How To Brew Coffee Outdoors (5 Methods)

Whether you love camping with your family or you are just an outdoor enthusiast, learning how to brew your coffee outdoors is essential.

Methods of Outdoor Coffee Brewing

  1. Cowboy Coffee

Cowboy coffee is one of the oldest coffee brewing methods. This name originated from the “American cowboys in the Wild West.” They loved their coffee black and strong, using a single pot to brew it. Their coffee was meant to keep them awake and alert.

Making cowboy coffee is quite easy. You don’t need extra equipment. You just need to place water in a pot and boil it. Add some coffee grounds into the pot, and wait for some time. Transfer it into a mug, and take it.


  1. DIY Coffee Bag (Tea Bag)

This method does not add any weight to your stuff. You can use it to make a cup or a whole pot of coffee. You may just need to change how much coffee you add to the filter. Come with some paper coffee filters.

When you feel now it is time to brew your coffee, put the grounds into the center of the filter, depending on the amount you are looking to add. Draw up the edges and tie it shut; you may use a string, in that case.

Boil water and drop the bag inside the pot. Wait for some minutes and have your drink.

  1. Hanky Coffee

Instead of paper filters, you can use your handkerchief. You may also use your shirt, sock, or any clean cloth you can find, and use that as your filter. Use the same process as the DIY coffee bag but without the waste.

  1. Instant Coffee

This is the simplest way to make coffee in the outdoors. You simply need to boil water over a fire, or camp stove. Add some coffee inside the boiling water but it will not taste as good as brewed. You can also use cold water for an ad hoc iced brew. I bring some plastic tubes of it in my backpack. I do not like the flavor that much but it does have caffeine and sometimes I need to perk up.

  1. AeroPress

Simply put some water into heat, add some coffee, and then the water. Stir to mix and press for about 30 seconds.

Equipment and Accessories

If you want to make the perfect coffee outdoors, you need the right equipment and the right, brewing method. Of course, you need something to energize you and keep you alert as you enjoy camping moments.

When I are pack for outdoors, I bring a whole bag fresh grounded beans. I love the sticking my nose in the bad and the rich smell.

AeroPress – this is a simple, portable, and easy-to-use equipment. It is great for all outdoor trips. It can be used at home too, try using the inverted method, traditional method, or bypass method depending on how you want it to taste. Here is a guide

Coleman camping coffeemaker – are outdoorsy who doesn’t care about the weight of the equipment? If all you want is a great cup of coffee at the campsite, Coleman camping coffeemaker is your only out. I find that it is easy to keep clean.

Planetary Designs Table Top French Press – this equipment was specifically designed for making a large pot of coffee for a group of campers. It is portable, fast, and simple to use.

I prefer to set up my coffee station on a picnic table or a sturdy folding table. I’ve started brewing my coffee outside, using only my trusty French press and a campfire. It’s a simple process, but one that yields some of the best coffee I’ve ever had.

Here’s a list of what I typically bring:

  • French press
  • Coffee beans
  • Coffee grinder
  • Kettle or pot for boiling water
  • Thermometer
  • Mug or travel cup
  • Spoon or stirrer
  • Paper towels or napkins

Can you Taste Caffeine?

Caffeine is actually in a lot of other foods besides coffee. Chocolate, tea, soft drinks— even some OTC medicines have caffeine in them to either help with headaches (yes, god bless caffeine) or to help you stay awake.

Yet the reason why caffeine is added to many of these products is not because of the taste. Actually, caffeine tastes bad. It’s like distilled bitterness and can cause acid reflux and discomfort if ingested in large amounts. If you’re interested to learn more about how caffeine can cause acid reflux, check out Refluxgate.

The reason why coffee and tea are bitter is, well, caffeine! You probably are not able to taste the caffeine in other products but that’s just because they are full of sugar to balance out the caffeine taste.




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