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Backpacker Magazine – August 2008

Taste Test: Camp Coffee

Whether you're going ultralight or ultra gourmet, it's crucial to pour the right cuppa joe.

by: Kristin Hostetter

Medaglia D'Oro Instant Espresso (Julia Vandenoever)
Medaglia D'Oro Instant Espresso (Julia Vandenoever)
Cafझ Sonora Organic Dark Roast (Julia Vandenoever)
Cafझ Sonora Organic Dark Roast (Julia Vandenoever)
Silver Joe's (Julia Vandenoever)
Silver Joe's (Julia Vandenoever)

4 backcountry brew gadgets even the snobbiest baristas will love.

Light and fast
Coffee snobs, hold onto your mugs: We found instant java that doesn't taste like day-old gas station brew. Café Bustelo Mexican Blend ($2.75, 2 oz.) made the cut for its smooth and strong flavor. Fans of Medaglia D'Oro Instant Espresso ($3, 2 oz.) said "robust, with a hint of cinnamon." After dinner, go with Café Bustelo Cappuccino ($3, five single-serving packets). The mocha-flavored version is great alone as a cocoa alternative, or blended with a shot of whiskey. All are available at

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Dec 31, 2009

I take Starbucks "singles" instant packets.
They taste better than Instant expresso or the Nescafe. You do have to bring your own creamer or some instant cocoa if you don't like it black.

Dec 31, 2009

I started using the Toddy Cafe system a few years ago and have never looked back. It produces a liquid concentrate which I pack in a collapsible platypus bottle. Add hot or cold water and you are living in java nirvana.

Kindle McGuinness
Dec 31, 2009

So far, nothing beats Starbucks Via. (Google it)

Even my wife will drink it black and she is not a coffee drinker!

We don't just use one packet for 8 oz, we brew 20 oz with one packet for a FANTASTIC 2 cups of joe!

Uncle Mike
Jan 13, 2009

Hey Backpacker! What about Folgers Singles? You can't get much "faster" or "lighter" than that! Also, they taste pretty darn good!

Jan 07, 2009

I like to take along packets of Java juice coffee extract then just mix with water(hot or cold). small,light,tasty.

Jan 07, 2009

Let's start off a new year with a great cup of coffee. First, take along a small, extra light coffee pot. Second, fill with filtered water, let the pocket rocket do its stuff. Third, went it starts to boil, fill with almost fine ground coffee, stir put the lid on and wait a few minutes. And lastly, drink cowboy coffee at its best.

Jan 05, 2009

I'm about to rock your world. Google Nescafe 3-in-1.
I discovered this while in the Philippines. It's a single server packet with instant coffee, creame and sugar. They even have an extra-caffeine variation! There are many sites to buy this in the US online. Or, look for it at your local asian food market.

Dec 27, 2008

I pack oatmeal into a large zip lock along with enought coffee to provide a coffee flavored oatmeal with a real kick. cuts down on packing materials and having to prepare seperate cup of coffe/oatmael. This sustains me for 2 meals a day.

Oct 23, 2008

I take the instant bustelo mix some dried coffee creamer and some splenda all together and carry in a small bag and then when I boil some water in the morning for my oatmeal and ready to go instant coffee mix, I am ready to go.

Oct 01, 2008

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