I like backpacking as much as any Colorado girl. And when I go, I like to take along some specialty coffee when camping no matter if  I am backpacking or even car camping. Can you think of anything more enjoyable then waking up in the morning and making a nice hot brew of your favorite blend? There is something about camping and roughing it that makes coffee better than making a cup at home and sitting on the deck. Kick back out in the wild and watching the sun rise; that’s living.

When it comes to specialty coffee and camping or backpacking, there are, shall I say, two camps. There are those who like a more refined and perhaps more expensive method of making coffee in the rough. And then there are those of us who like coffee a little bit cheaper, but have it taste just as good.

While thumbing through a recent issue of Backpacker Magazine, I noticed an ad for a Brunton Coffeemaker. 
Brunton makes a maker called, BrewFire Dual-Fuel Coffee Maker. It is not for the weak of heart nor for the slight of pocketbook. This coffee maker will set you back $100.00+ US dollars. Yes girls, $100.00+. But remember it is dual fired. You can use propane or butanne and it can be taken anywhere. Dump in your coffee, turn a knob, flip a switch and you are brewing 8 cups of coffee in no time. It comes with a stainless steel carafe, butane attachment, durable ABS plastic, and has a foot print of 10″x14″x10″ with the carafe. It weighs 6.5 pounds.

To give you an idea of the weight, my backpacking, 2 person, 3 season tent weighs 6.8 lbs and includes the vestibule. So getting just a coffee maker that weighs 6.5 pounds, is something to consider, if you are backpacking your gear into the interior.

As I mentioned, there are two camps. The folks in the Brunton camp are probably not backpackers but are probably car campers or RV campers. I wouldn’t call RVers campers, campers, but that is probably another article for another day. So there is the other camp.

The other camp is probably the camp where you’ll find me. I have a little MSR MugMate Coffee/Tea Filter that costs $16.95. I also have a One-Cup Coffee Maker from REI that goes for $5.50. I read about the MSR MugMate Coffee/Tea Filter in Backpacker magazine. I think it was the annual “gear of the year” issue that came out a few years ago, but don’t quote me on that, because I am not sure if it was or not. I do know from searching Backpacker.com that it got the Backpacker Magazine Editors’ Choice 2009 Gold Award. You probably want to know how much it weighs, right? Try one ounce on for size.

The weather is warm here through the weekend. We’ve had rain all last weekend so I am ready for some dry weather. 20% chance of rain on Saturday, though. Early mornings will be good for coffee drinking. Make up a fresh cup and get out on the deck first thing before the sun gets too hot. If you have any questions, leave me a comment. I will answer you back. I hope you are enjoying a nice brew of coffee.  Java Girl