May 5, 2014 at 2:04 pm #1316477
@alpinistooutdoorsLocale: Catalinas, Saguaro, Grand Canyon
Have any of you seen this or had any experience with it? I've gotten pretty obsessed lately with trying to make good coffee in the backcountry. So far it's usually a french press or an aeropress (not a fan of the taste though) but a lightweight collapse-able drip coffee stand?!? Pretty interesting!May 5, 2014 at 2:13 pm #2099473
This looks much easier to pack than an AeroPress, but you do need to deal with a larger soggy filter. And although you can manage temperature, getting a well timed consistent soak is harder.
Warning: I'm an aeropress fan (inverted). If you are getting bad coffee out of one, you need to change the temperature and/or the brew time. IMHO you have enough control to produce Great coffee every time.
….end driftMay 5, 2014 at 2:57 pm #2099481
I use this one:
It's only 0.4 OZ and works very well. You don't need a paper filter with it, but I use one to make cleanup easier. And it makes excellent coffee that way.May 5, 2014 at 3:13 pm #2099484
@sgiachettiLocale: Boulder, CO
I second the gsi suggestion. Its a simple, light & surprisingly durable design. Coffee tastes good & its also quite easy to clean. you can also basically use it for a French press style brew by making cowboy coffee and filtering out the grinds as you pour it into your mug. But then, I guess that would probably just be called cowboy coffee.May 5, 2014 at 3:13 pm #2099485May 5, 2014 at 3:43 pm #2099493
I'm using a bit of titanium foil rolled up into a cylinder and anchored with a couple of paper clips, plus a repurposed computer fan cover to hold it over my pot. 39 grams including a filter cone, and rolls nicely inside of the Caldera Cone stove.May 5, 2014 at 3:53 pm #2099495
BTW, 0.4 oz is 12 grams. Very hard to beat. And it works extremely well. :^)May 5, 2014 at 3:54 pm #2099496
I use this GSI:
I pregrind and pre-measure the beans at home, folding up one brew into one filter to put into the GSI. I make the coffee directly into a 16 ounce thermos bottle.
The GSI silicone plastic cone is 4.8 ounces — lighter than that titanium thing, and folds up into its own self contained flat disc. Nice little product.May 5, 2014 at 4:20 pm #2099503
^^^May 5, 2014 at 4:25 pm #2099507
Here is another option… I started using this a couple months ago and have fallen in love with this.
Get one of these GSI Outdoors Ultralight Java Drip Coffee Maker and cut off most (but not all) of the stupid little leg/stands.May 5, 2014 at 4:28 pm #2099509
D'oh!! There was only one comment when I hit the reply button to start posting my photos… sorry for the duplicate posts on the GSI filter.May 5, 2014 at 4:31 pm #2099512
– -K.T.- –Participant
Reading this now has me making a cup. Noseeum netting makes a good filter also.
As far as that Snow Peak cone. No, too heavy and bulky and pricey. Could always go with a number 2 plastic cone too.May 5, 2014 at 4:43 pm #2099517
"Get one of these GSI Outdoors Ultralight Java Drip Coffee Maker and cut off most (but not all) of the stupid little leg/stands."
I like those legs! Shapely… Seriously, they work well for me. I take a few extra oz so I can have a real coffee cup. It works great on those. :^)May 5, 2014 at 4:46 pm #2099518
@bolsterLocale: Between Jacinto & Gorgonio
Link's not here so…May 6, 2014 at 6:32 am #2099662
.14 oz and works well. This was about the lightest I could find vs. using a paper filter. They have a larger version too, but this one easily brews 12 – 14 oz of coffee at a time, at least with the amount of grounds I use.May 6, 2014 at 6:50 am #2099665
^^^^^May 6, 2014 at 7:51 am #2099680
@millonasLocale: Santa Cruz Mountains, CA
"Noseeum netting makes a good filter also."
Does it have any problem with the hot water? If not lots of DIY project there.
I think there is a crucial division between people who like it I'm gonna say "American" style – filtered within an inch of its life (my dad) and people who like it I'm gonna say "European" (or chunky) style, with more of the oils and fine particulates (that would be me). Seems like the chunky style it slightly winning here so far based on the entirely unscientific and limited sample.
Last summer I had my own personal back country coffee fit, spent some money, acquired a camera backpack full of coffee paraphernalia, and ended up coming back to where I started (tentatively) with 3 in 1 instant mixes. For me using pre-ground coffee set the taste back so much, I decided, that it wasn't worth it. So coffee snob ironically ends up using the crappiest tasting solution.
In the process I did come up with a great car camping kit that is light enough for heavyweight backpacking – total weight I think was about 14 oz. Aero press w/ a tiny Japanese hand operated burr grinder that all nests nicely. Weighs a bit more with the addition of the … ahem… embarrassing battery-powered milk frother. The result are a really great intimation of espresso out of a regular machine. I just have yet to be convinced there is a middle ground (no pun intended) between the "insane coffee snob kit" and Thai 3-in-1 instant for backpacking.
But I still read all the coffee posts! No coffee nirvana yet for me.May 6, 2014 at 8:35 am #2099691
@detroittigerfanLocale: Ann Arbor
I like drip coffee, with fine home-ground coffee, water temp slightly below boiling, cone and paper filter. I make coffee manually at home (no coffee maker) and do the same on the trail.
I think the MSR "Mugmate" is the easiest to use but PITA to pack. I clipped off one of the tabs and threw away the lid. Can't remember the final weight off-hand but it's close to that half-ounce mark:
For when pack space in an issue, I made a silnylon "cone" with a wire rim. I use a paper cone. Single digit grams.
I have that red GSI silicon collapsible filter pictured above for car-camping. I think it's way too heavy for backpacking; it would outweigh my mug and the coffee.May 6, 2014 at 9:58 am #2099716
@pgasbyLocale: North Carolina
I tried a handful of options – none of the filter stuff but VIA, mugmate, etc…
Just got a Snow Peak Ti French Press – with coarse ground coffee it works great (seller had even made a sweet reflectix cozy). Not the lightest or the smallest but for darn sure the best coffee I've had backpacking… this may just be my "luxury" item.May 6, 2014 at 10:54 am #2099756
I agree, there is nothing better than a French press for taste. I have the GSI one and it does a great job at home (when I feel like it) and when car camping with my kids. But for the weight, I take the Montbell filter or admittedly more recently just a bunch of Via packets for speed and simplicity.May 6, 2014 at 10:57 am #2099760
"Does it (Noseeum) have any problem with the hot water?"
Nope. I made a "sock" for a 2 liter Platy cowboy coffee setup. Add the coffee to the sock, put it in the Platy, add hot water, seal, wait. Works fine. And it makes cleanup very easy.
["a tiny Japanese hand operated burr grinder …" —- Kyocera?]
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