There are a few different ways to make coffee in the outdoors, but a coffee press is definitely one of the better options. It makes a great cup of coffee, for starters, and can work well with existing camping equipment. Especially for backpackers looking to save on weight and not add too much bulk to their backpack, a backpacking coffee press is not the only option, but it’s certainly a good option that wont weigh too much or take up too much room, if you do it right.
Backpacking Coffee PressWhat to look for when you want a backpacking coffee press.
- Material – First and foremost you need to decide on what material you want your backpacking coffee press to be made from. Titanium is a great choice, of course, because it’s lightweight and strong, but it also costs quite a bit. Aluminum is lightweight but weak, and stainless steel is strong but heavy. Both, however, are cheaper than titanium.
- Integrated – A coffee press, of course, needs a coffee pot of some sort to work with. Fortunately there are some excellent coffee presses that integrate with pots, so that you can have one pot that works well as a coffee pot and also as a cooking pot, so that you only need one pot to do both jobs.
Best Backpacking Coffee PressSome of the very best backpacking coffee presses to take in to the outdoors.
- Snow Peak Titanium Cafe Press - The Titanium Cafe Press from Snow Peak is the undeniable best option for a backpacking cofffee press. It's titanium, so it weighs in at just 6.3 ounces, or 178 grams. The pot can also double as a rather tall and narrow cooking pot, which is actually an ideal shape for cooking long, thin noodles. It also makes enough coffee for 2 cups, so you can either indulge yourself or make enough for a friend.
- Jetboil Coffee Press - This is just a coffee press, and not a pot. It's meant to work in conjunction with a Jetboil cooking pot, though it would likely work with other pots as well. It's made of aluminum, and it weighs just 1 ounce, or 28 grams, though it's not really a fair comparison to the other presses on this list, because again it's just a press and no pot.
- Primus LiTech Coffee / Tea Press Kit - This is another combination of press and pot. It's made of aluminum, and weighs a total of 9.8 ounces, or 277 grams. It has a total capacity of 1 liter, which is enough for a few cups of coffee. Like the Snow Peak option above you can use the pot for cooking, and not just making coffee, making it a very versatile option. So another good backpacking coffee press option.