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Backpacker Magazine – April 2009

Editors' Choice 2009 Gold Award: MSR MugMate Coffee Maker

The ultimate solution for backcountry coffee–fast, ultralight, and fuss-free.

by: The Backpacker Editors

MSR MugMate (Courtesy Photo)
MSR MugMate (Courtesy Photo)

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See more gear that made the cut in our 2009 awards.

We've seen Editors' Choice trips nearly implode when coffee ran short. So when our staff java fiends say the one-ounce MugMate, introduced in 1997, makes lethal-strength joe with less weight and hassle than any other method, you can be certain of this–we've tried everything else. Think of it like a camp coffee cone without the paper filter. Just fill it half full with medium-grind coffee, set it in your cup, and pour hot water through. Want a stronger brew? Swish your spork around in the grounds a couple of times. To clean, simply shake the grounds into your garbage bag (or fire) and rinse the gold-plated steel screen. It nests in a standard 12-ounce insulated mug, and it lasts–one editor has used the same MugMate for a decade of highly caffeinated treks. Another even uses hers at home, for brewing tea. $17; 1 oz.; msrgear.com



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Paul
Jun 14, 2011

I love this thing. Have 2 - one coffee and one tea. Makes fabulous coffee and is envied by all I walk with. I use it at the office also as hot water does not go stale.

Gaige
Dec 18, 2009

I took Starbuck's VIA Italian roast with me and it was perfect - no weight, strong, tasty coffee that didn't taste instant. Backpackers dream!

Paul
Sep 16, 2009

A little on the salty side for something I do with some extra screen- lighter and free.

Bill Egger
May 29, 2009

It also doubles as a water strainer when you fill up your MSR Dromedary Bags--the bottom end of the Mugmate fits perfectly into the circular opening when the round cap is removed.

It will strain out just about all particulate matter that is in the water.

I combine it and the Dromedary bag with the MIOX for a total water treatment "solution." (No pun intended.)

Great for brewing tea, too--as I'm not much of a coffee drinker.

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