I’m a caffeine-swilling coffee junkie. Coffee in the backcountry is a must. Espresso packs a powerful punch, so I’m intrigued by a new product on the market:
The Wacaco Minipresso is a hand-operated design that can generate average pressure of 116 psi. It has a much more elegant design than the Mini Expresso (see below) and would pack nicely. It’s well-reviewed—a best-in-show from Winter Outdoor Retailer 2016—though heavier (12.7 ounces) and more expensive ($59).
I’ve written about the many backcountry coffee options before.
Current recommendations include:
If you’re an ounce-counting hiker, Starbucks Via is hands-down the best and lightest option when weight matters. Twelve instant cups of coffee, individually packaged.
For brewed coffee, my go-to is a JetBoil coffee press, which adds French press-functionality for minimal weight (0.8 ounce) to the overall stove set-up.
If you like espresso while camping—and don’t mind some extra weight—the GSI Mini Expresso has been a long-standing go-to. It makes quality shots ($40) and weighs in at 8.2 ounces. Its big drawback is the all-metal body, which heats to hard-to-handle temperatures on the stove.