Coffee Coverage: A Guide To Making Coffee In The Wild


The crisp morning air, the crackling campfire, and the promise of a steaming cup of coffee - ah, the joys of camping! But how do you achieve that perfect cup amidst the wilderness? Worry not, fellow coffee connoisseurs, for there are several ways to brew a delicious cuppa while camping, depending on your priorities and setup.

Now, we know there are plenty of pre-packaged coffee options out there, but they just won't do for the serious camper.

The Coffee Cowboy

Use coarsely ground coffee and add it directly to your MSR WindBurner Stove System or a pot of boiling water. After letting it brew for a few minutes, settle the grounds with a cold water splash (but be careful not to crack the pot!). This method can leave some grit in your cup, so consider using a bandana or coffee sock for a cleaner brew.

The French Way

The French press is a fantastic option for group camping or if you need more than one cup to get you going. Easy to use and producing a rich, full-bodied cup of coffee, add your ground coffee to your Stanley Stay Hot Press, pour over some hot water, let steep, and then slowly plunge the filter down. Fill your favorite Stanley mug and enjoy.

Another great product is the MSR Windbreaker Coffee Press attachment, which turns your MSR Cooker into a coffee press.

Drip Coffee Perfection

Many portable pour-over filters allow you to bring the coffee shop experience to the wild. Place your filter in your mug, heat up some water in your MSR or pot, then slowly pour the hot water over the grounds in the filter. Repeat this process a few times for a stronger brew.

StoveTop Goodness

For a large group, percolators are a great option. They circulate hot water through the coffee grounds, resulting in a strong, full-bodied brew. A medium or coarsely ground bean is best. Fill the base with water, add your coffee grounds to the basket and place it inside the base, screw on the top, and place it on your MSR Cooker. Keep an eye on it, and once the glass pot is full of brewed coffee, you're good to enjoy.

Tricks & Tips for Camp Coffee Success

No matter which method you choose, here are some additional tips for camping coffee perfection:

  • Freshly Ground Coffee: Pre-ground coffee loses flavor quickly. If you're serious about your coffee, consider investing in a portable hand grinder.
  • The Right Bean for the Job: Different grinds work better depending on how you brew. Check the packaging; most coffee beans will recommend a grind suitable for your chosen method.
  • Filtered Water: If possible, use filtered water for the best taste. Fresh mountain water can be a great option!
  • Insulated Mug: An insulated mug will keep your coffee hot for hours, allowing you to savor the experience.


So, the next time you're camping, ditch the worries about your coffee fix. With a little planning and the right method, you can brew a delicious cup that will fuel your adventures. Now, go forth and explore, one delicious cup of coffee at a time!

We're excited to see your unique way to make a perfect cup of coffee, so don't forget to tag us and share the picturesque backdrop that accompanies your favorite cup of coffee.