As a person who always needs his coffee, this is certainly no exception while camping or backpacking. It is one of the first things that come to mind when I wake up and nothing is more comforting in the mornings while I’m on a backpacking trip.
I recently discovered a new brand of instant coffee that actually tastes good and easy to pack with you. Alpine Start is the name of the company and I highly recommend them to anyone who is looking for great coffee on the trail but does not want to deal with coffee ground or cleanup of a pour over. I used to use the Starbucks “Via” instant coffee but since sampling Alpine Start, I don’t think I’ll ever go back (and I love Starbucks Coffee). Check them out here: https://alpinestartfoods.com/
Hi mrmojangles -
If you (or anyone else) is looking for delicious and easily packable coffee, I suggest Geo by Treeline Coffee Roasters. I cannot recommend the Geo highly enough! Easy to pack. Easy to prepare. Tastes amazing. Great company with skilled roasters who have direct relationship with coffee growers. Definitely worth taking a look @ www.treelinecoffee.com/geo.
@mrmojangles I have been pleased enough with Starbucks Via, but I'll check out the Alpine Start stuff next time.
I'm sort of spoiled here in Japan -- there are literally hundreds of Via-like instant coffee packets from different brands available in most grocery stores. The coffee game is strong here, and I can choose all manner of flavor profiles, acidity levels, etc. in my to-go packets. Great for traveling, for sure...just stash a few in my bag and go!
I, too, am a Starbucks "Via" fan, especially the Vanilla Latte, but I am willing to try the Alpine Start.
I certainly enjoy my French press when car camping and sometimes take my lightweight pour over filter when backpacking. My main hesitation with a pour over while backpacking is dealing with the grounds and rinsing the filter. Not a huge inconvenience but I like the idea of less cleanup, especially when the instant coffee is nearly as good as fresh coffee.
If I have resort to instant, Medaglia D'Oro Espresso is actually pretty drinkable . It comes in little hard, too, so you don't even need a container , unless you need to count every ounce of weight.
My favorite, though, since I'm a coffee nerd, is to grind my own, then use my Handpresso Wild Hybrid, which is basically a mini bike tire pump with a real portafilter on it! You pump it up to 16Bar pressure and it makes fantastic shots! As you can see in the pic I posted, if you're lazy, it can also use pods. 🙂
Since REI doesn't carry it, you can get it at Whole Latte Love.
Thanks for the input!! I need coffee as well, for my trips I usually hit up my local Asian foods store, there are some amazing instant coffees from Korea that I have been using for around 10 years and they are usually cheaper and taste better than the American counterpart!