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How To Make Coffee While Camping (5 Simple Methods)

by Mark Morphew on May 25, 2022

How To Make Coffee While Camping (5 Simple Methods)

There's nothing quite like waking up to the smell of crisp, fresh, clean air, breathtaking surroundings, and enjoying the mindless banter with great company sitting around a crackling campfire.

Roughing it surrounded by the wilderness, nothing beats it.

But as soon as the cold, damp morning air starts making the rounds, nothing can warm you up and get you motivated quite like a steaming hot mug of coffee can - it's the lifeblood of outdoor adventures.

Whether you're trekking through the mountains with only a bag on your back or enjoying an RV loaded with all the mod-cons, we got you covered.

In this blog post, we've listed some of the best ways to enjoy coffee while out in the sticks.

It's time to release your inner MacGyver!

Easiest Way To Make Coffee While Camping

You'll need access to clean water and coffee grounds to use any of the camping coffee ideas we're sharing below.

Unless you're genuinely roughing it, siphoning water from a nearby stream, and hunting wild boar with a pointy stick!

Instant Coffee

Nothing beats the simplicity of instant coffee. Sure, it might not taste as good as the fresh stuff, but a small sachet of instant can be a lifesaver when it comes to outdoor excursions.

As long as you have fresh hot water, you will be caffeinated.

Just add one or two tablespoons of instant coffee granules into your mug with boiling water and stir until they completely dissolve. Easy peasy!

AeroPress Coffee Maker

If you haven't heard of the AeroPress, where have you been? This pocket-sized coffee brewer is the pinnacle of portable coffee brewing. Nothing beats it when you're stuck out in the great outdoors yearning for a fresh cup of coffee.

This portable coffee maker can brew up espresso-like coffee with ease, and as long as you have fresh ground coffee and hot water, you're good to go.

Brewing coffee in the AeroPress is easy.

Place a paper filter inside the screw cap and lock it onto your press. Add a couple of tablespoons of ground coffee into the AeroPress chamber and place it on your mug.

Fill the brewing chamber with hot water, give the coffee a quick stir, then insert the plunger and push down.

Done. Freshly brewed coffee in an instant!

Coffee Tea Bags

If you don't want to lug around copious amounts of coffee brewing paraphilia and prefer traveling light, then coffee tea bags should be at the top of your list.

They offer the simplicity of regular tea bags but come prefilled with ground coffee. It's the future!

Here at Taste The Earth, we love the simplicity of coffee tea bags. Nothing is as easy as throwing a bag into your insulated travel mug, adding hot water, and sipping away.

Plus, the insulated travel mug keeps your coffee hot for hours!

Moka Pot

The Moka pot is an old-school coffee brewer that's been keeping coffee lovers caffeinated since the 1930s, and it's still widely used in Europe to this day.

The design of the Moka pot makes it perfect for campsite brewing, and it doesn't call for a lot of other accessories to get the job done.

All you need to enjoy a strong espresso-style coffee is a campfire, your favorite freshly ground coffee, water, and the Moka pot.

To brew Moka pot coffee, fill the bottom compartment with water and the middle compartment with ground coffee.

Place the pot over the campfire or on a heated iron skillet over the fire. As the water begins to boil, freshly brewed coffee will be forced into the top of the Moka pot, ready to be enjoyed.

If you enjoy the strong stuff, you'll love Moka pot coffee!

Cowboy Coffee

If all else fails and you are desperate for a quick caffeine fix, it's time to release your inner cowboy!

The cowboy coffee method could be a lifeline when you need to prise open those sleepy morning eyes.

This method is probably the easiest way to brew coffee if you have limited resources. All that's needed is hot water, a metal pan, and ground coffee.

Making cowboy coffee is a breeze. Boil your water in the pan. Once it's boiling, remove and let it sit for 30 seconds to cool slightly.

Next, stir in two or three tablespoons of ground coffee. Allow the coffee to rest for two to three minutes. The coffee grounds will begin to settle at the bottom of the pan.

Slowly pour the brew into your mug, being extra careful not to disturb the grounds at the bottom of the pan.

The trick is to pour the coffee and leave the grounds in the pan; it takes a steady hand and a bit of practice, but once you've nailed it, you'll have a great-tasting cup.

Just Use An Insulated Travel Mug!

These are just a few of the different ways you can make camping coffee.

If you don't venture out from the city too often and don't want to invest in a whole range of coffee brewing gear, stick with the more straightforward methods like instant coffee or the cowboy coffee method.

Nonetheless, after you've put so much effort into making coffee while camping, you'll want to keep the coffee as hot for as long as possible. To do that, you need an insulated travel mug.

Whichever coffee brewing method you've slaved away on hustled around your campfire, an insulated travel mug will ensure that all that effort isn't wasted.

You could be sipping away on hot coffee from morning to sunset.

If you don't own a good travel mug, we've got you covered. Our exclusive range of ceramic-lined insulated tumblers are a camper's best friend.

The double-wall vacuum insulated mug features a dual-layer hardened ceramic coating that forms a barrier between your coffee and the stainless steel core.

Simply put. Our taste lock technology keeps metallic and plastic tastes from ever coming into contact with your favorite beverage (hot or cold).

Plus, the tight-fitting lid keeps your drinks safely locked inside, so you don't have to worry about any accidental spills when you're trekking through the great outdoors.

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Mark MorphewMark Morphew is a freelance writer specializing in digital marketing and the hospitality sector. He helps coffee, catering, and food tech businesses create better content that drives more traffic and increases customer engagement.