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Ways To Brew Real Coffee While Camping or Backpacking

Updated on July 23, 2014

Tips for Making Great Coffee Without Electricity!

When you're outdoors and want a cup of coffee, any method you use to brew coffee will require hot water. It's what you do with that hot water that makes all the difference! Here are a few methods to brew a delicious cup or pot of coffee - without electricity, batteries or power!

We'll show you how to make great away-from-home coffee by using Pour-Overs, a French Press or a Small Portable Espresso hand press.

Whether you're out camping or tailgating, just boil water and brew a GREAT cup or pot of coffee on the spot using the methods we describe below. You just need a small propane stove, a pot to heat your water, and pre-ground coffee... and WOW - what great coffee! Perfect for those chilly mornings or to enjoy around the campfire, under the stars, or while watching the game! Just because you're away from home and "ROUGHIN' IT" doesn't mean you have to settle for a mediocre or inadequate cup of coffee.

Brew GREAT coffee on the spot!


You will need:

A small propane stove, propane and a lighter.

Water and a pot for boiling.

Pre-ground coffee (coffee is already included in the Caffe Borsa method).

Unbreakable mugs.

And a method for brewing (see choices below).

BioLite CampStove

BioLite CampStove 1- Wood-Burning Small Lightweight Stove with Internal Powerbank, Generates Electricity for USB Charging Using Excess Heat, 1st Generation, 5 x 5 x 8.3 Inches, Silver (CSA)
BioLite CampStove 1- Wood-Burning Small Lightweight Stove with Internal Powerbank, Generates Electricity for USB Charging Using Excess Heat, 1st Generation, 5 x 5 x 8.3 Inches, Silver (CSA)

Boil water for your coffee AND charge your phone! During a full burn this CampStove can boil 1 liter of water in as little as 4 minutes and 30 seconds. Plus, it powers most USB-chargeable devices including smartphones.


First, The Canadiano

The Canadiano Pour-Over Brewing Method

An excellent option for one-cup brewing

The perfect one-cup brewing method.

A block of wood and a metal filter, perfection.

Nothing to plug in. No electricity required.

Place the "Canadiano" onto your cup. Add your ground coffee, pour in the hot water. Let sit for 2 to 4 minutes, and your coffee is ready.

Choose your wood (walnut, maple or cherry) for different flavor experiences. Maple is recommended for your first one. No paper filters required - the metal filter will reduce waste and lower our environmental impact.

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or click on the photo to go to their website.

The Canadiano - Pour-Over Brewing, Personalized.

The "Canadiano" is the Canadian pour-over method of brewing coffee.

Place the Canadiano onto your cup, add two spoonfuls of ground coffee and pour hot water into the wooden bowl.

Two to four minutes later your coffee is ready.

And their videos are funny.

Next, Caffe Borsa

The Caffe Borsa Pour-Over Brewing Method - Premium coffee already included, plus easy clean-up!

Caffe Borsa Single Serve Hand Drip Coffee, Premium Sumatra, 8 Count
Caffe Borsa Single Serve Hand Drip Coffee, Premium Sumatra, 8 Count

Single-serving one-cup real coffee pour-over brewing. This is not instant coffee. Premium ground coffee is included - drip brewed into your cup. Nothing to clean, simply toss away in your trash when done. Compact and lightweight for backpacking.


Caffe Borsa Hand-Drip Pour-Over One-Cup Brewing

Prepackaged premium coffee ready to brew (NOT instant coffee). Real coffee drip brewed right into your cup. Clean and easy pour-over brewing method with easy clean-up.

BTW... my favorite unbreakable travel coffee mug

Contigo AUTOSEAL West Loop Stainless Steel Travel Mug with Open-Access Lid, 24oz
Contigo AUTOSEAL West Loop Stainless Steel Travel Mug with Open-Access Lid, 24oz

Beverages stay warm for quite a while in this stainless steel travel mug!


Next we have the French Press - brew several cups at once.

Use a "French Press" Coffee Press

Nothing to plug in, perfect for camping, and serves more people.

When you're using a Coffee Press, also known as a French Press, start by boiling your water, but then allow it to cool just a little bit to prevent scalding your coffee. Depending on the quality of your water, you may find that using filtered water significantly improves the taste of your coffee.

TIP: Medium to coarse ground coffees work best so that the mesh filter does not get clogged.

Remove the lid and plunger/filter assembly from the pot, and then add your coffee. It's recommended that you use 1 to 2 tablespoons of coarsely ground coffee per 8 ounces of water, but of course that can be adjusted to your taste.

Slowly pour very hot water over the ground coffee, filling to the desired level. Most of the coffee will float. At this point you can gently stir the water for a few moments and many of the grinds will sink.

Replace the lid and plunger/filter assembly, keeping the filter at the top (the screen should be up against the bottom of the lid). Place the lid on the press. Don't press down yet.

