Making coffee in the camper: How to make coffee in the motorhome

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Making coffee in the camper

Making coffee in the camper: our guide for coffee lovers

coffee and Camping – for many people this is a combination that simply goes hand in hand. But why is it like that? Coffee is definitely part of our trips in the camper. However, it is not always that easy. Especially if you have one Rent a camperhow we do it. But there is a workaround. In this article, we'll show you how easy it is to make coffee in a camper.

Why is coffee so important when traveling?

Coffee is more than just a drink; it is a ritual, a piece of home that you can take with you wherever you go. Coffee offers a bit of normality, especially when camping, where everyday life often looks different. It wakes you up in the morning, warms you up when it's cold, and creates a cozy moment that you can enjoy alone or with others. For example, we enjoy our coffee breaks in front of the motorhome.

Different methods of making coffee in the camper

Coffee machines:

If you have a power outlet in the camper, a small coffee maker is a convenient option. It is also easy to use and delivers good coffee quickly.



Hand filter:

No electricity? No problem! With a hand filter and hot water, you can make coffee without electricity.



French press:

This method is ideal for multiple cups and provides a bold flavor. All you need is coffee, hot water and a few minutes of patience.



Espresso maker:

For fans of strong coffee, for example, an espresso maker is the right choice. It works on the gas stove and delivers an intense coffee.




This method is quick, easy and versatile. It is particularly suitable for those who like to experiment and want to try out different types and strengths of coffee.



No matter which method you choose, the important thing is that you enjoy the coffee and make your camping day a little better.


Motorhome kitchen for making coffee in the camper
A mobile home kitchen is small


Why making coffee in a camper can be a challenge

Making coffee in the camper sounds easy at first, right? But if you've ever tried making your favorite coffee on the go, you know there are some challenges.

lack of space

Space in the camper is often limited. This means you rarely have enough space for a large coffee machine or many accessories. Therefore, you have to think carefully about which method best suits your space. Hand filters and French presses are often the more compact options here.

Power Supply

Electricity is not always available when camping. And if you do, you might want to save energy. This also limits the choice of coffee machines. Although there are models that use little power, manual methods such as the AeroPress or the hand filter are often more practical. This also means you can enjoy your coffee in remote areas.

water quality

The quality of the water can greatly affect the taste of your coffee. Tap water from the camper is not always optimal. That's why it makes sense to use filtered or boiled water. In addition, sometimes water from natural sources can be a good option, but care must be taken to avoid contamination.

Making coffee in the camper definitely has its pitfalls. But with a little planning and the right methods, coffee can be enjoyed on the go.


Making coffee in the camper
There isn't much space for a coffee machine - so making coffee in the camper can be problematic


Making coffee in a camper with electricity: Your guide to the best machine

Making coffee in the camper is a must for many people. For example, how do you make the best coffee when you have electricity?

Coffee machines for motorhomes

Fully automatic coffee machines:

These machines can do almost anything. They grind the beans, brew the coffee and even froth the milk. Ideal if you love different coffee specialties. However, you should consider the size. Since I was skeptical about the size, I got it Coffeeness specialists were asked about this in an interview.



Pad and capsule machines:

These machines are compact and easy to use. You simply insert a capsule or pad and the coffee is ready.



Filter coffee machines:

The classic method that takes up little space and is easy to use. Perfect for simple but good coffee.



Advantages and disadvantages

  • Benefits: With electricity you definitely have more choice and can use more complex machines. The result is therefore often better than with manual methods.
  • Disadvantages: However, these machines can use a lot of power and are often larger. This can often be problematic in a camper.

Tips for choosing the best coffee maker

  1. footprint: Think about how much space you have. Fully automatic coffee machines are often larger than pad or filter machines.
  2. power consumption: Also check the energy consumption of the machine. High consumption can quickly drain the battery.
  3. versatility: If you like different types of coffee, a fully automatic coffee machine might be the best choice. However, pay attention to the size.
  4. Budget: Good machines can be expensive. So set a budget and compare the options.



Making coffee in the camper
Is there room for a coffee machine here?


Making coffee in a camper without electricity: Your best options

Electricity is often in short supply when camping. However, that doesn't have to mean that you have to give up your morning coffee. There are various methods you can use to make delicious coffee in your camper, even without electricity.

French Press

The French press is a simple and effective method. All you need is coffee and hot water. Pour the coffee into the pot, add hot water and after a few minutes press down the filter.

Espresso maker (mocha pot)

An espresso maker works on the gas stove and is ideal for fans of strong coffee. Fill the lower compartment with water and the upper compartment with coffee and then place it on the stove.

Hand filter

A hand filter is compact and lightweight. All you need is a filter, coffee and a cup. Pour hot water over the coffee and let it run through the filter.


