We just published a post recently on the merits of a good cup of pour-over drip coffee while camping, and now we’d like to show you some of the latest in coffee-making tools for outdoor enthusiasts. Whether you’re backpacking mountain trails or camping for the weekend, getting your morning fix is getting easier and more efficient, with less work and waste. Here are a few of our favorites from SunnySports’ great selection of outdoor coffee makers.
One of the tenets of good coffee, so say the experts, is the freshness of the ground. A countertop grinder has become a rather ubiquitous item in the home nowadays, but many of them are powered by electricity, making them less efficient for travel and camping. Go for a minimalist approach with this hand-crank bean grinder from GSI Outdoors. The secret to this powerful tool is the conical burr, which allows for a more uniform grind than typical blade grinders. It fits over almost any round container, like a brewer or just a mug, so there’s no special container that needs to come with it. When you’re finished, the handle nests right into the grinder for storage in small spaces. A protective dust cap keeps the inside of the grinder free from outside contamination, and easily pops off for washing. Once you get this handy little grinder, you may insist on milling your coffee beans by hand even when you’re not camping!
Now that you’ve got your fresh grounds prepared, it’s time to get brewing. There is a wide variety of drip cones, filters, and coffee mugs on the market, but we especially like this all-inclusive drip set, also from GSI. Available in a 30 oz or 50 oz capacity, this all-in-one system includes a carafe with insulated jacket and lid, silicone drip cone, and reusable cloth filter, making this a sustainable and reusable coffee maker for travel and the outdoors. The silicone drip cone can be folded and stuffed into the carafe when not in use, while the EVA sleeve keeps your coffee nice and hot.
And for those of you who are on the go is the H2JO water bottle coffee filter, once again, from GSI. (It’s nice to know they’re thinking of ways to get our beloved morning brew even in the most remote places!) The most simplistic of drip coffee methods, this drop-in water bottle filter will give you a single serving in the amount of time it takes to filter the water through the coffee or tea. When it’s done, you toss the grounds and be on your way. Try cold water steeping for a summertime refresher! Fits most standard wide-mouth water bottles.