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.

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