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Phillip Asby
(PGAsby) - M

Locale: North Carolina
Coffee - carry a mug? on 02/21/2013 14:40:20 MST Print View

So I'm pondering freezer bag cooking and downsizing to a 700ml titanium pot to heat water and eliminating a bowl from my setup. I currently have a nesting bowl/mug. I cannot survive without coffee, however, even if it is Starbucks Via instant - so was thinking about a smaller titanium mug to next inside the 700ml pot.

First - do all coffee drinkers carry a mug or end up using a nalgene or something else, and if so, what kind do you carry? Titanium (single or double walled?) Or something else (plastic, stainless)?

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: PNW
Re: Coffee - carry a mug? on 02/21/2013 14:43:56 MST Print View

I carry a small, double walled titanium mug (Snow Peak). I drink single malt out of it at night, and without washing, coffee (strong, since the cup is so small) out of it in the morning. Works well for me.

Travis Leanna
(T.L.) - MLife

Locale: Wisconsin
Re: Coffee - carry a mug? on 02/21/2013 14:44:20 MST Print View

I carry a SP 600. Heat up water in it, pour into freezer bag. While that rehydrates, heat up some more water for my coffee. One mug as my pot and coffee mug. I've never missed not having another cup.

Justin McCabe

Locale: Southern California
Re: Coffee - carry a mug? on 02/21/2013 14:45:46 MST Print View

Yup. I carry the usual Snowpeak single wall Ti mug.

I also use it to dip into water sources and funnel into my used sprite bottles, since I use Aquamira and not a filter.

Brendan S
(brendans) - MLife

Locale: Fruita CO
Re: Coffee - carry a mug? on 02/21/2013 14:50:24 MST Print View

I used to use freezer bags but added a bowl (ziplock screw top) to eat out of. It's easier and in the end probably lighter because you don't have nasty wet bags you're carrying around. I still take a mug (cup off the top of an old thermos) for coffee. I usually boil water for food, add to dehydrated food in bowl, top off the water for coffee, remove from heat and add grounds, let it settle/steep a bit, and pour with the lid on after its settled. The only thing I'd like to change is finding a bowl that either fits inside my pot or is a little bigger than the pot that the pot could fit in, but it's worked for a couple years so isn't too big of a priority.

David Noll
(dpnoll) - MLife

Locale: Maroon Bells
Coffee on 02/21/2013 14:55:27 MST Print View

Small titanium cup. Gotta have my joe.

James Klein

Locale: Southeast
Re: Coffee - carry a mug? on 02/21/2013 14:57:40 MST Print View

I just use the paper or foam cut I got from the gas station / fast food joint on the drive up to the trail.

My pot is short and fat so these typically doesn't nest but I just fill it with food items before packing and haven't had issues with crushing.

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
Re: Coffee - carry a mug? on 02/21/2013 15:00:04 MST Print View

I just drink out of my 900 ml Ti pot

I've thought about getting an additional Ti or Al mug, but too lazy

Stu Pendious
(Beeen) - MLife

Locale: California
Re: Coffee - carry a mug? on 02/21/2013 15:06:26 MST Print View

I've been drinking out of my cooking pot, but this year I'm going to rock a small polypropylene stackable GSI cup... because I want to see what it is like to enjoy my tea or coffee while I'm cooking my food.

Brendan S
(brendans) - MLife

Locale: Fruita CO
Ti mugs on 02/21/2013 15:11:19 MST Print View

Just curious for those that are using ti mugs...why? They're expensive and heavy. What am I missing? Head down to the thrift store for some sexy plastic. Cheap and well under an oz. alskdfj

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Coffee - carry a mug? on 02/21/2013 15:13:35 MST Print View

I take a 400ml mug with my regular cook pot. The mug also forms part of my SUL cook kit, used with a Ti Esbit wing stove, foil for windscreen and lid and a folding Ti spoon. That is great for overnighters or day hikes. The Snowpeak silicone "hot lips" goodie is helpful with a single wall design. Hauling an extra cup isn't SUL, but I want to sip while cooking other stuff. A Ti Sierra Cup can be a great second pot/cup/bowl. They are great for dipping water too.

