Hey All, I have used the Snow Peak in the past as I generally am disgusted by instant coffee. It's serviceable as long as you don't press too fast or hard on the plunger. Hard not to do on a cold winter morning but trust me...I've made coffee in -17F weather. The problem I always had was the extra weight of everything else (coffee, powdered creamer, packets of sweetner) on a 2-week trip which I do yearly, and then burying or carrying the grounds out after I'm done, an extra step in my morning routine and/or weight. Weekend stuff, no problem, it's small and light and worth good coffee. After a bunch of recommendations (some in this thread) in different instants for longer trips a friend of mine hooked me up with a Korean brand called Rosebud. It's instant, but actually tastes pretty good. I use a packet and half for a cup for my 2-cup mornings, and I could probably carry a month's worth and not notice the weight. It comes packaged with sweetner and creamer. I actually use it for my afternoon cup at home. Unfortunately not sold by REI (should be!). It's been weaning me off the french press coffee.
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My only two extras I take with me on every overnighter, one night or a dozen; my old 7+ year old Kelty camp chair and my Snow Peak Titanium Press. Together they add up to maybe 12 ounces of pure unadulterated happiness. The chair I roll around my tent to protect it and keeps me from sitting/kneeling in the dirt or on an uncomfortable log/rock and the Snow Peak gives me two steaming cups of coffee every morning while I'm sitting in it, summer or winter. Two heaping teaspoons of a strong coffee and you are ready to go, and the grounds get buried with the morning doodie. BINGO!
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