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    Hey fellow CSers - Im a keen Backpacker/Bushwalker and Im wondering what you guys/gals do for your fix ? Im tired of Cowboy Coffee - Id like something with a bit more finesse. Ive just purchased an MSR Mugmate and that seems to be the best option for weight vs flavour. Ive also got a mini stovetop espresso maker, but Im concerned with the extra weight and the bitterness from the high temp extraction. Any ideas ?

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    Re: Backpacking / Bushwalking coffee ?

    Hiya

    Most plungers are glass and the worry is that yes, it will break.
    For caving trips at Wombeyan and Jenolan Caves I take an Ibrik along and coffee ground for turkish coffee. You can get a small Ibrik which will do two small cups or a larger size. You can get them in either copper/brass or steel.

    Mike

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    • #3
      Re: Backpacking / Bushwalking coffee ?

      Thanks Mike - what about just using a small pot and stopping the heat just before boiling ? I assume were talking Turkish coffee, right ? Just so I dont have to carry another pot - Id use a small MSR titanium pot. Regards. CV

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      • #4
        Re: Backpacking / Bushwalking coffee ?

        Aeropress and kyocera hand grinder, I have them and they are very strong (plastic mostly) and dont weigh much (depending on how far you have to carry them).

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          Re: Backpacking / Bushwalking coffee ?

          Thanks moto coffee - will do some research on these. Regards. CV

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            Re: Backpacking / Bushwalking coffee ?

            I 2nd the kyocera hand grinder, mine works great, and are light and compact.
            After that you have various brewing options like aeropress, or you can get plunger mugs which are reasonably robust plastic, work well, and dont weigh much.
            Even a basic pour-over setup could work also, and could be relatively light and robust, but you would need to think about the filter medium.

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            • #7
              Re: Backpacking / Bushwalking coffee ?

              Ive found that making coffee can be quite messy especially when using manual processes. Plungers are notoriously difficult to clean if you have a lack of water as are mocha pots. From what I have seen the aeropress is an absolute breeze. I know I will eventually buy myself one and at about $50 are a cheap way to make coffee. There are products like the handpresso and it uses pods. Love them or loathe them they are a reliable simple a clean way to make coffee.

              My vote is on the aeropress an appropriate hand grinder.

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              • #8
                Re: Backpacking / Bushwalking coffee ?

                Camping coffee is a compromise, and especially if weight is a driving consideration then what you will get is better than instant coffee, which is OK I suppose.

                I have tried many setups over the years, and my current setup is fine for side of the road coffee, and if you are dedicated it is fine for bushwalking coffee as well, but bushwalkers will have more on an opinion on this.

                It is a personal jet boil, Kyocera grinder, Aeropress and insulated cup.



                Old setups.


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                • #9
                  Re: Backpacking / Bushwalking coffee ?

                  Thanks Andy-gadget ; great photos ! The aeropress sounds like Id want to check one out - just gotta check the weight. The MSR Mugmate is the lightest option Ive found yet (other than Cowboy coffee) but I thought Id throw it out there and see whos doing what. We should be able to get a good cup in the backwoods eh ? Regards, CV

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                  • #10
                    Re: Backpacking / Bushwalking coffee ?

                    Originally posted by 0B20293A24212D1E2D2D480 link=1246251243/8#8 date=1246389993
                    The aeropress sounds like Id want to check one out - just gotta check the weight.
                    The entire Aeropress brewing kit (cylinders, screw cap, funnel, stirrer, and measuring spoon) weighs 318g. The filter holder with most of the 350 filters it comes with weighs in at 90g.


                    Java "Its a great piece of kit!" phile
                    Toys! I must have new toys!!!

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                    • #11
                      Re: Backpacking / Bushwalking coffee ?

                      I dont go bush walking much these days but I did follow the coastline visiting secluded beaches when I was young
                      I have always packed a larger stainless steel Briki and used it for a multitude of tasks as well as making Greek/Turkish coffee

                      KK

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