I would like to get a double-wall Ti mug, but they are single purpose and really expensive-- and not all that light.

I ran a thread on the $1 Starbucks coffee cup. From there it jumps up to 4oz insulated mugs like the REI/Alladin style bugs with a lid. REI and Sigg have offered coffee cups that are more thermos and will keep it warm for the better part of a day. Hardly UL.

Jake D
(JakeDatc) - F

Locale: Bristol,RI
Re: Re: Coffee - carry a mug? on 02/21/2013 15:14:30 MST Print View

short/wide version. with the metal ring cut off 25g. I mark the side with 3/4c and 1c measurements. I use mine for Hot chocolate since coffee is gross ;) also good for oatmeal,cream of wheat etc. It fits inside my Stoic 700 enough and the lid fits on the cup.. all fits inside the mesh bag

Ozzy McKinney
(PorcupinePhobia) - F

Locale: PNW
GSI on 02/21/2013 15:25:07 MST Print View

My wife will also not forgo coffee, so we bought a couple of GSI "Infinity" insulated mugs. They weigh 3 ounces, cost $4 and keep drinks nice and hot. I leave mine at home in the summer, but it is essential for hot tang and vodka in the winter ;)

Dena Kelley

Locale: Eagle River, Alaska
"Coffee - carry a mug?" on 02/21/2013 16:00:08 MST Print View

I use my 700mL Ti mug for the coffee. It's the only pot I carry. Boil water for rehydrating first, get the food soaking, boil another cup for coffee. I like my coffee sweet and light so I pack pre-measured sugar/creamer in zip loc bags for my coffee.

Peter S
(prse) - MLife

Locale: Denmark
titanium vs... on 02/21/2013 16:15:54 MST Print View

Plastic or foam or cut of platypus mug anytime over burning hot and heavy and expensive titanium...

Konrad .
(Konrad1013) - MLife
Re: titanium vs... on 02/21/2013 16:22:11 MST Print View

Agree with Brendan and Peter. I only use titanium when I'll be out for a long time and would be SOL if my cup/pot breaks. For a non-essential like a coffee mug, just get plastic or cheap aluminum. Both can be had for under $5 if you look. My double wall plastic mug w/lid was a promo freebie, weighs 3oz, holds 16oz and weighs less than a smaller sized double wall titanium mug without a lid (e.g., a snowpeak double wall cup)

Edited by Konrad1013 on 02/21/2013 16:23:18 MST.

Andy Anderson
(ianders) - F

Locale: Southeast
Gotto go plastic on 02/21/2013 16:58:13 MST Print View

Unless you like shot gunning your coffee, plastic is the way to go. Single wall titanium mugs only stay hot for a few minutes. The new $1 plastic cup from Starbucks cup is nice and light. Or just go to REI and pick up a plastic mug ( A couple of ounces is worth it for good coffee.

Speaking of coffee, what coffees and/ or devices are you all using. I've recently started using the Jetboil French Press. It's worth it's weight but gets some grounds in my cup. I haven't had much luck with Via. Definitely not those Nescafé instant packs.

Edited by ianders on 02/21/2013 16:58:45 MST.

Herbert Sitz

Locale: Pacific NW
Paper cup / Via / Nido on 02/21/2013 17:09:33 MST Print View

I've done fine just using a 12 oz Starbucks paper cup (i.e., tall size) complete with lid and straw and the Via coffee. No mess no fuss, like to add some Nido powdered milk as creamer and for extra calories. The cups are durable enough, doesn't matter if they get crushed a bit in my pack outer pocket, fine for me on a five day trip.

I also don't mind if my coffee is lukewarm. I like to nurse it on the trail for an hour or so. I've gotten pretty good with a trekking pole in one hand and a Starbucks cup in the other.

Steven McAllister
(brooklynkayak) - MLife

Locale: Atlantic North East
8oz Peanut Butter Jar on 02/21/2013 17:19:48 MST Print View

I use an 8oz peanut butter jar. Having a screw on lid makes it so it can be used to reconstitute dehydrated food while I hike and the lip means I can tie a line around it to lower into a water source that I normally wouldn't be able to reach.

coffee on 02/21/2013 17:22:34 MST Print View

styrofoam coffee cup, store it in your little pot.