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There's nothing like a fresh cup of joe. Take along the Snow Peak Coffee Drip and have one every morning of your backpacking trip.
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stands up to abuse, great coffee, use a fabric filter
Mine is nearly two years old. Still shiny and works perfectly- have thrown it in many a bag. I use a hemp coffee filter in mine. Same filter is also two years old. Just rinse it out and it dries. Because hemp actually swells and gets stronger when it's wet, you can use fairly fine ground coffee and I have never had sludge. Many places have fabric filters. (check your local food co-op) but I have never had a blow out problem and never needed a second filter even though I often use it at home. It folds flat so would be perfect for tiny kitchens as an everyday option too. With my fabric filter I can fit enough grounds in it to make about a liter to liter and a half of STRONG coffee. Just place it over a carafe instead of a mug.
I have owned many types of "outdoor" coffee makers, from the little espresso units to the lexan french presses. The Snow Peak drip is my favorite so far, but still not perfect. It is a little heavy, but it easily comes apart so it can be tucked away. Make sure you fold the filters like they show you on the package (I use #2s) or the filter bottom will break through. It easily fits on most mug sizes, including irregular ones like the old canteen cups. Very durable, and I have even started using it at home for quick one-cup "fixes".
This has become my go-to coffee maker, I use it at home virtually every day and every time I go hiking. Sure, the Starbucks Via is lighter, but there is something to be said for the coffee making process. That being said, I would buy a titanium version in a second.
It's just okay
Folds flat for easy packing
The feet fit well on my mug.
It's way too heavy!!!
You still have to use a filter.
If you aren't patient pouring the water, you will bust through the filter.
OVERALL It's just okay I'm still looking for something better.
Not quite the right solution for me
As I replied to one of the Questions, I was a bit disappointed in this product. I think the partition at the bottom of the drip filter is too wide/large so when the water was poured on top of the coffee grounds in the filter (I used a #4), it took the coffee right along with it, busting through the paper. I love the idea of it -- folding down into a flat piece and the fact that it is made from metal not plastic, but it just didn't do the trick for me.
How well does this work... good cup of...
How well does this work... good cup of java or campsite sludge? looking to 86 the french press and save weight, but not at the cost of bad cup of coffee! First hand experience anyone??
I got this and tried it at home first, using a #4 filter over a mug. It immediately poured right through the paper, bringing the coffee grounds with it. I was sad... really wanted this to be my camping-coffee solution!
i've used this cone for years in the field. you have to use a #4 filter (smaller will blow out). you also have to be sure to fold the filter per instructions and also pour the boiling water slowly and evenly into the filter; too fast and you will blow it out. it is still much better than the plastic "oragami" filters from rei...
The first time I used this, I just stuck the filter in and it did blow out as others have mentioned. I have probably used the filter around 75 time since then, and haven't had a blow out. The trick is to fold the filter as it shows on the packaging. If you do that, you can use the smaller #2 filters and it will work perfectly.
What size filters does this thing take --...
What size filters does this thing take -- #4?
I use non-bleached #2 filters. Make sure you fold them as shown on the packaging or they will blow out.
DOES THIS PRODUCT SIT EASILY ON MY COFFEE...
DOES THIS PRODUCT SIT EASILY ON MY COFFEE MUG OR WILL IT FALL OFF IF I AM NOT PAYING ATTENTION?
It won't fall off if nothing bumps it. Set your cup somewhere steady and don't bump it. Problem solved.