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This past trip my uncle brought a Jetboil system with a french press attachment - I have to say it was pretty slick. I've never done coffee on the trail before, so that was a nice treat.

That got me thinking... Essentially all the french press does is hold down the grounds.

Has anyone done this in reverse by putting coffee grounds in a regular filter, cooking it up, then pull the filter with the grounds out? Does it work?

I'm going to give it a try to see what happens, but I'd be curious what others have done for making coffee on the trail in a big cup or a pot.


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I just use those keurig cups without the little internal filters. Some have filters inside, some dont.
Just peel the top off and dump the powder in the cup. Done.


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I think some people do that by rolling or folding the filter then stapling it closed.

I use a plastic melitta drip cone with paper filters.  A longer trip could make a permanent gold filter worth the weight/ cost.

We use the same thing at home most days.


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We make a concentrate at home and leave the filters, grounds and hassle at home.

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I've tried every conceivable coffee product/system/whatever... the Jetboil french press is about all you need to know about backcountry coffee, and is reason enough to own one.

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I've tried every conceivable coffee product/system/whatever... the Jetboil french press is about all you need to know about backcountry coffee, and is reason enough to own one.

Own it, tried it, happier with using an Aero Press to make a concentrate.
No muss, no fuss.  Iced coffee or hot coffee, whichever we want at the time.
And way cheaper than buying the alternatives.  Plus, it is a smooth cup of coffee, no bitterness at all.  (Hubby is VERY particular)


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I've tried every conceivable coffee product/system/whatever... the Jetboil french press is about all you need to know about backcountry coffee, and is reason enough to own one.

Own it, tried it, happier with using an Aero Press to make a concentrate.
No muss, no fuss.  Iced coffee or hot coffee, whichever we want at the time.
And way cheaper than buying the alternatives.  Plus, it is a smooth cup of coffee, no bitterness at all.  (Hubby is VERY particular)

Plus one for the Aero press. Plus now I too make the concentrate and just bring it to mix with hot water ever since Toes pointed that out when we last had this conversation

On canoe trips I still bring the press though


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On canoe trips I still bring the press though

We do, too, on long canoe/kayak trips.  And it is pretty light and not fragile.


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Sorry to be that guy, but the Starbucks Via packs are flippin' awesome!

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Sorry to be that guy, but the Starbucks Via packs are flippin' awesome!

+1

i generally scoff at instant coffee, but starbucks has it downpat with the Via packs. the ease and no-mess of instant is a plus.


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oh, and i used to use the folgers singles teabag coffee... not bad if you use two bags, but not great

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Own it, tried it, happier with using an Aero Press to make a concentrate.
No muss, no fuss.  Iced coffee or hot coffee, whichever we want at the time.
And way cheaper than buying the alternatives.  Plus, it is a smooth cup of coffee, no bitterness at all.  (Hubby is VERY particular)



I love the Aeropress.  Smooth cup of joe.  What concentration do you use when packing?  How do you like to carry it?  Thanks
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I use four in a pot


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Does anyone have the "recipe" for making coffee concentrate?  (w/out the aeropress)

It was posted on the cooking section of this forum a while back but I can't find it.

It was basically simmering a bunch of coffee until you got a concentrate.  It had a decent refrigerated shelf life.  Take a few ounces and  you'd add hot water.

To the OP, I;ve used French Press, Percolators and an old aluminum drip pot.  the French press and drip were identical in flavor but the drip was easier to clean


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Via and Folgers... yuk.

Aeropress? Yeah it's great... and HEAVY.

My whole stove with French Press weighs the same as the Aeropress sans stove.


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If you want something that is really easy with no cleanup, definitely go with the Starbucks instant coffee.  My personal favorite is the Italian Roast Extra Bold.  The newer style instant coffees, like the Starbucks brand, can be a little pricey, but the newer instant coffees are no way like the old style Maxwell House that came in a jar.  They have a much better taste.

