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

June 17, 2014

There’s nothing like that first morning cup of camp coffee. The day is fresh and full of delicious possibility, birds are singing and maybe you’re even catching the sunrise. It just doesn’t get any better than this.

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.

Do you have a tried and true coffee ritual? We’d love to hear about it in the comments below!

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

• 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.

KOA Café

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.

  • danlbob

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