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tom duffy
(tomduffy) - MLife
another coffee toy from the japanese on 10/27/2010 07:11:14 MDT Print View

It is a disposal coffee drip filter. A piece of waxed cardboard holds the teabag paper pouch over your cup. At 10cents a paper and 2g you can show off on a weekend trip.... but not really a long term option.

Scott Chandler
(blueklister) - M

Locale: Northern California
VIA on 12/18/2010 21:40:51 MST Print View

I think Starbucks VIA French Roast is the best compromise out there. It's as darn close to the real thing as you're going to get, it's lightweight, it's easy to brew, and there are no leftover grounds to deal with.
On a side note, I like my coffee to stay hot enough I can drink it at my leisure, but I hate the weight of a thermal mug. GSI sells a thermal mug that weighs in at 3.2 oz. I had a slightly lighter one, but it leaked all the time and the GSI is solid. VIA and GSI have elevated my backcountry coffee experience to something I look forward to every morning.

Rob Lewis
(roblewis) - F

Locale: Northeast
Paint Strainer coffee or tea filter on 01/13/2011 16:07:09 MST Print View

I used a 1 gallon paint strainer, the kind that you stretch over a paint can. Cut a large enough circle to fit over the top of your drinking vessel with an inch or two hanging over. Make your coffee or tea Cowboy style then, place the circle of strainer over your vessel and secure with rubber band. Pour your beverage in the cup and the strainer is fine enough to stop everything but the liquid. It weighs almost nothing. Just wash it off, shake it dry and throw it in your food bag.

PS... It also make for a good strainer for your Platy water bottle. It keeps the larger crudlets out to speed the purification process.

Steofan The Apostate
(simaulius) - F

Locale: Bohemian Alps
The Beautiful Cup on 01/13/2011 16:26:39 MST Print View

I put either coffee grounds or loose tea into a Tuffy Steeper from The Tea Spot. It is made of silicon and packs flat. You need to wash it clean after use or the coffee smell may not come out.tuffysteeper-lid-violet-new.jpg

Michael Cockrell

Locale: Central Valley, Lodi-Stockton, CA
Peet's & Trader Joes on 01/13/2011 16:26:42 MST Print View

Your local Peet's Coffee & Tea has "#3 tea sacks" to put your loose tea in. their like large tea bags. Come in 100 count per box. Better than buying pre-bagged tea, as the looser the tea, better the leaf expansion.

Also, the two Trader Joe branded 100% Columbian instant coffee is VERY good also. One is organic.

Gary L. Thompson
(covah) - MLife
Cold Brewed Coffee and Starbucks Double Shots on 01/13/2011 17:49:29 MST Print View

I take cold brewed concentrated coffee or Starbucks Double Shots.
The cold brew Toddy system works; I have one but don't use it as it's simpler to just mix the fresh ground coffee with cool water in a container the night before and then pour it thru a filter the next day. I use a large Melita cone filter but you can use a regular coffee maker. Just pour the mix directly into the filter basket and let it filter into the pot.

Cold brewing takes a about 50% more coffee. for hot brewing I use 2 tablespoons of coffee per six ounces of water. With cold brew I use 3 tablespoons per six ounces. This makes good strong coffee. It is delicious cold or heated. To make concentrated coffee I go to 12 tablespoons per six ounces of water and then add add three parts water to one part concentrate. The concentrate will last for at least three days as long as it doesn't get over 65 degrees F. Many people claim it will last longer but I think it degrades. Bear in mind I like my coffee strong; most people could dilute the concentrate five to one and be satisfied.

Starbucks Double Shots also rock as a quick, tasty and easy way to get your caffeine fix.

Cowboy coffee only in an emergency.

Hope this helps you get your buzz! Gary

Urs Stotz
(stotz) - MLife

Locale: South at the foot of the Jura
More UL: Prepare the coffee direct in a cup likewiese a turkish coffee on 02/05/2011 17:57:42 MST Print View

A nice article but there is one simple missing and UL way in this article.
Prepare the coffee direct in a cup likewiese a turkish coffee.
I use my Snow Peak Titanium Single 300 Cup (single wall) for this.

