The 10 Best Camping Coffee Makers of 2020

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The Rundown

Best Overall: GSI Outdoors Javapress at Amazon

"Includes a double-walled insulated lid to keep coffee warmer longer."

Best Budget: Coleman Nine-Cup Coffee Percolator at Amazon

"This affordable option comes with everything you need to serve up to nine cups of coffee."

Best Lightweight: GSI Outdoors Java Drip at Amazon

"The filter collapses flat so you don't sacrifice any packing space for that perfect cup of joe."

Best for Single Serve: Sea to Summit X-Brew Coffee Dripper at Amazon

"Brews two cups of coffee and features a reusable stainless steel filter."

Best French Press: Stanley Boil and Brew French Press at Amazon

"Made of the most durable metal available, this french press won't crack in your backpack."

Best Stovetop: Stanley Adventure Cool Grip Camp Percolator at Dick's Sporting Goods

"Made of stainless steel and brews six cups—it's the reliable workhorse your campsite needs."

Best All-in-One: Jetboil Flash Java Kit at Amazon

"Includes a cooking cup, french-style press, stove, fuel igniter, and a bag of coffee grounds."

Best for Larger Groups: Eureka! Camp Café at Amazon

"Uses Flux Ring technology to boil enough water for 12 cups of coffee quickly."

Best Miniature: MiiR Pourigami at Amazon

"Made of three Hardshell powder-coated panels, this small device is sturdy and easy to assemble."

Best Gourmet: Snow Peak Field Barista Kettle at Sunny Sports

"Modeled after professional barista equipment, the kettle is as beautiful as it is functional."

Our Top Picks

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Best Overall: GSI Outdoors Javapress

Make no mistake—there are fancier camping coffee makers on the market, but the Javapress from GSI Outdoors is our top pick due to its ability to make a reliable cup of coffee outdoors. This device resembles your favorite French press coffee maker—toss in ground coffee, add hot water, let it steep, then plunge and pour. But this Javapress adds a few camp-friendly features that makes it ideal for travel applications, including a double-walled insulated lid and a ballistic nylon wrapping that keeps your coffee warm for long periods of time. The carafe itself is BPA-free, lightweight, and shatter-resistant making it a great coffee maker for outdoor use, but the patent-pending plunger may inspire you to use the Javapress at home as well. It uses a silicone ring to eliminate coffee blow-by (the term for when steeped grounds sneak past the filter when you press down) to deliver flavorful coffee. And if the 30-fluid-ounce capacity feels modest, you can also upgrade to the 50-fluid-ounce model.

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Best Budget: Coleman Nine-Cup Coffee Percolator

Coleman leans into the brand’s old school aesthetic with their Nine-Cup Coffee Percolator; it almost looks like something you’d find sitting on the exposed coals of some wayward Hollywood Western. But this large budget-friendly coffee maker is just at home on a modern camping stove. The all-aluminum body is rust-proof and easy to clean, though it's as tough as stainless steel or titanium. The package comes with everything you need to serve up to nine cups of coffee, including the base, tube, basket, and basket lid. It features a top and side handle to make pouring hot liquid worry-free. But be sure to monitor the heat of the water. Coffee is best brewed when the water is just about to boil, not a roiling cauldron.

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Best Lightweight: GSI Outdoors Java Drip

The Java Drip coffee maker from GSI Outdoors weighs a feathery nine grams, humble enough to impress the most obsessive ounce-counting thru-hiker. The nylon filter attaches to your favorite camping mug or cup with three legs. Once it's positioned securely, all you need to do is drop in a #2 or #4 paper filter, add your coffee grounds, and then start pouring in hot water. Users report that the drip speed is steady enough to deliver pure flavor without clogging. And when you’re properly caffeinated, the filter collapses flat to a mere 4.2 x 4.2 x .5 inches, so you don’t sacrifice any packing space for that perfect cup of joe.

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Best for Single Serve: Sea to Summit X-Brew Coffee Dripper

Although Sea to Summit says the X-Brew Coffee Dripper has enough volume for two cups, most solo campers likely need a quick double-dose of coffee, rather than a thimble-sized pour. This collapsible coffee maker pops up when you’re ready to brew, with a reusable stainless-steel double-mesh filter featuring 180-micron holes to thoroughly strain the grounds. You can also swap the reusable filter for a paper version and still get a good tasting cup of coffee—the spiral pattern inside the dome breaks the surface tension of the paper filter to create a more consistent drip speed. It's made from food-grade, heat-resistant, BPA-free silicone and fits on wide-mount water bottles, mugs, and cups.

