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Test Kitchen: Coffee

We perked more than 100 caffeinated cups to find the best trail-brew technique. Here’s how to choose your method, gear, and grounds.

GEAR: Choose camp-friendly brewing tools.

GSI’s JavaGrind Coffee Grinder
Fact: Beans start spoiling the minute they’re ground. Mill on the spot with this handheld tool. The ceramic burr evenly grinds textures suitable for any brew. ($25; 11.2 oz.; gsioutdoors.com ).

Snow Peak’s Titanium Café Press
This indestructible carafe and plunger combo brews three gourmet cups at a time and doubles as a produce protector in your pack. ($53; 6.3 oz.; snowpeak.com)

MSR’s Mugmate Coffee/Tea Filter
Superfine gold mesh is easy to clean, reusable, and filters grinds without tainting flavor. ($17; 1 oz.; cascadedesigns.com)

Starbucks Via
With a superfine grind that dissolves in your cup (instead of dehydrated crystals), Via outperforms other instants we tried for taste and weight. Downside: Cost. ($10; 12 servings; starbucks.com)

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