Making Great Coffee in the Great Outdoors
The simple guide to brewing in nature
If you’re like Starbucks barista Daniel Castro, nothing beats freshly brewed coffee in the fresh air of the outdoors. Whether you’re car camping, backpacking, or heading out on an epic excursion, making great coffee on the go is easier than you might think. Just follow this simple guide, and you’ll be brewing like a pro in no time.
|Car Camping Road Trips||Hiking Backpacking|
|Moka Pot Learn More 1 - 12 cups||
Pros: Comes in multiple sizes, durable
Cons: Heavier, takes time to cool
|Coffee Press Learn More 1 - 4 cups||
Pros: Durable, no filters
Cons: More cleaning
|Aeropress® Learn More 1 cup||
Pros: Lightweight, easy to clean
Cons: Requires filters, lots of pieces
|Pour Over Learn More 1 cup||
Pros: Simple, lightweight, packable
Cons: Requires filters
|Starbucks VIA® Instant Coffee Learn More 1 cup||
Pros: Lightest weight, packable, simple
Cons: Takes the fun out of brewing
|Staff Ratings, based on portability and convenience|
• Camp stove: Bring extra fuel
• Coffee: Whole bean or ground
• Hand grinder: For whole bean coffee
• Quality thermos: Keeps brew hot for up to 12 hours
• Water: Pack filtered water, or bring a water filter
• Coffee scoop: Take the guesswork out
• Cream & sugar: Pack in unbreakable containers
• Pre-measure portions of whole or ground coffee at home to simplify brewing.
• Save to-go packets of sugar and creamer for trips.
• For day trips, brew at home and pack in a good thermos.
The moka pot comes in a variety of sizes. We like it because it makes rich, flavorful coffee with minimal effort. Because it’s made of metal with sharp angles, we don’t love it for lightweight backpacking.
Many camp stoves have integrated coffee press attachments you can buy. They work just like your coffee press at home for strong, full-bodied coffee.
Made of plastic, the AeroPress® is light, portable and makes incredible, espresso-like coffee with crema. Because it makes one cup at a time, you may find yourself playing barista in groups.
The timeless way to make gourmet coffee. All you need is near boiling water and a filter. Look for a lightweight plastic or aluminum camp model for portability, especially one that collapses flat.
Starbucks VIA® Instant Coffee
If you want to save weight or don’t want to fuss with gear, Starbucks VIA® Instant Coffee is delicious and quick. All you need is a camp stove and water and you’re good to go. It also makes a great backup to your regular brew.
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