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How We Tested Camping Coffees

By Penney Garrett ⋅ Senior Review Editor
Tuesday November 20, 2018
We gave the Teton stove a workout while testing all these coffee makers.
We gave the Teton stove a workout while testing all these coffee makers.

After much research into the best camp coffee makers on the market, we commenced to caffeinate ourselves regularly and liberally. We performed several head-to-head blind taste tests with self-professed coffee lovers and professionals in the industry, noting their preferences in detail.

To ensure that the coffee itself was not an issue with tasting, we selected top quality beans and grinds from roasters who know their stuff. For the first taste test we used Black Velvet in Mammoth Lakes, CA and for the subsequent tests, we used Deeper Roots Coffee based in Cincinnati, OH and Copper Door Coffee in Denver, CO. Starting with high-quality fresh beans meant that we could evaluate the subtle differences in taste based on the brew methods.

Another blind taste test lined up and ready to go. We certainly didn't get sleepy while on this job!
Another blind taste test lined up and ready to go. We certainly didn't get sleepy while on this job!

We then took each brewer along with us on camping and backpacking trips, trying them in different situations to determine which were the most useful when waking up in the great outdoors, both solo and in a group. We also lent them out to people planning trips who wanted a convenient way to make a morning brew and noted their observations.

Taste more coffee for testing purposes you say? Don't mind if I do!
Taste more coffee for testing purposes you say? Don't mind if I do!

We took special care to notice how easy and intuitive each method was to use, as well as how efficient clean up was. Did the brewer require special filters? Did we have to time the brewing process? Were there lots of small pieces to keep track of? All of these elements are discussed in the individual reviews, as they play a role in the overall ease and, ultimately, pleasantness of using each brewer. We also paid attention to the weight of each model and how easy or difficult it was to pack up and transport.

The AeroPress is durable  easy to clean  and delivered the best flavor of all our coffee makers.
The AeroPress is durable, easy to clean, and delivered the best flavor of all our coffee makers.

After getting completely spun out on way too many cups of coffee, we compiled all of our research to present you with detailed comparisons. We hope this helps you find the perfect coffee companion for your next adventure, wherever you might find yourself. Salud!

The Cafellissimo was one of our favorite all-around brew methods.
The Cafellissimo was one of our favorite all-around brew methods.