We Research the best French Presses for Camping & Hiking
If like us you enjoy the great outdoors, and also like your French Press style of coffee, then this article should really help you out. At home we use different brewing methods for my coffee.
One of those happens to be the French Press which we still like to use. We use the classic glass style cafetiere which we are pretty sure you will find in thousands of homes across the UK. It remains a very popular coffee brewing choice.
While that type of French Press may be suitable for home use, it is hardly ideal to take camping, and the reasons are pretty obvious.
Now we do have a small one that we often take on holidays which is securely stored away carefully in my luggage. However with any glass object there is always the risk of it breaking.
For a camp trip though, we doubt if it would survive very long. That is simply because most French Presses are made almost entirely from glass.
Best Camping French Press Option
For camping, a stainless steel French Press is a better and safer option as there is zero risk of any glass breaking which would be a bit of a disaster.
One made from this steel material will be durable and be able to handle just about anything that you can throw at it.
Now you can get these for the home and we do like them a lot. For travelling though, and especially for camping or hiking, we like something that is built specifically for the outdoors.
Bodum Travel Press Set
We spent a lot of time researching just about anything that was available for making good coffee when I was outdoors.
There are certainly some very interesting offers available and many of them work great.
When outdoors though, and I have no idea why, I like my coffee hot and strong. By that I mean stronger than I would have at home.
That just might have something to do with the temperature of our wonderful UK weather.
This Bodum model costs pictured on the left, costs about £16-25 depending on where you buy it. It works like a treat though and it is super simple to use.
It works just like a French Press, is made of stainless steel, has a rubber base and grip and comes with a spare lid. You adjust the rate flow of the coffee by screwing the lid.
Now although I am a coffee person, this one also works great for tea drinkers, who prefer loose leaf tea to the teabag. I will be the first to admit that this is not a cheap option, but I don't mind paying if the quality is high and it works the way it is supposed to.
It also keeps the coffee hot as well and people use this one as a travel mug and for bringing their home made coffee to work.
It helps avoid canteen prices or coffee shop prices, that's for sure. This will keep the liquid inside hot for up to 2 hours. That is why many people use this as a travel mug but I wouldn't leave it any longer than 2 hours unless you like luke warm coffee.
A few people have complained that it can leak at the lid. The way I viewed this really was to allow me to be able to make a good cup of coffee when out camping.
When I make it I drink it, so personally I have never used this as a travel mug. For me it does the job and is about as close as I have come to getting the type of French coffee I like when under a tent.
Affordable French Press Camping Option - Zylis Cafetiere
The Zyliss Hot Mug Cafetiere is a very affordable option that sells really well. This costs well under £10, and will be the ideal choice for many people on the go.
It can be used for any hot drink, but has been designed to give campers and outdoor people the French Press option if that is what they are after.
With this useful gadget you can enjoy freshly brewed coffee wherever you are. It comes with a secure lid to avoid spills.
It has a double-wall construction and that of course helps keep your drink hotter for longer.
It is BPA Free, guaranteed for 5 years and dishwasher safe. It is available in 3 colours, grey, blue and red.
All you need to do is add ground coffee, followed by hot water and just like a French Press slowly push down the fine mesh filter to brew fresh coffee.
Stanley Classic Travel Press
This particular travel press is made from 18/8 stainless steel so it will not
The vacuum insulation keeps drinks hot 4 hours, cold 5 hours, or iced for up to 20 hours
The good news about this one for campers and hikers is that it is leak proof and easy to pack. The folding loop extends to carry or clips to packs.
Buyers say that this ia a high quality flask that makes and holds about 2 cups of coffee. There is no glass so no risk of breakage as you might get with a traditional cafetiere / French press.
With this model you can seal it like a flask or use like a travel mug via the spout/drinking hole.
That makes this one a great choice for campers, hikers, anglers, etc. It is simply a great choice for anyone that doesn't do instant coffee when outdoors, but doesn't want the hassle of multiple parts etc.
Other Camping Coffee Brewing Options
I did look at one called the Jetboil Coffee Flash but at £100 it was certainly out of my league. I love my coffee but I don't love it that much. This is basically a stove with a built-in press.
The manufacturers have designed this one to be suitable for mountaineering, trekking and camping.You push a button to light the stove, and in 2 minutes you have boiling water.
This is a clever option for sure, and if you are a serious hiker or camper, this could be a great option as there are other cooking accessories that you can add on to this one, such as a frying pan.
It is also often hard to find this one online and you are more likely to find something like this in a good camping or outdoors store.
Gsi Outdoors Personal Javapress
This one has recently come to market, and is proving popular with lots of campers. At around £30, not a cheap option, however a very good one. It is a 2-piece mug set so you can make a cup to help wake you up, and also make one for the road..
It is an insulated press which is both compact and lightweight. That makes it handy for both hikers and campers. It is super easy to use, and also easy to clean. The most important thing is that it makes great coffee and it will not break.
Hopefully this information has helped you see what is available when it comes to using a French Press when camping or hiking.