The point of camping is to disconnect from work and screens. Nature recharges and heals the soul, allowing you to get back to your city or suburb feeling refreshed and recharged. It takes a bit longer to cook food, get warm, and set up shelter, but in those struggles, we can let go of everyday life.
However, no one should endure such hardships as no coffee or espresso maker for their morning cup of joe. To prevent such a soul-crushing mishap we tracked down the best camping coffee makers and mugs for 2020 to help you out.
Best Camping Coffee Makers
While you probably won’t haul an espresso machine into the backcountry, you can still have a delicious espresso while you’re out camping or overlanding.
Wacaco learned a lot making its Minipresso hand-held espresso machine and has returned with the Nanopresso. Smaller, lighter and providing higher pressure than the Minipresso, the Nanopresso presses a shot at 18 bars or 261 PSI. Fill the cup with fine grounds and tamp hard. A few slow pumps later, rich espresso and dense crema comes out the end.
Tap the cup of grounds in the garbage and rinse with water and you’re ready for the next shot.
There’s nothing easier than a French press for a big batch of hot joe on a misty camp morning. Dump in the grounds and hot water, press, caffeinate. Don’t let it sit though, lest that coffee get cold.
Stanley knows a thing or two about keeping things hot and applies its bomber durability and vacuum insulation to the Classic Stay Hot French Press. Both the carafe and lid are vacuum insulated and rated to keep liquids hot for four hours, or cold for nine. Its 48-ounce capacity is good for six 8-ounce cups. The filter unscrews from the lid for easy cleanup.
If you are going to let your fFench press sit, a long steep can make a bitter, acidic brew. Planetary Designs has come up with a brilliant way to stop the brew after pressing in the new OVRLNDR Press.
After brewing with the OVRLNDR, press like you would a normal French press. Instead of the grounds still mixing with the water steeping further, small plates on the Bru-Stop press flip up to let the water through but snap back into place. The grounds stay separated from the water. 24 oz keeps you caffeinated for at least the next couple hours. A double locking flip lid lets you directly sip the goods. The bottom portion of the press unscrews for easy cleanup.
Most pour-overs require paper filters and fit in certain size cups. Not Stanley’s Perfect-Brew Pour Over which has a massive bottom plate. From Stanley’s own vacuum bottles to massive mugs, the pour-over sits nicely on each. It also holds up to 20 ounces for filling up extra large cups on early mornings.
There’s no need for paper filters either as the Perfect-Brew has its own reusable stainless filter. Pour in the grounds, then water, wait a couple minutes and you’re done. The filter unscrews and pops off the screw cap for easy and complete cleanup.
The set also comes with the Classic Camp Mug in matching hammertone green. The vacuum-insulated sides and plastic lid keep the precious heat from escaping too quickly. A wide stainless rim gives a smooth feel to every sip.
From the creator of the Aerobie Flying Ring, coffee drinkers were blessed with the first Aeropress. It’s a simple device that resembles a large coffee syringe. A fitting image when some days I would gladly take a caffeine IV.
Aeropress is back with a smaller, lighter travel version: The Aeropress Go. The Go is slightly smaller than the standard version, fitting into the included cup. A scoop and stirrer fit into the open end and a rubberized lid pops on top for an enclosed unit for brewing on the go. A small case holding 20 paper filters fits in the bottom of the cup as well.
Well-timed Aeropress coffee may the best ways to wake up while camping, or any other day for that matter. Far less acidic and bitter than most coffee, Aeropress can be quickly made anywhere, whether travelling or at work. Just add grounds and hot water, then press. Pop the dry grounds in the garbage when you’re done and you’re ready to roll.
Best Camping Mugs
We can’t talk about coffee without efficient ways to hold the black gold. From ultralight to over-sized, these top-of-the-line joe transporters help keep you caffeinated by the fire or on the trail.
After taking over the world of phone cases, Otterbox have turned their sights on outdoor gear and we’re happy for it. Their bombproof coolers are top notch and, it turns out, so are their mugs and tumblers.
The Elevation 14 mug is 14 ounces, holding a respectable cup of coffee. An internal copper lining and included spill-proof lid keeps contents hot or cold for hours. Go stainless steel for a natural look but the matte black is at the top of our list.
If you’re in needed of something extra-sized, Yeti’s 26-ounce Rambler can hold over 3 regular cups of coffee. It’s also great for massive teas and water for half a day. The stainless rim feels great to sip all day and when it’s time to wash, just chuck it in the dishwasher.
It doesn’t come with a lid but check out the magslider lid with a magnet-attached slider. Just pop the magslider or the lid off if you don’t need it. Standard and straw lids are also available.
Titanium is still one of the wonders of the outdoor world. Titanium mugs and pots can weigh half as much as their stainless counterparts. Built on generations of Japanese titanium manufacturing, Snowpeak make some of the best titanium outdoor gear around.
The Ti-Double 450 from Snowpeak isn’t as light as they get but then for that it’d have to be smaller. We’re not willing to sacrifice the space we need for more coffee, so the 450 is a good compromise with its 15-ounce capacity. Weighing only 4.2 ounces itself, it’s not going to weigh you down. For even lighter, see the 6.8-ounce Ti-Double H200 weighing 2.2 ounces. The 450 goes well with Snowpeaks sipper lid which locks in even more heat.
Not just a mug, the MultiBev is a vacuum bottle and a mug. The bottom of the bottle unscrews into a mug for drinking on the go or holding a completely different drink. Inside the Pak Cap lid on top of the bottle hides a folding silicone lid, conveniently fitting perfectly on the cup that unscrews from the bottom.
Keep water in the bottle and coffee in the cup in the morning and just pop the cup on the bottle after so you don’t lose it. If you need a refill of either at the coffee shop don’t worry about filling up the landfill with reusable bottles or cups. Just use the MultiBev.
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