MSR MugMate Coffee/Tea Filter
This could have been better in one way: the lid could…
This could have been better in one way: the lid could latch or fasten somehow. I want the lid to latch so I can use it similar to a tea ball and immerse the whole thing.
I finally came up with a solution to keeping the lid on, but only after losing the filter: Use an elastic hair band wrapped around the two sides looped over the top. This will allow you to immerse the little thing and keep you from losing the top.
I use this thing all the time at home.
Works pretty well. Like all immersion methods water…
Price Paid: $15.95
Works pretty well. Like all immersion methods water temprature is critical, "just off the boil". Use a larger, coffee press grind size to reduce the inevitable sludge in the cup. Grounds tend to bloom and float when filling the cup so prewetting the grounds helps. Carry coffee in a zipbag inside the filter.
This is identical to the Finium brand filter available at half the cost and similar to other tea filters. Swissgold has a similar design with a better filter.
The best way to go for trail coffee is to use fillable teabags (I use Teeli). Nothing to clean, can be prepared pre-hike, use any cup. They can be reused if you like.
Coffee is not a luxury; it is mandatory. I use this…
Price Paid: $12
Coffee is not a luxury; it is mandatory. I use this in a double-wall Snow Peak mug and drink fantastic coffee anywhere I want. The filter is very light and very high quality. I even use it at home because other coffee filters/tea diffusers have much wider mesh or simply holes. I get no additional taste from the MSR filter.
Cleaning is a snap as well. Most of the time, pouring water through the outside is enough to clean it.
Bottom line that this is my favourite piece of equipment on a trip. I appreciate my jacket but I love my coffee!
At under one ounce, you cannot justify leaving this…
Price Paid: $8-ish
At under one ounce, you cannot justify leaving this at home. Forget the coffee pot or french press. While it's designed as a one-cup filter, you can use it for countless cups at once by boiling a large pot of water for as much coffee as your group requires, add the grounds, stir, and then strain the coffee "mud" through the MugMate for each cup. This filter was about $8 just a few years ago.
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The MSR MugMate Coffee/Tea Filter lets you enjoy your coffee or tea on the trail without having to create a lot of waste or hassle. Easily fits into most mugs and cups Gold-plated steel screen keeps coffee grounds out Durable construction 2009 Backpacker Magazine's Editor's Choice Gold Award Made in Germany
The MSR MugMate is a convenient, effective and simple way to enjoy fresh coffee or tea on all your backcountry outings. Reusable filter fits and stores in almost any mug or cup and features two side tabs that suspend MugMate in hot water for effective steeping. 150-micron stainless-steel screen and nylon construction is durable for years of faithful use. Comes with lid to hold in heat while steeping and doubles as base to set filter while enjoying your beverage. To use, fill with coarse-ground coffee or tea leaves, place into cup or mug, pour boiling water through MugMate then cover with lid and let steep. For stronger coffee or tea, let MugMate steep longer. Honoring the MugMate with an Editors' Choice Gold Award, Backpacker April '09 describes it as "The ultimate solution for backcountry coffee - fast, ultralight, and fuss free.".
MSR MugMate Coffee-Tea Filter SPECIFICATIONS of the MSR MugMate Coffee/Tea Filter Weight: 1 oz / 28 g This product can only be shipped within the United States. Please don't hate us.
MSR MugMate Coffee and Tea Filter is an easy way to get your morning brew while at camp. It is low profile enough to be stored in just about any mug or cup, and you won't have to worry about packing out soggy paper filters. The MugMate is capable of making cafe-quality brew for the outdoor java junky. This handy gadget won Backpacker Editors' Choice Gold Award in 2009. "the ultimate solution for backcountry coffee - fast, ultralight and fuss-free." -Backpacker Magazine. Weight: .98 oz. or 28g
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