The 5 Best Coffee Pots

A person can’t consider themselves truly camping without a coffee pot made for camping. Coffee pots and cast iron 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:

The 5 Top Coffee Pots

Though we recommend all 5 of the camping percolator coffee pots shown below, 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 best coffee pots we recommend.

Editor’s PicksBrandRating *
Best ChoiceFarberware Classic Stainless Steel Yosemite 8-Cup Coffee Percolator♥♥♥♥♥
Premium PickColeman 12 Cup Stainless Steel Percolator Coffee Pot♥♥♥♥♥
Best ValueStansport Aluminum Percolator Coffee Pot, 9 Cups♥♥♥♥♡
Editor’s ChoiceGSI Outdoors 8 Cup Red Coffee Percolator Pot♥♥♥♥♡
Honorable MentionColeman 14 Cup Coffee Pot Percolator♥♥♥♡♡

* Ratings are determined using our specialized rating system.

Best Choice: Farberware Classic Stainless Steel Yosemite 8-Cup Coffee Percolator

★ Best Choice
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Farberware Classic Stainless Steel Yosemite 8-Cup Coffee Percolator

For us, the Farberware Classic Stainless Steel Yosemite 8-Cup Coffee Percolator is the best percolator coffee pot for camping because of its size, lightweight frame, and durable design for brewing coffee on the go.

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!

Item Key Features:

Pros

  • No need for a paper filter, cutting down on camping waste
  • Dishwasher-safe design makes for easy cleaning upon returning home

Cons

  • Inner lip makes it difficult to drain the liquids inside

Premium Pick: Coleman 12 Cup Stainless Steel Percolator Coffee Pot

♛ Premium Pick
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Coleman 12 Cup Stainless Steel Percolator Coffee Pot

The Coleman 12 Cup Stainless Steel Percolator Coffee Pot is a top coffee pot because of its enormous 12-cup capacity and enamel coffee pot coating for increased durability and insulation.

The Coleman 12 Cup Stainless Steel Percolator Coffee Pot is larger than most, serving 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.

Item Key Features:

Pros

  • Large size can brew 12 cups of water or coffee to serve a group
  • Includes metal basket for paperless filtering

Cons

  • The percolator knob may break if twisted too tightly

Best Value: Stansport Aluminum Percolator Coffee Pot, 9 Cups

$ Best Value
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Stansport Aluminum Percolator Coffee Pot, 9 Cups

The Stansport Aluminum Percolator Coffee Pot, 9 Cups is the most affordable coffee pot worth the money. Its light frame and fresh design ensure you can camp without breaking the bank.

The Stansport Aluminum Percolator Coffee Pot 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.

Pros

  • Includes metal basket for paperless filtering

Cons

  • Flimsy handle may warp or dig into hands when pot is full

Editor’s Choice: GSI Outdoors 8 Cup Red Coffee Percolator Pot

♥ Top Pick
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GSI Outdoors 8 Cup Red Coffee Percolator Pot

The GSI Outdoors 8 Cup Red Coffee Percolator Pot is another great camping coffee pot to keep you caffeinated in the great outdoors with its durable percolator dome and metal frame.

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.

Pros

  • Enamel coating protects the coffee pot and insulates the pot
  • Plastic percolator lid durable and perfect for being beaten around while camping
  • Includes metal basket for paperless filtering

Cons

  • Lid may leak after multiple uses

Honorable Mention: Coleman 14 Cup Coffee Pot Percolator

♥ Top Pick

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.

Pros

  • Extremely large size for serving groups
  • Enamel coating protects the coffee pot and insulates the pot
  • Includes metal basket for paperless filtering

Cons

  • Inner tube and basket don’t fit properly
  • The percolator knob is fragile

Important Features to Consider

Since coffee pots made specifically for camping and hiking are made to be place over a fire or on a hot grill, the best camping coffee pots are made from:

  • Stainless Steel
  • Aluminum
  • 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 camping coffee percolator 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 Dogs

The important thing to remember about cooking while camping is to keep your camping mess kit compact and 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?

Conclusion

It is said that memories are made by sight, smell and taste. And by choosing and buying the right camping percolator coffee pot, you can enjoy that memory for many years to come.