A Cuppa Joe in the Woods
I'm a coffee addict, I'll admit it.
In fact, I think before I can finish this blog post I need a latte.
OK. That's better.
So, coffee in the backcountry. Or rather, good coffee in the backcountry. Is it possible?
Well, sure..but it really depends on how much stuff you're willing to carry into the woods and how much of a cleanup hassle you want to deal with. You can bring along a lightweight coffee dripper and ground beans, but the cleanup is a bit of a hassle.
Instant is the choice for lightweight packers, but you give up a heckuva lot of taste. One compromise is a pretty good instant backpacking latte: a Nescafe 3-in-1 packet (with milk, coffee, & sugar) plus a teaspoon of instant espresso to give it some extra oomph. Read more about coffee tips in this month's issue of Washington Trails.
One joy of hitting the trail is stopping for coffee drinks on the way home. There are plethora of apres-hiking espresso stands and shops to keep Washington's hikers thoroughly wired.
Janice Van Cleve, a fanatical hiker, WTA trail volunteer, and writer for Washington Trails magazine, kindly passed on to me her top espresso stops in each of the state's main hiking corridors. Enjoy!
I-90 = New Dawn Espresso
43030 SE North Bend Way on 436th at the road that goes to Mt. Si.
Best Americanos, piping hot. The white chocolate is divine! Very friendly place.
Highway 2 = Espresso Chalet
Mile Post 36 at the junction to Index
Any flavor you can imagine is here. Sandy always gives out chocolate covered coffee beans for free.
Granite Falls/Verlot = Two Cups Up
108 North Alder across from the middle school
Best espresso milkshakes.
Mountain Loop/Darington/Arlington = Your Daily Grind Espresso
624 North Broadway
Very convenient. I'm not up this way much.
Have a favorite coffee spot returning home from the trail? Let us know.