Camping creates a unique environment in which you can temporarily downsize. It’s a practice in minimalism, taking only what you need—a pillow, sleeping bag, some food and probably a flashlight. If you’re like the majority of folks , however, a hot cup of joe IS a necessity in the AM hours.
Camping doesn’t have to cramp your caffeinated lifestyle and you don’t have to compromise taste for the convenience of instant coffee. There are a lot of on-the-go alternatives. Check out these top-of-list, well-reviewed gadgets to help you bring your java to the woods.
This classic drip-style contraption is probably familiar to most coffee drinkers. Whether you’re brewing a whole pot or just a cup, all you need to keep in mind is the proper grounds-to-water ratio. It’s a well-priced, simple option and its plastic design makes it easy to transport. (Also be sure to check out the sustainable, compostable filters that you can buy here!)
Another single-mug size option is the AeroPress Coffee & Espresso Maker. Much like a French Press, it uses pressure technology and finely ground coffee to make a rich, smooth shot of espresso or single 8-oz. cup of coffee that isn’t at all acidic. Best of all? The whole brewing process takes less than a minute, so you can get right to your early morning hike, no problem.
If you’ve got the whole gang with you, the Aluminum Stansport is perfect to provide everyone their morning fix. Not only is it made of durable, rustproof material, but it can quickly serve up a whole pot by heating up directly over the fire. Two handles make for easy pouring and the steel style has the classic “campfire” feel about it. (Also available in a 12-cup version!)
Love your Pour Over style but need to go fully paperless? (#nofilter.) The Cafellissimo is still an affordable, easy-to-use and portable option.
This handy kit possesses all the elements of a traditional French Press brew, weighing in at only 1.3 oz. Its adaptable design allows for it to be disassembled and makes it easy to pack and carry. Measuring coffee grounds is simple with its pre-measured basket—no measuring tools required. It can be connected to the MSR Windburner Stove System or used separately.