The Caffeinated Camper – KOA’s Guide to the Perfect Cup

Simple Coffee Recipes to make at your campsite from #KOACamping
June 17, 2014

Whether you’re hooked up in an RV, KOA Cabin Camping or in a tent, we’ve gathered a variety of great ways to create the perfect morning cup of Joe.

KOA's Coffee Tips and Recipes for Your Next Camping Trip #KOACamping

5 Types of Coffee Makers:

1) Electric

  • Some RVs come equipped with drip coffee makers, but if not, opt for an economical counter-top model with a stainless steel carafe – great for keeping coffee warm (and they’re harder to break). Check out this or this.If you’re a K-cup or pod coffeemaker fan, you can’t go wrong with a Keurig, and their travel-friendly Mini comes in a bunch of fun colors. It’s especially useful if you and your spouse prefer different kinds of coffee, plus tea or hot chocolate.

2) Propane

  • If there’s no electrical hookup or it’s too early to fire up the generator, a propane coffee maker might be just the ticket. Add your coffee and water, hit the push button ignition and you’ve got 10 cups of coffee brewing.

3) Presses

  • Boil water on the camp stove or campfire and pour it into a sturdy French press, wait a few minutes and you’ve got rich, robust European-style coffee. Or take it another step up with the Aeropress, a highly-rated, lightweight coffee press that’s designed to take all bitterness out of your coffee. While it looks a little like a science experiment, this plastic tube makes a killer cup of coffee or espresso.

4) Espresso aficionado

  • Espresso fiend? This portable device easily pulls delicious shots for your lattes or mochas.

5) Old School

  • Traveling light? Go for the drip filter, cheap, featherweight and capable of brewing a satisfying cup.
  • Or opt for the percolator. Your parents and grandparents probably camped with this gem, a solid coffee pot that’ll burble on the camp stove or fire grate and produce a rush of strong, crowd-pleasing coffee.
  • And last but not least. Cowboy coffee. Yee Haw! Fill an empty coffee can with water and ground coffee (1 cup water to 1 Tbsp. coffee), give it a boil, take it off the heat and add a bit of cold water to help the grounds settle, then pour out a wicked cup of pure prairie java. It’ll put hair on your chest, if it isn’t there already.

COP, STP, St. Petersburg / Madeira Beach, 9144, Photo by Anna Paige, Camper, RV, Campsite, Picnic, Family, Food,

Coffee Making Tips:

  • Grind your beans before you leave for your trip, then store in an airtight container.
  • Bring milk, half & half, liquid creamer or coffee syrups in easy-to-store plastic bottles.
  • Bring a thermos along to keep extra coffee warm.

Coffee tips and recipes from #KOACamping

Coffee Recipes:

Delicious, coffeehouse-style drinks that’ll satisfy your taste buds and leave your wallet happy, too!


  • ½ cup strong coffee or 2 shots espresso
  • ½ cup heated milk
  • 2-3 Tbsp. chocolate syrup
  • whipped cream

Combine, coffee, milk and syrup in a warm mug. Top with whipped cream.

Caramel Macchiato

  • ½ cup strong coffee or 2 shots espresso
  • ½ cup heated, foamed milk*
  • 2-3 Tbsp. caramel dessert topping

Combine coffee, milk and caramel in a warm mug. Top with additional caramel, if desired.
*A battery-powered frother is an easy way to foam warm milk.

Iced Vanilla Latte

  • 1/2 cup strong, cold coffee or 2 shots espresso, cooled
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2-3 Tbsp. vanilla syrup (available in the coffee aisle)

Combine coffee, milk and vanilla syrup in a tall glass. Add ice and a bendy straw.


You Tell Us! Do you have a tried and true coffee ritual?

  • Molly

    What a great article! I hate to give up my Starbucks when I camp, but with these options, I’m all set!

  • danlbob

    Be careful using a percolator with a plastic top if you’re making coffee on the fire!

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