Three Reasons to Take Your AeroPress Camping

This is a guest post by Ryan of Desk to Dirtbag.

I don't know about you, but I love coffee. And while I do sacrifice a number of material comforts when I'm in the great outdoors, coffee is not one of those sacrifices.

What can I say? You can take me out of the Seattle Coffee Culture but you can't the Seattle Coffee Culture out of me.

For the past year and a half in my travels through the Americas I've been using the Aeropress on an almost daily basis to make an absolutely amazing cup of coffee no matter where I am. 

From the back of my truck's tailgate at a highway rest stop during an Idaho winter to the deserts of the American Southwest to 13,000 feet in the Colombian Andes.

I do love my coffee.

So without further ado, here are my Three Reasons to Take Your Aeropress Camping...

Ryan patiently waiting for the water to boil to use his Aeropress and S Filter at 13,000 feet in the Colombian Andes.

Ryan patiently waiting for the water to boil to use his Aeropress and S Filter at 13,000 feet in the Colombian Andes.

1) Supreme Portability

If you use an Aeropress you know that it makes an amazing cup of coffee. It doesn't really matter where you are, so long as you have access to boiling water and some freshly ground beans you are set. That is all you need. In fact, with the addition of a nice manual hand grinder you can get the freshest possible coffee by grinding individual amounts just before use. I have been using the Hario Coffee Mill Slim Grinder for a year and a half, and it has worked like a champ.

Any regular ol' camp stove will obviously boil water, so you should be all set there. But to get my caffeine fix even quicker I would use my Jetboil Sol TI to get to boil in just a couple minutes.

2) Ease of Clean Up

The ease of clean up with the Aeropress was one of the biggest selling points for me in the beginning. It's simple. Far simpler clean up process than a French Press. I really don't want the hassle of a time consuming and tough clean up when I'm out camping.

Just brew your cup of coffee, press it into your mug, and then pop the grounds into your trash bag. Give the plunger a little rinse with water and you are good to go. Though please don't forget to Leave No Trace.

This year for my travels in South America I added the S Filter Ultra Fine Stainless Steel Coffee Filter from Kaffeologie and I'm really loving it. In addition to allowing the essential oils of the bean to pass through (unlike the paper filters), you also don't have to ever worry about running out of paper filters (could I even find more in South America?) or worry about creating more trash. It adds ever so slightly more clean up since you can't just pop the filter in the garbage but instead have to rinse it off, but I think that the trade off is worth it in terms of flavor and re-usability.

3) It's Just Plain Awesome

I mean lets face it, being able to make a killer cup of coffee anywhere in the world is a pretty cool thing. Sharing that gift with others is even better. Over my year and a half of continuous travel I have converted a number of people into Aeropress fans, even some that "don't like coffee" once they realize they can craft a brew that precisely matches their tastes, unlike other methods, by varying grind size, water temperature, steep time, and the coffee to water ratio.

I've enjoyed cup after cup below or beside some of America's most beautiful outdoor spectacles and National Parks, from Shiprock in New Mexico to the wilds of Grand-Staircase Escalante and all over. Furthermore I've managed to avoid the Nescafe and instant coffees of Colombia by bringing along my Aeropress, S Filter, and Hario Grinder, and diligently searching out whole beans. 

The portability of the Aeropress allows you to make amazing coffee in the middle of nowhere from the back of your truck, as seen in Shiprock, New Mexico.

The portability of the Aeropress allows you to make amazing coffee in the middle of nowhere from the back of your truck, as seen in Shiprock, New Mexico.

So if you're anything like me, you might want to look at adding the Aeropress to your list of the Ten Essentials. I mean, who can figure out how to read a map or campus when they haven't had their daily caffeine fix? :)

Looking for more? Check out my detailed review of the Aeropress and How to Make the World's Best Cup of Coffee While Camping.


Ryan is a lover of the outdoors, climbing, and coffee. In 2013 he left the working world to travel around North America and live out of his truck for the year. He wasn't ready to quit traveling so at the beginning of 2014 he flew to Colombia to explore South America. You can follow his adventures at Desk to Dirtbag.