The 8 Best Camping Coffee Makers of 2019

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The Rundown

Best Budget Pour-Over: Hario V60 Plastic Dripper at Amazon "It gets great results, thanks to its expert control of the flow, timing, and temperature of the water."

Best Filterless Coffee Maker: Cafellissimo Pour Over at Amazon "This pour-over style dripper gets you professional-grade results without a lot of hassle."

Best Budget Lightweight Option: Melitta Ready Set Cone at Amazon "Best of all, it weighs just over 4.5 ounces."

Best Espresso Maker: The Original Bialetti Moka Express at Amazon "You don’t have to wait long—brewing takes just about five minutes."

Best for Solo Campers: Primula Single Serve Coffee Brew at Amazon "Essentially works like a tea filter so you can get a single cup of coffee in 30 seconds."

Best Straight-up Substitute: Coleman Coffee Maker at Amazon "Looks and acts virtually like the coffee maker sitting on your counter back home."

Best AeroPress: Aerobie AeroPress at Amazon "Comes out strong and full of flavor, whether you’re going for American-style coffee or a bold Italian espresso."

Best Travel French Press: Espro Travel Coffee Press at Amazon "The press attachment hooks up to the included thermos, so you can take coffee on the go wherever you are."

Our Top Picks

01 of 08

Best Budget Pour-Over: Hario V60 Plastic Dripper

Hario V60 Plastic Dripper

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Simple, efficient, and elegant, the Hario V60 is perfect for taking along on a camping trip. With an array of colors and styles ranging from retro red ceramic to a lighter-weight clear plastic—or the original glass version—there’s a ton of ways to make this pour-over exactly right for you. It gets great results, too, thanks to its expert control of the flow, timing, and temperature of the water. We also love that it comes in three sizes, so you can make a cup or two for you, up to four for you and your camping buddy, or up to six for a larger gang of caffeine addicts.

We recommend buying a few extra filters when you head to purchase this dripper—one of the main downsides is that the right filters, and the right filter sizes, can be difficult to find offline. The other minor drawback is that it’s a little heavier than other models, but for those who prize good coffee, a few extra ounces won’t be a trial. 

02 of 08

Best Filterless Coffee Maker: Cafellissimo Paperless Pour Over Review

Filters are just one more thing to worry about packing—and sometimes with these specialty models, the unique filters they require can be hard to find (and a little on the pricey side). Enter your best no-frills option: a filterless coffee maker that gets the job done without the extra accessories required. This pour-over style dripper gets you professional-grade results without a lot of hassle: Just bring your favorite ground coffee with you, and you’ll be good to go. It’s partly due to the stainless steel mesh, which is reinforced for durability but fine enough that you’re not going to find any grounds floating on the top of your cup of coffee.

The flavors are a little richer and bolder than they might be with lesser models, so this is perfect for those who like to start their days strong. As for cleanup? Just rinse it by hand, and you’ll be good to go until the next batch. 

03 of 08

Best Budget Lightweight Option: Melitta Ready Set Joe Cone

When your priority is keeping things light and drinking your coffee too, the Melitta Ready Set Joe Cone coffee brewer is a great call. Perfect for backpackers and ultra-light trekkers, you just set the brewer on the top of your camping mug, throw in a filter and add grounds—a little patience and you have a fresh cup of hot black coffee at the ready. Best of all, it weighs just over 4.5 ounces. It does require separate filters, but they’re nothing super-special—you can easily pick up a packet of Melita cone filters at the grocery (size up so they can fit in your machine at home, too).

Whether you’re camping solo, with a partner, or with friends, the brewer comes in different sizes, with the one-cup model great for one and the size three providing multiple cups in one brew. Although some might be concerned about pouring hot water over plastic, it helps keep the apparatus light—and the plastic is BPA-free so there shouldn’t be much cause for concern. 