Let coffee and water steep together for 3 to 5 minutes, depending on desired strength; the longer they steep, the stronger the coffee.

Hold the lid with one hand, and using slow, steady pressure depress the plunger keeping the rod upright. It should have some resistance, but not too much. If you tilt the rod, or press too quickly you might ruin your brew by letting grounds escape from beneath the filter, or by overflowing the pot. NOTE: Using excessive force can cause scalding liquid to shoot out of the pot.

Allow sediment to settle for 30 seconds before pouring.

Turn the lid to open the pour spout, and pour yourself a cup of coffee (do not remove the lid for serving) and enjoy the smooth taste of a French Press brewed coffee!

TIP: Don't let the coffee sit in the pot - it will actually continue to brew.

Watch How To Use A French Press

Last, but not least,

enjoy a shot of espresso

with this very portable

handheld espresso machine!

"Handpresso" Portable Espresso Machine - A shot of espresso anyone? Anywhere.

The Handpresso Wild is a portable espresso machine that you can take virtually anywhere! Small and convenient, the Handpresso travels with you on vacation and business trips, hiking, boating - anywhere that you would like to enjoy a premium quality espresso, cappuccino, Americano, or latte! Light and durable, the Handpresso Wild can be stored easily in a drawer at work or in an apartment, in a backpack or even with camping gear. Handpresso Wild is a simple and compact nomadic espresso maker. All you need is some boiling water and any ESE Coffee Pod - which ensures premium quality in every cup and is easily acquired at coffee houses and grocery stores, no matter where you are. This also eliminates the mess associated with espresso making when on the go. Just pump up the Handpresso until the needle is in green area on the pressure gauge (this says you're at 16 bars of pressure), now you can add hot water from a kettle or a thermo-insulated bottle. Place an ESE coffee pod in the filter, close the top and press the button to dispense the espresso! It's never been easier or required less cleanup to make your espresso or cappuccinos until now! Due to the coffee grounds being kept in the ESE pod you never have to worry about cleaning your Handpresso Wild because when you're done brewing, you simply throw away your pod and rinse out the water receptacle. It really can't be any more hassle-free than that!

Handpresso Outdoor Espresso Set
Handpresso Outdoor Espresso Set

The Handpresso Outdoors Set


Handpresso - Espresso Anywhere!

You need hot water regardless.

It's what you do with that

hot water that counts!

Camp Coffee Shopping List

One of the above brewing methods


(coarse grind is best,

but a medium grind is OK)


Propane Stove

A container of Propane

Pot for heating water



Matches or Lighter




Brew Real Coffee Guestbook - Thank you so much for stopping by!!

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      topclimb lm 3 years ago

      Coffee while camping is the nectar of the gods! Great lens and thanks for creating it.

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      DebMartin 5 years ago

      Coffee is one of my essential camping supplies. I have a travel press I use a lot while camping. And I have my favorite coffee pot when camping with another person. There's just something about pouring a couple cups of coffee from a campfire blackened pot. I like open-boil coffee too. d

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      KateHonebrink 5 years ago

      Such a super article - I haven't had any coffee yet, so I must keep this brief - wonderful lens with tons of great info! Gotta go - coffee's brewing!

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      Robert Zimmerman 5 years ago from SE Florida, USA

      Wow! I learn so much about cool stuff here on Squidoo, thanks!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Looks like some very serious camping gear, especially the coffee part. Very nice lens!

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      getmoreinfo 5 years ago

      I don't know what I would do without my coffee fix, these are some great the handpresso portable machine looks like a nice idea.

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      ChrisShaefer 5 years ago

      Great Lens,

      Thank you so much for sharing your expertise. I really appreciate a publication like this that gives such thorough information. Two big thumbs up and a couple like votes for you!!! Please stop by and say hello on my lenses some time.



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      Tagsforkids 6 years ago

      Great idea, thanks. Coffee is my daily transfusion, always nice to know other ways of making it.

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      agoofyidea 6 years ago

      A great way to make coffee while camping without all the mess. Nice lens.

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      WriterBuzz 7 years ago

      Nice idea for a lens. Very informative. Gave you a quick thumbs up.

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      Mike and Karen 8 years ago from Southern California

      @anonymous: Hi jakyastik!

      From a fellow coffee-junkie.... thanks for your comment!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Interesting article. While I am a coffee junkie, I love experimenting around with different ways to make and enjoy coffee. Favorited your lens. It's useful. :D

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      Mike and Karen 8 years ago from Southern California

      @SimplyCamping: Hello SimplyCamping and thanks for the nice comments! You're right - coffee is essential, and that instant stuff is not my cup'o'tea! My coffee mug is raised... a toast to "real" camping!!

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      SimplyCamping 8 years ago

      You just gotta love a lens dedicated to camp coffee. Coffee is such an essential part of camping yet so often overlooked. Love this lens.