Best Camping Coffee Maker: Our Top 7 Picks

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During my latest trip to Germany's beautiful North Sea Coast, I realized there was something missing from Coffeeness: a best camping coffee maker guide.

During my latest trip to Germany’s beautiful North Sea Coast, I realized there was something missing from Coffeeness: a best camping coffee maker guide.

Sure, I probably shouldn’t have been thinking about work while on vacation. But I’m always thinking about coffee, so I guess I’m stuck between a rock and a hard place in that regard.

Anyway, now that I’m officially back in the saddle, I’ve decided to put things right. So, coming up, you’ll find my curated selection of the very best camping coffee makers out there. I’ll also give you a few tips and pointers on what to look for in a portable coffee solution.

Best Camping Coffee Makers at a Glance

Here’s a quick overview of the camping coffee makers I’ll be reviewing today:

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Durable construction

Easy to use

Easy to clean

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Best for Espresso

WACACO Nanopresso

Makes authentic espresso

Clever design

Very compact and portable

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Best for Pour-Over

MiiR Pourigami

Includes travel case

Clever folding design

Rugged construction

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Sleek and beautiful

Makes great coffee

High-quality construction

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Very affordable

Easy to use

Basically indestructible

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Great for groups

Easy to use

Mess-free cleanup

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Stove included

Heats really quickly

Lightweight and portable

Why Buy a Camping Coffee Maker?

In the old days, folks didn’t really care about drinking good coffee while camping or backpacking. It was simply a case of getting some caffeine into your system before heading out on the trail or hitting the climbing crag.

However, things have come a long way in recent years, and you no longer have to put up with instant coffee granules or a pot of cowboy coffee.

With that said, plenty of specialty roasters are now offering their own versions of instant coffee, some of which actually isn’t that bad. Still, I always advocate for using the best coffee beans you can, grinding them fresh and preparing your coffee with care.

Personally, I think it’s worth buying a good camp coffee maker seeing as you can take it with you anywhere – not just out into the woods.

Seriously, whenever I’m going to be staying in hotels for a while, I’ll make sure I bring a bag of beans, a way to brew coffee and a manual coffee grinder. After all, hotel coffee isn’t exactly known for being particularly drinkable.

The same goes for when you’re visiting relatives. If the thought of having to drink Folgers from your grandma’s ancient coffee maker for a week sends shivers down your spine, bring your own coffee kit. It won’t take up much room and you’ll have a much nicer time. That said, maybe keep it on the down-low; you don’t want to cause offense!

How to Choose the Best Camping Coffee Maker

Now that we’ve established the benefits of a camping coffee maker, let’s take a look at a few of the factors to consider before buying.

Your Budget

As with any purchase, how much money you can spend will play a big part in determining what you’ll get. Fortunately, camping coffee makers are, for the most part, extremely affordable.

In fact, you shouldn’t need to spend more than 20 bucks or so for a decent pour-over dripper. Still, remember that you’ll need to buy filters and you might need to invest in a hand coffee grinder if you don’t already own one.

Size and Weight

Kaffeezubereitung Uebersicht Aeropress

Pretty much the whole point of a camping coffee maker is to be lightweight and portable. That goes double if you’re going to be taking the thing on multi-day backpacking trips.

With that in mind, look for something that won’t take up much room in your pack and won’t get easily damaged as you’re hauling it around.

On the other hand, those who need something for car camping with large groups of coffee drinkers won’t be as concerned about the portability factor. In fact, the coffee maker’s brewing capacity will be of much greater concern. That said, you’ll still want something sturdy that’ll withstand both the elements and the test of time.

Equipment Needed

It’s all very well having the most compact coffee maker available, but you might still need extra equipment to actually brew coffee. So, if you’re going for a pour-over dripper or AeroPress, remember that you’ll need a way to heat water.

While something like a GSI Outdoors pot will do in a pinch, I’d recommend a compact gooseneck kettle like the Hario V60 Buono.

Of course, I don’t expect any but the nerdiest of you to bring along a coffee scale on a camping trip. However, one thing you’ll definitely want is a hand grinder for the best tasting coffee.

Again, there are some seriously compact and durable options out there, including the Hario Mini-Slim Plus and the Porlex Mini. Oh, and the Porlex crank arm fits neatly inside an AeroPress, so extra points for that model. Anyway, check out my manual coffee grinder guide 2024 for all the latest and best options.

Ease of Use

As far as I’m concerned, all the best camping coffee makers on my list are really easy to use. Still, not everyone wants to fiddle around with a pour-over dripper, or take the time to perfect their espresso.

So, if it’s just a simple pot of bean juice you’re after, consider brewing coffee in a French press or percolator.

Cleaning

The regular Coffeeness readers among you will know that I’m kind of a clean freak when it comes to home espresso machines and super-automatic espresso machines. However, when I’m out in nature, the last thing I want to be doing is cleaning a coffee maker to within an inch of its life.

