How Do I Make Coffee While Backpacking?

By Anna Duncan

Making coffee while backpacking can be a great way to start your day on the trail. It can help you stay energized and focused and, depending on your pre-ground coffee of choice, it can even be an enjoyable part of the experience.

The most important thing when making coffee while backpacking is to have the right equipment. Invest in a lightweight backpacker’s stove or a camping stove that is designed for backpacking.

These are lightweight and relatively easy to use, so you don’t need to worry about setting up a complex system for making your coffee.

Next, you’ll need some kind of coffee maker or filter. A French Press is ideal for this as it doesn’t require any fancy equipment and is easy to clean up afterwards. Alternatively, if you want something lighter, you could opt for a pour-over filter or a paper filter inside of a tin mug or cup.

Finally, the most important ingredient – the coffee! Pre-ground coffee is ideal as it’s already ground and ready to go, so all you have to do is add water and heat it up before making your brew. If you prefer freshly ground beans then investing in a hand grinder will enable you to grind the beans just before brewing for maximum flavor.


Making delicious coffee while backpacking isn’t difficult with the right equipment – all you need is a lightweight stove or camping stove, a suitable filter or maker, pre-ground (or freshly ground) coffee beans, and hot water. Enjoy your morning cup while enjoying nature!