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A Coffee Lover's Guide to Camping Coffee

A good, fresh cup of coffee tastes best at your favorite campground.


The aroma of coffee in the morning smells almost as good as the sun shining on a pine tree forest or fresh ocean air. Every coffee lover agrees that making good coffee is important for a relaxing camping excursion. Don't suffer with instant coffee or coffee tea bags when you go camping. There's nothing better than brewing coffee at the campground and sipping your cup by the creek, lake or outdoor destination of your choice.

Chances are, if your a coffee lover, you'll go to great measures to make the best cup whether you are camping, backpacking or at home. But what's the best way to brew coffee when camping? It depends on your coffee drinking style and preference.

The first step to making a delicious cuppa at the campground is selecting good beans, of course. Grind your favorite at home and pack the grinds in an airtight container. And bring more than you expect to consume because coffee always tastes better in the great outdoors.

The following is a selection of About Camping's favorite camping coffee maker options.

REI Campware Stainless-Steel Java Press

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If you love a good, rich cup of coffee then you'll love the Campware Stainless-Steel Java Press from REI. I love mine so much that I use it at home too. It is perfect for making coffee outdoors at the campground or in the comfort of your RV. The double-wall construction truly keeps your coffee hot and the 33 fluid-ounce capacity is perfect for serving one to four people. This press is sold exclusively at REI. Retail Price: $39.50

Coleman 10-cup Portable Propane Coffeemaker

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If it is a regular cup of drip coffee that you love, then you might as well have it at the campground too. Coleman's 10-cup Portable Propane Coffeemaker brews a fresh pot of coffee just like at home. There is no longer a need to settle for lesser coffee at the campground. The coffeemaker holds up to ten cups of coffee and operates on a standard 16.4 oz. propane cylinder. The standard coffeemaker comes with a glass pot, but a stainless steel carafe option is available. Retail Price: $84.99 - $94.99

Snow Peak Titanium French Coffee Press

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My first ever-French press was a holiday gift from the in-laws—and it might have been the best gift I have ever received. It's the Snow Peak Titanium French Coffee Press and after a few years, I am still loving it for backpacking. At 6.3 ounces this titanium press is the best option for lightweight backcountry coffee-loving campers. Retail Price: $52.05

GSI Outdoors Glacier Stainless Percolator

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The classic campground coffeemaker is classic for a reason. Percolators make as good of a cup of coffee as the beans allow. If it's a hot and robust camp coffee that you're after, then a percolator is the best option. GSI Outdoors makes a variety of percolators at a range of prices. Try the ultra-rugged Glacier Stainless Percolator. It is corrosion resistant and made from marine-grade stainless steel and comes in 8, 14, 28 and 36-cup sizes. Retail Price: $44.95 - 109.95

MSR Mugmate Coffee Filter

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The MSR Mugmate Coffee Filter is most definitely the least expensive of the camping coffeemakers mentioned here and arguably the most simple too. It's the lightest, smallest and makes good coffee one-cup at a time. The personal sized and reusable coffee filter sits in your cup. Just dump the grinds in and pour boiling water over the top. It weighs under an ounce and can be stored inside your cup. Retail Price: $16.95

Jetboil Coffee Press Attachment

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If lightweight simplicity is what you're after, check out Jetboil's Coffee Press attachment. The 0.80-ounce attachment is featherweight and compact. This is a great option for backpacking or a car camper with limited space, especially if you already own a Jetboil Cooking system or plan to buy one. Avoid disaster -- add the coffee grinds after the water has boiled and the system is turned off. For Jet Boil Cooking Systems pricing, check the company's website. Retail Price: $14.95.
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