Brewing single serve coffee without a k-cup or an eco-friendly cup: Using coffee pods without a coffee brewer and while camping....

My previous post was for people who want to use eco-friendly options to brew single cups of coffee without the plastic k-cups.  I was going to include this option but that post was getting too long - and that is with the understanding that I always tend to ramble!  (Eh, it's just the coffee talking...).

So a continuation (kind of) and sort of a new post too.


I've mentioned them in some of my camping posts before.  I take these for my camp coffee.  No mess, no grounds.  Simple, light weight, clean and easy.  The worlds best cup of coffee?  Nah, but good enough.  And when you are camping, almost any coffee tastes good on a cool, crisp morning.

For people who want an eco-friendly way to brew single serve coffee but don't want to use eco-style k-cups, filters, etc. this post is for you.

And for those of you who never thought about using them for camping and hiking... this is for you too!

I just got a new delivery of a 6 pack of these Melitta Coffee Pods for our Girls Road Trip coming up.  Last year I bought two styles; dark and vanilla.  Dark for me and vanilla for my college-daughter for our road trip camping across the state of South Dakota.  This year I asked her if she wanted flavored again but she has officially came over to the dark side.  She wanted dark coffee too!  (That's what college does to you!)  So I ordered the Sumatra blend this time.  16 pods in a package and 6 packages.

(I'll link to all this stuff at the bottom of the post - it's a pain in the butt to insert all the links to things I talk about in the post - so I'll put it at the end).


  • A pod (or two, if you are like me and like your coffee really strong and dark)
  • A mug
  • Hot water

Put your pod in the cup and either add hot water directly from your keurig or icoffee, or heat water on the stove or microwave and pour it in.

*I have actually put the pod into the empty K-cup place in the brewer and brewed right over it.  It was fine, but it feels 'dirty' to me as the coffee touches all over the inside of the plastic slot.  I run a couple cups of just hot water through it after to clean it out, but in my head I can't drink it because it's touched the sides of the brewer.  LOL.  But it works just fine and most (normal) people probably wouldn't care like I do.

Let your pod brew for 4-5 minutes, squeeze the excess water out by pressing it against the cup with a spoon or with your fingers if it isn't too hot.  Throw away the pod and drink your coffee.


You can do the same thing as above if you are only making one cup at a time or everyone has their own mugs and you are heating the water separately.  Just heat your water over the fire or a camp stove and pour it over the pod in your favorite camping mug.  Brew a few minutes, press water out of the pod and toss the pod into the fire or it can be carried out with your trash, buried (biodegradable) or thrown away.

For brewing in the pot:  I add 6 pods into my camp coffee pot with about 4-5 cups of water; (4 is normal for a 4 cup pot, if you like it strong, add more.  If you have a 6 or 9 cup pot and are filling it, then add more pods to your tastes).  I fill the camp coffee pot with fresh water and put it over the fire or on the butane camp stove to heat.  By the time the water starts to simmer, it's ready!  You can fish the pods out - but usually (since we like strong coffee) I leave them in, because the lid and spouts keeps the pods in the pot while the hot coffee filters out into our coffee mugs.  We like this way because we have a whole pot ready at once and can refill our cups as needed to keep it piping hot.

 (Remove the insides of your camping coffee pot for this way of brewing - you don't need it!  No grounds, no filters and NO MESS!)

We leave the pods in after it comes to a simmer, as the holes in the spout block the pods from coming out when you pour

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