7 Highly Rated 'Camping' Coffee Pots - My Personal Favorite is the Coleman 9-cup Aluminum Coffee Pot

This morning's post comes naturally as I have coffee pots on my mind for a couple reasons.

First, I mentioned previously my excitement over my French Press Style travel mug (the GSI Outdoors Java Press) that I purchased online last weekend and ironically was just delivered while I was typing this post.  And second, I just returned yesterday afternoon from a quick camping trip - just me and my 2 dogs.  I of course had my trusty and favorite camping coffee pot with me.  With these two things fresh in my mind today, it's only fitting I would decide to post about them.

When finding a link to my coffee pot online, I decided to link to a handful of other brands or styles that were highly rated by users.  In some cases, over 1000 reviewers had chimed in.  They all received very high reviews and stars.  All of the 7 I chose are basically the same style and are used the same way, are non-electric and are not French Press style (which I will be discussing after I try mine).   

Here is 'my' personal favorite camping coffee pot: the Coleman 9-Cup Aluminum Coffee Pot

  • Lightweight and durable
  • Rust-resistant
  • Bail handle for easy pouring
  • Replaceable clear glass knob lets you see the strength of your coffee as it percolates
  • Easy to clean

When it comes to traveling, camping, hiking, etc. everyone is going to have different 'favorite' coffee pots based on their own personal preferences and reasons. 

When I decided to buy my coffee pot years ago,  my three top priorities were this;

1)  Serves 1-2 people morning coffee
2)  Quick and easy to use
3)  Must be light weight and easy to pack

Because our kids were too small to care for coffee, only my husband and I would be drinking it, and more often than not, my husband wasn't with us (he actually hates camping) so it was just me wanting coffee in the morning.  My kids don't drink tea or hot cocoa and we don't like soup while camping so coffee was the only thing I was using this for.  (You can heat water in it to wash dishes or yourself as well, but I have a large bowl for 'family' camping I use this for task; heating and washing in the same container.)

It is feather light!  This not only helps the water to heat quickly (boiling and percolating away in about 10-12 minutes average depending on the heat of the coals or fire) but for packing, it's light weight makes it first rate.  I chose this style with wire handles again for packing.  The fact it does not have permanent handles that stick out makes it fit easily into a backpack or camping bin easily.  When taking it off the fire I usually just use a stick to take it off the fire.  Sometimes I use a towel as a hot pad if I have one right there, but I always have a fire stick sitting there anyway.   The bail handle is used to tip the pot to pour your coffee out.  It's piping hot and brewed to perfection as you let it 'perk' from a light color and flavor to a darker bold taste and color depending on how you like your coffee.  You simply watch the color of the coffee bubbling up to the glass top to see how dark your brew is getting.  You can pour off a lighter brew for your camping partner and let it percolate 3-4 minutes longer for a bolder brew for yourself.

This size works great for us because we aren't serving coffee to a small group.  Although it's labeled as a 9 cup pot, all coffee makers recognize 6 oz. as a standard 'cup' of coffee and all coffee drinkers laugh at that.  But you could easily serve coffee to 3-5 people with this pot. For a larger group or if you are going to sit around for a few hours drinking coffee continually I might go with the larger size.

Percolator style is easy to use.  You open the top, fill the base with water, put the stem back in and put a couple scoops of coffee grounds in the basket, replace the top, put the lid on and set it over a fire or hot coals.  You have great tasting coffee in as long as it takes to boil your water and then let it percolate a couple minutes to the desired 'boldness' of your preference. 

Lastly, I personally like using a paper filter in mine.  You don't have to and unless your coffee is boiling like crazy, you won't have too many grounds in it, but with a paper filter it's not only a great way to keep grounds from the brew, but clean up is SO easy.  Just pull it out and burn or toss.

When I pack for a trip I griund the beans (because I haven't yet got the budget available to purchase the manual coffee grinder I covet and is on my wishlist at Amazon).  I pack the ground coffee (in a Ziploc) along with a few paper filters (also in a separate ziploc to keep clean) into the body of my coffee pot.  On last weekends trip I just grabbed the 1/3 of a bag of pre-ground coffee I had in the cupboard in it's original packaging and packed it inside the pot on the size of the stem.  Everything you need is inside the coffee pot, the wires fold down flat and it takes up very little space or weight in your pack.

Something to note:  It seems to me the Stansport and Coleman are pretty much the exact same style.  The other ones have obvious style differences.  But again, the reviews were all primarily glowing for the following products.

