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    Addie Bedford
    BPL Member


    Locale: Montana

    Companion forum thread to:

    The Beautiful Cup

    And full disclosure: I prefer my coffee khaki. It's so adulterated that Mike probably wouldn't deign to recognize it as coffee any longer. It's hard to live with myself sometimes, but then I make some more. MMMM!

    joe newton


    Locale: Bergen, Norway

    Finally! The kind of beautifully illustrated, informative and humorously written article that I signed up to BPL for.

    If I had to read one more article on yet another UL down jacket I was going to scream.

    Rick Dreher
    BPL Member


    Locale: Northernish California

    Hi Addie,

    Your khaki beverage is what we professionals call "gateway" coffee. Somewhere out there, in the hazy caffeinated distance, is an Addie savoring double espressos prepared by some half-addled Bozeman barista who's a WBC runnerup. Trust me, it'll happen.

    As a coda to Mike's fine piece, a shoutout to Starbucks' Via. It has simplified my camp coffee fiddling considerably. Now, if they'd just come up with some bulk packaging.



    Fred eric
    BPL Member


    Locale: France, vallée de la Loire

    When i want some coffee while hiking i use senseo coffee pods

    i put one in my cup, poor the boiling water on it, and press it with my spoon 2-3 times in 1-2 min.

    but the sad truth is if i hike with more than a few days of food in my backpack , i skip coffee to save weight.

    James holden
    BPL Member


    i just use a merino sock in the morning …

    just adds to the taste … there's a reason why i buy my socks black …

    Franco Darioli


    Locale: Gauche, CU.

    Not all that interested in exotic coffee in the bush (sad for an Italian…) but if Mike did an article on toe nail fungus (with illustrations) I would read that too.
    No I don't have problems with my feet.

    BPL Member


    What's wrong with NesCafe? :)

    Ken Thompson
    BPL Member


    Locale: Right there

    I like a little bit of coffee with my cream and sugar. Still taking real grounds in the backcountry.

    David Chenault
    BPL Member


    Locale: Queen City, MT

    Good article, worth reviving.

    Via is pretty awesome stuff, though Forrest McCarthy demonstrated good cowboy coffee the other week. He puts the (super fine) grounds in the pot before it boils, and boils it a wee bit. Helps accelerate sinkage, at the risk of (excessive) scourching. Good mixed with swiss miss for a turbo backcountry mocha on cold mornings.

    George Matthews
    BPL Member


    Also agree with Via. Both Columbian and Italian are good, easy coffee solutions. One stick worked well in my Trappers Mug.

    Last Spring my wife and I tried the Starbucks Double Shots in the can. Those are powerful! Fun for a quick overnighter when you need to hurry back to your transportation in the morning.

    Thanks for an informative report. Great drawings!

    Mike M
    BPL Member


    Locale: Montana

    instant coffee is easy and light (and usually crappy tasting!), w/ the advent of Via it makes it an easy choice what I'm carrying for my caffeine fix :)

    Richard Lyon
    BPL Member


    Locale: Bridger Mountains

    Via is the best instant coffee I've drunk. That's the good news. The bad news? It's still tastes like instant coffee, a far cry from good cowboy coffee or French-press style coffee. There's an easy way to do French press coffee – get a Jetboil with the French press accessory. Maybe not BPL-correct but wonderful high octane coffee. And Jetboil is coming out with a smaller cup, available in titanium, that gets the set's weight down to about ten ounces or so. But the original works so well that it's in my pack even on solo trips.

    Jason Knecht


    Locale: Earth

    Good artcle.

    I'm really happy with my MontBells O.D. Compact Dripper. Again, not the most amazing coffee, but it works on the trail and I prefer it to the MSR drip filter.

    W I S N E R !
    BPL Member


    Cowboy is the only way to go if you like it strong.
    Easy…no extra gear to carry and I always have fresh grounds in the house. And does the trick so much better after a night of whiskey and beer!

