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