Farberware Classic Stainless Steel Yosemite 8-Cup Coffee Percolator
  • Polished stainless steel for beauty and durability 
  • Permanent filter basket - no messy paper filters 
  • Easy care - fully immersible and dishwasher safe 
  • Lifetime Limited Warranty

Granite Ware 6006-1 3-Quart Coffee Boiler
  • Porcelain fused to a steel core
  • Durable and energy efficient
  • Easy clean up
  • Made in USA

Coleman 14-Cup Enamelware Coffee Percolator
  • Enamelware coating
  • 14-cup capacity
  • Clear-glass percolator knob so you can see the coffee as it brews
  • Large, easy-to-hold handle
  • Easy to clean

GSI Outdoors 8 Cup Percolator, Red #01254
  • Beautiful red enamel percolator makes 8 cups of great coffee.
  • Made of steel construction with a classic red enamel coating for extreme durability
  • Dishwater safe and perfectly suited for indoor and outdoor use.
  • The Lexan dome to view the perc is unbreakable and safe
  • Great for outdoor use at the campsite.

Coleman 12-Cup Stainless Steel Coffee Percolator
  • Generous 12-cup capacity
  • Durable stainless steel
  • Corrosion-resistant
  • Clear-glass percolator knob so you can see the coffee as it brews
  • Large, easy-to-hold handle

Coleman 9-Cup Aluminum Coffee Pot
  • Lightweight and durable
  • Rust-resistant
  • Bail handle for easy pouring
  • Replaceable clear glass knob lets you see the strength of your coffee as it percolates
  • Easy to clean

Stansport Outdoor 277 9 Cup Aluminum Camper-Feets Percolator Coffee Pot
  • Made of durable, rustproof, high gloss Polished Aluminum
  • Percolator stem and basket included
  • Comes with top and side handles
  • Easy pour spout
  • Heats quickly


80 percent of adults in the United States consume caffeine on a daily basis, and they take in an average of 200 milligrams (the equivalent of two five-ounce cups of coffee) per day.

From the Yahoo Health News feed July 25, 2014:

According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), 80 percent of adults in the United States consume caffeine on a daily basis, and they take in an average of 200 milligrams (the equivalent of two five-ounce cups of coffee) per day. 

A recent survey of over 7,000 people found that most of them said they’d prefer coffee over sex.


So Excited! I finally ordered my GSI Outdoor French Press Travel Mug!

I mentioned in a previous post this mug was on my 'wish list' to purchase sometime.  Well, yesterday was the day!  I'm getting a 'camping' bug and I'm thinking about heading out with my 2 dogs and doing some tent camping.  However, I want it to be as simple as possible.  Camping with the whole family is much more involved than taking off on my own.  I'm ready to reduce everything I need to one pack so the idea of putting a ziploc baggy of fresh ground coffee inside this mug to travel and then simply heating the water over a campfire and brewing in this cup is exciting! 

I opted for the 30 oz. size for now, which will give me about 3 cups of morning coffee.  That's about right!  If I love it, I will probably buy a second for my emergency preps (or on the off-chance I can convince or guilt my husband into camping with me).  He can have his own... sharing hot, strong, fresh coffee is similar to sharing your bacon.  It's really hard to do!

Review to come after it arrives and I give it a test!

GSI Outdoors Java Press

  • 30 oz french press coffee maker that is simple and portable
  • Crystal-clear, BPA-Free Carafe is lightweight and shatter-resistant allowing you to enjoy French Press coffee anywhere
  • Double-walled, insulated lid holds in temperature while brewing and serving
  • Silicone ring plunger design virtually eliminates coffee 'blow-by' for the most flavorful, mud-free coffee.
  • Insulating EVA sleeve removes easily for cleaning.


News with my Morning Coffee: An oncologist uses scorpion venom to locate cancer cells

This morning I was busy doing research on growing coffee (a future post series that is ending up being far more time invasive than I anticipated), and needing a break, I brewed a fresh cup of coffee and hit the morning news.  This article caught my eye for many reasons...    An oncologist uses scorpion venom to locate cancer cells.  I've decided not to get into those reasons because it just starts a long, rambling post that leads into a bit of a rant about Western medicine practices in the USA and how doctor's have become robotic drug pushers instead of healers... but I digress. 

Suffice to say the article interested me.  And I thought it might interest my readers too.  Now... to duct tape my fingers so I don't start ranting about big pharmaceuticals, insurance companies and the state of medicine in the world today........

