10 clever camping coffee makers: so you never need to drink instant when outdoors!


What coffee maker for outdoors?   We show you, 10 clever coffee makers, for when you are camping or hiking.

Since we first wrote this story in 2014, coffee makers for the outdoors have changed. Hence a need for an update on coffee outdoors. 

The aroma of a freshly brewed coffee when you are camping is a big highlight.   Some cold mornings, sitting around a campfire, with a cup in hand, is a great and very relaxing way to start your day. Or if you have done a hike, then sitting back, admiring the view whilst you rest is also highly satisfying with a cuppa.

Life is too short to drink that over-processed poor-excuse for a coffee  (AKA instant coffee such as International Roast or Nescafe).
Even when heading outdoors, there is no need to resort to drinking instant.  There is always an option to get a good brew, wherever you are, however you camp.   Always.

Now, some of you might be saying “I love International Roast coffee”. So taste is very personal.

But how to get that perfect coffee when camping?      

Many campers have their preferred way of getting a good coffee.

We love the Aeropress (you can read our review of the Aeropress here, and find out how it works - price $55 including delivery).   Why do we like the Aeropress? Because of its simplicity and the end result, which is a great coffee.  On any list, it would be our number one choice. It's been with us for years and had plenty of use, and still going strong.

But what else is out there, apart from the classic enamel kettles on the campfire?  Or the percolators and French Presses?   Or the Aeropress?    

From the basic to the fancy hi-tech, from the cheap to the pricey, there really is a coffee maker for everyone. To give you some ideas, we have collated 10 innovative ways to get your coffee when you go camping.

1.  JetBoil Coffee Attachment 


The JetBoil has been around for years, and there seems to be something new coming out frequently to complement or add to the JetBoil.  This was one of our first purchases for getting hot water for coffee on-the-go a few years ago, and it remains a reliable method (albeit a little bulky) way to get a coffee.

If you own a JetBoil but not the coffee press, you can purchase the coffee attachment separately and turn your JetBoil into a coffee maker (coffee ready in 2 minutes).   Just make sure you buy the attachment that suits your particular Jetboil. 

The quality of the coffee will depend on the sort of ground coffee you use and how long you let it steep.   

Cost & Availability:     Wide range of Jetboils and accessories can be found via Amazon   or via Tentworld

If you just want the attachment for the coffee, buy it here 

2.    Hario Dripper V60

hario dripper for camping

The beauty of this coffee maker for camping is not only the simplicity but the price.

The dripper seems to fit every average coffee cup you own, and add a filter to it, put in the ground coffee, and slowly pour the water over the surface of the dripper, to allow a slow but even drip into your cup.  

It's easy to clean and doesn't take any in-depth skill to perfect, but practice will make perfect.  You will need specific filters for this cup though. So buy a whole bunch at the time of purchase. I believe there are cloth filters.

Cost & Availability:    More details and costs (around $15 plus delivery) can be found here via Amazon (our affiliate)   I have also seen it at the Adelaide Central markets for around $19 (for those of you who live in Adelaide).

What sort of camper would this suit?:    Anyone looking for simplicity in their coffee making.  Light enough that backpackers can take it with them.  It doesn't fold down. 

Alternative Option:   Look at the MagiDeal Stainless Pour Over (all stainless steel instead of plastic).  No filters needed.   

3.   Primula Coffee Brew Buddy

In 2014 we listed the MSR Mugmate on this list. And whilst it was good, for Australians it was just too difficult to source readily.   So this spot in our Top 10 has gone to the Primula Coffee Brew Buddy.  It's still not that easy to source, but easier than the Mugmate.  If you have the MSR Mugmate, you won't need this one. 

Why is this on our list?   It's small and takes up no room in your camping box or backpack. It is just a mesh filter for your own grind, sitting underneath a wide plastic rim to fit over your cup.  Just put that filled up filter into your hot water in your favourite cup, and you have your coffee.  After a few minutes, take the Brew Buddy out of your cup and your coffee is ready to go.    It's foolproof I think. 

And very easy to clean which is another added bonus. 

primula brew buddy

Cost and availability:   Look around for a deal.  Don't pay more than $20 for it.  

What sort of camper would this suit?  Anyone who doesn't need to make a lot of coffees in bulk for a group  Backpackers will love its size and weight.  Campers who don't like anything tricky or messy to clean up.

4.   Pour Over Brew Method - Snow Peak Coffee Drip

Snow Peak Coffee Drip – this is one designed for those watching weight and space, as it folds down flat.  Snow Peak makes some wonderful products, so quality is generally always excellent.

Weighing in at around 113g, it may be too heavy for some backpackers who count every gram.

Requires filters and a bit of practice to ensure the filter is placed correctly otherwise the filter can sag down into the hole into the mug.  The size and shape of this filter mean that it is versatile with your cup choice.  Some coffee makers seem to suit only a certain size of a mug which can be limiting.

snow peak coffee maker

Cost & Availability:   Around $47 plus shipping via Amazon (our affiliate) 

What sort of camper would these suit?:   Campers looking for the low mess with their coffee makers, and simplicity.   No skill required to get this coffee.  

5.    GSI Mini Espresso Maker

gsi coffee maker

This is a very popular one, and a little more upmarket looking for your camping coffee.

Used on a stovetop, this espresso maker gives you one double shot, in 90 seconds.       It comes in one cup or 4 cups design, so this larger capacity is useful if it's not just you who needs that morning coffee, but the whole family.

