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I have to admit I sometimes take a shortcut and use the Starbucks Via packets. Blasphemous! I know! But oh so simple to use and not bad tasting (for instant coffee that is). When I do make "real" coffee outside I've been using a french press style travel mug by Planetary Design. They also sell at REI as a REI branded coffee press. It's made of double wall stainless Steel which means it's fairly heavy, but extremely durable.
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This week I was browsing at a local outdoor outfitter and discovered a new-to-me french press coffee maker from GSI called the Commuter Javapress.
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It had a refreshing redesign of a basic french press. I added it to my mental list of things to buy in the near future. What's your favorite method of making coffee outside?


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I usually carry a GSI JavaPress if I'm not using VIA.
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@bonius I was a little hesitant to admit I use VIA instant coffee. I'm glad I'm not alone.
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I enjoy being outdoors and brewing fresh, hot coffee. Preparing it is a big part of the fun for me, and I seek out pleasant locations in parks, creekside, lakeside, cemeteries, or on the side side of some gravel road. Soaking in the slow coffee experience. So I pack a Trangia alcohol stove, a GSI kettle, a Porlex hand grinder, and enough beans for a cup or two. Rotating between brewing methods keeps the variety going for my preparation and taste enjoyment. Typically I rotate between my GSI or Soto Helix pour-over cones, my Bialetti Moka Express, or my AeroPress. The brew process and resulting coffee flavor for all three are a delight for me. The addition of some kind of snack also enhances the experience. Pastries or chocolate work perfectly for me.
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I also like to make coffee or tea out on the trail . It is a great way to get myself to slow down a bit and take a break. And by slow down i don't mean to imply i am fast but i do tend to ride myself into the ground. I have tried a lot of brewing devices, stoves and grinders but don't have the perfect setup. I really like my 37 cent super cat stove. Light cheep and small. Grinder is my challenge. Can't find light cheap, good and small yet. For brewers I like my clever brewer. A little bulky but is light, cheap and brews as well as anything. Combines pour over and French press. Sweet Maria's is by far my favorite internet coffee related store and it is where I got my brewer and get all my green beans to roast.

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I've used a few different methods over the years, including various pour-over systems (yer basic Melitta cone, fancy Snow Peak cone, fancy Soto Helix cone), travel French Press (GSI), and immersion (GSI H2Joe!). But my favorite method, and the one that gets the most attention, is my trusty little Esbit coffee maker, aka Esbit Kaffeemaschine. It uses Esbit solid fuel tablets and the stove nests inside the maker when not in use. It's like a moka pot/"stove top espresso maker".


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Great shot Shawn!
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Thanks, Doug! And while we rarely get snow in Portland, we can SEE snow for most of the year. [wink]
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