Status quo Instant coffee: high on convenience, low on taste
Upgrade Fresh beans and trail-friendly grinders and presses
Fresh Purists pack whole beans and a portable hand grinder like the 11-ounce GSI JavaGRIND (above, $20, gsioutdoors.com). The rest of us will be satisfied with a bag of our favorite fresh-ground beans. To brew, pack a dedicated Lexan French press like the JavaPress (below, $25, gsioutdoors.com), or convert a 32-ounce wide-mouth Lexan water bottle by inserting the flexible Press-Bot ($20, press-bot.com).
Quick Add boiling water to preground filter packets like MUD Gourmet Coffee ($1.50, harvestfoodworks.com) or Java Juice liquid extract ($1, javajuiceextract.com). The latter also works with cold water for iced coffee. These are fast and light, but don’t match the flavor of fresh-ground.