04 of 08

Best Espresso Maker: The Original Bialetti Moka Express

If you need a coffee maker that does double-duty at home and when you’re out in the woods, there’s no better product to look for than the O.G. of portable coffee makers: The Original Bialetti Moka Express. The aluminum Italian espresso maker has kept its classic design after all these years because, well, it’s too good to beat. It comes in a variety of colors and sizes, from a cheery, rustic ruby to a retro light blue that adds a little cheer to your camping set (and countertops back in the kitchen); sizes range from one cup to 12—just keep in mind we’re talking espresso cups here, so they’ll be on the small side. Best of all? You don’t have to wait long—brewing takes just about five minutes. Cleanup is easy too: Just take it all apart, rinse it, and leave it out to dry while you’re heading out on that hike.  

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05 of 08

Best for Solo Campers: Primula Single Serve Coffee Brew Buddy Review

This is probably the most compact coffee brewer we’ve ever seen: It essentially works like a tea filter (but a really, really good one) so you can get a single cup of coffee in 30 seconds. (Though if you like it a little stronger, definitely let it go a while longer). You just set it over the top of your favorite camping mug or thermos, put some coffee grounds in—as fine as you want; the mesh won’t let anything through—and pour some hot water over them to start the brewing process. You can handwash it on the trail, and once back at home, pop it in the dishwasher for a full clean and sanitizing.

Top tip: If you want your coffee a little darker, pour the water more slowly over the grounds—a little lighter, and a faster pour will do that job. And at just .16 ounces, it’s a good fit for backpackers looking to travel light on the trail, too.  

Want to take a look at some other options? See our guide to the best camping coffee makers.

06 of 08

Best Straight-up Substitute: Coleman QuikPot Propane Coffee Maker

Some people just like their coffee the way they like it—and here to save the day out in the woods is Coleman’s propane-fueled coffee maker, which looks and acts virtually like the coffee maker sitting on your counter back home. Although you can’t necessarily start a timer to get the coffee brewing with this bad boy, you can light it up instantly with a one-touch InstaStart ignition—no frustration over getting a flame going with this coffee maker. And much like the post office, this coffee maker holds up in extreme weather: Come rain, snow, or sleet, the machine’s PerfectFlow technology gives you a consistent brew all the time.

It’s great for families or groups of friends, too, thanks to the 10-cup coffee pot—and on one cylinder of propane, you’ll get 4.5 hours of brewing, so it’ll last even during extended trips to the woods. (Downside: You’ll have to purchase the propane separately). 

07 of 08

Best AeroPress: Aerobie AeroPress

When you want the option to switch between coffee and espresso, the AeroPress Coffee Maker has your back. The lightweight, plastic device uses both immersion and pressure to brew up to two cups of espresso or a 10-ounce cup of coffee in around one minute that comes out strong and full of flavor, whether you’re going for American-style coffee or a bold Italian espresso. It’s also great for those who have slightly sensitive stomachs: The lower temperature and short brew time that’s used in the AeroPress process result in a lower acid level when your coffee’s done. And if you only want to brew once, that’s fine, too: The purity on the coffee, filtered to be grit-free, is strong enough that you can keep it sealed and ready for a few days. Just be sure to use a gentle pressing motion—it should take around 20 seconds—to ensure that your coffee is barista-level good. 

08 of 08

Best Travel French Press: Espro Travel Coffee Press

French press coffee is one of the traditional favorites for campers who aren’t worried about bulk or weight when they’re out in the woods, but this Espro travel press does the classic one better: The press attachment hooks up to the included thermos, so you can take coffee on the go wherever you are (even to the office once you’re back at home, if you really need coffee coming around the clock in the mornings). Thanks to a double micro-filter—a patented feature of the Espro—you won’t find any grit in your cup of joe, either, and the insulation will keep your brew warm for hours. Design lovers will appreciate the sleek, crisp minimalism of this press, too: The thermos is stylish enough to take from the woods straight into the boardroom, and colors like dandelion yellow and matte black are enough to turn heads. Plus, it’s guaranteed for life, so you’re always sure to have the perfect cup to start your day. 

Our Process

Our writers spent 2 hours researching the most popular camping coffee makers on the market. Before making their final recommendations, they considered 22 different camping coffee makers overall, screened options from 16 different brands and manufacturers, and read over 40 user reviews (both positive and negative). All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.