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Better to the Last Drop

A hiker cannot live on water alone. Next time out, try these coffee, tea, and wine updgrades.

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Status quo
Crumpled bags of Good Earth from the early ’90s

Upgrade Loose-leaf tea or pyramid-shaped bags

Savory Loose tea’s longer leaves contain more oils, which heighten their flavor and aroma. Store leaves in a protective, airtight, opaque container, and let them steep for several minutes. To brew in a mug or thermos, place the leaves in a stainless-steel top filter like the Liquid Solutions Lucy, ($6, The GSI Outdoors H2jO ($10, does the same with wide-mouth water bottles. For more flexibility, the spoonlike Cup.pour.ri infuser ($5.50, can be stirred in any container.

Improved Pyramid-shaped tea bags, like Celestial Seasonings Saphara line ($7,, have more volume for mixing whole leaves and hot water.

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