an insulated gem that not only allows you to make an amazing cup of Joe but you can also keep it hot for up to 4 hours to enjoy as you go It can keep cold drinks cold for up to 9 hours. But, it’s over sixty bucks. Again, it has that lifetime guarantee.

Now we get to the coffee percolator

I think this is a big enigma for a large portion of the younger audience. Campers LOVE this kind of camping coffee pots because, again, you don’t need electricity to use it. Note: percolators measure a cup of coffee in 5 oz. cup, instead of a typical 1 cup used in cooking. That makes a huge difference if you are planning on that 12 cup percolator to make 96 ounces of java and end up with only 60.

A coffee percolator consists of a pot with a small chamber at the bottom which is placed close to the heat source. A vertical tube leads from this chamber to the top of the percolator. Just below the upper end of this tube is a perforated chamber.

As the brew continually seeps through the grounds, the overall temperature of the liquid approaches boiling point, at which stage the “perking” action (the characteristic spurting sound the pot makes) stops, and the coffee is ready for drinking. In a manual percolator it is important to remove or reduce the heat at this point.

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So, the design of the pot does all of the work for you. If you are thinking of the ol’ West Bend coffee percolators from church basement, think much smaller. We LOVE this enamelware version on Amazon – if nothing more than for the kitchy factor, it works fantastic.

This light weight gem by Colman is rust-resistant too!

Built from Glacier Stainless steel, this 1 Ibs 14.4 oz percolator is resistant to corrosion and will withstand ground impacts, and comes with a lifetime promise of quality. You are going to pay a little more for that steel, as you can see:

The Best Camping Coffee Pots For The Great Outdoors? I guess it all boils down to how serious are you about your coffee when you go camping? There are several different options to help keep you from caffeine withdrawal – you just have to pick your favorite. Whatever you choose to do, we know it will taste sweeter in one of our mugs:

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