Here’s how to make great coffee and tea while camping

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There’s nothing like a good cup of coffee or tea in the morning after a night under the stars. There’s nothing more infuriating than burning through your limited supply of coffee beans or tea leaves, then finding yourself without proper caffeine when a day of adventure awaits. The good thing is that making a great coffee while camping isn’t that hard. All it takes is a few essentials, a bit of know-how and a bit of patience. We spoke with a few coffee and tea experts to better prepare you for a great cup every time you find yourself outside.

For the coffee lover

Unless you bring your own scale, a good way to immediately improve the quality of your beer garden is to pack a small hand grinder.

VSSL founder Todd Weimer uses his company’s Java hand grinder to add that bit of freshness to the site and runs it through an AeroPress. It’s basically the industry standard when it comes to making a decent mechanical hit without an actual espresso machine.

If you are really discernment about your espresso, you can pre-weigh your beans at home (you can also roast them there). Then you can run the appropriate amount of water and voila, you have a great cup of coffee. You can optionally bring a portable thermometer to really dial in your temperature so you don’t burn your brew.

Consider instant coffee

“Backpacking or hiking, leaving no trace is really important. I always try to carry as little packaging as possible,” says Kelly Miyar, content specialist at Verve Coffee Roasters. One of the easiest ways to pack light is to pack a packet of instant coffee. Almost every coffee brand worth their salt has an instant coffee option. You can also find options for hot or cold instant coffee. It’s tried, true and still pending when weight is an issue.

Tea is less finicky

Steven Smith Teamaker’s Culinary Director, Karl Holl, takes a simple approach to making tea outdoors, especially as the weather begins to turn and he’s on the hunt for mushrooms outside.

“Hot tea really plays a part in my foraging trips in the fall when it’s wet and freezing and I spend a few days in the woods,” he says.

He uses a simple tea kettle ready for a campfire on a fire pit tripod or just the embers themselves. Holl says investing in a simple tea infuser makes it easier to take loose tea for a more biodegradable experience.

Equipment for better coffee and tea outdoors

An AeroPress Go Travel coffee press on a gray background.

AeroPress Go Travel Coffee Press


A smaller version of the gold standard in outdoor brewing. This “travel” version is a no-brainer when it comes to making efficient and portable coffee outdoors. (Just be ready to put on some muscle for your morning drink.)

A VSSL Java coffee grinder on a white background.

Java VSSL coffee grinder


The Java from VSSL is not only a capable grinder, it is also one of the best mechanical options with portability built into the overall design. Sure, it’s an investment, but you might find yourself using it just as much at home as around the campfire.

A Miir cold brew coffee filter on a gray background

MiiR Cold Brew Coffee Filter


Cold brew is a great, sneaky way to fuel your mornings with minimal fuss. MiiR’s new cold brew filter is ready to insert into one of many existing bottle sizes, and all you need is 8-10 hours to soak for a bit, and you’ll have kerosene. in the morning before hitting the trail.

A Camp Chef Stryker 100 stove on a gray background

Camp Chef Stryker 100 Range


Easily one of the best and most durable portable stove options when it comes to heating water quickly. Use it in the morning for coffee and meal prep/washing up throughout the day.

A Snow Peak Titanium French Press on a gray background

Snow Peak Titanium French Press


A true backpacker French press, weighing just 6.3 ounces. The Japanese brand’s incredibly durable titanium shell can also be used to boil water over a heat source, making it a nifty dual-purpose option for backcountry treks.

A 12 fl oz Hydro Flask cup on a white background

12 fl oz Hydro Flask Mug


There are a handful of companies that make well-designed, well-insulated mugs that are optimized for the outdoors. Hydro Flask is certainly one of them. The flagship 12 oz. The mug is a great reserve for morning perks (and doubles as the perfect vessel for evening drinks).

A Bripe Coffee Brew pipe kit on a gray background.

Bripe Coffee Pipe Kit


If you want to get weird with your camping coffee, there’s this torch-powered option, which only requires water, ground coffee and an included butane lighter to whip up a shot in under three minutes. There are also times when you feel like you’re taking another boost on the trail, but reviewers say it’s quickly become a staple both on and off the grid.

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