Sleeping outdoors is fun whether car camping, bikepacking, or backpacking. But let's be honest. When you really think about it, "camping" is simply reducing our quality of life for a night or two. We move from sleeping in comfortable beds in climate-controlled rooms to sleeping on thin sleeping pads hoping we removed the bigger rocks underneath. And then there are bugs and the night was colder than we had anticipated. When we wake up in the morning (usually earlier than we normally do) the first thing that comes to mind is ... coffee.
While that first paragraph is a bit tongue-in-cheek there's no denying that when camping how invaluable that first cup of coffee is in the morning. This is a universally agreed upon truth. Also, if you peruse the internet you'll find a myriad of ways to specifically make coffee outside around the campfire from pourovers to espresso. Demand keeps the market humming. Making coffee in the morning then becomes a necessity.
It used to be not too long ago that it was assumed that when traveling or camping it was almost a rite of passage to drink bad coffee whether it was instant coffee or pre-ground stuff that was roasted a half a year ago. But we're here to tell you ... it doesn't have to be that way. Not only can you enjoy excellent coffee outdoors but you can make it in such a way to elicits nods of approval from coffee snobs.
One of the privileges we take seriously is helping you enjoying coffee outside. That's why we have a page dedicated to brew methods that not only you can use and enjoy at home, but also around the campfire after a night of lackluster sleep. While our list is far from exhaustive we hope that it inspires you to up your coffee game while camping, bikepacking, backpacking, or traveling.