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Coffee in the backcountry...a great way to start your day.  For convenience I usually just take instant coffee. Those little pre-measured pouches work well, but it's just not quite the same as a cup of fresh brewed java.  I'm sure there are many, many methods of brewing up a good cup of coffee, but I'd like to share a few of the methods that have worked for me in the past, so I put together this little video:
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Thanks for posting, and well filmed, but nothing new. For me, anyway.

And, you omitted my favorite, "cowboy coffee". Slow boil a big handful of coarse ground coffee in a kettle or pot, wait til the grounds settle out, and enjoy.

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Starbucks Via for me, no mess no fuss.

Before that I just drank cowboy coffee.


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Maxwell House Filter packs.
Cowboy coffee without the wait.
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Assuming one likes Maxwell House. :p

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It's better than no coffee at all
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I have a jetboil french press it is decent and does an OK job for I dont like sediment in my coffee.  I have tried Via and they are pretty good.  But the pour over seems GSI works good and breaks down small.  I have also brought my AeroPress and nothing beats it!!!  Best coffee on the planet!  It is bigger and heavier but wow it is soooo good!
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Via here too.  Light, fast, minimal clean up.
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I love stopping at my favorite coffee place on the way to work, getting a cup to drink and a half pound of beans for later.  I leave the beans in my car all day, and when I go home my car smells heavenly!

But, if I take the same beans, grind them up, triple bag them in ziplocs and put them in a bear canister with the rest of my food for a few days, everything in the bear canister starts to smell yucky.  I have an MSR mug mate and a jetboil coffee press and they both make great coffee, at the expense of messy coffee grounds to dispose of, and all the food in my bear canister smelling like coffee by the end of the trip.

Now I just drink the nearly weightless, tiny Via packets on long trips.
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Via for me as well. Some powdered creamer and sugar for this wimp coffee drinker. Virtually no weight and minimal mess.

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+43 for Via... Columbia Medium this time out.

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I tried Via and did not like it.  Did a direct comparison one morning w/the Taster Choice Tubes..CT won, but they were both judged poo poo.

Last weekend, my wife brings me up a mug of coffee as my daughter and I were watching Sat morning cartoons.

Wowo, that was good, but it wasn't our usual brand...

T'was Via.  She had it in a much larger mug than I did at work while we did the comparison.  interesting......looks like that is what I'll be taking along.

I've used french press, (at home exclusively), aluminum drip pots from the 60's...bulky but weigh nothing, and various other tries.  The drip and press made the best but they are just too big.


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No it ain't.  Any prepacked filter pod thingies I've ever tried were barely colored water.  My preference is for drip coffee, but I've gotten lazy (and UL) and joined the ranks of those using Via.

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In fact, in the past experiments with both pods and instant (pre-Via) left me switching to tea before the week was out.  I'd much rather drink tea, even mediocre tea, than bad coffee.

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No it ain't.  Any prepacked filter pod thingies I've ever tried were barely colored water.  My preference is for drip coffee, but I've gotten lazy (and UL) and joined the ranks of those using Via.

The Maxwell House Filter packs are designed for drip coffee makers and easy clean up. I found that 1 pack makes 4 reasonable cups of coffee, therefore, I use 2 to make 8 cups.

I can use it in my propane drip, or in my cowboy coffee...I can rip it open and put it in a press. I can put the entire contents into my 2 cup espresso maker.

These aren't the tea-bag things, these are real coffee in sealed filter.

Folgers made "coffee bags" and they were useless.

But I have Via's in my backback for one-off's. I have them in my desk at work, too.

But for when I have time on the trail or car camping. I will boil up a pot of water and drop a couple of these in.
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I'm a total coffee snob.  If it's not fresh ground, it might as well be instant.  Though I might be willing to try those things, I'm dubious.  I sampled the product of a "K-cup" thing at Costco the other day and it was pathetic.

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I'm a total coffee snob.  If it's not fresh ground, it might as well be instant.  Though I might be willing to try those things, I'm dubious.  I sampled the product of a "K-cup" thing at Costco the other day and it was pathetic.

all of a sudden, I am visualizing a scene from City Slickers where Billy Crystal has a battery operated coffee grinder.

+1 to the coffee snob!
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Another for Via.

While not the BEST, it's good enough for the trail IMO.  
Plus, I like the no-muss, no-fuss aspect as well.
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Rebecca,

You are a real pita.

I had EVERYTHING dialed in for the spring season including my coffee...yeah Via.

Now after reading your thoughts I must step back and reconsider.  I have a friend who has a wonderful three branch coffee store, (Cafe Kubal) and I have always gone to his place on Thursday afternoon, had him grind up his freshest roast of the day and bring it along.  

First morning...French press or drip...big bulky a pain to carry...but everyone who joined me for coffee in the morning would drop to their knees in gratitude.

I would swipe a bunch of mini moos from the c-store and sugars in the raw.....I think my coffee setup and cream & sugar weighed more than my sleeping bag.  It certainly takes more space.  See coffee pot on back of pack

Now ya really have me thinking what a cop out I am for considering the via.

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I just read that caffeine narrows your blood vessels so your heart has to pump extra hard to get blood to where it need to be. I love a morning cup as much as the next guy, but not sure if I want that when laboring with a 25 lbs pack.

But, I go for tea. Easy brewing, much better taste (for my Oriental taste buds) and more caffeine.
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Thanks for the ideas. I hate instant coffee
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Via works for me, but before Via I used a french press that fit inside a nalgene bottle.  That was good coffee!  theonecanoe's stove tells me he is a backpacker from the 70s.  Nicely done video.
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Probably too heavy for most people, but a stovetop espresso maker does it for me. Worth the weight IMO.

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Probably too heavy for most people, but a stovetop espresso maker does it for me. Worth the weight IMO.


That's a Svea 123, isn't it?

Holy smokes, I thought I was the only one still using that so-last-century stove.

But I gotta love its simplicity and reliability.


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I put my favorite coffee w/powdered creamer and sugar in a disposable filter and then fold it a couple of times and staple it closed.  Just drop in hot water, stir, and enjoy.  I make several and keep them in a zip lock.
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You are a real pita.

You aren't the first to express that opinion, and I'm sure won't be the last  :p


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I will give up my morning coffee when they pry my cold dead fingers from around my cup. Same for instant, may as well be decaf. Call me a coffee snob if you like, I'm ok with it.

A number of years ago I tried steeping coarse grounds in cold water overnight and then running thru a filter. Did this at home before the trip. It made a sort of concentrate that went into a small nalge bottle. I then added a few ounces to boiling water. It was passable, better than instant. Since then its been cowboy coffee. I kind of like the little bit of grit in the bottom of the cup. Mornings may see a small piece of dark chocolate added, or a splash of bourbon after dinner.


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My personal favorite: http://www.rei.com/product/794391/rei-vacuum-infuser-mug-15-fl-oz

Best.  Coffee.  Ever.


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I usually just take instant coffee. Those little pre-measured pouches work well

yep, definitely work well because all in there, If it didn't matches my taste I just adjust and put milk or sugar.
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