by Ryan Jordan | 2006-01-30 03:00:00-07
Backcountry travelers have been searching the ultimate cup of coffee since cowboys roamed the Western plains nearly 200 years ago.
French presses, Italian espresso, Swiss instant freeze dried, or American cowboy style - you can have it all in the backcountry these days with a variety of gadgetry to make it easier and lighter. All you need are ground beans or instant freeze-dried coffee.
Now, you can have concentrated liquid coffee extract, too.
There are several ways to brew coffee, included the cold extract method. One disadvantage of the cold extract method is a loss of aromaticity and acidity, beneficial features of brewed coffee unique to hot water extraction processes.
However, if Java Juice is cold extracted, you'd never know it. This is a full-bodied, aromatic coffee. One packet (0.5 oz) yields a 12-16 oz cup of coffee. I found it ideal for me, making a strong cup of good coffee, when diluted with about 10 to 12 ounces of hot water. It's also good cold, unlike the styrofoam cup full of Conoco Overnight I usually guzzle at the trailhead - upon my return to my car at the end of my hikes.
Java Juice has a shelf life - about six months - because there are no preservatives or additives. Just coffee and filtered water.
Java Juice is not without its possible disadvantages. You may simply not like its flavor. Sealed, single serving packages create waste (less than 0.05 oz per package), but the packaging does appear to be easily burnable. Finally, it may be too caffeinated for you. At 140 mg of caffeine per serving, it's not going to create a mental environment compatible with backcountry Yoga.
BackpackingLight.com is proud to launch Java Juice to the Internet outdoor community in its Gear Shop around February 8, 2006.
"Java Juice Black Gold Pure Coffee Extract (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)," by Ryan Jordan. BackpackingLight.com (ISSN 1537-0364).
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