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#132328 - 04/19/10 04:32 PM Re: lightest coffee pot? [Re: Jimshaw]
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Loc: Eastern Idaho
“…A Vargo triad 1 oz stove…”

You would get much better performance at all temperatures (including 0F) if you get a soda can stove with a flame pattern that matches the small cup footprint.
Titanium stoves are the most fidgety things I’ve ever experienced. Aluminum works so much better for alcy stoves.

-Barry

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#132332 - 04/19/10 05:50 PM Re: lightest coffee pot? [Re: Dryer]
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Dryer,

My wife stops by Starbucks once a week for coffee grounds to scatter in our flower beds. Great amendment for alkaline soil.


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#132339 - 04/19/10 06:32 PM Re: lightest coffee pot? [Re: ringtail]
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Coffee grounds aren't such a good idea in our acid soil of western Oregon, although they do work well on the rhodies!
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#132343 - 04/19/10 07:28 PM Re: lightest coffee pot? [Re: OregonMouse]
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Yep, context does matter. confused
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#132515 - 04/22/10 04:34 PM Re: lightest coffee pot? [Re: Rick]
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Originally Posted By Rick
Try this Instant Expresso (down the page a bit). I get it at an Italian grocery.


Medaglio D'Oro is good coffee. I can't find it here, but that instant will be worth a try.
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#132520 - 04/22/10 04:54 PM Re: lightest coffee pot? [Re: Dryer]
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You said,

"I had women fighting me for my cowboy camp coffee a couple weeks ago, at a youth campout. It's quite good."

It's not the coffee, dude, it's the hat and the boots.

I have settled on the 6 oz. REI Thermo Mug and the 1 oz Mugmate. I trimmed the ears on the Mugmate so it would sit down into the mug another 3/4", down where the water is. I made a little wire hook that folds out of the way. See pics. For really great coffee, 7 oz is worth it.


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#132522 - 04/22/10 05:37 PM Re: lightest coffee pot? [Re: Pat-trick]
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Nice modification - it really fits the insulated mug nicely.

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#132538 - 04/22/10 06:19 PM Re: lightest coffee pot? [Re: Glenn]
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Thank you. I can hardly wait to have a cup up on top of Jay Mountain, which is 3565.25 feet high, with views of 2 countries and 2-3 states. And Lake Champlain. Hey!

hey Glenn, you have 1374 posts, and I have 74 posts! only 13 behind you!


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#132548 - 04/22/10 07:22 PM Re: lightest coffee pot? [Re: Pat-trick]
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Remember to take a camera, so you can post a picture of the monster in Lake Champlain. (Champ? Champy? I forget the name.)

Now you're 14 behind. wink

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#132551 - 04/22/10 08:19 PM Re: lightest coffee pot? [Re: billstephenson]
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Ok, I put it on a scale and my stainless steel "Tea Ball" weighs 15 grams.

I fill it with about 1-1/2 tablespoons of coarse ground coffee. Fill my mug with about 12 ounces of water and stick the tea ball in the mug, set the mug on my stove and wait for it to start a slow boil. I knock the tea ball around with my spoon while it's simmering and when the color is right I take it off the stove and remove the tea ball so it can cool down because I drink more than one mug and those tea balls will hold the heat a long time.

Now, 15 grams isn't really ultralight, but it's not too bad and the little tea ball should last a lifetime.

Pros: It's easier than making up little coffee bags with filters, very easy to clean, and it's *Real* coffee.

Cons: It's not as fast as instant because you have to let the coffee brew a bit. Agitating it speeds up the process if you're in a hurry.

I'm pretty picky about my morning coffee, and this is really the best method I've found, and with the exception of some of the high falutin instant coffees, I've tried every method mentioned here.

Personally, I don't think instant coffee really even qualifies as being in the same class as fresh brewed coffee, even if Civet cats have pooped it out first wink

And yes, I knock the spent coffee out on the ground and spread it out a bit. I don't think that will change the ecology of the forest too much for very long.

Look, these tea balls only cost a couple bucks, and some are surely lighter than others. Mine is pretty heavy duty. You can get them at Wal-Mart, Target, and even in some grocery stores.

If you're already carrying ground coffee instead of instant, then I suggest you try this out at home and decide if it works for you too.

Honestly, if I found something that had a better coffee/weight ratio I'd use it. So if you do try this, and you still have a better method then post it and let me know, cuz I will try it!

And if, by chance, you switch to this method, then let others know too, because then I won't look so eccentric when I'm out backpacking with my friends (most of whom already have decided I am) and I can honestly say that other backpackers recommend this method too smile

Bill
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