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6 Tips for Making Coffee Outdoors

Updated: May 12

There’s something magical about brewing coffee in the great outdoors. Whether you’re camping, hiking, or simply enjoying a peaceful morning in nature, the aroma of freshly brewed coffee can elevate the experience. But making coffee outdoors comes with its own set of challenges and requires a bit of forward planning. Fear not! In this article, we’ll share valuable tips and considerations to help you brew a delicious cup of joe while embracing the beauty of the outdoors.

1. Make a Pack List

Before you venture outdoors, it’s a good idea to make a pack list for your trip. Even if you’ve done the same activity many times before, the simple process of making a list can help to keep items down to a few essentials while ensuring that nothing important is left at home. This will help keep the weight of your pack down and save you valuable time on the morning of your trip.

For a basic coffee brewing setup, you'll want to pack the following essentials:

  • a stove

  • coffee brewing equipment (e.g. Moka pot)

  • ground coffee

  • a drinking receptacle

  • water

Depending on your preferences and setup, you can also consider the following items:

  • cake selection

  • milk/sugar

  • extra cups and mugs

  • spoon

2. Choose a Fuel Source and Stove

A good source of fuel is essential to making a hot cup of coffee outdoors. We recommend a small portable gas burning stove which is usually very lightweight.

3. Choose the Right Equipment

Everyone has their own favourite brewing method at home. However, in this article we are recommending the Moka pot because it makes very consistent espresso style coffee and the only waste if coffee powder that is biodegradable. No paper filters and does not break easily unlike a V60 or cafetiere.

4. Prioritize water quality

Water is a crucial element in brewing coffee, so ensure you have access to clean and quality water. If you’re camping or hiking near a water source, use a reliable water filter or purification system to remove impurities.

6. Take everything home with you

When enjoying a cup of coffee in the great outdoors, it’s essential to practice Leave No Trace principles. Remember to clean up after yourself and pack away any rubbish, including used coffee grounds, packaging and cups etc.. Leave the natural environment as you found it.


Brewing coffee outdoors is a delightful experience that connects you with nature while enjoying your favorite beverage. By following your check list you'll be well-prepared to make a satisfying cup of coffee wherever your outdoor adventures take you. So, grab your gear, breathe in the fresh air, and savour the joys of brewing coffee in the great outdoors.


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