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My Favorite Camping Gadget: The Portable Coleman Propane Coffee Maker

Updated on October 26, 2014
Portable Coleman Propane Coffee Maker
Portable Coleman Propane Coffee Maker | Source

I Will Never Go Camping Again Without My Coleman!

My husband and I love tent camping together at the Federal and State Parks throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota. However, temperatures can be a bit chilly in the mornings and we both really enjoy waking up early and having a nice, hot cup of coffee to greet the day with.

After experiencing a few trials and tribulations with camp coffee and wet firewood, we decided to splurge on a portable coffee maker. However, before making a decision, we did quite a bit of research beforehand to make sure we got the best "bang for our buck." Some features we looked for were quality, a product that would last us for years, and a low brew time.

In the end, we chose the Coleman Portable Propane Coffee Maker. Read on for my review on this product, I think you just might consider my favorite camping gadget for yourself or as a gift for your favorite camper!

Unless otherwise noted, the photos of the Coleman Coffee Maker were taken by me and belong to me. Please ask permission before using.

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The Back Story

Why We Started Shopping for a Portable Coffee Maker

When my husband and I first started tent camping together 3 years ago, we didn't have much in the way of camping gadgets.

Our first attempt at camp coffee was boiling water over the fire and adding a scoop of instant coffee. Lets just say that the taste of that brew left a lot to be desired in the flavor department!

Then we acquired a traditional, metal percolator to brew coffee directly over the fire. I know this is going to sound completely silly, but we could rarely get the thing to percolate!

The few times we did manage to brew a pot of coffee, we really didn't like the flavor at all. (I'm sure we failed at this task that comes so easy to many people because we didn't know what we were doing, but it was still frustrating!)

There were also a few camping trips in which we purchased firewood that was either damp inside or green, unbeknownst to us. To avoid invasive species, most campgrounds ask that you buy the firewood within a 25 mile radius, so we can't always buy from a trusted source.

Needless to say, we had a very hard time getting campfires started on these trips and had to wait a considerable amount of time before we were able to boil water or use our percolator to brew coffee. On these occasions, we were both pretty cranky before we were even able to enjoy our first cup of Joe in the morning!

Coleman Portable Coffee Maker in Action!
Coleman Portable Coffee Maker in Action! | Source

Why We Chose the Coleman Propane Coffee Maker

We ordered our Coleman Propane Coffee Maker last August from Amazon and have been using this fabulous contraption on our camping trips ever since!

As I mentioned above in my introduction, my husband and I were looking for a portable coffee maker that would be a quality product, last us for years, and have a low brew time.

We researched many different types of coffee makers to find something that would meet all of our criterion before making our decision. We analyzed Amazon reviews, looked at product features, and considered price.

Our choices narrowed down to the RoadPro 12 Volt Coffee Maker and the Coleman Propane Coffee Maker.

  • Our first consideration was the RoadPro brand, which is powered by plugging into a vehicle's power outlet. We really liked the portable size and also the price was very inexpensive. However, we saw so many mixed reviews from other Amazon customers. Many said this product didn't work well, only worked a few times, and/or took a long time to brew. Although this style was a lot less expensive, it wasn't likely that it would meet our expectations.
  • Even though the Coleman brand was significantly more expensive and the coffee maker is a bit bulkier in size, we decided we would treat this purchase as an investment. Amazon reviewers gave very positive feedback: 53 customers left an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Also, Coleman offers a 3 year limited warranty against defects, which gave us a lot of confidence in the product and added justification for spending more. We loved that the carafe holds 10 cups of coffee, the brew time only takes 15 minutes, and this device is completely cordless.

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Coleman Portable Propane Coffeemaker with Stainless Steel Carafe
Coleman Portable Propane Coffeemaker with Stainless Steel Carafe
I personally recommend this product to tent campers that really enjoy a few cups of coffee in the morning and that detest all of the hassle of waiting for a percolator over the campfire. This coffee maker produces a great tasting brew; definitely better than any campfire coffee I've ever tasted! Another great aspect is that this coffee maker is powered by a standard propane cylinder, which you can find at your local Wal-Mart or sporting goods store. We've only had to replace the propane once in the 8 months we've owned it, so I would definitely say this gadget uses fuel efficiently. Honestly, I could probably go on and on about how much I love my Coleman, but the best way to check out all of the great features this coffee maker offers is by taking a look at the Amazon listing and reviews. I hope my review has been helpful to you tent campers out there considering this purchase.

