Scouter9 wrote:We've switched from the Via to Trader Joe's freeze-dried coffee packets. They're less expensive, less bitter and come either as black coffee or already cream/sugared. I'm done carrying my little press or making "tea bags" with coffee -- these are too simple and good.
My local Trader Joes only has the freeze-dried coffee with cream and sugar in it. I don't do sugar in my coffee; so that's out for me. As far as instant coffee goes, Starbucks Via (especially the Italian Roast) is the best I've tried and for me it's worth the extra money.
As I get older, simple things like my morning coffee get to be more important to me. I have noticed that my pack is heavier than it used to be because I have realized that no matter how light my pack is I'll never move fast; so I might as well carry the things that make me comfortable and just keep moving at my slow pace. I've also noticed that I carry that heavier backpack and go in overnight a lot more often than I day hike in the Sierra anymore - I don't mind an occasional long day, but I'd rather spend the night in the backcountry than rush in and out in one day without taking the time to enjoy the trek.