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JetBoil Coffee Press Review

The JetBoil Coffee Press conveniently turns your stove into a French press, but that means additional cleanings if you need it for other things.
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Price:  $10 List | $9.95 at REI
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Pros:  Light, doesn't require filters, makes good strong coffee
Cons:  Clean up process requires water, your stove will be "offline" while making coffee
Manufacturer:   JetBoil
By Penney Garrett and Chris McNamara  ⋅  Nov 20, 2018
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  • Taste - 40% 7
  • Ease of Use - 25% 6
  • Group Cooking - 15% 6
  • Portability - 10% 7
  • Weight - 10% 8

Our Verdict

The JetBoil Coffee Press turns your Jetboil camping stove into a French Press. It is compatible with the following JetBoil products: Zip, Flash, Flash Lite, MicroMo, PCS Sol and Sol TI, as well as the 1-Liter Tall and 0.8-Liter Spare Cups. It is simple, light, and makes good strong coffee. In general, we prefer a small cone that uses paper filters because it works well with any size grind and doesn't require any cleaning. But if you are looking for the lightest weight setup and like French press style coffee, go with the Jetboil Coffee Press.

If the muddiness of French press coffee makes you cringe, be sure to take a gander at the impressive Espro Travel Press, our Top Pick for a French Press. It's on the heavier side and a bit more involved, but double microfilters and an extraction-stopping plunger produced the best and cleanest cup we've ever had from a French press. We also highly recommend the Editors' Choice-winning Hario V60 for keeping things light and delicious.


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Pros Light, doesn't require filters, makes good strong coffeeGourmet flavor, well-conceived design, ceramic version available for home useLight, simple, affordable, design allows you to see level of coffee while brewingNo filter needed, tiny and light, consistently good tasteLightweight, easy to use and clean, durable, no waste, can use for tea
Cons Clean up process requires water, your stove will be "offline" while making coffeeSpecial shaped filters are harder to find, expensive for a plastic dripper, heavier than other brandsNot as refined of a flavor as a V60, bulkyMust lift filter out of most cups to avoid steeping, poor for large groupDidn't produce the best flavor, difficult to control extraction
Bottom Line The JetBoil Coffee Press conveniently turns your stove into a French press, but that means additional cleanings if you need it for other things.The iconic pour over model in a light plastic package, delivering a consistently great flavor.The Melitta Ready Set Joe is a very light and inexpensive pour over option that provides solid taste and stellar value.The best option for light travel and backpacking, this savvy brewer will keep you caffeinated without taking up space in your bag.This simple and durable filter is easy to use, produces a decent cup of Joe, and can also be used for tea.
Rating Categories JetBoil Coffee Press Hario V60 Plastic Dripper Melitta Ready Set Joe Cone Single Serve Coffee Brew Buddy MSR MugMate
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Specs JetBoil Coffee Press Hario V60 Plastic... Melitta Ready Set... Single Serve... MSR MugMate
Weight 0.8 oz dripper alone: 2.95 oz, dripper + scoop: 3.37 oz 2.01 oz 1.1 oz 1.0 oz with lid/coaster, 0.7 oz for just filter portion
Brew Type French Press Pour Over Pour Over Pour Over Filter
Main Material Hard plastic Hard plastic Hard plastic Nylon filter Nylon/Stainless steel
Filter needed? No Yes Yes No No
Notable Features Turns your stove into french press Cone shape, large hole, ribs along side Can see cup without lifting dripper Rests on any mug Can be used for coffee or tea, compact
Notes Only works with JetBoil stove systems Makes strong, smooth coffee Coffee is weaker than with the Hario dripper Filter hangs in coffee for most cups Super simple and versatile but need to have the right-sized vessel for it to rest on

Our Analysis and Test Results

If you're already carrying and using a JetBoil but don't have room for much more, the JetBoil Coffee Press will take care of morning coffee with a minimum of additional equipment.

Brew Features


With this setup, you won't have to track down those pesky #2 papers before each trip. More importantly, you don't have to worry about running out of coffee filters in the backcountry. Simply attach the stem of the Coffee Press to its base, use your JetBoil as usual, and brew away.

JetBoil Coffee Press
JetBoil Coffee Press

Taste


We were quite happy with the quality of our brew from the JetBoil Coffee Press, though — as with most French presses — it left a little more sediment in our cups. French press coffee is notoriously muddy because there is no paper filter to soak up oils and small particles, and the grounds stay in your water and continue to extract. Although the Espro changes all of that — its patented plunger completely stops extraction when depressed and it even has paper filters that fit between the double microfilter for a cup as clean as a pour-over. However, when camping with limited space, sometimes all that matters is having a decent hot cup to start the day, sediment or not, and the Jetboil Press can offer that.

Ease of Use


This is a very easy brewer to use. However, a major drawback of a French press system is the cleanup process. You need to bang your JetBoil against something to empty out the grinds. It's not the cleanest process, especially if you are camping and don't have a big trash can handy. You also need extra water to clean it. If you camp next to a stream, this is not a big deal. If you far away from water, you need to bring extra water to for rinsing. And if you are conserving water, it may be hard to get all the coffee flavor out, meaning that taste will transfer to your oatmeal or whatever else you are cooking.

Group Cooking


You may wonder why a French press would receive a lower score in this category. It's true that you can make more coffee at once, but since this system is contingent on using your JetBoil, you can't easily transfer from using this as a coffee filter to boiling water for other purposes. For example, when using this with four people where the JetBoil Flash was the only stove, everyone had to get their coffee made, then the JetBoil had to be cleaned, and then the group could boil water for breakfast oatmeal. There was no practical way to have hot coffee and breakfast at the same time. If you then want a second cup an hour later (as many people often do), you will have to clean it a second time. By comparison, if you are using a cone filter system, you can be making coffee and boiling water for other items all at once.

Portability


We loved how light and easy the JetBoil Coffee Press was to transport and set up. The screen disconnects from the metal rod so you can store it easily. If you're already bringing along a JetBoil, this is one of the easiest ways to add coffee service to your camp kitchen.
Dissasembled coffee press
Dissasembled coffee press

Weight


The Coffee Press only weighs an ounce, making it about the lightest way to make coffee with your JetBoil.

Conclusion


This coffee maker is a solid option for the right scenarios. If you already have a JetBoil that goes with you everywhere and you don't need it for anything other than coffee in the mornings, this is a great addition. Also if water will never be in short supply, you're golden, because French presses take more water for cleaning. But, if you're planning to eat oatmeal while desert camping, you might want to consider a different setup.


Penney Garrett and Chris McNamara