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MSR MugMate

mugmate for bike touring

A small, light, infinitely reusable, coffee and tea filter with lid. I might ditch the lid and  also drill a hole in one side of the handles so i can attach a key ring & mini carabiner.

After some tea and coffee testing ive learned this works really well with tea. Using this for coffee is good but attention to the grinds coarseness is at least a little important. I drink coffee because it is coffee not because i care much about what kind or style it is. So if this thing is light weight and durable but doesnt  correct for variations in grind fineness or coarseness, well i can live with that.

On a short bike tour it might make sense to just buy $2 coffee whenever. On a longer tour saving a few cents or a buck on each cup will add up to something. And with that, the trip could be a extended little longer.

– after some use.. boil water, add grinds into pot, let sit and stir lightly, pour thru the mugmate into coffee cup(s). Most of the grinds stay in water pot. Can make as much or as little coffee as needed in one go.

Weight 1 oz
Cost: $16
Made in Germany

Stainless coffee mug with biner


I can eat oatmeal out if this too but it’s an extra H2O reserve when not toting coffee.
Also saves me from needing paper of plastic cups, ever. And it went over well in Machias at the Beehive. One less mug to be washed after 60 people eat and drink then leave dishes for whoever has to wash. Also they seemed to be running low on mugs. Said they were walking away and not coming back.

A roommate moved out and left this in the refrigerator, it lived there for another year before I officially adopted it.

Free and no idea where it was made.


On this day I was glad to have a spare zip-lock in my panniers. But it wasn’t 24 hours before they were all ate. Then for days my eyes were scanning both sides of every road. I found more but these were the best.


Smucker’s Low Sugar Jelly

Not the most common jelly to find but it’s my favorite grocery store kind. This is made with sugar while the regular uses corn syrup and the sugar-free uses some fake shit.

It also spreads nicer and the price is about the same. If I run out and can’t find this or some homemade, I just go PB only or maybe get a small thing of honey.