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Hiking and Camping Coffee

I like a cup of coffee, and I like outdoors stuff, and, I like the cup of coffee to be good: Starbucks Via is not an option. Here are the following models I follow to enjoy coffee while outdoors:

Requirements

  • The coffee must be hot
  • The coffee must be drunk from a mug

0. Minimum Equipment List

  • Stove
  • Water
  • Device for holding water while heating (could be part of the stove, as with a Windburner or a Jetboil, or seperate, as with the Sea to Summit X-Kettle)
  • Mug
  • Agitator (to ensure even distribution of coffee in water)

1. Make a normal cup of coffee

The most labour intensive, and potentially the heaviest to pack, but the most rewarding.

MEL additions

  • Coffee, ground (or unground and a hand grinder)
  • Cafetière (either stand-alone, such as the Snow Peak Ti model, or integrated, such as the Windburner or Jet Boil additions)
  • Timer

2. Fancy instant coffee: Sudden

Easy to transport, effective, flavour can be unsatisfactory if the coffee granules aren't fresh. The tubes are repurposable and recyclable.

MEL additions

3. Fancy instant coffee: Voilà

Easy to transport, effective, excellent flavour. The packaging is Mylar, which is very hard to recycle.

MEL additions

Deviating from the requirements

I find cold brew coffee enjoyable, and a good way of using beans that are otherwise too stale to make hot coffee.

To make cold brew coffee

  1. Grind 50g of coffee.
  2. Suspend in 650g of water.
  3. Leave for 12-24h: the longer you leave it, the stronger the coffee, the more it can be diluted.

Conceivably, one could make incredibly strong cold brew, carry a lot less with one, and dilute one part of one's water supply when ready to drink.

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