MSR MugMate Coffee/Tea Filter

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MSR MugMate Coffee / Tea Filter Features.

MSR MugMate Coffee/Tea Filter.
The MSR MugMate Coffee/Tea Filter is an ideal product for those who do not feel comfortable starting out the day without their morning beverage. At a weight of only 0.98 oz., this filter easily fits in your pack with no added bulk, even on a long and challenging expedition. With a low-profile construction, you can store this filter in a cup or a mug of any size, making for a convenient experience, especially when you're trying to economize on space. Thanks to the fact that there are no messy paper filters required by its design, your coffee or tea brews fast and without a hassle. This filter is very simple to keep up and clean for your convenience. With the MSR MugMate Coffee/Tea Filter, you can have a taste of home comfort with you, no matter where you go!
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Key Features.


  • Reusable filter fits and stores in almost any mug or cup and features two side tabs that suspend MugMate in hot water for effective steeping


  • 150-micron stainless-steel screen and nylon construction is durable for years of faithful use


  • To use, fill with coarse-ground coffee or tea leaves, place into cup or mug, pour boiling water through MugMate then cover with lid and let steep


  • It's low profile enough to be stored in just about any mug or cup, and you won't have to worry about packing out soggy paper filters
  • Plastic stainless steel mesh
  • As a Seattle-based company, we're not at home on the trail without a cup of rich aromatic, freshly brewed cup of joe, which is why MSR introduced the MugMate coffee/tea filter
  • Honoring the MugMate with an Editors' Choice Gold Award, Backpacker April '09 describes it as "The ultimate solution for backcountry coffee - fast, ultralight, and fuss free.”
  • The MugMate is capable of making café-quality brew for the outdoor java junky
  • Comes with lid to hold in heat while steeping and doubles as base to set filter while enjoying your beverage
MSR MugMate Coffee and Tea Filter is an easy way to get your morning brew while at camp.
It is low profile enough to be stored in just about any mug or cup, and you won't have to worry about packing out soggy paper filters.
The MugMate is capable of making cafe-quality brew for the outdoor java junky.
This handy gadget won Backpacker Editors' Choice Gold Award in 2009. "the ultimate solution for backcountry coffee - fast, ultralight and fuss-free." -Backpacker Magazine.


Pack MSR's Mugmate Coffee and Tea Filter and satisfy your outdoor java cravings without having to pack out soggy paper filters. The Mugmate's low profile stores in just about any mug or cup for easy packing, and remains reusable for all your camping adventures.

River Sports Outfitters
MSR MugMate Coffee/Tea Filter Convenient and enviro-friendly, this reusable coffee/tea filter let's you brew up a cup without wasteful and messy paper filters. Its low profile enough to be stored in just about any mug or cup and it weighs just .98 oz./28 g.

Instant coffee is usually as appetizing as ground-up cardboard, which is why MSR introduced the MugMate coffee/tea filter. It's low-profile enough to be stored in just about any mug or cup, and you won't have to worry about packing out soggy paper filters. The MugMate is capable of making café-quality brew for the outdoor java junkie.

Appalachain Outdoors
MSR MugMate received the Editors' Choice Gold Award, Backpacker April '09. They described the MugMate as, "The ultimate solution for backcountry coffee - fast, ultralight, and fuss free."

The MSR MugMate is a convenient, effective and simple way to enjoy fresh coffee or tea on all your backcountry outings.


Simple and convenient for backcountry or travel. Fresh brew tea or coffee - works with almost any mug or cup. Light and compact, packs in your mug. Lid doubles as a base to set filter on after use.
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Dimensions:top diameter- 4", bottom diameter- 2", height- 3.5" (10 cm x 5 cm x 8.9 cm)
Material:Nylon frame/Stainless steel mesh
Upc, Ean, Isbn:094642210033
Weight:.98 oz. (27.75 g)

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MSR MugMate Coffee/Tea Filter Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Be patient & Protect for travel

