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Grind Now, Greatness Later | Earning Your Turns With The Perfect Coffee

We've teamed up with Hydro Flask and asked a bunch of snowboarders around the industry what their most memorable coffee in the mountains has been

Coffee is the most important meal of the day. Just ask anyone with a young family, a tedious job, a hangover, or a hard day’s graft ahead of them. It is, in no uncertain terms, the OG of energy drinks. The head honcho of hot beverages. The Don Corleone of the caffeinated world.

So how does a hit of hot java stack up in the great outdoors? Very nicely, thank you very much. Nothing gets your beans buzzing quite like a blast of alpine air. A latte in the lift line or a flat white on a flat light day is sure to raise your stoke levels. But mother nature can be cold and unforgiving. She spares no mercy for a feeble paper cup or flimsy plastic lid. You’ll need the big boy insulation.

Enter: the Hydro Flask 16 oz Coffee with Flex Sip Lid Flask and the Hydro Flask 12 oz Mug – the perfect vessels for your hot hydration needs.

“Coffee is the most important meal of the day”

Credit: Hydro Flask
Credit: Hydro Flask
Credit: Hydro Flask

What’s so good about these products? Well, shoutout to the leak-proof lid on the flask first and foremost. Sip and transport your drink without worry, my good friend. Be it a bumpy ride on the Central Line or a buffeting wind on a backcountry ridge line, we have zero spillage to report, thus far.

The flex strap on the flask is also excellent. We never get tired of that solid, easy-to-see, feel of a Hydro Flask. Oh, and did we mention the smooth flow opening here, designed for hot liquids? It has, like all the best pieces of kit design, been implemented in such a way that you’ll barely notice it until you try a lesser flask for comparison.

“The clever double-wall vacuum-insulation protects temperature for hours”

The mug has a press-in lid featuring Honeycomb insulation for additional temperature control as well as an opening for easy sips. As for the body itself? Well, they don’t call this the Roger Federer of mugs for nothing – it’s got a lovely soft touch to it, and that calm, muted exterior is juxtaposed by the red hot intensity concealed from within.

It also, like the flask, is BPA-Free and Phthalate-Free, has a super durable pro-grade stainless steel construction, and comes with a Lifetime Warranty.

Credit: Hydro Flask

What’s that, you say? You’re not a fan of hot drinks and you’ve wasted the last three minutes reading this far? Au contraire, mon frère. You see, the main selling point of these Hydro Flask products is what they refer to as TempShield. The clever double-wall vacuum-insulation protects temperature for hours.

In essence, it means your cold drinks in summer and your warm drinks in winter will stay refreshingly cool and piping hot for longer. Double usage, year-round action, and all in a very attractive and functional single product. Lovely stuff.

What’s The Best Outdoor Coffee You’ve Ever Had?

To celebrate our love of a good cup of joe and a mountain adventure in equal measure, we’ve rummaged through the Whitelines phonebook and called up some of our industry pals to share with us some memories of their best cup of coffee in the outdoors.

Ranging from a cuppa under New Zealand’s iconic Mount Cook  (“You want a brew, bro?”), to a post-lockdown flat white on top of a familiar peak in France (a little ‘Deja-brew’ as the French may say), here are some of our favourite scenes accompanied by freshly ground beans.

Rob McCreath – Writer, Whitelines

Instagram: @rob_mccreath


“This actually turned into a real brute of a splitboard tour where we collectively ran out of food, water, suncream and stoke at precisely halfway into a 9 hour round loop. This photo, however, was taken about an hour into the day, when spirits were high, and we perched outside this refuge for a quick breakfast pit stop.

I’ve pretty much mentally blocked out what came next, but this picture always brings back fond memories of the first half of the day – great weather, great mates, great backcountry terrain and great coffee!”

(Pic: James Blogg)

Holly Burns – Backcountry Enthusiast and Snowboard Coach

Instagram: @holzburz

“A favourite coffee moment of mine was when I was sitting on the banister of the Plateau hut, sat at the bottom of the East Face of Mount Cook in New Zealand. With the warm Kiwi sun beating down, we were waiting to see Tom, Ben and Enrico appear over the Col. If they did, they would be the first three people in the world to successfully ski and navigate Mout Cook’s Caroline Face.

We had been up since 00.00 the night before on our own mission to ride the East Face of Mount Cook, but were forced back just before dawn due to a breakable crust on the face. Coffee in hand, we were reminiscing about the best sunrise that we had ever seen in our lives that very morning – it’s the little things!”

(Pic: Jordan Tiernan)

Rhys Jones – Snowboard Coach

Instagram: @snowjonez

“After going into France’s second lockdown (or third? or is it fourth? I’ve lost count), I was itching to get back into the mountains after spending the last 6 weeks looking at them from my living room.

This was taken on our first day of freedom when we were once again allowed to go splitboarding. Same beans, same cup, same amount of sugar, but man, did it taste all the sweeter at 2,700m!”

(Pic: Will Hughes)

Stella Pentti – Writer, Whitelines

Instagram: @stellajohanna


“We set out for a long splitboard tour in the midst of heavy snowfall and a cold wind. It wasn’t exactly ideal but halfway through the snowfall had stopped, we’d reached a more sheltered area meaning the wind wasn’t blowing in our face either.

Needless to say, my face was cold and red, so opening the warm thermos and pouring myself a hot cup of coffee was exactly what I needed to continue the tour. Without exaggerating, it was probably the best cup of coffee in my life. It’s the small things.”

(Pic: Kristiina Moilanen)

Hannah Bailey – Photographer

Instagram: @neonstash

“A few years back, at Snowboard Spring Break in Kaunertal, a bunch of us ladies decided to make a cup of coffee at the top of the mountain. It was a whiteout, really cold and a bit of blizzard but we had set out minds to it.

“The moral of that coffee; adventure is always a bit of an effort and sometimes a lot of faff, but it is always worth it!”

“With a stove in hand and some instant coffee (and tea bags) we made it to the top but only managed to make a single cup which we all ended up sharing! Before hitting the sidecountry powder back down to the cafe… where we could get another (less adventurous) cuppa.

“The moral of that coffee; adventure is always a bit of an effort and sometimes a lot of faff, but it is always worth it!”

Daisy Maddinson – Writer and POW Marketing Manager 

Instagram: @daisymaddinson

Website: Protect Our Winters UK

“Probably coffee in a Norwegian backcountry hut nestled at the back of a fjord in Lofoten. Three day trip, porridge and coffee on the stove every morning before ski touring.”

Joy Dutch – Writer, Whitelines

Instagram: @joydizzle


“Never been a huge fan of hot drinks. But a flask that also keeps your liquids cool sure sounds a lot easier than carrying a tin of Stella through the mountains.”

(Credit: @Joydizzle)

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