In my world, camping and coffee go together like peanut butter and jelly so I set out to find the best coffee maker I could find for the RV. Surprisingly, there are tons of small coffee makers on the market now, so no matter how much space you have [or don’t have], you’ll be able to find the perfect coffee maker for your camper. Here’s our take on the best coffee makers for campers you are gonna love!
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How Does A Coffee Maker Work?
Most coffee makers work by the same basic process moving water through the coffee grounds to extract all that yummy goodness and producing the perfect cup of coffee.
Types Of Coffee Makers For Campers
Whether you like your coffee brewed slowly to perfection or you prefer easy and fast, there are a wide variety of coffee makers for campers on the market that is suited for your RV camping needs.
Here are the different types of coffee makers that feature different coffee brewing processes.
Single Serve Coffee Makers
These types of coffee makers are very popular. No doubt you’ve heard of the most popular brand; Keurig.
This single cup magic coffee maker produces a great cup of coffee from a small plastic individually served coffee “pod” and a cup full of water. These style coffee pots are perfect for camping because of theircompact design. One disadvantage is its price, it is quite expensive compared to most drip coffee makers. In addition to the cost of the coffee maker, the pods are more expensive per cup of coffee compared to standard ground coffee. However, compared to Starbucks, it’s still quite affordable. 😊
Drip Coffee Makers
Drip coffee makers are the conventional coffee makers found in most kitchens. While these coffee makers are larger than a single service Keurig, they are still quite compact and much more economical.
Pour Over Coffee Maker
Pour overs have a pretty simple brewing process. Put the coffee filter holder with the filter on it over your mug or carafe. Put the coffee grounds on the filter, add hot water, and allow the water to seep through to produce coffee straight to your containers.
Compared to the french press, the pour-over method is a slow process wherein you put water slowly to the coffee grounds at timed intervals.
“Cowboy coffee” is actually my favorite way to enjoy coffee at the campground, however, it is a bit more labor-intensive. You know what they say, “The best things come to those who wait”. Honestly, it’s not that hard and it makes a really delicious cup of coffee that sets those early morning camping mornings just right.
Percolators work by continually cycling the boiling or nearly boiling brew through the grounds using gravity until the required strength is reached. They are very durable yet very affordable, you can also use them to make tea if you want. The coffee quality that it produces is similar to that of the drip coffee maker.
If you want your coffee to have a robust, smooth and rich flavor, the french press is perfect for you. Coffee enthusiasts love to use the french press because of the premium coffee taste after brewing. Brewing in a french press uses immersion to brew the coffee with the absence of a filter.
One downside is that it’s not easy to maintain since you have to take it apart before you can clean it.
Things To Consider When Buying A Coffee Maker For Campers
Here are the most important things to consider before you make your final decision.
Space is a luxury when it comes to RV living. So you want to choose something that can be placed in your RVs kitchen countertops that does not occupy so much space. Small coffee makers like the Mini Keurig coffee maker are perfect for tight spaces inside your RV.
Easy To Clean
Like any other appliances or tools, coffee makers should also be cleaned every now and then. Choose a coffee maker that works simple and cleaner when brewing so you won’t have to deal with so much mess after coffee brewing.
Consider What Material It Is Made Of
Most coffee makers are made of stainless steel metals which are highly durable. But some units include a glass carafe and can break when it’s not secured in place. Factors like these should be considered as well.
How Many People Will It Serve
Choose a convenient coffee maker and can serve the number of coffee drinkers in your campers. Single-serve coffee is not a good idea if you’re brewing for a large number of people since it can take up so much time and electricity as well.
Each person likes to do their own “thing” when it comes to coffee brewing. Whether you like manual brewing or a coffee maker that does all the job for you, there are plenty of options for you to choose from. Make sure you pick what suits your taste.
What Is The Best Coffee Maker For Camping?
As a camper, it can be pretty hard picking the right coffee maker that suits you since there are tons of options for you on the market. Although the function of a coffee maker is pretty much straightforward, you still need to make a wise decision and look for features that work best for you and your camping needs.
To help you look for the perfect unit, we’ve listed down the best coffee makers for campers on the market can get the job done efficiently.
This single-serve coffee maker by Hamilton beach is one of the best and capable coffee maker for campers. Designed to brew coffee in 3 easy steps 1) Scoop 2) Place 3) Brew. The scoop coffee maker utilizes the simplicity of ground coffee and brews a customizable cup quickly: an 8 oz. cup in less than 90 seconds or a 14 oz. travel mug in under two-and-a-half minutes.
It also doesn't need expensive coffee pods or pre-packaged K-Cup packs, instead it comes with a mesh scoop filter giving people the freedom to use whatever flavor, brand and coffee strength that they prefer.
Mesh scoop filter
Made of stainless steel
Each scoop filter is labeled with two measuring lines for exact serving amounts.
L-shaped cup rest
Built-in stand for coffee mugs
Automatic shutoff after brewing
Quick and easy to use
Spill resistant drip tray
1 year limited Warranty
Made with durable stainless
Doesn't need coffee pods or pre-packaged K-Cup packs that are quite expensive
User have the freedom to choose which flavor, brand or coffee strength they want
Proportions coffee exactly with single-serve scoop filter
Some people complained of their coffee smelling and tasting like plastic after using for sometime.
