Covet: Backcountry Coffee Grinder

When you’re discerning about the bean, brewing it in a beautiful setting isn’t enough.

Grind your beans in the backcountry.     Photo: GSI Outdoors

JavaMill.

Inside the JavaMill.

GSI Outdoors' packable JavaMill allows you to brew coffee in the backcountry that’s as perfect as the joe poured by your neighborhood barista—no more pre-grinding beans, instant coffee, or purchasing already ground coffee. 

The Java Mill’s conical, ceramic burr cracks and grinds beans to the coarseness you desire depending on your brewing technique. The device’s ceramic interior won’t dull over time and isn’t heat conductive, so grinding won’t sap beans of their flavor. Conical burrs move slowly, particularly in a hand-crank model like this one, keeping delicate coffee aromas intact.

The result: a grind for drip, percolator, vacuum, French press, and even espresso that will get the thumbs up from even the most staunch coffee snobs, backcountry or front country. 

The alloy handle folds against the body for travel and unfolds for cranking. And at only 9.5 ounces and $30, it’s light and inexpensive enough to carry anywhere. Which means you have no excuses not to be well caffeinated on your next adventure.

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