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John Hillyer
(TrNameLucky) - MLife
Another Option on 06/09/2013 20:26:53 MDT Print View

I make do with a couple of spoonfuls of instant each morning; but last year when I was experimenting with no cook I ate chocolate covered espresso beans.

M G
(drown) - F - MLife

Locale: Shenandoah
Re: Re: Re: If it's just caffeine... on 06/09/2013 21:10:18 MDT Print View

"You gotta watch out for the Crystal lite Energy. We called it crystal crack. I don't know if it was the caffeine or the sugar or some mystery ingredient but it reduced a group of relatively able bodied thru hikers into to a bunch of night-hiking twitchy tweekers."


My last big trip we mixed that Crystal Lite stuff with Everclear for some very special sunset cocktails.

Dena Kelley
(EagleRiverDee) - M

Locale: Eagle River, Alaska
"how to cut coffee weight" on 06/09/2013 22:41:18 MDT Print View

Another Starbucks Via user here- plus I carry a small bottle of Bailey's to kick it up a notch.

Richard Lyon
(richardglyon) - MLife

Locale: Bridger Mountains
Jetboil French Press on 06/10/2013 06:47:33 MDT Print View

Mark - I've used mine for years without a problem, at least in making very strong coffee. It is messy, as is any French press, and sometimes when I'm careless the oatmeal I hydrate immediately after has a coffee flavor. I tend to buy local roasters' strong beans and grind them at home. Best and easiest way to have strong, real coffee on a solo trip. With a group one of us will carry a plastic large FP for group coffee. Not exactly UL but there's nothing like fresh-brewed coffee on a backcountry morning.

Peter (Taking a break)
(prse) - MLife

Locale: Denmark
ahh.. on 06/10/2013 07:19:36 MDT Print View

After a nice day with a steady intake of coffee, i'm ready to dive into this passionate thread again!

Ken: cream too?? You're pushing it now.... well, if you prefer a bowl of coffee, then i agree, too expensive for sure. I have a friend like that...I would not want to deprive him of his black bowl of morning coffee when on a hike with him...dangerously! Actually, been there myself - i used to drink almost 3 large cups of coffee each morning. Hard work to get down to one cup!
BTW...done the decaf-mistake myself one morning...not pretty..

Nathan: Somebody had to state the obvious ;-)

P.S... for me, the single cup packaging of VIA is a part of the whole ehm... package. Perfect for fastpacking, like the 4g esbit cubes.

Edited by prse on 06/10/2013 10:01:51 MDT.

Tom Lyons
(towaly) - F

Locale: Smoky Mtns.
Single serving instant on 06/10/2013 07:24:37 MDT Print View

Like others, I use single serving instant.
I don't use Starbucks Via, but I use another brand.

Erik Basil
(EBasil) - M

Locale: Atzlan
Only Fresh Ground in the Sierra on 06/10/2013 09:37:11 MDT Print View

We prefer to fresh grind our home-roasted beans, using granite from the Ahwahnee formation, a Colombian pestle and the ceramic filter from recycled Jarvik 7 pumps. This, combined with cold-filtered Sierra stream water and the 7-gram french press constructed out of a RedBull can, titanium mesh and tent stake with a desmodromic ring gasket, produces the most pure essence of coffee possible.

I realize that lower forms of human may settle for less, and one of the great things about Pax Americana is that you are free to do so.

Marko Botsaris
(millonas) - F - MLife

Locale: Santa Cruz Mountains, CA
Re: Only Fresh Ground in the Sierra on 06/10/2013 09:48:58 MDT Print View

"We prefer to fresh grind our home-roasted beans, using granite from the Ahwahnee formation, a Colombian pestle and the ceramic filter from recycled Jarvik 7 pumps. "

Excellent. I'm interested in adopting this same method, but only if it can be modded to be 10 lbs or less.

Casey Jones
(cjsbug)
Re: Only Fresh Ground in the Sierra on 06/10/2013 10:02:09 MDT Print View

"We prefer to fresh grind our home-roasted beans, using granite from the Ahwahnee formation, a Colombian pestle and the ceramic filter from recycled Jarvik 7 pumps. This, combined with cold-filtered Sierra stream water and the 7-gram french press constructed out of a RedBull can, titanium mesh and tent stake with a desmodromic ring gasket, produces the most pure essence of coffee possible."

Home roaster here too. I'm curious to see some pics of your setup if you have any. That sounds like quite the contraption.

Peter (Taking a break)
(prse) - MLife

Locale: Denmark
My Dear Basil on 06/10/2013 10:10:53 MDT Print View

Now, you would not be using any thing else than Kopi Luwak beans? Otherwise don't even bother...

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: MidAtlantic
Re: My Dear Basil on 06/10/2013 10:14:34 MDT Print View

"Now, you would not be using any thing else than Kopi Luwak beans?"

Meh, overrated. They taste like crap .... (I know, too easy.....)

Tanner M
(Tan68)
Re: Re: Only Fresh Ground in the Sierra on 06/11/2013 05:52:02 MDT Print View

I figured he was speaking satirically and meant he just ground his beans against whatever stone formation was at hand along the trail. Shouldn't be any need to carry the mortar. Although that leaves you at mercy of local rock... Sandstone, for instance :^| Maybe the pestle could be tied to end of a cord and used as bear defense.

