Three and a half ways to brew coffee outside

Posted by Ben Cram on

We believe that coffee in the great outdoors is one of life’s true luxuries and have three (and a half) ways we recommend to do it. Whether you are camping, having a picnic in the park, or simply enjoying your backyard, there are various ways to brew coffee outside that can give you a delicious cup without sacrificing the quality of your coffee.

Curious what that half is? Keep reading to learn our favourite methods for brewing coffee outdoors.

1- Brewing coffee outside with AeroPress

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    The AeroPress is a portable and lightweight coffee maker that is perfect for outdoor use. It is easy to use, and its compact size makes it a popular choice for campers, hikers, and travellers who want to enjoy their coffee while on the go.

    To use the AeroPress, you will need:

    • coffee grounds
    • hot water
    • AeroPress kit
    Simply add the coffee grounds and hot water to the AeroPress, stir, and then press the plunger to extract the coffee. (For the levelled up aeropress method see our brew guides) The result is a smooth and rich cup of coffee that you can enjoy outdoors.

    2 - Cowboy Coffee

    cowboy coffee

    Cowboy coffee is a traditional way of brewing coffee that has been used for centuries. It is a simple and straightforward method that requires only a pot, water, and coffee grounds.

    How to make cowboy coffee:

    • heat water in a pot over an open flame until it comes to a boil
    • Remove the pot from the heat and add coffee grounds to the water
    • Let the mixture steep for a few minutes, and then strain the coffee into a mug
    Cowboy coffee has a rich and robust flavour, and it is perfect for outdoor adventures where you need a quick and easy caffeine fix. It’s also a great way to make friends from neighbouring tents as the aroma settles over your camping area.

    3- Brewing Coffee Outside with French Press

     how to brew french press coffee

      The French Press is a classic coffee maker that is popular for its rich and full-bodied flavour. It is also an excellent choice for outdoor coffee brewing. To use a French Press, you will need coffee grounds, hot water, and a French Press. 

      How to use a French Press:

      • Simply add the coffee grounds and hot water to the French Press
      • Stir, and then let it steep for a few minutes
      • Press the plunger down to separate the coffee from the grounds

      The result is a smooth and bold cup of coffee that is perfect for outdoor gatherings. You can find a detailed brew method in our brew guides as well.


      There are various ways to brew coffee outside, and each method has its own unique flavour and brewing process. Whether you prefer the simplicity of cowboy coffee, the portability of the AeroPress, or the classic taste of the French Press, there is a method that will suit your needs. So, get outside and take us along with you. A good cup of coffee will help you feel at home anywhere.

      .5 - Instant Coffee

       If you need pure convenience and are trying to keep your pack weight down, our instant coffee is a great fourth option!

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