This coffee makers both works well whether inside your RVs or at home. It is programmable and fully automatic with easy to use buttons and can produce about 12 cups worth of drip coffee in a single pot which is perfect for large camping families or crowds who loves coffee.
Adjustable auto-shutoff from 0 to 4 hours
Classic design with stainless accents
12-cup carafe with ergonomic handle, dripless spout and knuckle guard
Brew Pause feature
Charcoal water filter and gold tone filter
Includes measuring scoop and instruction book
Easy to use
Programmable and fully automatic
Produces large amount of coffee
Great coffee maker for large groups or family
Doesn't take up so much space
Can be used at home or inside RVs
The glass carafe can be be prone to breakage if not secured in place especially when travelling.
You don't have to worry on where to put this coffee maker inside your campers since the the Keurig K-Mini Plus Coffee Maker is only 4.5 inches wide. Is super easy to use, just add fresh water to the removable reservoir, pop in your favorite K-Cup pod, press the brew button and enjoy fresh brewed coffee( 6-12oz) in a few minutes.
Aside from its space saving design, it also includes a cord storage compartment for easy transport and tidy countertops. It is energy efficient with its Auto off feature which turns off the coffee maker 90 seconds after the last brew.
Removable drip tray
Auto off feature
Single cup removable reservoir
Slim design is a great space saver
Cord storage helps keep countertops tidy and clutter free
The Removable drip tray accommodates travel mugs up to 7.0” tall and holds a full accidental brew for easy cleanup.
The Krups Simply Brew Compact Filter Drip Coffee Maker can make up to 5 cups of coffee in one sitting. It comes with a coffee pot with no drip spout, keeping mess out of the picture. It features an easy to fill water tank that is conveniently located close to the brewing chamber.
It has a Pause & Serve system that allows users to pour a hot cup of coffee while brewing, without any mess. Keeping your coffee warm after brewing won't be a problem thanks to its automatic “Keep Warm” function.
Premium stainless steel finish
Automatic “Keep Warm” function
Coffee pot with no drip spout
Easy On/Off button
Includes Glass coffee pot, permanent coffee filter and coffee spoon
Compatible with No.2 coffee filter paper
Pause & Serve system
5 cups / 25 fl. oz. / 750ml coffee brewer
Simple and easy to use
The permanent coffee filter is money saver
Easy On/Off button
Easy to fill water tank
Pause & Serve system that allows users to pour a hot cup of coffee while brewing without the mess
Modern and sleek design
Included accessories are all dishwasher safe
Easy to clean
Keep Warm function is excellent in keeping your coffee warm after brewing
The Black+Decker CM2035B 12-Cup Thermal Coffeemaker can make 12 cups of coffee in one sitting and is perfect for larger camping families and groups. It comes with a stainless steel thermal carafe which is vacuum-sealed to ensure that your coffee stays hot and drinkable for hours after brewing. It has a brew strength selector and the option for small-batch (1-4 cup*) brewing that allow users to customize their brewing process.
Also, what's great about it is that it includes an LCD display with a fresh brew timer that indicates how much time has passed since the coffee was brewed, up to 120 minutes.
12-Cup Thermal Carafe
Brew strength selector
No-Drip Perfect Pour Spout
Wide-Mouth Carafe Opening
Easy-to-use digital controls
LCD display-fresh brew timer
Auto brew and auto shutoff
Easy to use
It has easily to find large, clearly marked buttons for quick programming
The Perfect Pour spout does away with spills and drips
The Evenstream showerhead sprays water evenly over the coffee for maximum flavor and less waste
Sneak-a-Cup feature temporarily stops the flow of coffee so you can pour coffee before brewing ends without the mess
Thermal carafe is excellent in keeping your coffee warm for hours
Produce large amount of coffee
Ideal for larger camping families or groups
Auto shutoff feature is convenient and offers safety
Some customer reviews pointed about the thermal pot not working enough to keep coffee warm after sometime.
Fast and easy to use, this Muller Coffee Machine will make you the perfect cup of coffee any time of the day whether your in you campers or at home. Compactly designed to fit even in tight space and is great in whatever style your countertop comes in.
If you want super quick and easy brewing, this coffee maker is perfect you. It only takes 3 minutes to brew your coffee so you don't have to wait longer to get a sip of your favorite coffee while camping. It is is designed to fit all 1.0 & 2.0 single coffee capsules and can fill it up with the one touch of a button.
10oz water tank
Removable drip tray
One-touch Button Operation
Auto shutoff feature
3 minute brew cycle
Developed from BPA-free plastic
Easy to use even for beginners or first time users
Quick coffee brewing
Start brewing with a single touch of a button
Auto shutoff features works great
Can fill a standard sized or large size coffee mugs(up to 4.1" tall)
Doesn't include any glass accessories that might easily break
BPA free construction
Produces small amount of coffee( 10 oz.)
Not ideal for larger groups or families
How to Prevent Coffee Maker From Sliding In My camper?
Small appliances inside your RV tend to move when you’re on the road, and that includes your Coffee makers. This is perfectly normal and can be prevented using simple solutions.
Putting non- skid cloth, silicone mats, and non-slip rubber shelf liners under your coffee maker to help prevent it from moving or sliding on your kitchen countertops.
You can also put hooks on the wall between the coffee maker and attach a short bungee cord from end to end. This will hold your coffee pots in place.
Velcro command strips work perfectly in holding stuff inside your RV and can be used with appliances on your countertops as well.