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Re: Decent instant coffee

Posted: Thu Jan 28, 2021 12:43 pm
by Grizzly22
I have always used Cafe Bustelo on backpacking trips. It's definitley not my favorite option so I have even branched out to tea when backpacking. I have started looking into coffee tea bags though. Has anyone tried these before? and how do they compare to instant?

Re: Decent instant coffee

Posted: Thu Jan 28, 2021 3:51 pm
by BerrySlayer
Just a nag that if you French press, or use bags, with coffee or tea, the grounds or bags get packed out with you and their cumulative weight with retained water can add up over a week. I have a French press for Nalgene bottles and the result pretty much tastes like French pressed coffee generally does. But the weight and bother to pack out wet grounds, or tea bags, just isn’t worth it to me and my style of backpacking. Mt. Hagen works for coffee, as do various teas, loosed from their bags, and I just do a shot of the minced leaves leftovers. Best salad you can ever eat is tea leaf salad from SE Asia, find some and try it.

Re: Decent instant coffee

Posted: Sun Feb 21, 2021 12:24 pm
by chippy
If you have ever watched Shugemery's videos on YouTube, he is a huge fan of Medaglia D'oro instant coffee, so when I saw it at my regular old local grocery store, I picked up a jar of it. It is actually really good- he wasn't kidding haha. It doesn't come in little packets (at least that I have seen), but in Shug's videos he pre-bags it in little baggies so it is measured out for his backpacking trips. I have been keeping it around the house and use it when I'm feeling too lazy to make a whole pot of coffee :)

Re: Decent instant coffee

Posted: Sun Feb 21, 2021 4:36 pm
by JerryB
BerrySlayer wrote: Thu Jan 28, 2021 3:51 pm Just a nag that if you French press, or use bags, with coffee or tea, the grounds or bags get packed out with you and their cumulative weight with retained water can add up over a week. I have a French press for Nalgene bottles and the result pretty much tastes like French pressed coffee generally does. But the weight and bother to pack out wet grounds, or tea bags, just isn’t worth it to me and my style of backpacking. Mt. Hagen works for coffee, as do various teas, loosed from their bags, and I just do a shot of the minced leaves leftovers. Best salad you can ever eat is tea leaf salad from SE Asia, find some and try it.
I appreciate this comment. Somewhere else on the forum i asked whether coffee grounds should be packed out or scattered. I would be interested in the rationale for either approach. Thanks

Re: Decent instant coffee

Posted: Tue Mar 02, 2021 3:08 pm
by hooky
JerryB wrote: Sun Feb 21, 2021 4:36 pm
BerrySlayer wrote: Thu Jan 28, 2021 3:51 pm Just a nag that if you French press, or use bags, with coffee or tea, the grounds or bags get packed out with you and their cumulative weight with retained water can add up over a week. I have a French press for Nalgene bottles and the result pretty much tastes like French pressed coffee generally does. But the weight and bother to pack out wet grounds, or tea bags, just isn’t worth it to me and my style of backpacking. Mt. Hagen works for coffee, as do various teas, loosed from their bags, and I just do a shot of the minced leaves leftovers. Best salad you can ever eat is tea leaf salad from SE Asia, find some and try it.
I appreciate this comment. Somewhere else on the forum i asked whether coffee grounds should be packed out or scattered. I would be interested in the rationale for either approach. Thanks
Hey Jerry, my rationale for packing out the grounds is that scattering them goes against the LNT principles we're supposed to be following on the island. I think it falls into the category of "Dispose of Waste Properly". It'll eventually break down, but it takes years.