As fall approaches, my thoughts drift toward the open space in Tahoe, left by the tourists who are now back in school, at work and less interested in cooler temperatures. This is perfect for me because fall is perhaps my favorite time of year around here. The anticipation of winter is about as good as winter itself! The sun is low, and it sets the golden grass ablaze in the mornings, and makes stained-glass out of aspen trees; the perfect backdrop for a bike ride, an afternoon climb or a morning cup of camp coffee.
There are so many options in our shop for brewing coffee in the backcountry that I can hardly keep track. I had been simply pouring hot water through a handheld filter for years, until I discovered the other gadgets available to me.
Stainless Steel Java X-Press
If you are a press-loving purist, we have camping coffee press for you! Try the double-walled, GSI Stainless Java Press or the more utilitarian X-Press, which can be put right on your stove to heat your water. The Jetboil Java Kit is a third option, including a removable press screen and shaft with the Jetboil personal cooking system. Your press, fuel canister and stove element all stash inside the cup too!
If you like your coffee without sediment at the bottom of your cup, the GSI Java Drip is an awesome way to go. Available in both 30 ozand 50 oz carafes, it comes with a silicone drip cone and a re-usable cloth filter. Simply pack it all inside the carafe along with your grounds and stuff it into your pack.