1. fill two spoon coffee into the cup
2. fill the cup 3/4 with water
3. mix the coffee in the water
4. put the cup on the cooker
5. heat up on a small flame the coffee (small as possible)

The coffee in the water bubbled up to the top.
There the coffee is swimming on the water as a closed film.
This is the most importest thing, the coffee should never cooking under.
Otherwise the coffee get boiled over, from this kind of coffee you get nervous.
After 4-5 minutes you will see the coffee film will get lifted some,
sometime it get lifted like a bubble.
Now take the cup from your cooker.
Mix all under in the cup with you spoon.
Now there will be some foam of coffee on the coffee' surface.
Siphon this foam with your spoon off.
This foam holds the coffe powder back that it cant sink to ground.

The coffee is ready.


Jeffs Eleven
(WoodenWizard) - F

Locale: Greater Mt Tabor
Re: More UL: Prepare the coffee direct in a cup likewiese a turkish coffee on 02/05/2011 18:20:38 MST Print View

If VIA was made by any other maker it would be taking over the coffee world.

Urs Stotz
(stotz) - MLife

Locale: South at the foot of the Jura
Re: More UL: Prepare the coffee direct in a cup likewiese a turkish coffee on 02/27/2011 01:51:40 MST Print View

I have documented: "boil coffee direct in a cup" on following link:
This artikel is written in German but with all this pictures I hope it is self-explaining.

Some of the pictures:

The packed cooking set:
The packed cooking set:

The Snow Peak Ti-Single 300 Cup FH find place in the BushBuddy:
The Snow Peak Ti-Single 300 Cup FH find place in the BushBuddy:

The hole cooking set:
The hole cooking set:

3 spoon of coffee:
3 spoon of coffee

Fill up 3/4 with water:
Fill up 3/4 with water:

Mix the coffee under the water
Mix the coffee under the water:

Boil the coffee slowly on the cooker:
Boil the coffee slowly on the cooker:

Now you see the coffee is ready:
Now you see the coffee is ready:
Importent: Don't boil the coffee under the cooking water, or you get a coffee from them you get nervous.

Mix all under:
Mix all under:

Take a way the foam of coffee on the coffee' surface:
Take a way the foam of coffee on the coffee' surface:

Now you can trink the coffee:
Now you can trink the coffee:

Wash up your cup:
Wash up your cup:



Edited by stotz on 02/27/2011 02:50:57 MST.

george baumgardner
(baumgardner) - F
coffee on 03/09/2011 19:06:06 MST Print View

Areopress makes the coolest packable espresso device imaginable. Worth carrying for two or more, one if you are a serious coffee buff. It's like a big syringe, just make sure your cup is strong and wide enough for the roughly two and a half inch device to sit upon. No steamed milk but hey, that's for sissies.

Chris Schmidt
(christo60) - M

Locale: Midwest (Ozarks)
For those who like their coffee light: powdered whole milk on 04/04/2011 12:49:56 MDT Print View

Nestle makes a full-fat powdered milk called "Nido". It is sold as baby food and is much tastier than all the non-fat stuff sold in the supermarket. I use it in my coffee and also in a lot of meals. It is great to put a spoonful in with granola, shake it up and have a real bowl of cold cereal in the morning (with the coffee).

Ken T.
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: All up in there
Re: For those who like their coffee light: powdered whole milk on 04/04/2011 20:05:53 MDT Print View

Yeah, I like a little bit of coffee with my cream and sugar.

With a Montbell OD dripper and Nido=bliss

Edited by kthompson on 04/04/2011 20:09:27 MDT.

David Chenault
(DaveC) - BPL Staff - F

Locale: Crown of the Continent
coffee bump on 01/03/2012 13:21:13 MST Print View

As an antidote to Via fatigue (too expensive, just not good enough) I've been using the turkish mini-nalgene method lately, with excellent results. Highly recommended, and in winter (when I'd have the nalgene anyway) it adds almost no net weight.