Plus, another benefit of a larger design is the ability to get your second cup rapidly, and not have to wait for the machine to cool down, clean and refill and then reheat.

Cost & Availability:   This is available in Australia,     The 4 cup model will cost around $55-75 depending on where you purchase, so like anything, shop around.    I have seen it online at Amazon (our affiliate) - see it here

What sort of camper would this suit?:   Campers who like their coffee with a bit more finesse than a pour-over brew.  As it requires a stove to cook on, it would suit most campers who have that option.      Frequently used by hikers on overnight trips due to its durability as well.

6.    Handpresso Wild Hybrid

handpresso wild

Time to go seriously hi-tech looking with the Handpresso Wild Hybrid.

It uses either ground coffee or an ESE pod (note:  not to be confused with the capsules like Nespresso)  and works by pumping the handheld unit up to 16 bars of pressure – like you would use a bike pump.      Then add hot water to the reservoir and at the push of a button, the infusion of coffee into the water starts.   Push the button again, and the infusion is over.

No batteries or electricity required.  Level of crema isn't as strong as such as the Wacaco Nanopresso (see below) but you will still get a good coffee. 

See a review by the site Home Grounds for full information of this device.

Cost & Availability:      $135 and free delivery.   See here for purchase details 

What sort of camper would this suit?:    Any camper who loves a good gadget plus a camper looking for a good espresso delivered via pressure.

7.    Wacaco Nanopresso

coffee makers for camping

This is the Minipresso all grown up (but actually smaller in size) with a size of only 15.6cm long, weighing 336grams and holds 80ml of water, this could be the preferred hikers coffee maker.

Use a fine grind of coffee, or you do have the option of purchasing separately a vessel adapter that allows the use of capsules.  Note:  this adapter is only suitable for the Nanopresso

To get to see how it works and how easy it is, watch the video below

(or if unavailable below - go to this link:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lY5Pt957RhE )

Cost and Availability:   $83 (free delivery) includes a protective case.  See it here.

The adapter for this machine can be purchased here for around $32.  This allows you to use the pods.

For a protective case if you choose not to get a bundle (as above lists), then that is another accessory.  We didn't buy the bundle, so we had to then buy separately the case.  You can see it here - retails for $29.

Looking for another version of this coffee maker  - try the Wacaco Minipresso NS at a lower price.  See it here.

8.   Esbit Coffee Maker

esbit coffee maker

This coffee maker has been around for some time, and one of the many products made by the German company, Esbit.

This coffee maker needs solid fuel tablets which might prove limiting if you can’t find any in your local camping store.       The difference with this coffee maker and which sets it apart from the others already mentioned is that it is on its own little stove.

The process to get your brew is fill up the coffee pot with water, put in the grounds holder and put your grounds on top, screw the lid on, place it on the stove and ignite the solid fuel tablet.    Put the coffee cup under the spout, and wait for the coffee to come out.

It’s like many espresso makers, but the built-in stove is the difference.

Want to read a review of it?       
Look at:    http://urbanadventureleague.blogspot.com.au/2012/09/review-revisited-esbit-coffee-maker.html

Cost & Availability:   It's a bit trickier to find in stores, though Amazon does sell for around $126.   See it here on Amazon 

What sort of camper would this suit?:    Most campers, though once again, hikers might not like due to weight and size, especially if you are already bringing a stove along for your cooking, and then need this stove just for coffee.

9.   Espro Travel Coffee Press

The Espro is the French Press sort of coffee maker.  Working with a double filter to make sure you don't get any grinds in your coffee and by adding water, then waiting and then plunging, you get your coffee!  Muscles are needed a bit on this, as the filters are in the press and it's a tight fit.  If you are particularly worried about any grinds escaping into the liquid, a paper filter is an option that can be added.

Need milk or sugar, you will need to empty the brew into another vessel.

The double-wall will keep your coffee hot for ages, but in terms of weight, it will be on the heavier side.  Not a problem for car campers.

Cost and availability:   Priced around $68.   Available here.

What sort of camper would this suit?  Anyone who loves the traditional French Press taste, and doesn't mind a bit of weight.  Clean up a little more involved than some other choices. 


10.  Mukka (cappucino maker for camping)

mukka cappucino makers outdoors

How could we not include a cappuccino maker in the list?   Nearly didn’t because they are not easy to find for camping.  After hunting around, I still haven't found many alternatives to this.

The Mukka by Bialetti is a derivative of the famous Moka Pot (cheap and reliable way to get a coffee from your stovetop!).   The difference with the Mukka is that you have a separate section for the milk and the pressure inside bubbles the milk, and empties into the cup.– serving 1 to 2 people.

They come in the cute cow design or a more simple version – aluminium.

It seems to have received very mixed reviews since its inception (cleaning of numerous parts apparently is a bit of a drag) and consequently harder to find.

Cost & Availability:    Found online at varying prices.   Amazon has it here.

What sort of camper would this suit?:   Cappuccino lovers, who need their frothy milk hit. 

Alternative option:  If you really need frothy milk, look at battery operated milk frothers.  See here for example.


As you can see, there is a huge range of ways to get your coffee when outdoors, and some of them aren’t cheap!  Like any camping gear, it will all come down to your personal preference.

For the coffee connoisseurs out there, you can rest assured that going outdoors doesn’t mean you need to be deprived of your favourite brew.  There is bound to be one coffee maker in this list which will help your caffeine requirements in the wild.

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