Death Before Decaf!
Whats up team,
I am a caffeine fiend, I cannot go without my coffee. When I lay down at night the last thing I think of is how excited I am to wake up and have some coffee.
On a recent thru hike I phased through a couple of variations but ultimately burned out on all of the them. I was initially using coffee tea bags, then switched to some dehydrated instant, then to some powdered latte mixes, some cowboy coffee and then back to the bags. I consistently found myself googling on town days better ways to get on with my coffee and ether came in overweight, or lacking in quality. So far my favorite backcountry coffee was Alpine Start instant coffee with a bit of butter mixed in to cut down on the bitterness. It's definitely not a cheap option, and cleaning butter residue out of the cup in not what I want to be doing first thing in the day on longer trips.
Short of just carrying an aeropress (I can only justify this while bike touring) what have you found successful for making coffee in the outdoors? Quick, easy to clean, and light all get some bonus points on this as well. I'm determined to find a solid compromise in this realm of my life.