    I do a handful of unplanned 24 hour trips per month; hunting, drinking with friends, out with my kids, whatever the occasion…I've never cared for backpacking food/drink menus that require buying stuff I normally don't stock in the kitchen or eat regularly. Much easier if I can just raid the pantry and go…so cowboy it is.

    Nice boing marks Mike!
    I'm always bummed getting my new Climbing magazines and not seeing your work anymore…

    Terrence Randell
    BPL Member


    Locale: Long Island, NY

    I cold brew concentrated coffee for regular daily use using a Toddy Cold Brew System ( About 1oz to 2oz of my concentrate, diluted with hot or cold water does the trick for me. 6oz of concentrate weighs 180g plus the container to hold it, yielding as many as 6 cups of hot or cold coffee. You can use pretty much any ground coffee, but I find French Market brand tastes the best. The chicory does it for me.

    If I can't have that, I use NesCafe, but I use the version that's imported from Greece. It's a bit stronger.

    Bill (L.Dog) Garlinghouse
    BPL Member


    Locale: Western Michigan

    Been experimenting with this process, and I am hooked. Cowboy coffee to the next order! The process usually calls for multiple boilings and is outlined well here:

    Malcolm Pringle


    Critical article, but missed one of my staple pieces of kit:

    Primus makes a French Press insert which fits several of their current generation of 1 liter LiTech Al kettles.

    I use it quite successfully with their previous generation 1 liter pot, too. I know, a bit heavier than ultralighter's would consider with their Ti kettles, but the Primus anodized Al seems bullet proof. I've had 2 for *years*, and plan on passing them down to my grandchildren (but not soon!).

    Also, one further important use for high quality coffee beans on the trail — barter! After fully supplying the adult crew with morning Java for the whole of my son's 2 week Philmont trek, I had enough Peet's left our last night at one of the high base camps to trade the staff for 2 dozen doughnuts. Boy was I popular, both with our kids & adults, and the high base camp staff!

    Hendrik Morkel
    BPL Member


    Locale: Finland

    "Finally! The kind of beautifully illustrated, informative and humorously written article that I signed up to BPL for.

    If I had to read one more article on yet another UL down jacket I was going to scream."

    +1. Well said, Joe. We need more of these kind of articles!

    Kathy A Handyside
    BPL Member


    Locale: Southeastern Michigan

    Fun article with great illustrations!

    I really like Java Juice and Starbucks Via, but they are a bit pricey. I wonder if there's a way to take bean coffee, grind it really really fine and fill those empty tea bags you can find in specialty stores with your own grind.

    I didn't realize I was committing a crime by adding sugar and cream to my coffee! LOL Please – I beg you: don't call the Coffee Police on me!!

    Kathy A Handyside
    BPL Member


    Locale: Southeastern Michigan

    And I agree with Joe. I was getting overwhelmed with the down jacket reviews, too. :)

    David Dodd


    It is not the very lightest method, but I strongly recommend the Aerobie Aeropress as a very portable way to make excellent coffee. It can easily be customised to hold ground coffee in the plunger.

    Travis Leanna
    BPL Member


    Locale: Wisconsin

    Nice, fun article, Mike!

    If anyone is sensitive to caffeine, or likes a hot drink before bedtime without the buzz keeping them awake, I just discovered a coffee substitute: Oskri's Barley Coffee. Its an instant drink that, although does not taste exactly like real brewed coffee, can help those who need to do without caffeine.


    Considering that it's not even coffee, Oskri does a really good job with the flavor!

    Hoot Filsinger
    BPL Member


    Locale: Pacific Northwest

    I 3rd Joe's comments. Coffee is like sex. We all have different tastes and techniques but it can really perk up ones day (no decaf allowed) .

    Roman Dial


    Locale: packrafting NZ

    Mike, if there were a tip jar I'd stuff it with bills.

    Jeff Antig


    Locale: Pacific Northwest

    The Jetboil French Press also works with the new GSI Minimalist :)

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