jpender Senior Member Joined: 11 Jul 2011 Posts: 536 Location: California Expertise: I like coffee
Grinder: OE LIDO Vac Pot: S/S Moka Pot Drip: Aeropress
Posted Wed Apr 3, 2013, 12:23pm Subject: Re: Coffee on the trail?
Doug, here's the breakdown for my luxury setup. You can decide if it's too much to carry.
234g - Porlex Mini grinder 228g - Aeropress cylinder, cap, and plunger 221g - small procelain cup 107g - foam-insulated one liter water bottle carrier (like this one: Click Here (cache.backpackinglight.com)) 18g - 10 Aeropress filters in a baggie 16g - small cotton towel
With pre-measured beans in individual baggies for 4 cups it's about 900g total, or roughly 2 lbs, and it all fits in that zippered foam bottle carrier (23cm X 11cm diameter).
My other hand grinder, a Kyocera CM-50 (virtually identical to the Hario Skerton) weighs 233g without the glass jar. I used to mate that grinder directly to the top of the Aeropress (with the help of a homemade neoprene sleeve) so I didn't need the glass jar. The porlex weighs almost exactly the same, it's more compact (it fits in the Aeropress plunger), and I like it better as a grinder. According to Sweet Maria's, the Hario Slim weighs 245g, just a tiny bit more.
Of course a plastic mug and a plastic cone (or that tea infuser thingy that redkiosk has posted about) would save weight.
I hear ya, and I go light in the back country. However, a grinder and freshly ground coffee are such a wonderful luxury when you wake up and get out your tent on a chilly blue bird morning in the alpine, or by the lake, or on the river.... It's just not negotiable for me.
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