Say goodbye to instant coffee. Get step-by-step instructions for making the best (and easiest) camp coffee of your life using an Aeropress.

How to Make Killer Camp Coffee

Coffee is an integral part of my morning routine when I’m off on my car camping adventures. Whether I’m having a slow start over a home (camp)-cooked breakfast or need a quick jolt for a long stretch of driving, that delicious coffee aroma is a necessity to get me going.

Apart from wanting my coffee to be as strong and tasty as it is at home, there’s a few additional considerations for brewing an awesome cup of joe at camp. I like to keep gadgets to a minimum and brewing and cleanup should be quick and easy as possible.

A few years ago I discovered the Aeropress on Amazon. It’s a simple and inexpensive coffee brewing device that has over 5,000 4.5 star reviews. Figuring that many people can’t be wrong, I decided to give it a try, and it has since become my sole method for making coffee both at home and at camp. It takes less than a minute to make a cup of coffee, and the process results in a rich, smooth flavor that I haven’t been able to achieve with drip coffee or a french press.

** I want to note that this is not a sponsored post, and I’m not getting paid to write this. I just think the Aeropress rocks and I want to share it with you. However, if you do decide to purchase any of the products through the links in this post, I get a tiny bit of commission, and that helps keep this blog running. So thanks for the support! **

–What you Need to make the Perfect Cup of Camp Coffee —

Aeropress (Check price on Amazon)

Method for boiling water – I prefer the Jetboil. I’ve found it to be the most efficient, compact stove for boiling water (Check price on Amazon / REI / Backcountry)

Your favorite ground coffee

A mug – I like this GSI Mug for backpacking or this insulated Stanley vacuum mug for car camping

Say goodbye to instant coffee. Get step-by-step instructions for making the best (and easiest) camp coffee of your life using an Aeropress.

— How to use the Aeropress for Camp Coffee —

Brewing coffee with the Aeropress is a total cinch. Here’s step-by-step instructions for making a cup.

STEP 1: Put the two plastic pieces together and turn the Aeropress upside down. I like to have the black plunger aligned somewhere between number 2 and 3.

STEP 2: Add 2 tablespoons of ground coffee.

 STEP 3: Heat water up until it’s almost boiling, and pour it into the chamber. Fill to the top.

Say goodbye to instant coffee. Get step-by-step instructions for making the best (and easiest) camp coffee of your life using an Aeropress.

 STEP 4: Give it a quick stir to make sure all the coffee grounds are saturated.

Say goodbye to instant coffee. Get step-by-step instructions for making the best (and easiest) camp coffee of your life using an Aeropress.

 STEP 5: Place one of the Aeropress filters in the basket (the thing with all of the little holes), and screw the basket into the top of the chamber.

Say goodbye to instant coffee. Get step-by-step instructions for making the best (and easiest) camp coffee of your life using an Aeropress.

 STEP 6: Wait 20 seconds

 STEP 7: Flip the Aeropress over and set it on top of your mug. Slowly press the plunger down.

Say goodbye to instant coffee. Get step-by-step instructions for making the best (and easiest) camp coffee of your life using an Aeropress.

 STEP 8: Add a small splash of hot water to your mug and taste. If it’s too strong, water it down until it’s at the desired strength.

 STEP 9: To clean, simply unscrew the basket. Dump out the grounds (pack our your grounds in accordance with Leave No Trace principles). Rinse out the Aeropress with water and ENJOY!

— Get the Aeropress —

At $30, it’s hard to beat the Aeropress, and you can purchase it on Amazon by clicking the link below.

I would say the only downside is that the Aeropress really only makes 1-2 servings at a time….so if  you are car camping with a large group, you might be better off with a percolator. Also, when backpacking, I prefer instant coffee because I don’t like to deal with carrying out the grounds, and after many, many taste tests, this is the tastiest (and cheapest) instant coffee I’ve found.

Say goodbye to instant coffee. Get step-by-step instructions for making the best (and easiest) camp coffee of your life using an Aeropress.

 

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