All the models listed below are easy to clean, but some require a little more work than others. Personally, I’m a fan of the pour-over coffee maker when I’m traveling because cleanup is just a case of trashing the filter and giving the dripper a quick rinse with hot water.

However, do remember that if you’re in the wilderness, you’re going to have to stick to the rules of Leave No Trace. While your garden plants like coffee grounds, you should always bring used coffee grounds back home rather than dumping them in the woods.

The 7 Best Camping Coffee Makers

AeroPress Coffee Maker: Best Overall

Kaffeezubereitung Uebersicht Aeropress Arne

PROS

  • Easy to use
  • Makes superb coffee
  • Durable construction
  • Easy to clean

CONS

  • Requires special filters
  • All plastic parts

Choosing the best overall camping coffee maker was easy – I just had to go with the trusty AeroPress Classic Coffee Maker.

Thanks to its super simple and efficient design, using the AeroPress is a piece of cake. Still, that’s not to say you can’t get creative with this awesome device; you can customize your brew to get everything from complex, espresso-like shots to rich, full-bodied coffee.

Costing just $39.95, the AeroPress is super affordable, and you might find yourself using it at home as well as at the campsite. Sure, there’s a slight learning curve involved in using the thing, but once you’ve figured out your preferred method, brewing a cup of coffee takes next to no time.

Best of all, the AeroPress is almost self-cleaning, thanks to the fact that the plunger pushes the used coffee puck out of the tube once you’re done.

While the AeroPress comes with a supply of paper filters, you can cut down on extra costs down the road by investing in a stainless steel reusable filter.

See Also: AeroPress Review 2024

WACACO Nanopresso: Best for Espresso

WACACO Nanopresso Review Overview

PROS

  • Makes real espresso
  • Very compact and portable
  • Includes travel case
  • Comes with espresso cup

CONS

  • Lots of small parts
  • Not the easiest to clean

If you’ve checked out my guide to the best portable espresso makers 2024, you’ll know how highly I rate the WACACO Nanopresso. This nifty little device is ideal for those who can’t imagine going without their daily espresso shot, no matter how deep in the woods they might be.

I’ll admit to having been a little dubious about how well this thing would work, but after testing it out I can tell you it makes superb espresso. Thanks to its innovative design, you create the necessary pressure for extraction by pumping a pop-out piston with your thumb. And seeing as the Nanopresso has a pressurized filter, you don’t have to worry too much about dialing in your grind size.

Best of all, the Nanopresso is compact, rugged and comes with a cool travel case as well as an espresso cup.

The WACACO Nanopresso costs $84.90, which is pretty reasonable considering its performance. Oh, and if you want to go one step further, consider the Barista Kit, which includes a larger water tank, espresso tamper and bigger brew baskets.

See Also: WACACO Nanopresso Review 2024

MiiR Pourigami: Best for Pour-Over

Miir Pourigami Main

PROS

  • Clever folding design
  • Includes travel case
  • Easy to use
  • Durable construction

CONS

  • Requires paper filters
  • Rather heavy

You guys know how much I love my Hario V60 dripper. However, for the purposes of this guide, the MiiR Pourigami won out as the best camping coffee maker for pour-over aficionados.

For starters, the MiiR Pourigami features an ingenious folding design – you simply arrange the panels to form a legit pour-over coffee maker. What’s more, the Pourigami is constructed from medical grade stainless steel, so you don’t have to worry about hot water and coffee mixing with plastic. And at just $29.95, this dripper won’t break the bank.

While the MiiR Pouragami isn’t the most lightweight option out there, it does fold up into a very compact package. Plus, it comes with a travel case that’ll store the dripper and a few filters.

Speaking of, the manufacturer produces its own coffee filters but you can use Hario V60 02 paper filters if you want. Alternatively, consider the unfortunately named CoffeeSock Reusable Cotton Filter as a more eco-friendly option when you’re out in nature.

Related: Best Pour-Over Coffee Maker 2024

Fellow Clara French Press

Fellow Clara French Press With Plunger

PROS

  • Sleek and beautiful
  • High-quality construction
  • Makes superb coffee
  • Easy to clean

CONS

  • Expensive for a French press

Seeing as cooking up a pot of French press is so straightforward, it’s the ideal brewing method for camping or backpacking. However, your traditional Bodum French press isn’t going to last long in transit because of its glass beaker.

Enter the Fellow Clara, which is about as rugged as a French press can get. Not only does this thing look super classy, it’s made from durable stainless steel. Heck, it even features vacuum-insulated walls, so it’ll keep your delicious coffee nice and hot.

Other features setting the Clara apart from your garden variety French presses include an enhanced filtration mesh for a cleaner cup of joe and an all-directional pour lid. You’ll have to pay, though; the Fellow French press currently costs a whopping $99.00.

