How to Make Coffee while Camping [10 Creative Ways]

It’s early morning and the sun is just starting to peek over the horizon. You’ve been up for a while now, getting ready for another day of camping. The air is cool and crisp, and there’s a slight breeze blowing through the trees. You take a deep breath and smell the freshness in the air. It’s time to start your day! But first, you need coffee which is an essential in our list of gear to bring with you. In this blog post, we will teach you how to make coffee while camping so that you can enjoy a hot cup of joe first thing in the morning.

1. Instant Coffee

Materials required

  • Pot of water
  • Instant coffee, and a
  • Heat source (campfire, or use a portable stove)


  1. Start by boiling the water in your pot.
  2. Add the instant coffee to your mug. For every cup of water, you’ll want to use two tablespoons of coffee.
  3. Once the water is boiling, pour it over the coffee in your mug. Stir until the coffee is dissolved.

Note: If you want to get fancy, you can add milk and sugar to your coffee. Just make sure to pack those items with you before you head out on your camping trip. With a little bit of effort, you can

2. Percolator

Materials required:

  • a percolator
  • water
  • coffee grounds
  • a heat source (campfire, stove, etc.)


  1. Fill the percolator with water. The amount you’ll need will depend on how many cups of coffee you want to make. If you’re not sure, it’s always better to err on the side of too much water rather than too little.
  2. Add coffee grounds to the percolator. The amount you’ll need will depend on how strong you like your coffee. A good rule of thumb is to use about two tablespoons of grounds per cup of coffee.
  3. Place the percolator on your heat source and let it brew. The brewing time will vary depending on how hot your heat source is, but it should only take a few minutes.
  4. Once the coffee is done brewing, carefully pour it into your cup and enjoy!

3. Coffee Bags

Materials required:

  • A clean pot
  • Water
  • Coffee grounds
  • A heat source
  • A mug
  • milk (optional)
  • sugar (optional)


  1. Boil water in the pot.
  2. Fill the coffee bag with grounds.
  3. Place the coffee bag in the mug.
  4. Pour boiling water over the coffee bag.
  5. Let it steep for four minutes.
  6. Remove the coffee bag and enjoy.
  7. Add milk and sugar if desired.

There you have it, folks! Now you can make delicious coffee even while camping. Just follow these simple steps and you’ll be sipping on a hot cup of joe in no time. Happy brewing!

4. Aeropress

Materials required:

  • An Aeropress coffee maker
  • A camp stove
  • A kettle
  • Ground coffee beans
  • A mug
  • Water


  1. Fill the kettle with water and place it on the camp stove to boil.
  2. While the water is boiling, grind your coffee beans.
  3. Once the water has boiled, let it cool for a minute or two before pouri ng it into the Aeropress.
  4. Add the ground coffee to the Aeropress and screw on the plunger.
  5. Slowly plunge the coffee maker, making sure to evenly distribute the coffee grounds.
  6. Pour the coffee into your mug and enjoy!

5. Cowboy Method

Materials required:

  • Coffee grounds
  • Pot of water
  • Campfire
  • Strainer


  • Create a makeshift filter by tearing off a corner of a paper towel and attaching it to the end of a stick.
  • Stick the filter into your pot of water and add coffee grounds.
  • Place the pot over the campfire and wait for the water to come to a boil.
  • Once the water is boiling, remove the pot from the fire and let it sit for a minute.
  • Pour the coffee into your mug and enjoy!

6. Camping Coffee Maker

Materials required:

  • A pot to boil water in
  • Coffee grounds
  • A container to put the coffee in (a French press is ideal, but a mug or even a pot will work in a pinch)
  • A source of heat (a camp stove, for example)


  1. Boil some water. You’ll need about a cup per person.
  2. Put the coffee grounds in the container you’re using.
  3. Pour the hot water over the grounds, and give it a stir.
  4. Let it steep for a few minutes.
  5. Press the plunger on your French press.
  6. Pour and enjoy! Add some milk and sugar if you like.

7. Collapsible Silicone Pour Over

Materials required:

  • Collapsible silicone pour over
  • Coffee filter
  • Ground coffee beans
  • Water
  • Mug


  1. Start by placing the coffee filter in the pour over.
  2. Next, add the desired amount of ground coffee beans to the filter.
  3. Slowly pour hot water over the grounds, being careful not to overfill the pour over.
  4. Allow the coffee to brew for a few minutes.
  5. Once it’s finished brewing, remove the filter and pour the coffee into your mug.

8. Submersible Filter Cup

Materials required:

  • A clean mug
  • A filtering device (I use a GSI Outdoors java drip)
  • Coffee grounds
  • Water


  1. Fill your mug with water and coffee grounds. I like to use a dark roast and go heavy on the grounds because I’m a rebel like that.
  2. Place the filter over your mug and screw on the top.
  3. Turn the mug upside down and place it in the pot of boiling water.
  4. Let it steep for about four minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and enjoy your delicious cup of joe.

9. A One Cup Filter/Dripper

Materials required:

  • A one-cup filter/dripper
  • Freshly roasted coffee beans
  • Hot water


  1. Place the filter/dripper on top of your mug.
  2. Fill the filter with fresh coffee grounds – make sure to use a coarser grind than you would for drip coffee.
  3. Boil water and let it cool for about 30 seconds before pouring it over the grounds.
  4. Slowly pour hot water over the grounds, filling the filter to just below the rim.
  5. Allow the coffee to drip through – this should take around three minutes.
  6. Once the coffee has finished dripping, remove the filter and enjoy!

10. Scoop Top Method

Materials required:

  • A pot
  • Coffee grounds
  • Water
  • A spoon
  • A campsite with a fire pit


  1. Build a small fire in your fire pit.
  2. Place the pot of water on the fire.
  3. Add coffee grounds to the water.
  4. Use the spoon to stir the coffee.
  5. Once the coffee is done brewing, enjoy!

Frequently Asked Questions

How much coffee should I use?

A good rule of thumb is to use one tablespoon of coffee per cup of water.

Can I use a different type of filter?

You can use any type of coffee filter – even a paper towel!

What if I don’t have a fire pit?

You can boil the water on a stovetop. Just make sure to let it cool for 30 seconds before pouring.

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