The Aeropress is versatile and fast. It is suitable for different types and strengths of coffee. You will need coffee, a filter and hot water.

Advantages and disadvantages

  • Benefits: These methods are simple, compact and require little equipment.
  • Disadvantages: You will need a heat source for the water, and it may take a little longer to prepare than with a machine.

DIY methods for real adventurers

There are also DIY options for the adventurous among you. For example, you can make a coffee bag out of a coffee filter and string. Or try cowboy coffee, where you add coffee directly to hot water and wait for the grounds to settle.


Making coffee in the camper - accessories
Accessories are also necessary when making coffee in the camper


Accessories for the perfect coffee experience in the camper

A good coffee is more than just hot water and coffee powder. The right accessories can also take your coffee from good to great.

coffee Grinders

Freshly ground beans make all the difference. One manual coffee grinder* (Display) is compact and requires no power. This means you can always enjoy fresh coffee on the go.

Thermos flasks

A good thermos flask* (Advertisement) also keeps your coffee warm for hours. Ideal if you want to spend a whole day outside. Make sure there is good insulation and a secure closure.

Special filters

There are different types of coffee filters, from paper to metal. A reusable metal filter* (Advertisement) is environmentally friendly and allows more oils to pass through, making the coffee tastier.

milk frother

If you like latte or cappuccino, one is milk frother* (Display) also a useful accessory. There are manual models that do not require electricity and are easy to clean.


Coffee beans for making coffee in the camper
The best coffee beans are important for making coffee in the camper


Coffee beans and grinding levels: important for making coffee in the camper

Coffee is not the same Coffee. Choosing the right beans and grind can take your coffee from good to great.

Which beans are best for making coffee in the camper?

  1. Arabica beans: They are known for their mild and aromatic profile. Ideal if you prefer a smooth, nuanced coffee.
  2. Robusta beans: These beans have more caffeine and a stronger flavor. Good for espresso or if you like a strong coffee.
  3. mixtures: Many coffees are a blend of Arabica and Robusta. So you get the best of both worlds.

How the grind influences the taste

  • Fine grind: A fine grind is perfect for espresso. It produces a strong, intense coffee.
  • Medium grind: This grind is versatile and works well for most brewing methods, such as filter coffee or French press.
  • Coarse grind: A coarse grind is ideal for cold brew or if you like your coffee less strong.


This is an environmentally friendly way
Making coffee in the camper is also environmentally friendly


Tips for making sustainable coffee in the camper

Sustainability is an important topic that should not be neglected when making coffee in the camper. With these tips you can make your coffee enjoyment more environmentally friendly.

Reusable filters

For example, instead of using disposable paper filters, you can switch to reusable metal or fabric filters. Not only are they environmentally friendly, but they also allow more coffee oils to pass through, which improves the taste.

Organic coffee beans

When buying your coffee beans, pay attention to organic quality and fair trade seals. This way you support sustainable farming methods and fair working conditions. Additionally, organic beans are often free of pesticides and taste better. We can confirm this from our own experience.

Energy saving tips for making coffee in the camper

  1. Preheat: Before making coffee, preheat the pot or cup. This means the coffee stays warm longer and you save energy.
  2. amount of water: Only use as much water as you really need. This not only saves energy when heating, but also protects your water reserves.
  3. Cook together: If you are traveling with several people, make coffee for everyone at the same time. This is definitely more efficient than several small portions.


Camping and coffee
Outdoors Making coffee while camping


Conclusion on making coffee in the camper: Your way to the perfect coffee experience

Making coffee in the camper can be a real art. There are many methods and products that can brighten your morning on wheels.

Summary of the best methods and products for making coffee in the camper

  • With electricity: Fully automatic coffee machines are great if you like different coffee specialties. Pad and capsule machines are ideal for easy operation.
  • Without electricity: The French press and hand filter are compact and simple. For strong coffee, the espresso maker is your best choice.
  • Accessories: A manual coffee grinder and a good thermos are must-haves. Reusable filters and a manual milk frother complete the package.


Outdoors Coffee
Outdoors Making coffee in the camper


Personal recommendations

  • For diversity: If you love different types of coffee, invest in a fully automatic coffee machine and a good coffee grinder.
  • For adventurers: A hand filter and an Aeropress are lightweight and versatile. Perfect if you like to experiment.
  • For sustainability: Choose reusable filters and organic coffee beans. This way you are also doing something good for the environment.


Whether you have electricity or not, there is always a method to make delicious coffee in the camper. With the right accessories and a few energy-saving tips, your coffee will not only be delicious, but also sustainable.



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Making coffee in the camper: How to make coffee in the motorhome

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