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Best French Press: Stanley Boil and Brew French Press

French presses can easily break while traveling because they're usually made out of glass. For a press that won't crack in your backpack or car, choose the Boil and Brew French Press from Stanley. Made of some of the most durable metal available, you'd have to want to damage this french press in order to break it. In addition to being very strong, this 32-fluid-ounce press can also be used in other applications including boiling soups or cooking vegetables. The two handles rotate to lie flat against the canister when not in use, and the vented nylon lid is burn-resistant. Best of all, this french press comes with a lifetime guarantee, so if you do manage to damage it you can get it replaced.

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Best Stovetop: Stanley Adventure Cool Grip Camp Percolator

Stanley Adventure Cool Grip Camp Percolator

Courtesy of Dick's Sporting Goods 

Weighing in at 1.3 pounds, Stanley’s Adventure Cool Grip Camp Percolator is the reliable workhorse your campsite needs. Made of 18/8 BPA-free stainless steel, the 1.1-quart vessel brews six cups of coffee utilizing the stove-friendly percolating process to extract the pure flavors of your beans while preventing unwanted grounds from appearing in your mug. A modernist improvement on the traditional fire-side percolator, it comes with everything you need to get started—just add water and coffee and crank up the camp stove. The hinged flip-top lid makes it easy to open, while the silicone grip on the handle shields you from burns. The silicone grip also comes off when you’re ready to clean the coffee maker, either by hand at camp or in the dishwasher when you get home.

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Best All-in-One: Jetboil Flash Java Kit

Jetboil's Flash Java Kit includes all the tools you need to make the perfect cup of coffee. This system includes a 1-liter cooking cup, french-style press, stove, fuel igniter, a cup, and a bag of coffee grounds. The kit is easy to set up, all you need to do is clip the stove onto the fuel ignitor and then place the cooking cup on top. The cooking cup features Flex Ring technology that can boil water in under 2 minutes. To save on fuel efficiency, the cup also includes a temperature reading so you know when the water is close to boiling. Jetboil's french press has a silicone ring that seals tightly onto the cooking cup, and the microfilter reduces sentiment at the bottom so you'll pour a smooth cup of coffee every time.

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Best for Larger Groups: Eureka! Camp Café

Capable of getting 60 ounces of water to a boil in six minutes (with a standard 10K BTU burner), the Camp Café from Eureka! can provide 12 cups of coffee, ample fuel for even the largest of camp outposts. The 2.5-liter kettle uses Flux Ring technology to increase heat efficiency, and both the boil pot and carafe are made of durable hard-anodized aluminum. It also comes with a spoon to measure out coffee grounds and a food-grade, BPA-free pour-over filter that fits a size #4 filter. The whole operation nests inside the boiling kettle for easy transport.

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Best Miniature: MiiR Pourigami

MiiR’s Pourigami will turn heads—even for those who don’t drink coffee. This small single-serve coffee maker only measures 2.4 x 5 x.09 inches. But don't be fooled by its small size. Crafted of durable 18/8 medical-grade stainless steel, this four-ounce device is made of three interlocking Hardshell powder-coated, BPA-free panels. It's easy to assemble when you're ready to make some pour-over coffee and has machined grooves to ensure the perfect placement over your cup. It stores flat when not in use and comes with a compact storage case. You can use this coffee maker with your own filters or opt to buy some that are made by the brand; either way the filters can be housed in the included storage case for compact packing.

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Best Gourmet: Snow Peak Field Barista Kettle

Snow Peak Field Barista Kettle

 Courtesy of Sunny Sports

For some, coffee is simply an essential morning ritual. For others, it’s an art form. The Field Barista Kettle from boutique outdoor brand Snow Peak specifically targets that latter demographic. Modeled after professional barista equipment, the kettle is as beautiful as it is functional. The one-liter kettle is made of sturdy stainless steel with natural wood knobs. Vents that line the front of the removable lid allows for an easy, consistent pour from the spout. The detachable handle fits compactly inside the kettle to save space and a bag is included for convenient storage. While this kettle is priced slightly higher than some other options on this list, coffee aficionados know that it takes high-quality tools to produce high-quality coffee. You can also choose to make this kettle into a full kit by purchasing the Field grinder and reusable filter from Snow Peak, but buyers should note that those tools are sold separately.

Why Trust TripSavvy?

Nathan Borchelt has been camping all his life and has been drinking coffee at campgrounds for decades. His travels have varied from luxe car camping, a lifestyle that affords the patient beauty of pour-over perfection, to hours-long backpacking slogs in the rain, conditions saved by the ingestion of coffee in the quickest way possible. In that time, he’s had coffee prepped in pretty much every way, from tossing grounds into a pot of boiling water and dealing with the grit, to perfecting the art of brewing in a French press coffee maker.

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