I think I have my new trail coffee brew method figured out. Tea filters.
We all love our coffee in the morning, well at least I do... I am a fresh grind kind of guy but out on the trail that really isn't possible. I just can not seem to get into the instant stuff like a lot of you folks seem to do. So typically I grind my beans just before a trip and individually pack a cups worth. I either vacuum seal it, or for the quick trips, just a mini ziplock does the trick.
Now getting that goodness in your cup in the morning while on the trail is a whole different problem entirely. I can't stand the cowboy method... to me that is almost as bad as the instant stuff.
For the longest time I would just grind my beans extra course and just steep it in a tea ball. That's not too bad, usually just a few grounds in the bottom of the cup.
For my last method, I would cut down regular coffee filters and then put the grounds into the center of it, and then pull the outside edge up tying it off with a piece of string. I called these coffee bombs because they sort of looked like firecrackers. I would just steep the coffee bomb the same way as the the tea ball, but no grounds in my cup. This way saved a little bit of weight depending on how many coffe bombs you need for a trip. As far as the waste, I typically would sprincle the spent coffee grounds around on the ground and the filter would end up in the fire, or if I didn't have a fire it would go in the trash ziplock.
This morning I was looking on amazon for filters and come across this little jem and I think this is going to be the ticket. http://amzn.to/1V9mD2a
These are about perfectly sized for my cup. They are virtually weightless, not even registering on my scale! Essentially what they are is a little bit larger than standard tea bag with an open top and a gusseted bottom. The Amazon add lists the dimensions in the description to be 2.8 long x 3.9 wide.
There are no holes in the filter, so you will have to poke your own in there. The included stick is pointed so it pokes right on through without any problem.
I grind my coffee beans in a burr grinder, and set to course/french press. Not sure if you can really see it in the picture, but it is fairly course. This is the same as I would do for the coffee bombs or even the tea ball. For trial number 1, The at home test, I put about one and a half scoops of coffee into the filter. I put the stick about 1/4 to 1/3 of the way down from the top of the filter and there are little notches in the filter that sort of grip it and hold it open.
I used about one and a half cups of water, and I must say that I am pretty impressed. I basically slowly poured the water from my pot into the center of the filter. The filter does try to close on you when it gets wet, but that isn't really that big of a deal. This time around, it turned out just a touch weak. Next time I will use 2 scoops, and think that would be perfect. There were no grounds at all in my cup. As far as waste, there will be less than there is with my coffee bombs. Stay tuned, as I plan to post a quick "brew video" as soon as I get a chance to try this in the field!!
Thanks for reading, and as always if you have any questions or comments please leave them in the comments box below.