Perhaps one of the Fellow Clara’s best features for camping is the presence of ratio aid lines on the inside of the press. While I’d always weigh out my coffee beans at home, those markers will come in mighty handy at the campsite, and you won’t have to bring your coffee scale with you!

See Also: Fellow French Press Review 2024

Bialetti Moka Express

Bialetti Moka Express

PROS

  • Bombproof construction
  • Makes awesome coffee
  • Easy to use
  • No extra kettle needed

CONS

  • Requires very finely ground coffee
  • Aluminum construction is controversial

I know plenty of people who regard the Bialetti Moka Express as the best camping coffee maker out there. It’s easy to see why – this sturdy little stovetop espresso maker weighs practically nothing and you’d really have to try hard to break it.

With that in mind, you’ll never have to worry about tossing the Moka Express in your backpack and heading into the hills.

Costing just $37.94 for the 1-cup model, the Bialetti Moka Express is a budget-friendly coffee maker that couldn’t be easier to use. You simply add water to the bottom chamber, spoon ground coffee into the filter then screw the thing together and put it on a flame.

That’s a real bonus, seeing as you won’t need to carry a kettle with you.

The main drawback to using a stovetop espresso maker is that you’ll need a grinder capable of producing really finely ground coffee. Seriously, even pre-ground supermarket coffee probably won’t be fine enough to get good results. Not that I’d ever recommend using that anyway!

See Also: Moka Pot Review 2024

Coletti Bozeman Camping Coffee Pot

COLETTI Bozeman Percolator

PROS

  • Makes lots of coffee
  • Easy to use
  • Mess-free cleanup
  • Durable construction

CONS

  • Rather large
  • Coffee not to everyone’s taste

Designed by battle-hardened combat veterans, the Coletti Bozeman Camping Coffee Pot is seriously rugged and well-made.

Constructed using all stainless steel parts, the Coletti Bozeman is a classic percolator pot that’s ideal for larger groups. Plus, it’s easy to use when you’re out in the backwoods; simply fill with water, add ground coffee to the basket and put the pot over your campfire.

Before long you’ll have hot coffee bubbling away.

Incidentally, you can also use the Bozeman pot to make traditional cowboy coffee by ignoring the filter insert altogether.

The Coletti Bozeman Camping Coffee Pot is available in several sizes, with the 9-cup model costing $36.21 on Amazon. That’s actually really reasonable, given the build quality of this camping coffee pot.

By the way, I simply must draw attention to the manufacturer’s promotional material, which includes the line, “When you want something strong, and it’s too early for beer, brew with a Bozeman.” Hold on a minute, I was under the impression it’s never too early for beer when you’re a wilderness-conquering tough guy!

Related: How to Make Cowboy Coffee

Jetboil Flash Java Kit

Jetboil Flash Java Kit Main

PROS

  • Includes stove
  • Heats really quickly
  • Lightweight and portable
  • Easy to use

CONS

  • Rather expensive
  • Requires special fuel

At $144.99, the Jetboil Flash Java Kit is definitely the most expensive camping coffee maker on my list.

Still, when you consider the fact that this kit doubles up as a way to cook soup or steam vegetables, the price looks a lot more reasonable.

The Jetboil kit includes the manufacturer’s incredible Flash cooking system, which is basically a compact and super-fast stove. In fact, the Jetboil system heats water to boiling point in a matter of minutes, making it an efficient way to make coffee while camping or backpacking.

Speaking of coffee, the Flash Java Kit includes a silicone French press coffee maker insert, which slides into the main cooking vessel. You simply add coffee and water to the pot then ignite the stove. You’ll know when the water is boiling thanks to a cool color change indicator on the side.

Sure, you aren’t going to get the most gourmet cup of French press you’ve ever tasted, but this space-saving system will get the job done quickly and efficiently.

Decision Time

Choosing the best coffee maker for your needs shouldn’t be a stressful experience. I mean, what’s more important is that you’re able to relax and rejuvenate while enjoying being out in nature.

That said, what could really be better than waking up in a tent, stepping out into a beautiful, peaceful morning and brewing a delicious cup of coffee?

I’m fairly confident my list of portable coffee makers has something for everyone. Just remember to use the best quality coffee beans and always grind ’em fresh if you can!

What’s your favorite coffee maker for camping or backpacking? Is there a model I’ve overlooked that should be on the list? Please share your experiences with the Coffeeness community by leaving a comment below!

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Hi! My name is Arne. Having spent years working as a barista I'm now on a mission to bring more good coffee to the people. To that end, my team and I provide you with a broad knowledge base on the subject of coffee.

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Hi! My name is Arne. Having spent years working as a barista I'm now on a mission to bring more good coffee to the people. To that end, my team and I provide you with a broad knowledge base on the subject of coffee.

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