How Do You Brew Coffee While Backpacking?

By Robert Palmer

Brewing coffee while backpacking can be a great way to enjoy your favorite beverage while out in the wild. It’s not as complicated as it might seem, and with the right supplies it can be done in just a few minutes.

The first step is to choose the type of coffee you want to make. There are many different types that come in pre-ground or whole bean forms, so make sure to choose one that fits your preference.

You’ll also need some water, either from a nearby stream or from a water filter, depending on where you are camping.

Once you have your coffee and water, you’ll need to decide how you’re going to brew it. A French press is one of the simplest ways to do this; all you need is a pot and some boiling water. Alternatively, if you have room for more gear, investing in an Aeropress or pour-over system can provide an even better cup of coffee.

No matter which method you choose, make sure that your water isn’t too hot; boiling water will burn your coffee grounds and ruin the flavor. Once everything is ready, simply add the grounds into your pot or brewer and slowly pour over enough hot water to cover them all evenly.


Brewing coffee while backpacking may seem intimidating at first but with the right supplies and technique it’s actually quite easy. Whether you prefer traditional brewing methods like French presses or more modern techniques like Aeropresses or pour-overs, there’s sure to be something for every backpacking enthusiast – just remember not to use boiling water!