Rated 4 out of 5 by Burbswalker Useful product.
Other reviews have covered the general usefulness of a manual drip coffee gadget, so I just wanted to add a couple of things. For backpackers concerned about the weight: the whole thing comes apart. Not only can you leave the lid at home, but you can snap the silicone cone out of the base. Do some experimenting with whatever mug or travel cup you'll be using. You may find the cone itself with a paper filter is all you need. And speaking of filters, it's quite adaptable. It's made for #4 cone filter. So far, I've used it with #2 cone filters and #4 basket filters. Both of these worked fine. I like to pour the water over slowly, rather than all at once, so perhaps that helps.
May 12, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Steveandson Grab and go
Bought it for camping, light and collapses to fit in the backpack. Started using it at work, all you need is hot water.
December 10, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by RomyGirl The Best
This Java Drip makes the best coffee. It is as good or better than the expensive coffee makers. I use mine daily. This is the 4th one I have ordered. I give them as gifts. This last one I gave to my Grand Daughter. She and her husband love it.
November 21, 2014
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