>> "We prefer to fresh grind our home-roasted beans, using granite from the Ahwahnee formation, a Colombian pestle and the ceramic filter from recycled Jarvik 7 pumps. "

> Excellent. I'm interested in adopting this same method, but only if it can be modded to be 10 lbs or less.

John Almond
(FLRider) - F

Locale: The Southeast
Not Quite the 125 Cal/oz Barrier, Buut... on 06/11/2013 06:37:19 MDT Print View

...I figure instant is going to taste like, well...instant. So, enough Cafe Bustelo instant espresso (for the darker roast) to make 3 cups, mixed with one "vanilla" flavor Carnation Instant Breakfast, placed into 12 oz of hot water does me. I pack 'em in the old-style sandwich bags with the twist ties. Two of those, and I'm ready to fight the bears off bare handed (also ready to dig a cat hole within fifteen minutes).

Replaces most of the vitamins and minerals that dehydrating food gets rid of, plenty of sugar to get one ready to hit the trail, and enough caffeine to keep me from killing the first five people I have to interact with on the trail.

Works for me, at least.

Edited by FLRider on 06/11/2013 06:38:07 MDT.

brian H
(B14) - M

Locale: Siskiyou Mtns
trail cuppa solution: Mount Hagen organic instant coffee on 06/11/2013 11:27:56 MDT Print View

First I invite all non-coffee freaks to go home...this thread is for us happy addicts!
LOL

I have been a coffee snob for a very long time...long before Starbux branded the name Via, and even before AAA gave its member magazine the same name [out west anyhoo].

For me Via is decent, it is my backup choice for the trail. My #1 trail coffee solution is the only commercially available Organic freeze dried instant coffee I am aware of. It is called Mount Hagen organic instant coffee. It tastes surprising good, such that at home, when I just need a "hit" and am too lazy to grind & brew ;) it jumps in to pinch hit. It is becoming easier to find, 3 diff stores carry it in my small town. So much so that I am a bit surprised it hasnt been mentioned yet in this thread of 70+ posts as of today [at least not by name]. Its why I add my $0.02.

It's also easier to work with than Via, which is a fine powder and is clingy. MH looks like Folgers - large granules, super convenient on the trail - and thankfully to the taste buds, the similarity ends there! With Via you have more garbage headache, esp keeping tabs of the tiny top of the lil pkg if you slice it completely off [and you BETTER NOT leave any behind!]. MH comes in a glass jar. Google it.

Because grinding & brewing fresh beans twice daily is the norm 4 me, I am happy with instant on the trail, especially thanx to this nice tasting organic variety.

Edited by B14 on 06/11/2013 11:29:55 MDT.

Ian B.
(IDBLOOM) - MLife

Locale: PNW
FWIW on 06/11/2013 11:41:33 MDT Print View

On par with cowboy coffee is Turkish coffee. This is what was available when I was in Bosnia (thanks to the Ottoman Empire) and I think it's no coincidence that I didn't have hair on my chest until that deployment.

This is the best technique I've found for Cowboy/Turkish coffee...

Use finest grind available. Unfortunately my grinder sucks but the stuff in Bosnia was like fine powder.

Bring water to a boil.

Add coffee grinds

Bring water back to a boil and then immediately remove to avoid boil over

The grounds will settle to the bottom of the mug and you won't have to filter them through your teeth until the very end.

I'm all for coffee snobbery but there's no way I'm bringing a grinder on the trail.

What’s your cowboy coffee technique?

Link .
(annapurna) - MLife
Re: how to cut coffee weight on 06/11/2013 11:47:39 MDT Print View

The Beautiful Cup and How do BPL Staffers stay warm, hydrated, and caffeinated in the backcountry?

Ian B.
(IDBLOOM) - MLife

Locale: PNW
Re: Re: how to cut coffee weight on 06/11/2013 12:02:02 MDT Print View

Mike has a good technique for Cowboy coffee but I just wanted to add something he didn't cover..

With my technique where you bring water to a boil, add coffee grounds, briefly return to a boil and remove, the coffee grounds will ime quickly settle to the bottom of the mug.

Link .
(annapurna) - MLife
Re: Re: Re: how to cut coffee weight on 06/11/2013 12:06:58 MDT Print View

Ian that technique is discussed in my second link in the BPL staff video.

Ian B.
(IDBLOOM) - MLife

Locale: PNW
Thanks on 06/11/2013 12:26:56 MDT Print View

Can't access the video from my phone but I'll check it out later.

EDIT Just watched the video and yup.... took the words right out of my mouth... except that he said it before I said it.... whatevs.

Edited by IDBLOOM on 06/11/2013 18:24:23 MDT.

Charles P
(mediauras) - F

Locale: Terra
Re: trail cuppa solution: Mount Hagen organic instant coffee on 06/11/2013 12:44:36 MDT Print View

Nice to hear about Mount Hagen instant. I almost picked up a jar last summer but decided against it. I've been trying to use Via recently but don't really like it. Its weak brew. I'll try the MH stuff this weekend though.

Or I might just take my MSR filter and some ground coffee (beans from a local micro-roaster). Going that way is a little heavier but you get a good cup of coffee. Like others (addicts all of us!) I enjoy a nice cup of coffee on the trail. It really hits the spot.