If you’re set in your ways, and prefer freshly ground coffee grounds even when you’re out camping, then a camping coffee grinder is a necessary, if somewhat heavy addition to your camping gear. But grinding your coffee beans is only step one. You will also need some way to turn those ground beans in to coffee, and there are a few innovative camping coffee implements that will do that for you. But before you get there, you need your camping coffee grinder first.
Camping Coffee GrinderFind out what you need to know about camping coffee grinders.
- Weight – You don’t have too many choices when it comes to camping coffee grinders, but even so you likely want to consider the weight of the coffee grinder, especially if you’re going to be carrying your gear with you. You might also want to consider carrying pre-ground coffee beans, if you don’t want to have to carry the extra gear.
- Integrated – It will help if your camping coffee grinder works well, or is integrated with some other coffee making equipment, usually made by the same manufacturer. That way you can turn your coffee grounds in to coffee as quickly as possible, and get on with the rest of the things that need to be done around camp.
Best Camping Coffee GrinderSome of the best camping coffee grinders, plus a few other things you might need.
- GSI Outdoors JavaGRIND Coffee Grinder - The JavaGRIND is just about the only choice when it comes to camping coffee grinders. Fortunately, it's a good product. It's small and at just 11.2 ounces or 317 grams you wont notice the weight too much. The bottom of the grinder has a conical shape, so it will fit snuggly on the top of a variety of different filters and presses, and the coffee beans can be stored inside the grinder, which makes packing easy. So a great camping coffee grinder from GSI Outdoors.
- MSR Mugmat Coffee / Tea Filter - Once you've ground your coffee you need to turn that in to coffee, and this immersion filter from MSR is an ideal choice. It's the same basic product as an immersion tea filter, though the filter holes are smaller, to make sure you get a cup of coffee free of grounds. What's great about this is that it's reusable and makes your coffee as strong as you want. It's also very lightweight, at just 1 ounce, or 28 grams, and won the 2009 Backpacker magazine Editor's Choice Gold award.
- Snow Peak Coffee Drip - If you prefer drip coffee, then the Coffee Drip from Snow Peak is fantastic. It's a stainless steel drip that will easily sit on top of most mugs. And when you're done with it, it folds down for easy storage until you need it next. The whole thing weighs 4.9 ounces, which is 138 grams.