All things Coffee

Discussion in 'Kitchen' started by NEEpps, Jan 28, 2020.

  1. NEEpps

    NEEpps Ultralighter

    Thought it was time to revisit the staple of hiking (not that instant freeze dried muck).

    I use a mixture of coffee bags and a plastic / mesh filter with real coffee (which I prefer).
    I have tried the Cafe express, Jarva Lava, Percol and the Malaysian bags that @JKM kindly brought me back. All bags weigh approx. 12g.
    When using the filter (11g) I use between 10 and 15g of ground Lavazza coffee per 350ml mug, catering for 3 mugs a day.
    Just wondered if there is anything new out there to try? What's everyone else using?
  2. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    Via.
    But tea more often these days.
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  3. Cranston

    Cranston Thru Hiker

    Used a one cup Moka express for all walks for many years. 140 gms and small. Stopped carrying it for anything longer than daywalks now. Tea is so much easier. Cold coffee frappe in Summer, shaken in a peanut butter jar is nice.
    Via? Spartacus? @edh
  4. Dave V

    Dave V Moderator Staff Member

    I tend to use what ever is about now. I have moved away from coffee bags simply because of the waste, plastic wrapper and 9 times out to 10 plastic imbedded in the bag itself. @Mole linked me a tea/coffee strainer that I use allot of the time for ground or I just grab some instant from the pot at home.
  5. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

  6. Robert P

    Robert P Trail Blazer

    I've very rarely made hot drinks when out in the hills, but on the last overnighter I took an Aeropress and some coffee I had ground at home before leaving. Not light, not compact, but nice. The smell of ground coffee in the tent was rather pleasant. Maybe I'll do it again sometime.
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  7. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    Wooomph - just fell off my seat :wideyed:.

    @Mole - Plastic in tea (or coffee) bags - I discard the contents and take the empty bags home.
    I know it would be better without the plastic altogether :thumbsup:.
  8. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    If you want to save a little weigh/faff try the lavazza just in your water. It settles well and is so finely ground compared to filter coffee I don't notice it. Totally agree with others the less bits of plastic we take with us the better.
  9. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    Best go naked then....
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  10. Teepee

    Teepee Thru Hiker

    Any fresh coffee I like though, gravity filtered. After 5 mins, coffee grinds sink. No filter needed.

    This month, some coffee I bought back from Norway. You boil it in the pan and deal with the caffiene overdose afterwards
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  11. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    Isn't that how they do it in turkey?

    Edh, not an option since the last time. Apparently it's ' inappropriate' lol
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  12. Balagan

    Balagan Thru Hiker

    The BPL podcast had a whole 50 minutes on brewing backcountry coffee (gave that one a miss).

    I don't get the hang up with cowboy/Arabic/Turkish coffee and grinds. Just boil it, let it sit and sip rather than down-in-one Italian-style. If you like it sweet, add the sugar in the pot before making the coffee rather than in the cup.
    Last edited: Jan 29, 2020
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  13. Teepee

    Teepee Thru Hiker

    Similar Turkish coffee is fine ground and has some spice in it.

    This Kokemalt is has bigger grinds, it takes a while to brew and isn't as bitter.
  14. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

    Turkish Turkish (sic) coffee comes in many varieties. Here in Antakya they prefer a very dark, almost burnt, variety, for example. It is rarely flavoured with spices unless you request it. In Syria, they flavour it with cardomom.
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  15. Cranston

    Cranston Thru Hiker

    Metrio (half sugar-Greek) for me. What do they say in Turkey WC if you want half sugar rather than one for one?
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  16. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

    Orta, short for orta şekerli. Sade (plain) is without sugar.
  17. Cranston

    Cranston Thru Hiker

    Nice.
  18. Balagan

    Balagan Thru Hiker

    Yep, plenty of variations across the region and within each country with regards to blends, roasting and spices. To me, the main divide is between boilers and simmerers. I have friends that swear by boiled coffee and others that will throw away a pot that started bubbling too heartily.
  19. Padstowe

    Padstowe Thru Hiker

    I use a tea strainer type thing for coffee after mole pointed out his one aswell.
    I used to carry one of this around with me some years back.
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    Good for rice or lentils or any pulses and grains if you get the big sizes.
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  20. gixer

    gixer Thru Hiker

    μέτριο means medium or average not half sugar :thumbsup:
  21. Cranston

    Cranston Thru Hiker

    That is what I had to 'say' to get half sugar. Always worked.
    Is that not the thing to say these days?
  22. Padstowe

    Padstowe Thru Hiker

    @Teepee Norwegian coffee was my first ever proper coffee some 30+ years back, they seriously love their coffee, & so did I.
    (Never been, have a Norwegian uncle who always kept a full supply while living in Ireland.)
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  23. The Cumbrian

    The Cumbrian Trail Blazer

    That coffee pan takes me back. When I worked in Jordan one of the local guys used to make us cardamom coffee in one every morning. The caffeine kick was almost immediate.
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  24. gixer

    gixer Thru Hiker

    γλυκό (gliko) = Sweet
    μέτριο (metrio) = Medium
    σκέτο (sketo) = No sugar

    με γάλα (me gala) = With Milk
    χωρίς γάλα (horis gala) = Without Milk

    μισο κουταλακι ζαχαρη (Miso koutalaki Zakari) = 1/2 a spoon of sugar
  25. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

    And don't forget, τούρκικος καφές :biggrin:
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