Best Camping Coffee Grinders
If you're going to brew coffee on your next trip, why not instead of using pre-ground coffee bring your favourite beans and be able to grind them freshly whilst making your morning cup of brew.
It is now easy than ever to make a great cup of coffee for all your adventure crew whilst camping. All you'll need is a camping coffee maker, a stove top, some water and some coffee of course!
When it comes to the best camping coffee grinder, it is important to know that not all grinders are equal, portable coffee grinders differ in specifications and choosing your coffee grinder depends on what you value most when camping and having your coffee.
There are multiple types of grinders but the two main ones are obviously the manual coffee grinder and the electric coffee grinder. Now some might say the electric coffee grinders shouldn't be used for camping because its "not real camping" but we disagree and think it is always better to work smart, and if that means bringing a great portable electric coffee grinder then we are all for it.
There are a few key things you want to look for when purchasing your travel coffee grinder, you should prioritise the points below to what you value most.
What to look for in a camp coffee grinder
As we mentioned previously not all grinders are going to be suitable, so the criteria for a camping coffee grinder as far as we're concerned is as follows.
- Weight: Any backpacker will tell you to always pack light so it’s common sense to pack a camping grinder that is lightweight. So bearing that in mind all of the grinders we've have chosen won’t weigh you down.
- Durability: The grinder has to be durable, the last thing you want is a broken grinder when you’re miles away from civilization. Grinding whole coffee beans with two rocks just isn’t going to cut it! Thankfully all of the grinders on our list are made to last, these won’t break easily!
- Size: Does size matter? It does when you’re packing light and have limited space. I have made sure that each grinder on the list is small enough to slip into your backpack taking up hardly any room. The be honest, most of these camping grinders will fit snugly inside of your AeroPress.
The Lume Portable Burr Grinder
The Lume Portable Buur Grinder is our number one pick at this point in time! The grinder is an electric grinder that is portable and USB rechargeable. It is able to grind about 50 Areopress doses before needing a re-charge. The Lume grinder is the size of a manual grinder so will fit right in within your camping gear.
As the world’s most compact electric grinder, the Lume Portable Coffee Grinder isn’t just convenient, it’s the beginning of the end for manual coffee grinders. Featuring stabilized conical ceramic burrs, a USB rechargeable battery that can grind 50 serves of coffee, and a built-in light, it’s great for use at home and in the great outdoors.
Weight & Size
The grinder is 624 grams which is about half the weight of an Aeropress. As mentioned above the Lume Burr Grinder is about the same size as a manual coffee grinder and much easier to use.
The grinder is 22.4cm x 8.3cm and, so no longer than the ruler you used at school! It should fit perfectly within your day pack for a mid walk coffee break.
Built from stainless steel, plastic and ceramic materials the Lume grinder is a durable machine and can withhold whatever the wilderness brings. The designers who designed the Lume are keen campers and have made sure the grinder is bloody durable.
Micro Electric Grinder – Sized like a manual grinder, powered by electricity.
Stabilized Conical Ceramic Burrs – Stabilized burrs reduce wobble to encourage incredible grind consistency and precision that most hand grinders can’t match.
Use For Any Method – Suitable to be used for french press, espresso, and everything in-between.
50 Cup Rechargeable Battery – A full charge via Micro-USB gives power for 20 hours of light or 50 coffees.
150 Lumen Light – Why add a built-in, high-efficiency light? Because it’s awesome.
The grinder’s conical ceramic burrs are held tightly in place by a stabilizing cage. This eliminates burr wobble, which results in more uniform and consistent coffee grounds – an essential for a balanced brew. The burrs can be adjusted to grind coffee for french press, espresso, and everything in-between.
The Lume is outfitted with a battery that can be recharged via Micro-USB. At a full charge, the device can grind 50 coffees. The full charge can also be used to power the high-efficiency 150 lumen light for 20 hours. Now you can keep your space illuminated wherever you go.
Hario Smart G Electric Hand Grinder Bundle
The Hario Smart G Electric Hand Grinder Bundle is an automatic grinder by using Hario’s newest USB-powered hand held motor that attaches to their most popular model hand grinders. Enjoy all the benefits of using a hand grinder without having to turn a crank handle ever again.
The Hario EMSG-2 Electric Attachment connects on to the drive shaft of the Smart G Coffee Grinder, and with a push of the button it powerfully begins grinding your beans quickly, and evenly. It’s compact design means it easily accompanies your grinder on whatever adventures you wish to take. The 2200mAh Lithium Ion rechargeable battery will grind 25 dose on full charge.
Weight & Size
The grinder kit is 429 grams which is perfect for traveling with. As the Hario Smart Grinder is essentially a manual grinder you can expect it to be the same size any manual grinder you have used.
The grinder is 59cm x 53 x 332cm and can hold 24 grams of coffee which is enough for 1-2 people.
The travel grinder is made from BPA-Free plastic, is light weight and extremly durable. The plastic is the hard kind of plastic that you will find your drink bottle is most likely made out of.
Compact + Travel-Ready — Super slim build makes this a perfect travel coffee companion.
Electric Automatic Grinder – Take your hand crafted cup of delicious coffee and brew it anywhere -camping, in the office or comfort of your own home with ease.
USB Rechargeable Motor – Full battery after 3 hours of charge. With a 3 level lamp letting you know how much is left in the battery.
For All Filter Brewers — This Hario innovation will make your morning coffee a breeze taking all the effort out of grinding.
The Smart G Grinder’s ceramic conical burrs are beloved around the coffee world for being precise, consistent, and reliable long-term. They’re especially great for making filter coffee, so this grinder can produce grounds for french press, moka pot, and everything in-between.
When it’s time for a quick cleaning, the Hario Smart G disassembles easily, allowing you to knock out those extra grounds and oils that build up over time.
So there you have it, our favourite camping coffee grinders in 2020. The key takeouts are to look have a think about your priorities and how you like to pack and camp. We have a good review on the best camping coffee makers here, if you want to check it out!