No Mess Camping Coffee

Get your caffeine fix while camping—without making a huge mess.

Amanda Thomas
2-minute read

My husband and I are big coffee drinkers. We also love to camp. Unfortunately, those two things don’t always go together very well. In the past, we’ve often brought instant coffee with us because it’s the easiest to deal with while camping. The flavor is not ideal, but it has done the trick to get us going in the mornings. When we’ve felt really ambitious, we have brought our French Press. This is easy to use, but it can be a pain to clean in the middle of the woods. We knew there had to be a better solution.

Before our last camping trip, I decided to try something new. I wanted to have real coffee, but without the mess. My solution: Homemade coffee bags that could be used like tea bags.

I grabbed a few round my ground coffee, coffee filters, and cooking twine. I laid out a few coffee filters and cut an equal number of 10” pieces of twine.

Then I put about 2 tablespoons of ground coffee in each one and tied them with a loop knot in the twine.

I stored them in a plastic baggie and got excited about the thought of using them on our trip.

While the “coffee bags” worked great, they didn’t work like tea bags. A tea bag you can simply put in the hot water and let it steep. The coffee bags required the water to pass over the coffee grounds. After a few minutes of trial and error, I discovered the easiest way to make this happen was to push the bag down into the water and immediately pull it about an inch above the water. As the water passed over the grounds and dripped into the cup, the brew got stronger and stronger.

All in all, it was a great way to enjoy freshly brewed coffee, with super easy, camping-friendly clean up!  How do you make life easier on the go? Share your experiences on the Domestic CEO Facebook page.