Ok, I've used this filter several times over the past year. Here is what I've learned:
1) It's very lightweight, and if you practice once at home, you'll know the amount of coffee you need for your taste. I like mine strong: 2Tbsp for a 12 oz mug.
2)You can knock out the used grounds into your trash-baggie, then let the filter rest somewhere to dry out while you break camp (on a tree limb is great, just don't forget it!). The dried grounds knock/wipe out easily. Remember to clean the thing when your trip is over, to make sure the mesh stays clear for next time.
1)It takes a while, so be patient. Pour a bit of hot water in to wet the grounds, then add bits of water as it drains through. You'll have to lift the filter up once or twice to see how much water you've got in the mug. Once you've got a full mug, let the filter sit in there a few minutes to get strong (if you like strong coffee)
2)The little lid is pretty much useless unless you use it to hold the used/wet filter while you drink your beverage. I just sit my mug lid on top of the filter and put the whole operation out of harm's way for a few minutes. Leave the little lid at home.
3) Baggage-checking this thing for air travel ruined it. It got pretty crushed up. Solution (thanks from another review): put it inside your mug and use a rubberband to keep your mug lid on and the filter safe from crushing. Or (my idea)put the whole thing inside one of your clean socks.
4) Expensive, do some looking around and you can find other brands of the same thing $5-8 cheaper.
EcoTyro at REI on 06/06/2011

Great Joe, Light Weight - Awesome!!

This little filter makes the best cup-o-joe I've ever had in a trail brewer and with the size and weight its a home run!! I carried a french press for years and have been minimizing my weight due to a back problem, and bought this to try and was not dissappointed in the slightest - wish I'd done it sooooo much sooner. I guess the only downside would be IF your mug is too wide for the flanges to rest on the edge of the mug so it won't sink into the brew. I use a normal size mug, so no problems. I worried about its durability, but have had to pack it in a pocket unprotected and it suffered no damage. It makes tasty brew and you can vary the strength to your liking of course, and since you can see the coffee as its brewing, and even pull the filter out to check, you can get the right kick to your java everytime. A little pricey, but worth it!! If you're a die hard java drinker or even a coffe driker that doesn't want to go without on a backpakcing trip, there is no reason not to pack this little guy whatsoever.
footsloggin at REI on 11/11/2008

Pretty darn perfect

I bought this to feed my caffeine habit during a 30-day NOLS course. This little thing makes killer coffee, is easy to clean, and doesn't add more waste to your outdoor adventures. For tea drinkers, the filter sits perfectly on the lid while it waits for a second steep. For car camping, I still bring a big old press pot, but the MugMate is also great for hotel travel, where you might want a good cup of coffee in the morning, but the pre-packaged coffee-like substance doesn't cut it.

1) Get your coffee ground coarse, like for a press pot.
2) Use about 1Tbs. ground coffee per cup of hot (not still boiling) water.
3) Pour a little hot water on top of the grounds, just to wet them, then the rest through the side of the filter.
4) Let steep at least 5 minutes.
5) Don't drink the last few sips of coffee unless you like Turkish coffee.
6) If you wash this filter in a dishwasher, the non-stick coating will come off.
Johnnie at REI on 03/03/2009

Pretty great

As I like to brew my own tea, I have been primarily brewing my own tea at work. Those little tea balls leak leaves and pop open at the worst times. This filter works incredibly well with only the finest grounds sifting through. The 'cap' which can seem useless is excellent for setting the filter in to dry without leaving rings on your desk or getting dirt in the filter if you are out in the field. You can stick a little bag of loose tea in it (or just pour some in) and rubberband it closed and stick it in your bag or pack for later. Its light, been banging around loose in my bag and pack for several months now and seems pretty sturdy(I wouldn't want to put a lot of weight on it) and has served me well over a hundred cups of tea. Solid product and worth the asking price. Making my other tea strainers obsolete.
CEHJR at REI on 04/04/2013

Makes a GREAT cup of coffee

For myself, a good cuppa coffee in the morning is a must on all backpacking trips. The coffee "tea bags" you can buy taste terrible, and other espresso style set ups are bulky and add allot of weight (not to mention difficult.

