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5 Easy Ways to Make Coffee While Camping

5 min

September 7, 2023

Imagine waking up in the morning, walking outside of your tent, and being met with a beautiful sunrise just peeking over the top of a mountain. What could make this scene anymore spectacular? Coffee.

Not everyone craves a cup of joe in the morning, but for those die-hard coffee fans, nothing beats sipping on a hot cup of coffee in the wilderness.

Here are 5 simple ways to make camping coffee in the great outdoors.

1. Instant Coffee (May be considered cheating by some)

Instant coffee may not be rugged or wild, but it’s super simple and lightweight (especially if you use single packs). All you need is hot water and your preferred coffee. Put the instant coffee in your cup, add boiling water, and enjoy.

2. Cowboy Coffee (The iconic method)

Cowboy coffee is thick, dark, and occasionally gritty. Boil your water, dump your coffee grounds directly into the pot, stir, let it sit (you want the grounds to sink to the bottom), pour into a cup and drink. You may end up chewing on a few coffee grounds, but that’s all part of the experience.

3. DIY Coffee Bags (Similar to a tea bag)

The method is simple, easy to carry, and gives you the option to make one serving or an entire pot. You will need paper coffee filters, coffee grounds, and some kind of string. When you’re ready for your morning coffee, get out a filter, place the coffee grounds in the center of the filter, bring up the edges, and tie it closed with string. After your water boils, you can either place the coffee bag into the pot of water or pour the water over the bag in a mug. Let the coffee steep for a few minutes and drink up!

4. Reusable Coffee Filters (Super lightweight)

These handy filters are affordable, take up virtually no space in your bag, and fit directly into your cup. Fill the filter with your desired amount of coffee grounds, put it in your mug, and add hot water. Wait a couple of minutes and you have a delicious cup of coffee.

5. French Press (Heavier but makes amazing coffee)

These are a little bulkier and more expensive but they make great coffee and work really well for car-camping. If you’ve never used one, you will find the process really simple. Add coarse ground coffee, pour in boiling water, let it steep for four minutes, press down the plunge (to push grounds to the bottom), and pour.

Discover Your Next Campsite

Just because you’re in the middle of nowhere, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be able to enjoy the view with a delicious cup of coffee. Ready to try out these methods? Explore thousands of amazing campgrounds across the nation on Camp Native. After you find your perfect campsite, book your reservation online. Easy!

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