There is absolutely no reason you can’t enjoy your favorite cup o’ java in the morning, regardless of destination. Visit any local adventure shop and you’ll find dedicated sections for the enthusiastic coffee bean aficionado. We decided to pick out a few of our favorites from our friends at GSI Outdoors that are aimed for the ultralight backpacker. All four of these inexpensive coffee makers get the job done while packing down small enough to fit into nearly any pocket in your pack.
The Ultralight Java Drip weighs less than half an ounce and can be used with nearly any coffee mug. The clip on legs collapse and the entire unit stores under the bottom of a standard fuel canister. Buy here for $9.95.
Raise your hand if you carry a 32oz Nalgene Water Bottle on the trail. Okay, now that everyone has their hand up, take a look at the H2JO. Twist it on to the top of your bottle, add your coffee grounds and enjoy your morning cup. Easy on and off makes cleanup a breeze. Pick it up here for $12.95.
Who says you can’t have espresso on the trail too? The 1 Cup Mini Espresso is a miniature stovetop maker that brews one double shot (2.5 fl.oz.) in 90 seconds. It’s made from Glacier Stainless Steel so don’t worry about it rusting. A recipe book is included to make sure you get the perfect pour. Yours for $39.95.
Last up is our favorite of the bunch, the Collapsible Java Drip. Much like many popular collapsible food bowls made for camping, the Java Drip is made from sturdy silicone and packs down to less than an inch tall. The unique flanged design helps the center drip cone over mugs, cups and wide-mouth bottles for stable, spill-free brewing. The lid also doubles as a trivet after brewing. Grab it for $12.95.
Do you have a favorite delivery method for taking your coffee with you? Let us know! We’d love to hear about what products you love and home brew inventions as well. Stay warm, stay thirsty.