Backpacking Coffee: 10 Easy Ways to Brew Coffee Outdoors

Backpacking Coffee

Are you an outdoorsy type? There is nothing so satisfying than a cup of freshly brewed coffee after a busy day enjoying nature with your friends or family. Gulping a cup or two when out there make your trip even better. But how can you brew coffee outdoors considering most coffee gadgets are not portable.

Here are ten secrets on how to brew the best cup of java while outdoors:

1. DIY coffee bags

Familiar with tagged teabags? Just DIY your own coffee bags with coffee filters. So, make sure to bring enough coffee filters. You can use dental floss to fasten the edges of your coffee filters once you put the desired amount of grounds.

Boil water and either pour water over the bag or drip it in the pot. Wait a few minutes and enjoy your brew.

2. Cowboy coffee (grounds straight into the pot)

cowboy coffee

With this method, just heat up water, add some coffee grounds into the pot and wait a bit. Then transfer your coffee to a mug and enjoy. 

3. Instant coffee

The easiest way to quench your thirst when in the outdoor is by bringing a few sachets of instant coffee. To enjoy, heat up some water and pour the coffee in. It is that simple and fast to kill your thirst.

4. Reusable coffee filter

If you hate the idea of paper coffee filters, then you must love reusable coffee filters. They are easy to use and an excellent option for backpacking. To brew, fill your filter with coffee grounds and place it into a mug. Then add hot water through it and wait for a few minutes. Voila, your coffee is ready.

5. Hanky coffee

Instead of using paper coffee filters, use a handkerchief. You can as well use a sock, shirt, or any clean cloth you have. Follow the same process as that of DIY coffee bags. This method is more suitable if you want to go green.

6. AeroPress


With an AeroPress, nothing will stop you from preparing your cup of joe any time you crave for one. To brew with an AeroPress, heat up water, add the coffee, then water and stir for about 20-30 seconds. Finally, press the plunger down and partake your coffee. It is best if you consider steel filters as they last longer, and remove the trouble of dealing with trash from the paper filters.

Learn how to use an AeroPress coffee maker:

How to use an AeroPress (Two Easy Ways!)

7. Pocket PourOver

Ever heard about Kuju PourOver? It is a perfect way to brew coffee in the outdoors. The lightweight, foldable pour-over pouch is filled when filled coffee grounds make brewing a seamless task. Simply attach the pouch on any size mug, pour some hot water over it, and get your caffeine fix.

8. Drip coffee maker

If you love pour-over coffee, a lightweight coffee maker from companies like GSI will not disappoint. Just get one and use the usual grounds and hot water to prepare a perfect cup of java.

9. A Coffee Maker

If you have enough space in RV and you can’t go without grabbing a few cups of coffee while out there, then make sure to load Oxx Coffeeboxx. It uses the K-Cup system and electricity to make coffee. Just remember to take good care of this coffee maker as it will cost you around $ 249 to get a new one.

10. French Press

If you are a coffee addict, you must be having a French Press in the house. While a French Press is not the best outdoor companion (some are very fragile), having one will make your trip even better.

Check out our dedicated french press hub to learn more about it:

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french press

11. Moka Pot


It’s their size that makes the Moka Pot ideal for camping. The variant of the one-cup fits snugly in a trekking bag and comfortably on small backpacking stoves. You and your partner may have to make two rounds but the pot is a quick producer. Built from lightweight aluminum, it is lightweight and needs only a small amount of ground espresso–so there are really no weight issues, particularly because espresso is often consumed straight upwards.

Some hard cores campers will say they’d rather not take up space with a coffee maker in their bag–even if it’s small–or just drink tea while camping to save weight. No espresso in the morning would bring out something more monsterous than a bear.

Wrap up

You can also use a percolator. It also gets the job done, but you must be ready to keep it boil to brew.

Do you like our list? Or do you have anything you can add or want to share your own experience? Do you have a question? Use the comment section below, and we shall get back.

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Self-proclaimed coffee drinker. I would, on a typical day, start my day by grinding my coffee with a manual grinder and use a French Press as a starter (2 cups), then a pour-over in the afternoon (4 cups). I had my fair share as a barista but I prefer to drink it, not serve it.