Recipe for cold brew coffee

Backcountry Cold Brew Coffee

Enjoy a luxurious cup of coffee in the morning! Don't rough it when it comes to your coffee.

Course Breakfast
Cuisine Beverages
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 12 hours
Total Time 12 hours 2 minutes
Servings 4 people


  • 1 cup Ground Coffee
  • 4 cups Filtered Water


  1. In a large leak proof container with a tightly sealing lid, add Ground Coffee and Water.  

  2. Seal container tightly, shake for 5 seconds. Store in pack, tent, or cool place. Do not freeze. Let soak for 12 hours (overnight).

  3. (In the morning) Place a coffee filter around the mouth of the container and secure with a rubber band or string. Gently pour coffee into mugs. Keep coffee grounds (refer to Recipe Notes). 

  4. Discard of filter in Leave No Trace manner, place lid back on container and store in a cool place.

Recipe Notes

What to do with the coffee grounds?

If you're in the woods for several days you can re-use the coffee grounds and add fresh mix to them each night to strengthen the cold brew coffee's flavor.  Keep coffee grounds stored in the same container you use to make cold brew to avoid any spills.  Nalgene Cantenes work great for backcountry cold brew, they're light weight, easy to pack, have a tightly sealing lid, and they're BPA free.