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