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Three options for making coffee in the backcountry

Do you enjoy a good cup of coffee in the backcountry and are tired of the results from instant coffee? This is a comparison between various ways to make coffee in the backcountry (none of which involve instant coffee packets). For links on the products discussed in the video, check out the description here.

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Brian M. - posted 1 year ago on 04-26-2018 12:00:24 am

Many of the old timers simply made tea. Or camp coffee, finely-ground coffee stirred into water just off the boil, allowed to settle and steep for 6 minutes, and decanted with a steady hand. Always works for me!

Stefan Wilson
Stefan W. - posted 1 year ago on 10-14-2017 01:55:39 pm
Gilbert, AZ


If you like instant coffee, then keep drinking it! You definitely can't beat the weight advantage instant offers. I just know plenty of people in addition to myself who do not like instant, hence why I searched for some other options.

Bendrix B. - posted 1 year ago on 10-14-2017 11:02:48 am
Rochester, MA

Can't agree with you on instants like Starbucks Vias packets. Ive used them for years and find the coffe to be great. Super light and nothing to dispose of. Sure, I like a good cup of coffee and will go out of my way for one, but seriously, when its all on your back, I can compromise a bit.

Plus, I like some sweetener in the cup..

Brett H. - posted 1 year ago on 10-10-2017 12:30:13 pm

I'll check some of these out, but this year I've been testing the Primula Single Serve coffee brew buddy and like it so far ($6 on Amazon). Lightweight, small, etc. It's a nylon mesh that sits on your cup, but I guess you could combine with a single serve filter for easier cleanup, but I haven't. I really like that I can adjust how much coffee I put into make it stronger or to change the volume of coffee I want to make.

rodney t. - posted 1 year ago on 10-10-2017 11:21:19 am

I use exactly what Drew M. posted cheap,light and excellent cup of coffee.

Bill D. - posted 1 year ago on 10-09-2017 09:07:42 pm
OK and CO

Thanks for the ideas, I now have homework. :)

Drew M. - posted 1 year ago on 10-09-2017 01:35:27 pm

These are what I use, super easy and tastes way better than instant. Not as fancy as that dark timber stuff, but way more economical and you can get them at any grocery store for about $5 for a box of 24.

Matthew J. - posted 1 year ago on 10-09-2017 06:33:41 am
Littleton, CO

I do exactly what Erik S does. However thanks for the other ideas Erik, never thought about bringing in a press.

Stefan Wilson
Stefan W. - posted 1 year ago on 10-08-2017 11:41:59 am
Gilbert, AZ

Erik, great idea!

Erik S. - posted 1 year ago on 10-08-2017 08:58:47 am

Great video! I would also suggest to the hardcore coffee snob (like myself) to pre grind your fav coffee before you hit the trail and bring a plastic coffee drip/brewer single serve with paper filters . Light weight and easy, I can't seem to justify spending $1-$3 on those packets when you can make it yourself although they are convenient and dark timber is an awesome company for supporting organizations like BHA. Just my 2 cents...

Stefan Wilson
Stefan W. - posted 1 year ago on 10-07-2017 01:48:04 pm
Gilbert, AZ

Thanks for the comment! I really tried to make this something that would be really helpful. Glad to know you enjoyed it!

Tj D. - posted 1 year ago on 10-06-2017 08:51:53 pm

Just know the content you guys put out there is radical. This was good stuff. Short and sweet. Keep them coming!