Light, Packable, Easy to Use, Convenient
Makes delicious coffee quickly for 3-4 people.
As another reviewer said, the pole is short and leaves some coffee trapped in the grinds. Also, the sieve is sparse and lets through just a little more sediment than I would prefer in my optimal cup. One last con is that if you're trying to conserve water, then you will be stuck with the grinds from the last batch as they are difficult to get out without rinsing, and this problem is compounded because the cover is just thin enough to cover the spout, so if it is jolted in your pack's pocket and gets even a little loose, whatever is inside drips out.
If you ask yourself, while standing tens of miles away from civilization, if what you have in your hand is a luxury - you will be hard pressed to say yes because of how convenient, fast, easy, and delicious it is. Nothing compares to a real cup, but this comes very close. The system is very compact, the neoprene sleeve keeps your coffee hot for a long time, and you can use the parts for multiple uses from storage to making alternate hot foodstuffs.
The other reviewers indicated that the spout drips, but I had no such problem as I lined up the spout with the hole in the lid.
Enjoy your delicious coffee on the trail!
Great replacement to "break room" coffee
I got this because I don't drink coffee and that's all they supply at work. I put a couple Tbs of Crio Bru in it before work then filled it up with hot water from the coffee station. After letting it sit for 20 mins I have a nice brew to sip on. The instructions say to let it sit for 4 mins but I found that to be way to short to get a decent steep. If you don't like the poverty coffee most places have for free, this is a great option for bringing in your own luxury coffee.
My only gripe is that it doesn't keep liquids very hot, but it is not a thermos so I didn't knock off any stars for that. If you start out with piping hot water it really isn't a problem anyway.
It's big enough to make 2 cups of your preferred hot drink; I made 2 cups for me and the wife on it's maiden voyage and it turned out great.
I didn't have any problems with dribble that some other people said. It pours very well from the spout, just make sure to turn the lid to "open" before trying to pour. It's light enough to take backpacking if you want another option for 2 person java in the backcountry.
Best. Press. EVER.
This guy is indestructible, sexy and makes a piping hot cup of joe. The little mug it comes with is short and sassy, but holds about 18 oz. I get complements on it all the time because it looks unlike any coffee mug around. The lid works great, but excessive sloshing will lead to a spigot effect, you learn to work around it though. The plastic it's made out of holds heat well and the sleeve seals the deal, giving me at least 45 minutes of hot coffee or cold whatever. The press itself holds heat better than any I've ever seen, and I can brew for 10 minutes easy and still have a cup of lava hot bean juice. It's very stable and the construction is sound. To top it all off, it all packs down into the press, which is nice. Too heavy to backpack with, but I really just need it for home and car camping.
Only issues are that the mug fits in virtually no drink holder ever created, and that after 9 months of HEAVY use the stitching has come undone on the outer aesthetic layer of the sleeve, which is no big deal because I know how to work a needle and thread, and it's worth the time.
So that's that. Enjoy your coffee.
I only wish that when GSI came out with the java press initially that it came with the mug as well and in blue like this one, because my boyfriend and I purchased both separatly when it first came out and both pieces ended up being great! The java press works great all the time and really does work like our java press at home suctioning out all the coffee to the bottom. You will always get a little bit of coffee grind in your cup no matter what java press you use, but this one really makes sure you get barely any grind. It is the best one out there because the insulation is all around the press including the bottom and the bottom has ridges so that it holds steady on surfaces. Due to the insulation piece the coffee does keep hotter longer which is a neccessity in camping so you can get another cup of coffee still hot as if you just heated it the first time around. And the insulation on the java press has a small piece of fabric along the press to act as a handle. The insulation mugs are great they work really well to keeping the liquids hotter longer. Overall, both the press and the mug keeps liquids hot for up to 1hr or so.
Coffee in the backcountry
I just picked this up and had to try it out. So far I love it it makes good coffee and is easy to pour and clean. It is light weight and all fits into the press.
I also have the REI double shot press and don't get me wrong it is nice, but not for going into the back country. it is meant more for commuting and traveling. It is heavy and only allows you to use it as a press or mug you can't easily do both.
Now this GSI product takes what REI was doing and makes it better and more practical. It all breaks down and fits inside the press. you have a separate mug that you can use to make another drink while your coffee is brewing. The press breaks down so you don't have to worry about damage.
This press will be coming on all my backpacking adventures.
It makes a good, and good sized, cup of coffee. Unlike others, I don't find it too hard to clean, but I'm almost never out long enough that water conservation becomes critical. If it did come down to it, I'd just boil some water some a natural source to save the drinking water. The only issue I have with it is that the spider on the bottom of the plunger holds the filter screen too high off the bottom. That leaves a good amount of coffee still in the bottom. With a little careful shaking I can get more out of it without making a mess, but it still leaves a lot of liquid. But this still beats any drip maker I've used and percolators, even small ones, take forever to get the caffeine fix I need.
Completely changed my coffee....
I used to drink drip coffee, but after trying some of the camping drip coffee makers (that don't work well), then suffering with instant, I decided to try the GSI Java Press on a camping vacation. Awesome...I use it every day now. When compared to some of the regular household java presses, this one has a finer mesh screen that limits the amount of fine grounds in the bottom of your cup. In response to the first review about it dribbling down the side, just line up the opening in the lid with the pour spout. Be meticulous and you'll get drip free pours. When the neoprene gets dirty, just put it in the top rack of the dishwasher or let it soak in dishwater, rinse and dry. Very easy to care for.
Great coffee maker
If you're a coffee snob like me, nothing but the real thing will cut it. The is a great little coffee press, with a guaranteed great cup of coffee every time. The REI website description doesn't mention that it is a "nesting" set. If you dis-assemble the plunger, the mug fits inside the carafe.
The only complain I have, is that when pouring the coffee from the carafe into the mug, the coffee tends to dribble down the side of the carafe. I think GSI needs to do a rethink of pouring spout. If you like real coffee in the backcountry, you can't go wrong with this.
Perfectly compact and useful
This product was great! A perfect size (20oz) for personal and shared use. I loved how you could take apart the plunger and store it within the carafe. The mug it came with was great and doubled (on my week-long trip) as my bowl as well. It's not easy to clean...but what French Press is?
Also, I had read other reviews saying that the spout was not that great and tended to leak, but I had no problems with it. This is the press I use on the trail AND at home!
It makes good coffee. The insulation works great and dries out relatively quickly. Using coarsely groud coffee avoids 99% of sediment in the beverage. It closes down to a tidy, self contained package and the press can be used to strain out most visible particles in any liquid. Easy way to make camp coffee!