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JetBoil Coffee Press Review

jetboil coffee press
Price:  $10 List | $7.95 at Amazon
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Pros:  Light, don't have to buy filters before each trip, makes good strong coffee
Cons:  Clean up process requires water and takes your stove "offline" while making coffee
Bottom line:  Turns your jetboil into a french press. But, a pain to clean.
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Brew Type:  French Press
Weight:  0.8 oz
Materials:  Hard plastic
Manufacturer:   JetBoil

Our Verdict

The JetBoil Coffee Press turns your Jetboil camping stove into a French Press. It is intended to work with a JetBoil Flash but also works with the older model JetBoil Classic. It is simple, light, and makes pretty good and strong coffee. In general, we prefer a small cone that uses paper filters because it works well with any size grind and doesn't require any cleaning. Our favorite model is the Hario V60 Plastic Dripper. We also really like the Melitta Ready Set Joe Cone because it has a little hole in the bottom of the cone so you can see when it is almost full. They also make a red one that you can find for less than $3. If you are looking for the lightest weight setup and like French press style coffee, go with the Jetboil Coffee Press. If you are a big fan of Melitta style coffee in general and want easy cleanup and versatility, go with a mini plastic coffee cone.


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Our Analysis and Test Results

Review by:
Chris McNamara

Last Updated:
Monday
October 11, 2010

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Likes


We love how light and easy this is to set up. The screen disconnects from the metal rod so you can store it easily. It only weighs an ounce, making it about the lightest way to easily make coffee with a JetBoil. We were happy with the quality of the brew. It left a little more sediment than high end glass French press setups but the coffee still tasted great (we don't mind a little sediment, especially when camping).

With this setup, compared to a coffee cone with papers, you don't have to track down those #2 papers before each trip. More importantly, you don't have to worry about running out of coffee filters in the back country.

Dislikes


The big downside of this setup is the cleanup process. Like all French press designs, you need to bang it against something to empty the grinds. It is usually not the cleanest process, especially if you are camping and don't have a big trash can handy. You also need extra water to clean it. If you are camped next to a stream, this is not a big deal. If you far away from water, you need to bring extra water to clean it. If you are conserving water, it may be hard to get all the coffee flavor out and that taste can transfer to your oatmeal or whatever else you are cooking. More importantly, you can't easily transfer from using this as a coffee filter to boiling water for other purposes. For example, I used this with four people (the JetBoil flash was our only stove). Everyone had to get their coffee made, then we had to clean it, and then we could boil water for oatmeal for breakfast. There was no practical way to have hot coffee and breakfast at the same time. If you then want a second cup an hour later (as I often do), you will then have to clean it a second time. By comparison, if you are using a cone filter system, you can be making coffee and boiling water for other items at the same time.

As with all coffee press designs, you need to be more specific about how you grind your coffee. If someone in your group didn't get the memo and brought really finely ground coffee, you are going to be dealing with some sludge at the bottom of your cup.

Best Application


This is ideal for people who love French press style coffee, will be near a water source to clean up, and have time and patience to clean it out between boiling water for other items.

Value


At $20, this is not cheap, considering most travel coffee cones cost in the $3-7 range. That said, it is durable and will last a long time and saves you from having to track down coffee filter papers (which if you buy at a small store can be quite expensive).
Chris McNamara

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   Aug 6, 2013 - 03:02pm
Kemper Straley
The coffee that I've gotten from the JetBoil Coffee press has been little better than standard cowboy coffee. The press isn't engineered to fit snugly in the Jetboil pot, so you still get quite a few grounds left in your coffee (even if you push down slowly as the instructions suggest). As has been mentioned in other reviews, the press is a bit of a burden to clean. I'd suggest saving money by making "coffee bags out of coffee filter, your favorite grounds and some rubber bands and using those. Low cost, tastes great and no cleanup.

Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this product to a friend.
Climber

Oct 13, 2010 - 07:34pm
 
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This is the sort of thing that makes one miss the political threads….sigh.

Hope you're enjoying all the free gear.


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