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JetBoil Coffee Press Review

jetboil coffee press
Price:  $10 List | $9.55 at Amazon
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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
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.
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Weight:  0.8 oz
Brew Type:  French Press
Materials:  Hard plastic
Manufacturer:   JetBoil

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 our two Editors' Choice winners — both cone-shaped pour over models. The Hario V60 uses paper filters and is very easy to clean, and the stainless steel Cafellissimo Paperless Pour Over is ready to go right out of the box.



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Our Analysis and Test Results

Review by:
Penney Garrett and Chris McNamara

Last Updated:
Wednesday
May 30, 2018

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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.

Taste


We were quite happy with the quality of our brew from the JetBoil Coffee Press, though — as with all 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. But when camping with limited space, sometimes all that matters is having a decent hot cup to start the day, sediment or not.

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.

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.

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.

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

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   Aug 6, 2013 - 07:02pm
Kemper Straley

The coffee that I've gotten from the JetBoil Coffee press has been little better than standard cowboy coffee. The press isn't engineered to fit snugly in the Jetboil pot, so you still get quite a few grounds left in your coffee (even if you push down slowly as the instructions suggest). As has been mentioned in other reviews, the press is a bit of a burden to clean. I'd suggest saving money by making "coffee bags out of coffee filter, your favorite grounds and some rubber bands and using those. Low cost, tastes great and no cleanup.



Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this product to a friend.

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Oct 13, 2010 - 11:34pm
 
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This is the sort of thing that makes one miss the political threads….sigh.

Hope you're enjoying all the free gear.




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