You *Can* Take It With You: Tracking Down the Dream Camping Coffee Maker

Coleman Portable Propane Coffeemaker

There’s nothing like waking up to the smell of freshly brewed coffee…wafting into your tent. And why shouldn’t you have a good cup of joe even in the middle of nowhere? While you can always go thrifty with the makeshift beans-in-a-paper-filter-over-your-cup method, we’ve pulled together some of our favorite Coleman portable coffee makers for the more gourmet campers’ taste.

Coleman 9-Cup Aluminum Coffee Pot ($17): This lightweight (and light on your wallet) percolator will get your day started on the right foot fast. Weighing in at less than one pound, it’s all about leaving the heavier drip coffee makers at home while still achieving a quality brew. Its durability and resistance to rust make it a perfect bet for the great outdoors, or, if you’re just a fan of a good old-fashioned percolator, at home. It’s easy to use, too—you’ll just add ground beans and water, place it over a camping stove or a campfire, then watch the magic happen from the convenient glass knob on the top. Watch the temperature though—if the water gets too hot you’ll end up with beans in your coffee. Safety note: the fact that this coffeepot is aluminum means it’s wise to use a towel or pot-holder when you pour, as the metal handle can get hot.

Coleman 5008C700T Camping Coffeemaker ($50): If your idea of roughing it doesn’t include percolated coffee, then try this drip coffeemaker made specifically for life on the campsite. Your campground neighbors will do a double take when they see this coffeemaker on your picnic table. While it weighs more than the aluminum coffee pot—a whopping 15 pounds—this coffeemaker is a lot more reminiscent of drip coffee you can make at home. A high powered camp stove is the way to go if you don’t want the process to take all day—with a 10,000 BTU propane camp stove, you’ll have fresh brewed coffee in just under 15 minutes. Another perk is the pause and serve feature, so if you just can’t wait, well, you don’t have to.

Coleman Portable Propane Coffeemaker with Stainless Steel Carafe ($79): Wanna be the coolest kid in the campground? Then this is the ultimate gadget to buy. Unlike the two above, this sleek machine comes with its own propane tank, so it won’t take up any room on your camp stove. This all-in-one coffeemaker will make a just-like-home pot of coffee in 15 minutes or less. And it has Coleman’s InstaStart technology, which means no need for matches (and no need to battle with the wind). A word to the wise: the carafe is not insulated, so just make sure you drink your coffee fast before it gets cold.

The bottom line is that no matter what your budget is, there’s no reason not to have good coffee in the great outdoors.

Money Savers: Make Your Appliance Last With a Replacement Carafe for Cuisinart Coffee Maker

Broken coffeepot? Hey, we’ve all been there. Fortunately the days of having to buy a whole new appliance because of one broken part are over—at least for Cuisinart users. If you’re on the hunt for a replacement carafe for cuisinart coffee maker—whether it’s because yours is broken or just because you dig the security of a backup—you’ve got a few great options.

Cuisinart DGB-600RC 10-Cup Stainless Thermal Carafe

Cuisinart DGB-600RC 10-Cup Stainless Thermal Carafe

Stainless steel: Don’t want to risk any more broken glass from slippery hands? Try the Cuisinart DGB-600RC 10-Cup Stainless Thermal Carafe. With a retail value of $60, this stainless steel option is a bit pricier than plain ol’ glass counterparts—but it’ll drastically reduce the risk of another break and insulate your coffee at the same time.

Classic glass: If you like the glass effect, by all means stick with it. The Cuisinart DCC-12PBRC 12-Cup Replacement Carafe-Black has simple, clean lines and also comes in white ($30). We also like the curvier Cuisinart DCC-2200RC 14-Cup Replacement Glass Carafe, Black.

Specialty glass: If your coffee maker isn’t the typical black or white variety, or if you’ve got a smaller machine, no worries—you’re still in luck. The small Cuisinart DCC-450BRC 4 Cup Replacement Carafe, Black, which also comes in white, is $16. There’s also the cherry red Cuisinart 12-cup Coffee Carafe Classic Red ($24), for those who’ve got more colorful kitchens.

Note: Make sure you note the cup size of the carafe before you buy one. Some may be smaller or larger than your coffee maker’s brewing capacity.

Want more options? You got ’em. Take a peek at Amazon for the rest of the Cuisinart replacement products.

Crack the Whip: Milk Steamers and Frothers for Coffeehouse-Style Foam

Want the daily joy of coffeehouse espresso drinks without the not-so-joyous price gouging (hello, $5 lattes)? Give yourself the gift of frothy milk anytime you want it by scouting out milk steamers and frothers that can give your morning cuppa the airy/creamy kick you love.

To get you started on your quest for homemade foam, we’ve rounded up a few solid choices on the market now. But first, for those of you uninitiated to the world of the steamer/frother, here’s the quick and dirty on ’em.

Milk steamers and frothers come in a range of shapes and sizes, but all are meant to whip your milk into a froth worthy of a rich espresso drink. Some are handheld, battery-operated wands, while others are plug-in carafes you pour the milk into and let the machine take things from there. Some just heat and whisk, while others can actually steam the milk too. If you’re not picky about your froth consistency, a less expensive one-speed-fits-all will likely fit your needs. If you’re on the more discerning side of the foam spectrum, investing in one that has multiple settings or lets you have more control over the final product will be your best bet.

Without further ado, we present a few milk steamers and frothers worthy of your consideration:

Aerolatte Deluxe Edition Milk Frother

Aerolatte Deluxe Edition Milk Frother

Aerolatte Deluxe Edition Milk Frother: The simplest and cheapest way to achieve steam-free espresso froth is with a handheld, battery-operated milk frother like this one. Within 15-20 seconds, this nine-inch electric whisk whips up the perfect foam in hot or cold milk.  To keep the sleek chrome wand nice and shiny, it also comes with a handy stand. $30

 

 

 

 

 

20oz Espresso Coffee Milk Frothing Pitcher

20oz Espresso Coffee Milk Frothing Pitcher

Espresso Coffee Milk Frothing Pitcher: This 20-ounce stainless steel pitcher is a great accompaniment for the handheld frother mentioned above. It’s just the right size for making two expressos (or less) worth of frothy milk, and the spout is designed to keep from spilling that precious milk—because even though there’s no use crying over spilled milk, frothed milk is kind of a different story…$15

 

 

 

 

 

Capresso frothPRO

Capresso frothPRO

Capresso frothPRO: Thick froth is a push of the button away with this easy peasy plug-in device. True, it’s three times more pricy than the handheld, battery-operated option, but with three temperature settings, two frothing disks, and one heating disk, you can really customize your foam to a tee, whether you’re into the thick and hot or cool and frothy…or somewhere in between. The 12-ounce ceramic-coated pitcher can froth up to 8 ounces of milk without spillage. $60

 

 

 

 

Once you’ve got the frother of your choice ready to go, you’re a mere 90 seconds away from whipping up (forgive the pun) that rich coffeehouse-style espresso drink.