best coffee maker for campingWhat’s not to love about camping? You gather your friends and family in the car and then take for the great beyond. I love the colors, sounds, and smells of being outdoors in the wilderness as they are so different than cities. Tents are set up, seating gathered, and with a campfire set, it’s both utilitarian and comforting. Cooking over the campfire is a staple of a great campout, s’mores, fish caught in the nearby waterway, and of course coffee.

When you are camping, having a way to make a cup of coffee that isn’t awful is, in our opinion, critical. If you hop in your car and zoom off from your campsite to get coffee, you’re cheating yourself. That hot java shakes off the cold of the night, gathers the group and raises their spirits for a new day. If where your coffee comes from matters, what it’s brewed in is just as critical. We want great coffee wherever we go and that’s why we put together this review guide for the Top 5 best coffee makers for camping.


Brand & ModelBrew TypeWeightOur RatingPrice
GSI Outdoors Java PressPress1 lb.
Aerobie AeroPress Press1 lb.
Coleman QuikPotDrip9 lbs.
Winterial Percolator Percolator1.5 lbs.
Texsport 9-Cup Percolator1.8 lbs.

Winterial Percolator Coffee Maker

best coffee percolator for campingThis compact brewer is perfect for when you take an extended trek to an extremely remote location, and you need as much space in your pack as possible for your essentials. There are so many reasons that this device tops our list for ingenuity. Like a Keurig, the Winterial is meant to dispense the coffee directly into the cup versus into a pot. A downside, it can only brew up to two cups at a time. It’s not a big deal though if multiple people bring them.

The percolator itself is cool. To set it up, you just pour water in the base, add grounds to the funnel to put on top of the base, place the filter on top of the tube, screw on the upper part with the cup stand and spout, place your cup and watch for the magic!

Pros

  • 5-8 minutes to prepare and pour
  • Lightweight and compact
  • Brew in harsh conditions
  • Coffee cups included

Cons

  • Only brews up to 2 cups at a time

GSI Outdoors Java Press Coffee Maker

best micro coffee maker for campingWhen considering what’s the best coffee maker for camping, durability is obviously going to be a factor. If you’re the type that’s tough on your gear and prefer French press brews, this is your device. This setup comes with a press carafe that is BPA-free, shatter-proof, and insulated for keeping coffee warm, while you’re getting set up for your adventures.

This press can make a great cup of coffee! When the press doesn’t stick, the silicone seal and metal screen keep grounds away from your cup. Some fine powder may escape, but it will only result in making the coffee muddier, which is what some people like about presses anyway.

Pros

  • BPA free, shatter resistant
  • Comes in 30 and 50 oz.
  • Cup and press compact for easy packing
  • Insulators are included and keep coffee warmer for longer

Cons

  • Press sticks
  • Messy clean-up
  • Bulky

Aerobie AeroPress Coffee Maker with Tote Bag

best french press coffee maker for campingThe Aeropress is probably the best press out there. It’s lightweight and compact portability makes it a must to throw in your pack. If you want an espresso and your buddy wants a French press, all you need to do is clean it between presses, and it’s ready to go.

The process is simple and ensures there is no possibility of grounds or powder finding their way into your mug, thus guaranteeing you a perfect brew. With this process being so easy, it only takes a minute to complete and great for when you have a group that is expecting a carafe of hot coffee.

Pros

  • Compact and lightweight
  • Easy to clean
  • Consistently smooth brews
  • Can brew any coffee

Cons

  • Needs consistent, steady pressure to plunge

Texsport 9 Cup Stainless Steel Percolator Coffee Maker

percolator for campingNot only does the Texsport make great coffee, but tops the list for classic looks on our best coffee maker for camping list. For a larger camping group, sometimes they don’t want to wait their turn on a single serve coffee maker. Just pour me a mug and send me on my way. The Texport Percolator makes 9 cups quickly, so everyone can enjoy their coffee at one. This particular percolator is lightweight and durable, which makes tossing it into or clipping it onto your pack easy.

Brewing the coffee is no issue as long as you bring along filters. The basket perforations are fine enough for the coarse grounds, but some might still leak out into the coffee. Be careful when grabbing this pot, it gets HOT! The wooden handle is designed to help deter from those occurrences, but use cautions regardless.

Pros

  • Brews up to 9 cups at once
  • Durable and lightweight
  • Heats quickly

Cons

  • Flimsy design
  • Needs a filter to ensure best coffee flavor profile

Coleman QuikPot Propane Coffeemaker

best portable coffee maker for campingAs the only self-sustaining heat sourced brewer on the list, this coffee maker is ideal for the camper that is less than skilled with starting a campfire. With the simple push of a button, you are well on your way to an awesome cup of coffee. Do you want a great drip coffee on K2? This brewer is the one that can do it. It has the Perfectflow technology, which performs consistently and keeps heat regulated at heights that others can’t. However, with great power comes some drawbacks. It can brew everywhere and in any condition but takes longer to produce a full carafe (15 to 18 minutes).

The big brains at Coleman made sure to have an option for when you need your coffee right away. The Pause ‘n’ Serve feature lets you cheat and steal a cup while it’s brewing. When you wake up, and you are freezing, that coffee is taking forever to finish. You can just pause it and get your fix. You will also want to pick up a few cylinders before your departure, especially if you want the dual purpose to be a stove top, they only last around 4.5 hours on high. If people get deprived of their coffee, your trip can take a turn for the worst.

Pros

  • Tasty coffee
  • User friendly
  • No sludge
  • Push button start
  • Somewhat compact

Cons

  • Carafe is insufficient for keeping coffee warm
  • Reservoir does not hold 10 cups, prompting the need for multiple brews to fill carafe
  • Ignition spark is not always reliable
  • 15-minute brew time

All of these devices had their favorite uses for any camping trip. If I had to choose one out of these five as the best, it would be the Aeropress. The compact capabilities, the diversity in brewing ability, and consistently smooth tastes make that choice easy. However, I’d be happy to have any of these camping coffee makers in my arsenal and can personally say that they all deliver a decent cup of coffee on the trail.

Remy Bernard

Owner and Editor at Miss Mamie's Cupcakes
A baker, chef and writer, Remy started missmamiescupakes.com as a way to deepen and spread her passion for making delicious food.