This Product Has Definitely Improved Our Camping Trips

My husband and I have been using this coffee maker on our camping trips for almost a year now and we absolutely love it! We are so glad we spent the extra money; it was well worth it and we feel that we got the best "bang for our buck." All of the features truly do work as advertised: it really does only take 15 minutes to brew a pot of great tasting coffee, it's easy to use, and the coffee maker is sturdy and well built.

Now, in the mornings when we go camping, my husband brews a pot of coffee right on the picnic table while I start a campfire. By the time I have the fire going, we are able to sit down and relax with a lovely, hot cup of coffee while we plan out our day. I do find that our mornings out in the wilderness are a lot more relaxing and enjoyable with our new routine!

Watch this Coffee Maker in Action!

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    • kenneth avery profile image

      Kenneth Avery 

      5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama


      And you drink coffee too? I literally LOVE coffee. What a great day to get to meet you.

      As for this hub . . .I really Love this hub, which is delightful, colorful, and very interesting. You are certainly a gifted-writer.

      I was proud to vote up and all of the choices. Thank you for sharing this topic and your gift.

      Keep up the fine work and always know that you have a friend and follower in me.


      Kenneth Avery, Hamilton, AL.

    • CampingmanNW profile image


      6 years ago

      Your Coleman coffee maker sounds like a nice idea. But I have for years made coffee in an old blue enamel (now well blacked with the years) coffee pot on my Coleman stove. Boiling water and placing coffee grounds directly into the water. Once it has come to a boil, remove it from the heat and a splash of cold water will settle the coffee grounds to the bottom of the pot and you have the best coffee ever. How much coffee to put in the pot? The same amount you would at home, with regards to how many cups of water. Simple. I will check out your coffee pot though. Thanks for a fun read today. I love to read about folks who enjoy the outdoors.

    • Jogalog profile image


      7 years ago

      I love the idea of having lovely fresh coffee while camping and it looks like this would be a step up from the instant I have always had to have.

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      7 years ago

      Pleeze, Give me two, I like it. it is not the best then to drink hot coffee efter night unde the tent.

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      Nnadi bonaventure Chima 

      7 years ago from Johanesburg

      Nice lens ,great product review ,thanks for sharing

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      7 years ago

      I don't camp anymore, but when I did I loved Coleman products. I still use some of their products in the house. Loved your review and if I drank coffee and camped I would want to buy the Coleman.

    • RawBill1 profile image


      7 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

      Congrats on LOTD. :-) I love camping and any tools to make it easier and more enjoyable are always great to come across. Thanks for sharing. :-)

    • kristalulabelle profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Wisconsin

      @rking96: You actually don't smell propane at all. The coffee comes out smelling great! The coffee maker is a bit bulky, however, the propane tank comes off and the arm that attaches the propane tank comes off as well and there are clips on the back that you can then attach this "arm" to when you're ready to store it. I hope that helped.

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      7 years ago

      I like this for camping, such a great idea for coffee lovers.

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      7 years ago

      You take beautiful photos, Kristen!

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      7 years ago

      Excellent lens. Congratulations. A great solution gadget for all coffee lovers. I used to make it in another way but now I know that there is a better solution. Nice and neat report:=)

    • delia-delia profile image


      7 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD! When I went camping years ago I made my coffee with a Melitta funnel and filter over a cup...simple for me.

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      Rick King 

      7 years ago from Charleston, SC

      I like this lens, just a couple questions about the product. Does the propane affect the smell of the coffee? One of my favorite parts of drinking coffee is the smell. Is it difficult to store this coffee maker? Seems like it might be awkward with the propane tank. Just curious. Thanks!

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      Mary Stephenson 

      7 years ago from California

      Congratulations on LOTD. I don't go camping anymore, but I do remember having to try to cook on a camp stove. Did not drink coffee back then but hubby would fix coffee with a simple coffee pot. Not a whole lot of fun ruffing it.

    • lisln profile image


      7 years ago from Denver Colorado

      Great lens plenty of good content and lots of pictures to tell the story. Congratulations on your purple star and well deserved LOTD :)

    • CrazyHomemaker profile image


      7 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD! I love this lens. It is very informative and shows the subject in real life work. The pie iron above is making me hungry. I LOVE those pies!

