Rated 5 out of 5 by over50biker Portable coffee maker
This is great for overseas travel were many hotels have hot water but no coffee maker. Packs in carry on luggage as well. Just bring paper filters.
November 20, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by mtnfever great off-grid/ boondocking coffee maker
We often boondock ("camp" without hookups) in our motorhome but Must. Have. Coffee. to be able start functioning in the morning. I used to use a Lexan French press (also from GSI) but saw this and wanted to try it.
This GSI Java Drip is big enough to make a pot of coffee, not just a cup. We have a cheapo Mr Coffee thermal carafe coffeemaker for when we have electricity and the Java Drip fits perfectly on the thermal carafe. The Java Drip folds up extremely flat (.5 - .75 inch) so it's much smaller to store than the French press. You use the cover as a lid to keep in the heat during the brew. Then, you use the lid as a drip-catcher for the brewer when you're done.
This method is more hands-on than the French press, since you have to carefully fill the brewer multiple times to get a full pot. And don't knock it over either! These can be a challenge before coffee, I admit. But when you're done, just dump out the filter and the grounds, give a little rinse with leftover water from your kettle, and you're done. Far easier than the French press that used more water to clean up than it used to brew. Oh, and the Java Drip coffee is way less gritty than the French press coffee too.
It tastes fine to us and I use cream while my husband drinks his coffee black but, as I mentioned, we use coffee to get functionality, not as coffee taste snobs.
November 17, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by missingbeansfromMN Space efficient coffee making
I always drip my mug of coffee in the mornings. Now I do so on my camping trips. This dripper folds flat and the cover snaps onto the base to keep it clean. I used a no. 2 filter for my single mug of coffee without a problem even though it is designed for a no. 4. It is now a permanent part of my camping gear along with my LL Bean 18 oz. stainless steel thermal coffee mug purchased a few years ago. Hot coffee that stays hot on a camping trip--perfection!
October 18, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by bluedun Replaced old plastic cone
I'm using it. It works. I like that it folds up and can be cased in, easy to stow at home or away at camp. I'm assuming the silicone is less reactive than ancient plastic, too.
May 29, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by JonathanH great product
Does what it's supposed to do, nicely. I fumbled around trying to collapse it the first time. All you have to do is place your whole hand on top and press down kinda fast. Booya grandma!
April 4, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by alohadon java drip
Great little device for camping.
October 8, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by LLBeanShopper04039 Great Product
Product works great, compact. Hope that it lasts.
June 10, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by floridabirder It's a keeper
Bought this item for my son, who does a lot of travelling and isn't impressed with most hotel coffee. Gave it a try myself, and decided I may have to get an additional one. Makes great coffee, easily brews right into a travel mug, and collapses up neatly to tuck into a backpack. I think it does a better job than my new single serve coffee maker, which cost a WHOLE lot more! Clever product!
February 29, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by IowaOutdoorsMom Good coffee away from home
I purchased the GSI Java Drip instead of an insulated press pot for coffee in the camper. It makes good coffee and is much more compact than a coffee maker. Use #4 or #2 cone filters.
We always camp with our thermoses anyway, so I thought I'd just make the coffee right into the thermos. The one thing I didn't realize is that this product isn't meant to work with vessels with small openings. So, my narrow-necked thermos is really not a good match.
Otherwise, I'm glad I bought this and may use it at home or for hotel travel as well.
February 22, 2012
Rated 2 out of 5 by muzikman big & heavy
I bought this for backpacking, but it is WAY too large and heavy... more than twice the weight of my plastic version. The base is huge, made to fit some kind of monster-mug. The idea is great, but the design is not for me.
February 12, 2012