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You're the hostess (or the host) with the mostest in the backcountry when you can brew and serve up a round of fresh, hot coffee in the GSI Java Drip. Consisting of a flexible, lightweight silicone drip cone and a BPA-free insulated serving carafe, the Java Drip couldn't be easier to use. Just as you do at home, lock in the cone over the carafe, drop in a filter, fill with coffee, pour water over it, and serve.

  • Double-walled construction, insulated lid, and EVA sleeve keep your java hot while brewing and serving
  • Drip cone locks to lid when brewing and stands upright when removed to prevent messy spills
  • Silicone drip cone collapses into its own stuff sack and nestles into the carafe for compact packing and storing
  • Comes with easy-to-clean cloth filter, and is compatible with #4 (30-ounce) or #6 (50-ounce) paper filters
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Drain, Not Drip

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

It took me some contemplation to decide what to write about this coffee brewing assembly, as I finally had the opportunity to use it in the "backcountry" (i.e. my buddy's cabin free of amenities excepting the roof and four walls) yesterday, so I decided to offer some feedback based off initial experiences.

First, I'm a bit of a coffee snob; not quite to the point of being a prat about it, but I do enjoy an aromatic and ambrosial cup of the bean when I can afford to make it. That being clear, I'll settle for less-than-perfect more often than not - I really like coffee.

While I was rather eager to use it, I must admit I was wary of the entirely plastic/ silicone construction. I suppose that for those materials, it was still a bit on the heavy side, though I have to admit I didn't notice any petroleum-plastic taste when I poured nigh boiling water into the contraption, so that was a positive.

However, to digress, there was one downfall that really hurt my outlook on the setup, and that was the speed of the drip. I expected it to take upwards of four or five minutes to transform ~25 oz of water into coffee, but instead it took less than thirty seconds, nothing resembling an actual drip so much as a "drain," which resulted in a decent cup of coffee for the outdoors, but definitely a major design flaw. While the entire system is made for either a group of campers or a couple people who really enjoy their coffee, they would only be enjoying a cup of bean that I would say is decent at best, slightly on the watery side at worst. It is unfortunate that it evacuates the preparatory water as rapidly as it does, because I believe if it was only a bit slower, it would elevate the quality exponentially. If you are considering purchasing either this or the GSI Java Press, go with the Press system without a doubt. Both may be a bit irksome when it comes to cleanup (but come-on, few coffee systems aren't, let's be honest), but I believe the Press would result in a superior cup.

Great coffee in the backcountry

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've used this a bunch now and it is still working great. I was skeptical that the plastic would retain its perfect shape after so many uses, but is has. I have the 50oz size and it's perfect for 4 people. Its tall, so a standard spoon will result in burned fingers. Use this spoon, which can also be stored in the pot.