A person can’t consider themselves truly camping without a coffee pot made for camping. Coffee pots and camping skillets have been a staple of outdoor camping and hiking since the days of the old west. Fortunately, making a good cup of coffee or simply boiling water while camping has become much easier than in the old west. There are many camping coffee pots on the market today – so many in fact, that a buyer will need to narrow them down. We have tested, reviewed and ranked the 5 best coffee pots for camping below;
Though we recommend all 5 of the camping coffee pots shown above, we do have our favorites. And as with any small cooking appliance, our best and favorite may not be yours. Be sure before buying to check the ratings, the size of the appliance (how much it can hold) and how it operates. To assist your with your choice, presented below are more detailed reviews and star ratings of the 5 products we have recommend above.
★Note our easy & exclusive STAR RANKINGS for each product.★
Ranking & Reviews – Best Coffee Pots for Camping and Hiking
The Farberware Classic Stainless Steel Yosemite 8-Cup Coffee Percolator is made from a heavy-duty stainless steel. And with all older type percolators the clear bubble on top (plastic not glass) will tell you when the coffee starts “percolating”. Included on the inside is a permanent filter basket – so you don’t have to use paper filters (though you can of you want.) This 4-8 cup percolator is our favorite as it just says, “we are camping”. We give the Farberware Classic Stainless Steel Yosemite 8-Cup Coffee Percolator our highest FIVE STAR rating!
This Coleman 14 Cup Coffee Pot Percolator is larger than most, holding up to 14 cups. Included in the pot are the tube, basket and basket lid – all made of metal. According to the manufacturer, the blue enamel is double coated to resist cracking and chipping. Though we love the look and the size, we don’t care for the inside. The tube and basket are thinly made and don’t seem to be the correct size for the coffee pot. As a result, we give the Coleman 14 Cup Coffee Pot Percolator THREE STARS.
The Stansport Aluminum Percolator Coffee comes in two sizes; a 9 cup or a 20 cup size. This review concerns the smaller 9 cup product. The coffee pot is made from a rust-proof polished aluminum, though somewhat thin. The percolator stem and basket (both also aluminum) are also included. This product is somewhat different in that it has a handle on top vs. on the side. This is important as the flames from a camping cooking fire sometimes burn ones hand when coming in from the side (with side-handle pots). Though we love the design, it is a bit thin on the metal so we give the Stansport Aluminum Percolator Coffee Pot, 9 Cups a FOUR STAR rating.
The GSI Outdoors 8 Cup Red Coffee Percolator Pot is a great camping red color. It’s made of steel with a baked on enamel coating. It makes 8 cups. It comes with the stem and basket, both made of metal. The larger than average percolator “dome” on top is made of a hard plastic. The color and size are great, but several reviews reported that the lid was not a tight fit and it leaked after a few uses. As a result we rate the GSI Outdoors 8 Cup Red Coffee Percolator Pot a FOUR STAR rating.
The Coleman 12 Cup Stainless Steel Percolator Coffee Pot is larger than most 12 12 cups. It is also made of stainless steel vs. aluminum or enamel coated aluminum. The percolator top is also glass and not plastic. It comes with the “insides” of the metal stem and basket. Though it is more expensive than most of our other best choice camping coffee pots, we like the larger pot size, the real glass top and the fact that it is stainless steel. We give the Coleman 12 Cup Stainless Steel Percolator Coffee Pot our highest a rating of FIVE STARS.
When reviewing products, remember to compare the amount of liquid each pot holds, where the handle is on the product, what the product is made from and the overall reviews from other buyers and campers. Overall, we were generally pleased with most of the camping coffee makers that we reviewed.
What Are Most Camping Coffee Percolator Pots Made Out Of?
Since coffee pots made specifically for camping and hiking are made to be place over a fire or on a hot grill, most camping coffee pots are made from;
- Stainless Steel
- Baked Ceramic (usually over metal)
Generally, the more expensive camping coffee pots are made from stainless steel, while the less expensive ones are made from aluminum. Of course, coffee pots with plastic handles or parts should nor be used in or near an open flame.
How Many Cups of Coffee Can a Camping Coffee Pot Make?
One of the most important questions before buying a camping or backcountry coffee pot, is how much does it brew? Generally, camping coffee pots come in these sizes;
- 8 Cup
- 9 Cup
- 12 to 14 Cup
Remember, however, that a “cup”, as defined by coffee makers is a traditional cooking “cup”. Many newer coffee cups or mugs are much larger than the traditional coffee cup and can hold up to two traditional cups. When purchasing a coffee maker for camping or hiking, also note that the higher the volume, the heavier the pot. So larger coffee pots usually need a larger grill, metal grate or stronger camping hook.
What Other Things Can a Camping Coffee Pot be Used For?
A coffee pot packed for camping isn’t just for making coffee. A camping coffee pot can also be used for;
- Making Coffee or Boiling Water for Tea
- Hot Cider
- Heating Soup
- Heating Water for Hot Dog Wiener’s
The important thing to remember about cooking while camping is to use all your camping gear for as many purposes as possible. Why? So you don’t have carry, transport or hike with as much gear! Why pack both a small camping coffee pot and a pot to boil water when a larger coffee pot will do both.
It is said that memories are made by sight, smell and taste. And by choosing and then buying the right camping coffee pot, you can enjoy that memory for many years to come.