How to Make the Perfect Cup of Gourmet Coffee in your RV

How to Make the Perfect Cup of Gourmet Coffee in your RV

If you are any sort of a coffee connoisseur and have been struggling with making the perfect cup in your RV, you’ve hit the right blog post! There’s nothing better than waking up with the sun in your cozy RV and enjoying your coffee just the way you like it. 

With a minuscule kitchen and limited room for that fancy coffee maker you may have at home, many RV enthusiasts find it difficult to take their coffee obsession with them on the road. 

But fear not. As coffee lovers ourselves, we have found bold new ways to perfect that cup o’ joe in a tight RV space. No two coffee lovers are the same, so we’ve included several different methods of coffee making – one of them is sure to fit the bill for you and your unique take on coffee. 


For those that love their coffee bold, espresso is the way to go. A portable stovetop espresso maker works great. Simply grind your coffee to a fine grain with a small, high-quality grinder and you can have espresso wherever you roam. 

Espresso makes a fine base for most coffee-based drinks and is traditionally consumed by the shot. But here in America, it’s more common to take it as an Americano, with some hot water. You can use espresso to make any of the fancy coffeehouse delights such as cappuccino and macchiato. All you need is a hand-held milk frother and some heated milk.

Pressed Coffee

The ever-popular French press makes a darn good quality cup. An alternative would be an AeroPress; both are RV friendly. Grind your beans to a coarse consistency, put in 2 tablespoons for every cup, add hot water, and wait about 4 minutes before pressing down the plunger.   We love the insulated presses that keep your coffee warm for that inevitable second cup. The AeroPress gives you a great cup in half the time, but only makes one cup.

Pour-Over Coffee

This is old school, but is making a comeback and does deliver a fine cup. Use a metal or silicone pour-over cone that sits right on top of your coffee mug. Add grounds to the cone and slowly pour hot water (never boiling!) over the grounds. And voila, your coffee is brewed directly into your cup. A silicone pour-over is great for storage because it flattens easily. 

Steeped Coffee

A lot like making tea, you can usually find coffee bags specially designed for steeping. Just add hot water to your mug. Steep for 5 to 10 minutes, depending on how strong you like your coffee. You can brew a hot cup, or chill overnight for a nice cold brew. This style of coffee is a bit harder to find in some grocery stores, but hey, that’s what online shopping is for!

Brewed Coffee

For those that just want a single cup, your basic brew is the best option. Use a standard coffee pot, or a single-cup coffee maker, ideal for RV living. The single option saves on extra cleaning and avoids wasting coffee.

Fancy coffee machines such as Nespresso also offer smaller options that fit nicely in a tight RV space or store well. Keurig and Verismo – not so much. They are bulky, wasteful, and not recommended for RV life. All three also require a lot of power, so if you’re going to use any of these, the small Nespresso machines are your best bet in an RV. 

Still, we recommend any of the methods above over the fancy machines. Of course, with any of these methods, feel free to add your favorite additions such as steamed milk, flavored creamer, etc. and you will have the perfect cup to get you going on the road. 

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