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      bobnolley lm 

      7 years ago

      What a great product...makes me want to go out and be a scoutmaster again. Congratulation on the LOTD!

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 

      7 years ago from Michigan

      You've provided a fine review worthy of your LotD for which let me offer my Congratulations! Still, I do like the idea of getting away from civilization, with all its conveniences, for a little while at least.

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      7 years ago

      Congratulations on receiving the LOTD. This should help many campers who want to start their day with a good cup of coffee.

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      7 years ago

      Congratulations on receiving the LOTD. This should help many campers who want to start their day with a good cup of coffee.

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      7 years ago

      You've given a very thorough and compelling review of this Coleman coffee pot. I really appreciate a well crafted lens and yours meets the criteria. While I enjoy my open boil coffee more than any other kind of coffee, I have friends who turn their noses up at my coffee and I will certainly tell them about this.

    • marktplaatsshop profile image


      7 years ago

      congratulations on LotD. I don't like camping, but you have a great lens, thanks for sharing

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      Art Inspired 

      7 years ago

      Congratulations on your lens of the day! Well done! Make it a great day!

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      7 years ago

      I'm not a camper but I do recognize that your lens has a lot of great information. Congratulations on getting LotD!

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      7 years ago

      TEchnology for camping certainly has developed to meet so many needs along the way, who would have ever thought there would ever be a propane coffee pot, but here it is! You certainly are experiencing God's country at its best as you camp the the parks in Minnesota and Wisconsin. I think we've all dealt with the wet firewood at one time or another and had to forgo that morning cup. I'd say you have a personal relationship with your Coleman and its love for sure...congratulations on LotD, time for the dance of joy! :)

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      Gregory Moore 

      7 years ago from Louisville, KY

      Congrats on your LOTD. My family loves going camping, and these gadgets that make life a little easier in the outdoors sure are awesome.

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      7 years ago

      This is a really great lens that fits the new rules of Squidoo perfectly. It's really inspried me to start writing again. Thank you.

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      7 years ago

      Great information, thanks!

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      7 years ago

      Great information, thanks!

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      Stephen J Parkin 

      7 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      It is extremely difficult to get great coffee camping. I know I have done a fair bit of survival training in my time. This would have been a great add on to take with us and would have saved me a deal of personal grief!

    • Tracie-Fisher profile image


      7 years ago

      Loved your lens. The smell of campfire coffee wafted in the air for me. A lovely experience.

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      Faye Rutledge 

      7 years ago from Concord VA

      Great review! I never knew there was such a thing. Congratulations on LotD!

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      Renaissance Woman 

      7 years ago from Colorado

      Congrats on LotD! I'm sipping my coffee even as we speak. Even though I love rustic style camping, that doesn't mean I'm willing to forego good coffee. I'd love to have one of these coffee makers on my next camping trip.

    • writerkath profile image


      7 years ago

      This is an outstanding review! Now you've got me thinking that John & I are due for a little camping... I have a feeling your lens is gonna sell a bunch of these awesome coffee makers! :) Congratulations on your Lens of the Day!

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      Susan Deppner 

      7 years ago from Arkansas USA

      What an excellent review and recommendation! I'd love to start doing some camping again - and this coffeemaker will be on the list of "must haves" for sure. Congratulations on an eye-opening Lens of the Day!

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      7 years ago from State of Confusion

      I am not a coffee drinker. But this looks like it could be used to warm water for tea. Or as a way to boil water for other things. Congrats on the LOTD.

    • Bercton1 profile image


      7 years ago

      Grate gadget for camping and also a kitchen item as well. Really good lens!

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      7 years ago

      What a great item - I have never seen this before

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      7 years ago


    • RazzbarryBreeze profile image


      7 years ago

      I would definitely buy this if I was going camping. I enjoyed your lens very much. Congratulations on LOTD! Have a great day!

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      Sweetbunny LM 

      7 years ago

      Inspires me to go camping!

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      7 years ago

      That is the gadget ever camping person will love. And for me too.

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      Angela F 

      7 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Nice review - as a coffee lover, I'd definitely consider a coleman.

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      7 years ago

      I haven't been camping since I was a child. I bet my parents would've enjoyed having this coffee maker. Congrats on the LotD!


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