The MSR filter is the lightest way to make a good, quick, easy, and great tasting cup of coffee or tea. The filter is fine enough you don't have a bunch of extra coffee at the bottom of your cup. It also enables you to bring your favorite blend and just dump it in.

My only complaint is the top of the filter doesn't stay on. It's great to sit under the filter when in use/in between steeping, but when in your pack in will fall off. This was easily remedied by slapping a rubber band on it.
little sunny day at REI on 01/01/2009

Excellent Coffe Maker

Used to use this a lot when I was an active Sierra Nevada backpacker, and it brews a great cup o' Joe. A lot more satisfying than the coffee bags, and you can just toss the grounds into the bushes. I got the most use out of it at home, though--I used this to brew my morning coffee for many years (went thru two of 'em), until I found a quicker, easier-to-use contraption. Would still prefer to use it if I'm traveling or tramping about and needed to consider space and weight.
Cal 20 Captain at REI on 10/10/2009

Does the job

Works for a great cup of coffee or loose leaf tea. Tea leaves are a lot easier to clean out, but once the coffee grounds dry they shake out fine. I doubt MSR did anything more than put a stamp on a generic filter that can be found elsewhere for about 1/2 the price, but the fact remains that if it fits your cup it work well. The only reason this isn't 5 stars is that it is obvious they put their name on someone else's product.
simple is better at REI on 04/04/2011

The best way to have coffee in the woods

French press is the only way to go for me. The MugMate lets me have high quality coffee wether I'm backpacking or car camping, solo or group. It nests inside my titanium mug to brew a single cup or can be used to filter "cowboy coffee" into each person's mug in a group setting. No limits to how much coffee I can make like with the jetboil or snowpeak french press set-ups. A rubber band keeps the lid on and the filter safely stored inside my mug.
the_beast at REI on 07/07/2009

Multi-use item

I quit using it for coffee/tea, as instant coffee and tea bags are simpler, though not as tasty. However, I always take it backpacking when I don't take my filter and I expect to obtain my water from fast-moving streams, especially during spring runoff. The Mugmate wedges perfectly into the mouth of a Dromlite water bag, and I can filter pine needles, etc. as I pour collected water from my liter bottle into the water bag. Add the pills, and I'm done with the water chores.
Mooseman at REI on 01/01/2008

One Cup Wonder

Sole coffee drinker on an extended backpacking trip meant no need for a press or a big pot of cowboy. The mugmate was perfect for that one big cup. Steeps nicely, compact, and cleans easy (sit out to dry, dump grinds in one lump, dip in boiling h2o next use to clean). Since it just had its first run I'm still unsure about durability, hence only 4 stars. Was nervous I'd crush it in my pack.

Still using it in the front country.
Sarah Beth at REI on 09/09/2011

Negative Reviews:

Great at half the price

Actually, this is a great product. Tea bags can't hold a candle to loose leaf tea, despite costong far more. You want an infuser, and this is a good one.Chatsford makes similar filters for their excellent tea pots--if this infuser doesn't fit your mug (it's too narrow for many standard mugs by REI, Snow Peak, MSR, etc), a Chatsford might (harder to find, but specialteas is usually a good source)
fugue137 at REI on 02/02/2010

RipOff By MSR

This is a great product...However, I am quite sure that MSR does not manufacturer it. They buy it from another manufacturer and simply stick it in their packaging and charge double the price for it. I bought several of these for half the cost sold under a different brand name. Look around and you'll find this same product for much cheaper.
Colorado Dude at REI on 04/04/2009

you got me?

could not get this filter to fit my Nalgene wide mouth bottle.No one at the store could tell me anything. Right size,wrong bottle, not enough information.?
poly at REI on 04/04/2012

Neutral Reviews:

Eh,it's alright.

I bought three of these 2 for coffee, one for water filtration. I like my coffee STRONG, so maybe it's me, but i think it takes too long to steep, it's kinda messy, and the little lid that comes with it is really just a coaster, not a lid. I only have one left.
As far as prefilter for my water,though, it rocks, but so does pantyhose.
girl alittle lost at REI on 09/09/2009