When I mentioned wanting a small propane stove to make coffee on a few days ago I had no idea that there was so much to choose from or that so many radio hams really know their hiking gear.

In retrospect, I should have known!

What I want to do is drive out a few early mornings a week into a park or forest area for some low-power radio adventure. Setup the antenna and equipment, make a few CW contacts, then make a fresh cup of Joe before heading back home to start the day right.

Sure, I could carry coffee from home but where’s the fun in that? I want to brew it fresh, right there in the field.

Nineteen different readers sent along recommendations (thank you very much!) and a while a few different systems were suggested there was a clear consensus that what best matched my requirements was one of these:

JETBOIL Flash Java Kit

Blistering boil times come standard on the Flash Java Kit personal cooking system, which includes accessories for making a fresh cup of coffee on the trail. Optimized for efficiency, the Flash boils water in a lightning-quick 100 seconds, making it the fastest Jetboil ever. Jetboil’s 1-liter FluxRing cooking cup with insulating cozy makes boiling water—and keeping it warm—a breeze. The kit’s ultra-stowable Silicone Coffee Press stores perfectly inside the cooking vessel, so you can make French press coffee without hauling extra gear. Start heating instantly with the convenient, reliable, pushbutton igniter, and verify that the water’s ready with the thermochromatic color-change heat indicator. Bottom cup doubles as a measuring cup and a bowl and is easy to pack and carry at only 13.1 ounces. Check out our selection of Hikers Brew Coffee for the perfect Java kit coffee companion.

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