Charles is an avid outdoor enthusiast that field tests and reviews the quality and durability of camping, hiking, and backpacking gear.
GSI Outdoors, The Company
For nearly 40 years, Don, Ian, and Kathy Scott, the siblings, and founders of GSI Outdoors have continued to deliver technical, innovative, and fun outdoor cookware and gear for eating and drinking. This family-owned and operated business believe in responsible manufacturing, stewardship of our environment, and design rooted in innovation, efficiency, and durability. Headquartered in Spokane, Washington, GSI Outdoors remains committed to its customers by providing new and improved food and beverage-related camping and hiking products with a focus on the environment and future health of the planet.
Field Test Conditions
I couldn't have asked for better conditions to field test the GSI Outdoors Ultralight Java Drip Pour Over Coffee Maker. The field test took place in mid-April 2022. The testing location was the New Jersey pine barrens. It was sunny and the temperature range was 68°F during the day to 52°F overnight. The winds averaged 11-14MPH for the 24-hour testing period. Testing took place on a standard campground picnic table. Making coffee in the field wasn't an issue and this coffeemaker has a permanent place in my backpack and travel luggage.
Disclaimer: (I am not affiliated nor sponsored by GSI, although I hope to be someday.) Immediately out of the box, I could tell that I was going to love this pint-sized coffee-making gadget. For around $10, The GSI Outdoors Ultralight Java Drip Backpacking Coffee Maker was definitely ultralight, straightforward, and simply designed to easily attach to your coffee mug. Making coffee with this piece of equipment was literally as simple as boiling water. I added 2 tablespoons of coffee into the basket for every 8 ounces of water. I poured the boiling water slowly over the top of the coffee and as simple as that, I was rewarded with a steamy, hot cup of coffee in less than 2 minutes. Clean up was easy, simply allow the coffee maker to cool off, dump out the used coffee grounds and rinse it off. Allow it to dry and pack it away for its next use. It doesn't get much simpler. The coffee maker takes up zero room in your pack and is worth bringing along on all of your adventures. Included in the box were the ultralight coffee maker and simple instructions for its use.
The materials used in the construction of the GSI Outdoors Ultralight Java Drip Backpacking Coffee Maker seemed to be of good quality and I didn't notice any rips or tears in the mesh filter basket, the stitching was of high quality and the plastic legs seemed to be flexible and not easily broken. I'm sure if you mishandled it or if it somehow got run over by a car, then, just maybe, it might get broken. Until then, this product handled itself very well in my field test.
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Weighing in at 0.35 ounces this portable coffee maker is considered ultralight. It's small and flat enough to fit anywhere and takes up very little space. There's almost no reason not to take this thing everywhere. I've even made coffee at home using it! Flatter than a comic book, this pour-over coffee maker is only 4.2 inches in diameter.
Opinion and Rating
The GSI Outdoors Ultralight Java Drip Backpacking Coffee Maker has got to be one of the best inventions for making coffee in the field. I'm surprised that every camper, backpacker, or outdoor enthusiast doesn't own one of these. I am so glad I stumbled across this wonderful, ultralight, coffee maker. I think it's a great addition to a good camping setup and a must-have for the serious coffee drinkers that are tired of sipping on instant coffee while away from home. I personally bring this thing to my hotel room and use it to make coffee while I'm on vacation!
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GSI Outdoors Ultralight Java Drip Backpacking Coffee Maker
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