How to Brew Delicious Coffee in the Backcountry
You don’t need your Nespresso machine to get your fix in the woods
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There is great joy in ditching the comforts of home to spend a few nights in the backcountry. Eschewing modern conveniences like the microwave and television for an open fire and a sky full of stars can help you re-center and focus on what’s truly important in life. Fortunately, there’s no reason to spend a single morning in the woods without a cup of Joe. Here are the tools you need.
Stanley Adventure Percolator ($40)
Percolators are great for large groups because they can brew in bulk. Stanley’s version makes up to six cups of coffee at a time and can be used over an open fire or stove.
GSI Java Press ($30)
The French Press is another option if you need to fuel an entire camp. The Java Press is made from double-walled stainless steel and has a neoprene sleeve which helps it stay warm while you work your way through the pot. It comes in two sizes: 30 ounces and 50 ounces.
GSI Coffee Grinder ($30)
If you insist on having fresh ground coffee, this hand-grinder may be worth the extra weight in your pack. The ceramic grinder is adjustable so you can change the size of the grind.
Sea to Summit X-Brew Drip Filter ($20)
This collapsible drip filter might be the simplest of all coffee options albeit the most time-consuming. The X-Brew gives the standard coffee cone backcountry chops thanks to the collapsible nylon and silicone design and built-in reusable mesh filter—no paper filters needed.
Kuju Coffee ($2.50 per cup)
If you love pour over coffee but want to skip the bulky drip cone, Kuju has you covered. The disposable drip filter sits on top of your mug and has small-batch roasted coffee grounds built in. Just add water.
Alpine Start ($10 for 8 pack)
The simplest option on this list, these single serve packets contain high elevation Arabica coffee from Columbia that dissolve instantly in hot water. Just stir and drink. And yes, it’s good.