OK, it's not a coffee maker, but most of the products we reviewed here are too bulky for backpacking. So what is ideal for a backpacker or a big wall climber? The answer may be an instant coffee like Starbucks VIA. Almost completely weightless while still packed full of coffee flavor, this instant "micro grind" coffee can easily be tossed in a pack and carried for miles without a second thought. For shorter trips where weight and space are precious, this is an ideal method. For longer trips where budget is a concern, not so much, as VIA averages to almost a dollar per cup, far greater than making your own coffee in a simple pour over cone.
For the budget-minded backpacker that can spare room for a bulkier setup and a few more ounces, the Melitta Ready Set Joe, our Best Buy winner, is a great option. Just slightly heavier but producing one of the best-tasting cups was our Editors' Choice winner, the Hario V60 Plastic Dripper.