Most of us can’t imagine starting their day without a good cup of coffee. According to the National Coffee Association, Americans consume 400 million cups of coffee per day, making the United States the leading consumer of coffee in the world. Coffee, of course, is best enjoyed when it is brewed at just the right temperature and exposure. Improper coffee brewing can bring out the bitterness and acidity in your beverage, swamping its flavors. When you are out camping, the lack of an electric coffee machine doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your daily caffeine fix. In this blog, we present you with 7 of the best coffee pots for camping currently available in the market.
1. Planetary Design Table Top French Press
Combining style, function, and durability, the Planetary Design Table Top French Press is a great outdoor companion if you want to enjoy a nice, flavorful coffee anywhere. The coffee pot is very durable and virtually spill-proof, allowing you to take it almost anywhere. The brewing process is fast – it takes under 5 minutes for the coffee to get ready. Its mesh screen does an excellent job removing any residual grit and bitterness out of the coffee. It is also very easy to clean so that’s another plus.
- Easy to clean
- Functional and durable design
- Multiple colors to choose from
- The opening in the spout allows some heat to escape
- Awkward plunger design
2. Stanley Cook + Brew Set
Stanley Cook + Brew is a superb multi-function outdoor cooking gear that also doubles as an exceptional coffee maker. It is surprisingly thermal efficient and can keep your coffee hot for a long while. The stainless steel set is also rust-resistant, and its nesting design allows for easy and storage. If you want to pack in less gear without compromising on your hot cup of beverage, the Stanley Cook + Brew Set is a worthy companion.
- Multipurpose function
- Durable and rust resistance
- Convenient and easy to carry
- Coffee quality may not be as good compared to specialized coffee pots
- Small serving size
3. Farberware Classic Stainless Steel Yosemite Percolator
Great to look at and great at making flavorsome coffee, the Farberware Classic Stainless Steel Yosemite Percolator is a great choice for group campers. Thanks to its large capacity, this brewer can make A LOT of coffee at a time. Cleaning it is also a breeze and its tough glass knob allows you to know when percolating begins. It features an integrated coffee filter basket, meaning you won’t have to deal with replacing any messy paper mesh. One major negative about this otherwise great outdoor coffee pot is that the brewing process takes an agonizingly long time to complete.
- Serves 12-14 people
- Easy to clean
- Robust, sturdy design
- Great for group camping
- Integrated coffee filter basket
- Slow brewing process
4. Bialetti Moka Express
If you want a good functional coffee pot with a distinctive design, the Bialetti Moka Express is an excellent choice. Its aluminum and steel build allows for an even boiling, and brings out a smooth, almost velvety texture in your coffee. However, this very combination also does make it more susceptible to corrosion compared to many other pots on our list. Hence, we wouldn’t recommend it for particularly damp or salty outdoor environments. It also boasts a tremendous serving capacity, being able to make enough coffee for 12 people. The coffee pot makes for an excellent beverage, and despite not hosting enough pressure, its expression brews are also convincingly good.
- Best for making mokas
- Unique octagonal design
- Serves 12 people
- Easy to clean
- Not very resistant to corrosion
5. Coletti”Bozeman” Percolator Coffee Pot
What’s great about the Coletti”Bozeman” Percolator Coffee Pot is that it has no plastic parts. Its knob is molded from heat resistant glass, the frame is made from high-grade stainless steel and the handle comprises of rosewood. The pot itself is quite satisfying to look at but the coffee it brews is even more satisfying to drink. Quality craftsmanship is visible on inspecting the coffee pot. You can expect it to last a long while even with extensive use. However, in regard to its wooden handle, we would make an exception to the rule. It has a cup measurement marked on its outside, which we think is a nice little feature for our convenience. Serving size is also great, enough for a group of 12 people. One minor criticism we can make of this coffee pot is that holes in the dish are large enough that some of the coffee grounds slip through. Fortunately, it comes along with filters, which does solve the issue to a certain degree.
- Large serving size
- Classic well-crafted design
- Easy to clean
- No plastic part
- Comes with filters
- Wooden handle a bit flimsy
6. Granite Ware F6006
Many people express their concern about using a granite pot as they fear it might crack from the heat and pressure. However, the Granite Ware F6006 is one tough cookie and boasts high resistance to heat. Because of its built material, it absorbs heat quickly and its inner steel core allows for heat to be distributed evenly throughout the boil, and giving your coffee brews a smooth texture. The design is also quite robust so don’t worry about it breaking if you mistakenly trip it over. Material quality is top-notch for the most part, but the lid bracket at the top of the pot feels a bit fragile.
- Robust, heat resistance design
- Quick and even heat up
- Easy to clean
- Prone to chipping
- Flimsy lid bracket
7. Texsport Aluminum Percolator
The Texsport Aluminum Percolator is a good and reliable old-fashioned percolator, with a massive serving capacity that’s perfect for large groups. When filled to the top, the pot takes a while to fully prepare the coffee but the end result is worth the wait. Cleaning the pot is very easy. Despite being made of aluminum, the pot isn’t flimsy by any means and you can expect it to last for years. However, it should not be handled roughly as its frame can dent easily.
- Serves 20 people
- Suitable for large groups
- Vulnerable to denting
- Not pretty to look at
Some Final thoughts
When choosing the best coffee pot for camping, take into consideration your specific needs. If you are part of a large camping group, then it would be more convenient to take along a coffee pot with a large serving capacity. However, for solo camping trips, a large and heavy coffee pot would be terribly inconvenient. Consider also the types of coffee pots. There are three main variants – percolator, moka, and French press. The type you choose can greatly influence the flavors, texture, and variety of your coffee. Choose the one that best fits your unique taste. Camping in the outdoors is fun, but a good delicious cup of coffee in the morning makes the experience all the better.