This is from The Washington Post

An oncologist uses scorpion venom to locate cancer cells

WASHINGTON — You know how people toss around the phrase "the cure is worse than the disease"? They should meet Jim Olson.

"When injected into a cancer patient, 
it seems to light up all the malignant cells 
so surgeons can easily locate and excise them."

Olson, a pediatric oncologist and research scientist in Seattle, has developed a compound he calls Tumor Paint. When injected into a cancer patient, it seems to light up all the malignant cells so surgeons can easily locate and excise them.

But it has an unusual main ingredient: a molecule found in the stinger of Leiurus quinquestriatus, or deathstalker scorpion.

The molecule, chlorotoxin, was already being studied for its potential to kill certain cancer cells; Olson's big idea was realizing that it attached to any kind of cancer. So when it was linked to a fluorescent material, it lit up cancer cells that no other technology could identify.

The idea of injecting scorpion venom into sick people sounds so bizarre that Olson was unable to raise money from major grant-making organizations, Brendan Koerner writes in the July issue of Wired magazine, even though precisely locating cancerous cells is one of the more vexing problems in oncology. But he started raising money from the families of current and former patients and now has enough so his project is in clinical trials.

Olson came to pediatric oncology after realizing he had a "high tolerance for [the] heartbreak" inevitable when treating seriously ill children. Koerner follows him on his rounds: "A fourth-grader who may not live to celebrate another birthday, a teenage girl whose gloomy prognosis has made her suicidal - none of these encounters erase Olson's tranquil smile." This "steady bedside manner" has endeared him to many heartsick families. Some critics fear that Koerner may be giving "undue hope" to people with cancer, and others are squeamish about patient-based funding. But Koerner concludes: "Perhaps the ethical purists might feel rather differently if they, like [Olson], had to walk around a pediatric cancer ward every day."

You  might be interested in;

The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen: Nourishing, Big-Flavor Recipes for Cancer Treatment and Recovery
One Renegade Cell: How Cancer Begins (Science Masters Series)
Survivor - Breast Cancer Awareness, Pink Ribbon - Samsung Galaxy S4 Cover, Cell Phone Case


A good, fun coffee themed gift for someone; "Wake the F___ Up Coffee"

Wake the F'Up Uncensored Coffee, Original Extra Strong, 1 Pound

"Wake The F’Up coffee is the coffee that keeps you alert for when you’re working or studying late. This coffee makes a seriously strong cup of Joe. It will put some stride in your step and some lead in your pencil, not to mention, that you will probably reorganize the garage and finally get to the lawn."

It's fun.
It's catchy.
It's quirky.

Whether or not it's good, depends on which reviewer(s) you believe.  This coffee is one of those that reviewers seem to love to hate.  Nothing in between!   Some described as the best coffee they've had, love it, the flavor is great.  Others described it as cigarettes or cardboard.  I believe I even saw 'sawdust' listed. 

There is no middle ground on this one!  Love it or hate it, the bag alone is enough to make it a really fun gift for a coffee loving friend.  "Wake the F*ck Up!"  Coffee - catchy and quirky whether you actually drink it or not.


Teen had a leathal amount of caffeine in his system when he died....

From the news;

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The sudden death of a healthy high school senior has ramped up attention on unregulated caffeine powder, leading federal health authorities to warn consumers to stay away from the substance.

A recent autopsy found that Logan Stiner, 18, had a lethal amount of caffeine in his system when he died May 27 at his home in LaGrange, Ohio, southwest of Cleveland. The county coroner said Stiner had more than 70 micrograms of caffeine per milliliter of blood in his system, as much as 23 times the amount of a typical coffee or soda drinker.

His mother has said she was unaware her son took caffeine powder. The prom king and wrestler was days away from graduation. He had planned to study at the University of Toledo.

"I don't think any of us really knew that this stuff was out there," said Jay Arbaugh, the Keystone Local Schools superintendent.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Friday that it's investigating caffeine powder and will "consider taking regulatory action." The agency said it was aware of the teen's death and cautioned parents that young people could be drawn to it.

Caffeine powder is sold as a dietary supplement, so it's not subject to the same federal regulations as certain caffeinated foods. Users add it to drinks for a pick-me-up before workouts or to control weight gain.

A minuscule amount of caffeine powder packs a punch.

"Merely 1/16th of a teaspoon can contain 
about 200 milligrams of caffeine, 
roughly the equivalent found in 
two large cups of coffee." 

