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What’s a trip to the great outdoors without a sturdy coffee pot to help complete your morning routine? There’s no better way to take in nature first thing in the morning than with a hot cup of joe in hand. Making a cup of coffee on a camping trip should be low maintenance, easy, and quick, so you want a coffee pot that can give you tasty results without too much effort on your part. Sure, it’d be nice to bring your fancy espresso maker, Keurig, or pour-over coffee maker into the woods, but if you’re tight on space or don’t have access to an outlet, then these options aren’t possible.
When looking for the perfect camping coffee pot for your needs, it’s important to consider how easy it is to use, how well it packs, how much it costs, and how the coffee tastes. Whether you’re looking for a French press, single-cup brewer, percolator, kettle, or simple drip option, there are plenty of ways to make a cup of java on your next trip into the woods.
Here, the best coffee pots for camping.
Best Overall: AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker
Brews high-quality coffee, fast
Only brews up to three cups
If you want your coffee to be ready lightning fast, then you can’t go wrong with a classic AeroPress. If the waiting time for a French press is too much for your patience, then this coffee maker is a great option for you. Known for its quick, immersion brewing process, this maker is guaranteed to make smooth, full-bodied coffee without bitterness or any acidic flavors. It makes 1-3 cups per brew and everything is ready in about a minute. You can also use it to brew espresso-style coffees.
Our tester loved the convenience of this coffee maker and the fact that all the parts break down easily for storage or for travel. The coffee definitely passed the taste test, too. According to our reviewer, you can expect "high-quality, smooth-tasting coffee that's similar to pour-over coffee." She noted it takes some time to get used to the instructions so you may want to brew a few cups at home before you head out on your adventure.
Material: Plastic | Size: 1- to 3-cups | Type: Coffee and espresso press
"For a small investment, you get high-quality coffee, easy cleanup, and a travel companion in return." — Cheyenne Elwell, Product Tester
Best Percolator: Farberware Yosemite Coffee Percolator
Available in two sizes
Does not require filters
Not as straightforward as electric percolator
If you’re looking for a percolator-style coffee maker to brew your coffee on your next camping trip, this stainless steel model from Farberware is durable, easy to use, and brews a delicious cup of joe. Available in both 8- and 12-cup sizes, the percolator basket has a built-in filter, so you don’t need to worry about fussing with one-time use filters. At an affordable price, this is a long-lasting, stylish coffee pot that you will be excited to bring on all of your camping adventures.
The comfortable handle makes it safe to touch and easy to maneuver, especially if you’re brewing over an open fire. Stainless steel is a great material for brewing coffee because it does not absorb the flavor or scent of coffee, so it’s very easy to clean. While there are electric percolator options available, this manual version is still user-friendly and can brew coffee quickly.
Material: Stainless steel | Size: 8 and 12 cup | Type: Percolator
Best Large: Coletti Bozeman Percolator Coffee Pot
Available in multiple large sizes
Stainless steel is super durable and easy to clean
Wood handle is comfy and easy to hold
Large in size
If you’re heading into the great outdoors with a large group of java lovers, you’ll definitely want a coffee pot that can keep up with the morning routine. This pot is available in 9-, 12-, and 14-cup options, so you can best decide which amount of coffee is right for you and your group. The sleek wood handle not only provides a chic look but stays cool to the touch so it’s easy to handle. The heat-tempered glass top on the lid also makes for safe, easy handling.
Though the pot does not require filters, it does come with filters that you can use if your coffee is ground up extremely fine. And while this pot is on the more expensive side, it can brew a ton of coffee at once so we think that the extra money is definitely worth it for your big group.
Material: Stainless steel | Size: 9, 12, and 14 cup | Type: Percolator
Best for Backpacking: Widesea Camping Coffee Pot
Lightweight and durable
Only brews 1 cup at a time
If you’re tight on space and need something lightweight and easy to use for your solo backpacking travels, this coffee maker is exactly what you should pack. The stainless steel and aluminum combo make for a durable, easy-to-heat French press that travels extremely well. It holds 8 ounces of coffee (1 cup) and weighs 12 ounces. The rubber handles make it super easy to grab and you can enjoy the coffee directly out of the cup you used for brewing.
At such an approachable price point, this French press is a great, simple addition to your next solo trip. If you’re planning to make coffee for more than two people, this maker probably isn’t your best option.
Material: Stainless steel/aluminum | Size: 8 ounces | Type: French press
Best Splurge: Stanley 48-Ounce French Press
Super durable exterior
Offers double vacuum insulation
48 ounces of coffee
Large and bulky
If you’re a huge coffee person and looking to go all-in for your next camping coffee pot, this is the one to go for. With a 48-ounce capacity, you will definitely be the person everyone wants to go camping with because it can brew a ton of coffee at once. The double vacuum insulation can keep your coffee piping hot for up to four hours and can also keep cold beverages at temperature for eight hours. The BPA-free 18/10 stainless steel walls are insanely durable and offer unparalleled insulation.
Each piece of the French press is dishwasher safe, making it a breeze to clean after the trip. If you love your glass French press, this wildly durable option is the next best thing and is perfect for your next trip.
