Under no circumstances should you let a non-coffee drinker brew your coffee.

Non-coffee drinkers CANNOT be trusted to make acceptable coffee. If some well-meaning tent-mate gets up early and offers to bring you coffee in bed, do NOT let them. You will be sadly disappointed, and the entire day may founder in a miasma of negative drama. Let's face it, the coffee ritual is something those not addicted to coffee will never understand. Politely get up and give them a genuine and heartfelt thank-you. Then make your own beautiful cup.

(Note: it's possible that your hiking companion will be annoyed at this type of behavior and come to view you as the control freak that you are. But remember, joy is joy, and any impediment to your coffee bliss MUST be avoided.)

As you may have gathered, I've got some opinions about this whole coffee thing. So, before we go any further, and in the interest of full disclosure, here are a few of my personal prejudices:

  1. Strong coffee is good coffee.
  2. Except for a very few companions, I don’t trust anyone to make coffee for me.
  3. Adding sugar to coffee is criminal.
  4. Sometimes I add a little milk in my coffee, but black is just fine.
  5. Adding flavors (like hazelnut and almandine) to an already perfect drink is sinful.
  6. Picking grounds out of my teeth is a serious buzz kill.
  7. Coffee equals joy.

ARTICLE OUTLINE

  • IMPORTANT TRUISM #1
  • The Methods
    • FRENCH PRESS
    • SMALL FILTERS
    • SMALL FILTER 2.0
    • JAVA JUICE
    • COLD PREPACKAGED COFFEE IN CANS
    • COWBOY COFFEE
    • TURKISH GROUNDS
    • TURKISH COWBOY
  • Condiments
    • POWDERED MILK
    • SUGAR
  • IMPORTANT TRUISM #2
  • Alternative Caffeine Delivery System
    • Jolt Gum
  • A Backcountry Coffee Code of Conduct

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