5 Ways to Make Coffee Outdoors


There is nothing better than a fresh cup of joe in the great outdoors. Who wants to go through caffeine withdrawals when hiking through mountains and crossing rivers? I know I sure don’t! So if you’re unsure how to make the perfect cup of coffee in the wilderness, we are here to help you out. Here are 5 different ways to make the must have miracle juice. As you can tell, my coffee of choice would have to be Starbucks!

Pro Tip: The Golden Ratio for a perfect cup of coffee is the water:coffee ratio, 1-2 tablespoons to every 6 ounces of hot water. Water temperature is also important as it should be between 195-205 degrees Farrenheit (almost boiling). 

1. Instant Coffee


Honestly, this is my go to way to make coffee while camping. Obviously this is typically the cheapest way to make a cup of coffee but also the quickest. I prefer Starbucks Via Instant Coffee because the quality of the coffee is much better than any other instant coffees I’ve tried.

It is simple to make, all you have to do is boil your desired amount of water and then add your desired amount of instant coffee. Boom! A quick fresh cup of joe!

What to bring:

  • Mug
  • Pot
  • Instant Coffee
  • Camp Stove of your choice


2. Cowboy Coffee


If you’re camping with a large group of people, then cowboy coffee may be the coffee for you (as long as you don’t mind a few grounds in your coffee). All you have to do is boil a large amount of water in a pot, add medium to course coffee, boil for four minutes, and then pour a small amount of cold water on top to settle the grounds to the bottom. Perfecto! Another fresh cup of coffee in the wilderness! Bonus, there is enough for everyone!

What to bring:

  • Mug
  • Large Pot
  • Medium to Coarse Ground Coffee
  • Camp Stove of your choice

3. French Press

A french press is another great coffee maker for large groups of people because it can hold a good amount of coffee in it. It is also very simple to make a french press coffee. But most importantly, the grind at which the coffee is grounded is extremely important for the quality of the coffee. You will want to make sure the coffee is grounded very coarse otherwise you may get a bitter-tasting cup of coffee. No thanks!

I don’t have a french press but it is quite simple to use as I have had to make French Presses while I worked at Starbucks. All you have to do is pour the amount of coffee in the bottom of the french press, add almost boiling water on top of the coffee, making sure to wet all the grounds, steep for four minutes, and then press down on the french press to extract the grounds out of the coffee. Presto! You have yet another great tasting cup of coffee. Here is a great video explaining how to make coffee using a French Press.

What do bring:

  • Mug
  • French Press
  • Coarse Ground Coffee
  • Camp Stove of your choice 

4. Pour Over


This is my personal favorite for at home brewing but you can definitely make pour over coffee while you camp too. There are a few different types of pour over body styles you can choose from. I have a glass pour over drip brewer style for at home and the plastic pour over dripper style. When I am camping though, I’d prefer the plastic pour over dripper style because it is more light and compact than the other one.

For this one, you’d want to boil your water, prepare the pour over with a filter and add desired amount of coffee in it. Then simply pour the water over the coffee grounds. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy.

What to bring:

  • Mug
  • Fine to Medium Ground Coffee
  • Camp Stove
  • Coffee Filter
  • Pour Over of your choice

5. AreoPress

An AreoPress is yet another coffee maker that I do not own but heard is a great and easy way to make a quick cup of coffee out in the woods. One cool thing that this coffee maker can do is also make espresso! How cool is that?! Since I have never used one of these bad boys myself, here is a video to further explain how to make an AreoPress cup of coffee.


What to bring: 

  • Mug
  • AreoPress
  • Areopress Filters
  • Finely Ground Coffee


I hope that this has helped you through your coffee journey of finding the best way to brew your favorite cup of joe on your travels! If you have any other way of brewing coffee while on the go, let us know in the comments below! We would love to explore new ways! Thanks for reading and Mtn Talk to you all later!

8 thoughts on “5 Ways to Make Coffee Outdoors

  1. I live my old fashioned perked coffee while camping. The wait, the sound of the perk as I wait for it to finish. When traveling light I make coffee bags from coffee filers and good coffe grounds ties the coffe bag with dental floss for the easy dunking of the bag in hot water. Of course you can buy the coffee bags by folgers now, but making my own always seems better.


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