If I don't bring Starbucks, which I don't do all of the time, I just make cowboy coffee.  There are no filters involved - boil water with grounds for a few minutes, allow the grounds to settle to the bottom of the pot and then pour off the top.  It's as easy as that and cowboy coffee has a fullbody taste.
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I dislike Via so much I just bring tea bags if I don't  feel like making coffee... I really can't imagine a real coffeenista drinking that stuff. :D

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I don't like the convetional press. Aeropress is good but too heavy, imo.  My preference is drip/filter, it's what I do at home.  I've played around with a couple of different methods for the trail. Depends somewhat on whether I have access to water for washing.

I used to use the MSR MugMate and it works well but a little bulky considering it's just for that morning cup of coffee.  So, I made a silnylon "cone" that I use #1 or #2 paper filters with. Weighs 4g:


I also recently found this at a local tea shop.  A little heavy (43g) but is handy and collapses down nicely.  Doesn't need a filter if the coffee is ground a little coarser.  I'm trying to figure out a way to rig it into a shower-head...


My biggest issue with coffee is cream. I haven't found any dry creamer, dry milk, etc. that I like  :(


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My whole stove with French Press weighs the same as the Aeropress sans stove.

toesnorth and eggs mentioned using a concentrate made with the Aeropress, so the press gets left at home.  I don't want to count grams on the concentrate vs other options but it is another tradeoff that can be made and sounds... Via-ble.
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Maxwell House makes Filter packs. You make cowboy coffee, but you don't have grounds.

I put 2 filter packs in my big pot and that is 8-10 cups.

Think of them as giant tea bags.
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I use a plastic melitta drip cone with paper filters.  A longer trip could make a permanent gold filter worth the weight/ cost.

We use the same thing at home most days.

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I used to use this product called Java pods, it was concentrate packaged in a single serving pod, but I'm unable to find them anymore so I suspect they went under.  Sucks though as they were the best solution I had found on a taste/convenience scale.

Generally these days I do the starbucks vias as they are "cheap enough and good enough" and are REALLY easy to use when with my uncaffeinated brain refuses to work in the morning.

The coffee tea bags I've tried and they made sucky coffee.  Tried cowboy coffee but always had issues with the grounds.  Lastly, a press takes up more room than I want to commit to just coffee.

The other guys I travel with usually either bum off me, use the vias themselves, or one guy does grounds and a single cup filter.  He swears by it but then he also carries a special mug for it, the grounds, the filter, sweetener, etc.  I carry my via, and drink out of my cook pot, or the same small plastic mug that I use for measuring water, and drinking whiskey  :D
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No muss, no fuss.  Iced coffee or hot coffee, whichever we want at the time.
And way cheaper than buying the alternatives.  Plus, it is a smooth cup of coffee, no bitterness at all.  (Hubby is VERY particular)



I love the Aeropress.  Smooth cup of joe.  What concentration do you use when packing?  How do you like to carry it?  Thanks

We use the same concentration that we make for use at home and carry it in an 8 oz. nalgene bottle.  That is good for about 8 cups of coffee but, of course, you can add as little or as much as you like.
It weighs about 6.5 oz. filled.


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What I find particularly nice about this method is that we can stop by a icy cold mountain stream and make iced coffee on a hot summer day without 'brewing' anything.
But, hey, we really like coffee.   :)


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My biggest issue with coffee is cream. I haven't found any dry creamer, dry milk, etc. that I like  :(

Same here.

I swipe several mini moo's, (no need to keep cool), from the local c store..certainly not lightweight but I prefer my coffee w/half & half.


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Same here.

I swipe several mini moo's, (no need to keep cool), from the local c store..certainly not lightweight but I prefer my coffee w/half & half.

At home I drink my coffee with half and half and sugar.

On the trail I drink my coffe black.

At home I eat my pancakes with butter and syrup.

On the trail I eat pancakes piping hot out of the pan plain.

At home I eat fresh veggies and meat with every meal.

On the trail...  I think you can see how this goes.

The point of all of this?  Somehow on the trail, it all tastes so much better than it does at home, even without all the luxeries.  Not sure how that works out  :)
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Melita single cup filter and coffee fresh ground right before I go.
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+1 to the Starbucks Via instant coffee.  It's light and easy to make on the trail.  I also own a GSI camping coffee maker which isn't too bad.  Seriously though... I can't tell a different between fresh brewed and instant.

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