Those that don’t need a cup of coffee to start the day with count themselves lucky when it comes to camping. Coffee is easy enough to make in your kitchen at home, but even simple things like boiling water are a little more complicated when you’re camping. Still, you have a few choices when it comes to picking out a coffee maker for camping. Many are small enough and lightweight enough that you will hardly even notice you’re carrying them.
Coffee Maker for CampingWhat to look for when you want a good coffee maker for camping.
- Method – There’s more than one way to make coffee, and the same is true for making coffee in the outdoors. If you prefer a French press for making coffee, there’s a camping option for you. The same goes for drip coffee. Just because you’re in the outdoors, doesn’t mean you have to rough it.
- Weight – There are many different ways to make coffee in the outdoors, as stated above, but some are definitely lighter than others. If you’re going to be carrying your camping gear, and not just car camping, then you will want a coffee maker for camping that is small and lightweight, so that you don’t feel weighted down by it.
Best Coffee Maker for CampingSome of the very best coffee makers for camping.
- Snow Peak Coffee Drip - If you prefer drip coffee, then this option from Snow Peak will do a great job. It's all stainless steel, and has a few legs that fold and will fit on top of just about any coffee cup, so that your coffee makes itself while you are free to do other things. And when you don't need it, the whole thing folds down flat for easy storage. It weighs 4.9 ounces, which is 139 grams.
- MSR MugMate Coffee and Tea Filter - If you want the lightest, simplest option for making coffee while camping, the MugMate is it. Simplicity of use was a big part of why it won the 2009 Backpacker magazine Editor's Choice Gold award. Tea drinkers will be familiar with it's design because it's basically just a immersion tea filter, though with smaller, finer screens to keep coffee grounds inside the filter. It's also rather easy to clean, completely reusable, and weighs just 1 ounce, or 28 grams. An ideal solution to making coffee while camping.
- Snow Peak Titanium Cafe Press - Some people insist on nothing but french pressed coffee, and if that is you, there is a great camping option for that in the Cafe Press from Snow Peak. It's a combination of press and pot, the pot being big enough to make about 2 cups of coffee and also doubling as a cooking pot in a pinch. If you want a camping coffee press, this is the best option. It also helps that the whole set, being titanium, weighs a very impressive 6.3 ounces, or 179 grams.