Camping French Press & Coffee Makers Review
There is nothing better in the morning to get you moving than a good cup of coffee. A good camping french press that produces a quality coffee at first light is just what you need for your next camping trip.
But have you ever tried to make a decent brew when you are camping.
We have… and with varying success.
So how do you get that perfect cuppa when you are far from home and a tent is your short term accommodation. What do you do when you are hiking in the wilderness and stop for a brew up?
Old timers used to just boil up a pot of water, throw in some coffee grounds and eventually something resembling the color of coffee would come out of the pot. A lot of people settle for instant coffee and sometimes that is just fine but that is not our style, and while we ain’t too fancy, we do like some creature comforts when we camp out in the back country. We have a great little coffee machine in the office called ‘berty’ and he gets a lot of use…
So what is the best coffee maker for camping. We like our coffee brews quick and strong when we are outdoors – how do you like yours? Lets take a look at a few of the options available…
Jetboil Flash Camping French Press
If you are looking for a quick quality cup of coffee first thing in the morning then you need look no further than the Jetboil Flash. This little beauty will have your water boiled in about 2 mins and with its awesome french press attachment you will have that refreshing cuppa in no time at all.
Everything fits snugly into your pack and away you go. Normally you will need a stove or fire, a pot to boil the water and a camping french press to get that perfect brew going. Here you have it all in one.
An added advantage of this system is you can use the Jetboil for other uses such as boiling water to rehydrate food etc so it’s sort of a two in one really.
- 1.0 Liter cooking cup
- Stainless steel burner with push button igniter
- Jetboil Coffee Press
GSI Outdoors JavaPress Camping Coffee Maker
Next up we are going to take a look at the GSI Outdoors JavaPress.
If you are looking for a backpacking coffee maker then this would suit you perfectly.
It’s double walled, has a nylon wrap to hold in the temperature and also has an insulated lid.
The Carafe is BPA free and shatter resistant so you don’t have to worry about it banging about in your pack when you are out hiking.
It also sports a ‘silicone-impregnated’ plunger which helps eliminate coffee ‘blow-by’ keeping those unpleasant grains in the pot and out of your cup.
From looking at this one you would think it to be a bit top heavy but that’s not the case at all. It provides a rich brew time and time again and the reusable mesh filter is very easy to clean.
You can get this coffee brewer in two different sizes – 30 ounces producing about 4 cups of coffee and the larger 50 ounce pot giving you 7 wonderful cops of camp coffee.
It is nice and lightweight because it is made of plastic and silicone so very handy for you if you wanted a hiking coffee maker.
Another great portable coffee maker for camping is the is the Camper-Feets Percolator Coffee Pot from Stansport. This polished aluminium coffee pot is a great addition to your camping kit.
Similar to the the Jetboil above you can take the two stage coffee percolator out and use it for just boiling water.
It uses disposable coffee disks like these ones and is easy to wash out a clean with just soap and water.
This camping coffee pot is a great addition to any good camping kit.
- Made of durable, rustproof, high gloss Polished Aluminum
- Percolator stem and basket included
- Comes with top and side handles
- Easy pour spout
- Heats quickly
If you do not have the space for a fully fledged camping french press coffee maker or percolator then you may want to consider something like this GSI collapsible coffee drip.
This is an over-the-cup design that flat packs and can be stored in your pack or rucksack. Perfect when you are our backpacking or hiking in the wilderness and want to stop for a nice coffee.
Simply pop it open, drop in a filter, sit it over you cup, add coffee grounds and pour in boiling water. Delicious coffee straight into your mug.
- 4 Filter capacity brews 1-12 cups of coffee
- Collapsible silicone design expands from 1-Inch high to a sturdy, full height drip cone
- Unique, fit-ring design centers drip cone over mugs, cups and wide mouth water bottles for stable spill free brewing
- Weight 4.8-Ounce
Just make sure to pack some filters before you head out into the wild…
The last thing you need to get yourself is a portable coffee grinder. This one from Cozyna is just the ticket.
Made from stainless steel it will give you a consistent fine grind ever time.
There is no point in having a fancy french press for camping if you don’t have the ability to feed it with finely ground rich coffee beans.
You have the option to adjust the size of your grind with a simple turn of the knob and away you go.
Because it is made of high grade stainless steel you never have to worry about it rusting. Just chuck it in your bag and off you go…
So there you go. If you love coffee as much as we do then you are going to want to get yourself a portable french press or coffee machine for your next camping trip.
The morning are so much more enjoyable if you have a brew before you get stuck in.
If you have a go-to camping french press or a hiking coffee press that you don’t leave home without then let us know in the comments below and we will take a look.
So pack up your kit, head out into the wild, set up camp and put the kettle on for a nice fresh brew. There is nothing better…
If you have no idea how to use a French Coffee Press then check out the video below. You will be an expert in no time at all
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Backpacking coffee press
If you are travelling light then you will want to look out for something like the Finum Brewing Basket backpacking coffee maker. This super lightweight piece of kit makes the perfect cup of coffee when you are on the go.
Weight wise it comes in at only 1.6oz so perfect for the lightweight conscious traveller.
The stainless steel mesh filter is easy to use, easy to clean and will last you trip after trip.
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We used Amazon as part of our research for these coffee makers. You can find everything you need here from coffee cups, to coffee beans, travel coffee mugs and disposable filters. From a price point you won’t get much better anywhere else so go check them out.
Stick the kettle on, have a brew and pick out your next camping coffee press or french press, stick it in your pack and head out into the wild. Have a good look at the reviews and see what others think before you buy.