Like Powerful Camping Coffee? The Best Backcountry Options

April 4, 2016

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.

Stay caffeinated.

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Matt Heid

Equipped blogger Matt Heid is AMC's gear guru: He loves gear and he loves using it in the field. While researching several guidebooks, including AMC's Best Backpacking in New England, he has hiked thousands of miles across New England, California, and Alaska, among other wilderness destinations. He also cycles, climbs, and surfs.