Expert Tips for Making Perfect Camp Coffee

February 15, 2018

Whether you’re hooked up in an RV, KOA Cabin Camping or in a tent, we’ve gathered a variety of great ways to create the perfect morning cup of Joe.

KOA's Coffee Tips and Recipes for Your Next Camping Trip #KOACamping

5 Types of Coffee Makers:

1. Electric

Some RVs come equipped with drip coffee makers, but if not, opt for an economical counter-top model with a stainless steel carafe – great for keeping coffee warm (and they’re harder to break). Check out this or this. If you’re a K-cup or pod coffeemaker fan, you can’t go wrong with a Keurig. With a range of types and sizes it’s easy to find something to fit almost any rig. It’s especially useful if you and your spouse prefer different kinds of coffee, plus tea or hot chocolate.

2. Propane

If there’s no electrical hookup or it’s too early to fire up the generator, a propane coffee maker might be just the ticket. Add your coffee and water, hit the push button ignition and you’ve got 10 cups of coffee brewing.

3. Presses

Boil water on the camp stove or campfire and pour it into a sturdy French press, wait a few minutes and you’ve got rich, robust European-style coffee. Or take it another step up with the Aeropress, a highly-rated, lightweight coffee press that’s designed to take all bitterness out of your coffee. While it looks a little like a science experiment, this plastic tube makes a killer cup of coffee or espresso.

4. Espresso aficionado

Espresso fiend? This portable device easily pulls delicious shots for your lattes or mochas.

5. Old School

If you’re try to travel light, go for a drip filter. This affordable, featherweight coffee maker is more than capable of brewing a satisfying cup. Or opt for a percolator. This solid coffee will happily burble on the camp stove or fire grate and produce a rush of strong, crowd-pleasing coffee.

And last but not least. Cowboy coffee. Yee Haw! Fill an empty coffee can with water and ground coffee (1 cup water to 1 Tbsp. coffee), give it a boil, take it off the heat and add a bit of cold water to help the grounds settle, then pour out a wicked cup of pure prairie java. It’ll put hair on your chest, if it isn’t there already.

COP, STP, St. Petersburg / Madeira Beach, 9144, Photo by Anna Paige, Camper, RV, Campsite, Picnic, Family, Food,

Coffee Making Tips:

  • Grind your beans before you leave for your trip, then store in an airtight container.
  • Bring milk, half & half, liquid creamer or coffee syrups in easy-to-store plastic bottles.
  • Bring a thermos along to keep extra coffee warm.

Coffee tips and recipes from #KOACamping

Coffee Recipes:

Delicious, coffeehouse-style drinks that’ll satisfy your taste buds and leave your wallet happy, too!


  • ½ cup strong coffee or 2 shots espresso
  • ½ cup heated milk
  • 2-3 Tbsp. chocolate syrup
  • whipped cream

Combine, coffee, milk and syrup in a warm mug. Top with whipped cream.

Caramel Macchiato

  • ½ cup strong coffee or 2 shots espresso
  • ½ cup heated, foamed milk*
  • 2-3 Tbsp. caramel dessert topping

Combine coffee, milk and caramel in a warm mug. Top with additional caramel, if desired.
*A battery-powered frother is an easy way to foam warm milk.

Iced Vanilla Latte

  • 1/2 cup strong, cold coffee or 2 shots espresso, cooled
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2-3 Tbsp. vanilla syrup (available in the coffee aisle)

Combine coffee, milk and vanilla syrup in a tall glass. Add ice and a bendy straw.


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