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dougz
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Posted Fri Mar 29, 2013, 9:19pm
Subject: Coffee on the trail?
 

I've just been grinding 45g into little baggies (depending how many days I'm out) and using a french press/mug..  I drink it black, but considering taking along some non dairy creamer or the like (suggestions?), as I like a spot of milk with my coffee, and can't afford to be TOO snooty out in the sticks (literally)..

I've heard the starbucks Via is pretty good..  I'm going to do some side to side comparisons when I can get to the big city and buy some.  I'll grind up some coffee, leave it for a day in a plastic bag for 24 hours, go from there..

If it's not too bad I'll make the switch, as it would sure cut down on weight and bulk (relatively speaking), and would be less clean up..

How do you guys go about it?
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Posted Sat Mar 30, 2013, 9:09am
Subject: Re: Coffee on the trail?
 

For me it depends on the type of trip.
  1. Luxury trip -- I carry pre-weighed beans in baggies, a hand grinder, a porcelain cup, and either my Aeropress or moka pot. I carry out the spent grounds.
  2. Normal -- Some form of nasty freeze-dried crap. Starbucks is probably the least offensive but it's also the most expensive. So I also sometimes use Medaglia D'Oro, which bills itself as a freeze-dried espresso but in reality tastes more like deep roasted nut powder. Side by side tasting, Starbucks "wins". In either case, sugar and/or creamer (or even hot chocolate mix to make a "Mountain Mocha") is a requirement to make this far distant, barely related beverage to coffee palatable. Hey, at least it's hot! For creamers I usually take the tiny doses of UHT half and half, available where I live as "Mini Moo".
  3. Minimal -- Caffeine pills, 200mg.
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Posted Sat Mar 30, 2013, 9:55am
Subject: Re: Coffee on the trail?
 

http://coffeegeek.com/forums/coffee/machines/580620

 
The pathologically precise are annoying, but right!
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Posted Sat Mar 30, 2013, 8:52pm
Subject: Re: Coffee on the trail?
 

Coffee review did instants once just to do it.

One of the darker taster's choice was actually top rates. Can't remember which one.

 
The world needs more outstanding coffee.

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Posted Sat Mar 30, 2013, 9:17pm
Subject: Re: Coffee on the trail?
 

Consider Turkish coffee instead: get one of the little hand crank mills and an ibrik. All you need then is a little sugar, beans and water. Oh, and  a cup.

The Via isn't bad as an instant. But it isn't anything close to the Turkish coffee experience.
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Posted Sun Mar 31, 2013, 3:51pm
Subject: Re: Coffee on the trail?
 

Minimal -- Caffeine pills, 200mg

I do this too, in a pinch..

Thanks very much for the link, redkiosk!!

I'll do some research on Turkish coffee..
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Posted Wed Apr 3, 2013, 9:00am
Subject: Re: Coffee on the trail?
 

I love my coffee, so on backcountry trips I bring fresh beans, a Hario hand grinder and use a one cup filter. If I am doing a backcountry hut trip, the people put me in charge of coffee. Fresh beans, Hario handgrinder and a french press. I and the people are happy.
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dougz
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Posted Wed Apr 3, 2013, 10:07am
Subject: Re: Coffee on the trail?
 

I'll have to look into portable grinders..

But that would be a luxury, I think..
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Posted Wed Apr 3, 2013, 11:25am
Subject: Re: Coffee on the trail?
 

dougz Said:

But that would be a luxury, I think..

Posted April 3, 2013 link

The luxury will be the unbelievable great tasting coffee that you would be drinking. Before my daughter left for Alaska, I purchased a Hario Skerton, modded it a bit for the coarser grinds and she took whole bean coffee instead of pre-ground which she had planned. She was finished grinding each morning's coffee before the water was even near boil and she ended up brewing cups for her teammates (as long as they did the grinding). It's definitely worth it. Take care!

Jim

 
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