Material: Stainless steel | Size: 48 ounce | Type: French press
Best Moka Pot: Grosche Milano Stovetop Espresso Maker
Available in multiple sizes
Brews high quality espresso
Heat resistant knobs and handles
Does not brew coffee—only espresso
Seal needs to be replaced every couple months
A moka pot is an apparatus that passes boiling water pressurized by steam through ground coffee for a strong, tasty brew. Available in 3-, 6-, and 9-cup options, this moka pot gives you the flexibility to brew a strong espresso or a classic coffee. Lined with a lead-free, food-grade enamel with anodized aluminum, this pot is completely safe to brew and super sturdy for all your camping adventures. The heat-resistant handles and knobs make the pot safe and easy to maneuver around the fire, and when you’re done using it, all the separate parts disassemble quickly.
A non-toxic silicone seal is around the filter in order to prevent leaks while maintaining steady pressure in the boiler. This seal should be replaced every 3 to 6 months. If you don’t prefer a strong brew, this is probably not your best option as the results here are a strong espresso blend.
Material: Aluminum/silicone | Size: 3, 6, and 9 cup | Type: Moka pot
Best Portable Pour-Over: Primula Brew Buddy Portable Pour Over
Requires a large coffee pot
If you’re in the market for a streamlined, portable pour-over, we love this compact, budget-friendly option. The reusable, extra-fine, mesh sieve is extremely proficient in ensuring that no loose coffee grounds make it into your cup of java. You’ll need a mug or cup to set the apparatus over, which is the vessel that you will enjoy your brew out of. No need for paper filters, K-Cups, or any electric source—this simple pour-over will have you sipping on coffee by the campfire in no time (we’re talking as quickly as 30 seconds).
A kettle or spouted pot is ideal to pour your hot water out of and over the sieve. As you use the pour-over you will adjust to the strength of the brew, but for the most part, the slower the pour the darker the coffee, and the quicker the pour the lighter the coffee.
Material: Plastic/ mesh | Size: .06 pounds/ 4 inches wide | Type: Pour-over
Best Stainless Steel: Eurolux 9-Cup Percolator Coffee Maker Pot
Stainless steel is easy to clean and durable
Doesn’t require filters
Large and bulky
The quality of this stainless steel (plastic-free) coffee pot is unrivaled. All of the parts are of the utmost quality to brew a top-notch cup of coffee, and they’re BPA-free and dishwasher safe. The permanent filter basket works in lieu of paper filters for an easy, breezy brew and seamless cleanup (though some paper filters are included should you decide that you prefer to use them). A stylish wooden handle also makes the pot safe to touch even while using. The pot is safe to use over the stove or over a campfire, so you can use it at home or out in nature. While filters are not completely necessary when brewing, customers find them to be useful to help keep finely ground coffee beans from falling into the coffee.
Material: 18/8 Stainless steel | Size: 9 cup | Type: Percolator
What to Look for in Camping Coffee Pots
The bigger your coffee apparatus, the more difficult it will be to take on long adventures where space is limited. If you are camping with a large group, it will probably be necessary for you to look into 9-cup or more pots (you can look for 12- or 16-cup options). If it’s for four people or less, you can likely get away with something smaller. If it’s just for one person, there are plenty of single brew options that will save you a ton of space.
When it comes to any equipment used for camping or outdoor purposes, durable is always better. Materials like stainless steel, aluminum, and cast iron are all break-resistant and heat evenly. Of course, some of these materials are heavier than others, so whether you’ll be transporting the pot in your car or in your backpack will also play a role. Plastics and rubbers are also easy-to-pack, durable materials that aren’t as expensive.
Of course, no item passes the camping test unless it’s highly portable. Whether you’re RV camping, car camping, or backpacking will play into how much space you can afford for your coffee pot. Keep in mind that most coffee pots are designed to have you heat your water elsewhere, so you’ll want to make sure that you have a small pot or kettle separately that you can use to boil water. If you have the option to use electricity from a car or RV, you can always opt to use an electric kettle, which will make your coffee routine much quicker.
A camping coffee pot can run you anywhere from $10 to $100, so it’s certainly worth considering how often you’ll use the pot as well as how particular you are about your coffee. There are plenty of percolators and French presses that can get the job done and will cost you less than $40, but if you’re a big coffee drinker and want something with a few more features or durability, investing in a more expensive pot (maybe one that offers insulation) could be great for your future camping adventures.
How do you use a percolator coffee pot camping?
To use a percolator coffee pot, you’ll start by filling the pot with water (there’s typically a fill line so you’ll know where to stop). The fineness or coarseness of your coffee grounds as well as the size of the holes in your basket will determine whether you need to use a filter or not. Add the grounds to your basket and secure the lid, placing the entire basket in the pot. Place the pot over a stove or hot fire until it starts to boil. Once boiling, reduce heat or move it to a cooler spot of the open fire and let it percolate for 10 to 15 minutes. You will notice the color of the water starts to slowly darken. Pour out the coffee and enjoy it hot.
Why Trust The Spruce Eats?
Sara Tane has written nearly a dozen buying guides for The Spruce Eats, understanding what consumers and cooks need to consider before making a new purchase for their culinary adventures. She is a professionally trained chef in addition to a camping, coffee, and outdoor cooking enthusiast. With many weekends of brewing coffee out in the great outdoors, she is no stranger to different ways to make coffee while camping. After researching espresso makers, pour-overs, drip makers, and French presses, she can help you find the best camping coffee pot for your next adventure. She not only takes her coffee pretty seriously in the morning, but she understands what makes for an easy, seamless brewing experience. Nobody wants to be fussing with their coffee apparatus in the middle of nowhere.