Merely 1/16th of a teaspoon can contain about 200 milligrams of caffeine, roughly the equivalent found in two large cups of coffee. That means a heaping teaspoon could kill, said Dr. Robert Glatter, an emergency physician at Lenox Hill ?Hospital in New York.

The powder is almost impossible to measure with common kitchen tools, the FDA said. Volume measures like teaspoons aren't precise enough and a scale may be needed.

"The difference between a safe amount and a lethal dose of caffeine in these powdered products is very small," said FDA spokeswoman Jennifer Dooren.

Glatter said he's seen several younger patients experience complications from caffeine in the last few months. Some have arrived at his hospital with high, rapid heart rates.

"They're starting to latch on to the powders more because they see it as a more potent way to lose weight," Glatter said.

Health officials worry about caffeine powder's potential popularity among exercise enthusiasts and young people seeking an energy boost.

Dr. Henry Spiller directs a poison control center at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Over a week or so this month, the center took reports of three people hospitalized for misusing caffeine powder.

"I can't believe you can buy this," Spiller said. "Honestly, I mean, it's frightening. It makes no sense to me."


Have Coffeemaker, Will Travel: Bringing my own coffee brewer on vacations

This morning's post is coming to you from a random hotel in South Dakota.  One of 9 hotel rooms I've stayed in over the last few weeks - from Florida to Alabama to Tennessee, Missouri and more.  Although traveling a bit is normal for us, this much travel isn't really.  But with a crazy summer schedule events we are all over the USA.

And we have our coffee maker with us.

Back in the Spring of 2010 we traveled to South Texas for a family reunion and decided to bring our Keurig brewer with us.  We had the original box and packaging still in the garage so we packaged it up, put it in the trunk and it traveled cross-country safely and securely.  Having our freshly brewed, good tasting coffee that week was a wonderful start to the morning.  (And as a side note, the 4 other families that were there with us?  Three of them went on to become Keurig owners after that!)

We took our full sized Keurig on our trip to the beach and one more vacation before we invested in a mini, individualized sized Keurig.  We now keep this 'ready to go' at the spur of the moment and we simply put it in the suitcase, or put the box in the trunk (depending on how many are traveling, how much luggage or room we have, etc.)  

 (This is the individual one cup brewer we own and use; KeurigMINI Plus Brewing System)
  • Black exterior
  • Includes a 6 count K-Cup variety pack
  • Cup size options: 6, 8, or 10 ounces
  • Brews in under two minutes
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 13.2 x 13 inches ; 5 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 10 pounds

Having said that however - there are now a couple hotels that offer Keurig style brewers in the room!  But many still have the old 4 cup mini-pots (Like Country Inn Suites) or the single brew packets with really poor quality (tasting) coffee, like Comfort Suites, Holiday Inn Express, etc.

We bought ours from Best Buy (because we buy as many things as possible from there and get the Black Tie coverage - as it's proven invaluable over the years, especially with Keurig brewers - which can be temperamental) but you can purchase them almost anywhere now - including online through Amazon at the link above. It comes in various colors;  red, green, silver, etc.  (see link for colors currently available from that seller).

We are quite content with our brewer but there are various styles and brands out there that may fit your personality or travel style better.

Black & Decker Brew 'n Go Personal Coffeemaker with Travel Mug
  • Personal coffeemaker brews directly into 15-ounce travel mug
  • Stainless-steel mug tapered to fit most vehicle cup holders
  • Permanent filter eliminates need for disposable paper filters
  • Auto shut-off; dishwasher-safe mug, mug lid, filter, and filter basket
  • Measures 9-3/4 by 7 by 6 inches, 1-year warranty

Black & Decker Single Serve Coffee Maker
  • 16-ounce travel mug
  • Brews ground coffee or pre-packaged pods
  • Removable filter basket
  • Dishwasher safe parts
  • Automatic shutoff

This travel coffee press has almost 600 reviews on Amazon - and is given the highest rating available.

Aerobie AeroPress Coffee Maker with Tote Bag
  • Unique coffee espresso maker uses total immersion and gentle pressure to produce coffee with extraordinarily rich flavor
  • Makes american style coffee or an espresso style shot perfect for use in lattes or cappuccinos
  • Made in the usa
  • Micro filtered coffee so pure and particle free that it can be stored for days as a concentrate for Cold brew coffee
  • Included travel bag makes this item great for traveling the world and brewing great coffee