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Snow Peak Collapsible Coffee Drip Review

This collapsible stainless steel dripper is a bit on the heavy side but it folds down flat for easy travel and brews a nice cup
Snow Peak Collapsible Coffee Drip
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Price:  $30 List | $29.95 at Amazon
Pros:  Packs down flat, produces a good cup, lightweight for non-plastic, works on top of many different-sized vessels
Cons:  Can collapse while brewing if not careful, certain filters hang very low due to large bottom hole
Manufacturer:   Snow Peak
By Mary Witlacil and Penney Garrett  ⋅  Apr 29, 2020
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  • Taste - 40% 7
  • Ease of Use - 25% 6
  • Group Cooking - 15% 5
  • Portability - 10% 8
  • Weight - 10% 7

Our Verdict

The Snow Peak Collapsible Coffee Drip is a durable stainless steel pour-over device that easily produces a really nice brew. The base is wide and can accommodate vessels of many shapes and sizes and, with a little folding, you can use almost any shaped filter. While on the slightly heavy side for backpacking, this is still a viable option, mainly because it folds down flat for transport. The legs don't lock into place, so you need to be mindful when it's filled with hot water, but overall this is a straightforward and durable device to consider for all your outdoor and travel coffee needs.

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Pros Packs down flat, produces a good cup, lightweight for non-plastic, works on top of many different-sized vesselsGourmet flavor, well-conceived design, ceramic version available for home useNo filter needed, tiny and light, consistently good tasteAmazing flavor, versatile, very portable, simple cleanupExcellent clean flavor, double-filtered to eliminate sediment, press completely stops extraction, vessel can be used as a leakproof travel mug
Cons Can collapse while brewing if not careful, certain filters hang very low due to large bottom holeSpecial shaped filters are harder to find, expensive for a plastic dripper, heavier than other brandsMust lift filter out of most cups to avoid steeping, poor for large groupA lot of little pieces to keep track of, on the heavy side for backpackingLots of pieces to keep track of, heavy, on the pricier side
Bottom Line This collapsible dripper brews nicely and is great for travel despite being a bit on the heavy sideGreat taste, easy to use, and lightweight - we love this plastic iteration of the classic glass and ceramic versionsDurable, light, and compact, this is a fantastic option for backpacking trips or any kind of light travelWhile this unique brewer has a bit of a learning curve, the final flavor is the best in our test suiteThe superfine double filter and extraction-stopping plunger of this press make for a very excellent brew
Rating Categories Collapsible Coffee Drip Hario V60 Plastic Dripper Primula Coffee Brew Buddy AeroPress Coffee Maker Espro Travel Press
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Specs Collapsible Coffee... Hario V60 Plastic... Primula Coffee... AeroPress Coffee... Espro Travel Press
Weight 4.8 oz Dripper alone: 2.95 oz
Dripper + scoop: 3.37 oz
1.1 oz Press alone: 7.98 oz
Press + spoon + stirrer: 9.39 oz
12.3 oz
Brew Type Pour Over Pour Over Pour Over Pour Over/Press Hybrid French Press/ Pour Over
Main Material Stainless steel Hard plastic Nylon filter BPA-free polypropylene Stainless steel
Filter needed? Yes Yes No Yes No
Notable Features Collapsible cone filter Cone shape, large hole, ribs along side Rests on any mug Easy to clean, re-usable filter Can be used as french press, pour over, or for tea
Notes Folds down flat for easier transport than most other cone drippers Makes strong, smooth coffee Filter hangs in coffee for most cups Eliminates bitterness while keeping a good flavor Brews a really clean cup, keeps liquids nice and hot

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Snow Peak Collapsible is a well-crafted stainless steel dripper perfect for travel. Once you learn how to manage a few quirks, you will be well on your way to a beautiful cup of coffee every morning.

Performance Comparison


This collapsible dripper is a bit on the heavy side, but its...
This collapsible dripper is a bit on the heavy side, but its durability and packability make it a solid choice for travel and camping.
Photo: Penney Garrett

Brew Features


The Snow Peak folds from flat to square in both directions and can easily sit on top of a small cup, a 5" wide camping pot, or anything in between. If you have a pointed cone-shaped filter like the ones used for a V60 or a Chemex, then you're set to go. If you have a flat-bottomed filter like used those for Melitta products, you will need to do a little folding (diagrammed in the otherwise all-Japanese instructions that come with your purchase). From there, brewing is the same as any other pour-over style dripper: pre-wet your filter, add coffee, brew away, toss the filter, and enjoy!

Once you've figured out your filter, this dripper is just like any...
Once you've figured out your filter, this dripper is just like any other. Except for the fact that the legs can move, so don't mess with anything when it's full of hot water!
Photo: Penney Garrett

Taste


The Snow Peak produces a nice tasting cup. Of course, as with all pour-over devices, the more you consider your recipe, the coffee used, grind size, and pouring speed, the better final brew you will be rewarded with. With this particular apparatus, the filter used and how it's folded (or not) will also affect how well your water drips through and, ultimately, the final flavor. As with any dripper, there can be a lot of variability. We try to score this category based on the full potential of the brewer — how good it can taste if you do everything "right." In the case of the Snow Peak, the verdict is: pretty darn great.

We always start our pour-over brews by adding just enough water to...
We always start our pour-over brews by adding just enough water to saturate the grounds and then letting the coffee "bloom" for 30 seconds. This is a key component to a great tasting final cup. Fresh coffee will bubble and puff up - if yours doesn't, it isn't fresh.
Photo: Penney Garrett

Ease of Use


The Snow Peak lost a few points here compared to other similar-styled drippers because of a couple things. First, the legs do not lock into place, so if you bump your cup too hard during brewing or try to move the dripper without grabbing both sides, you'll be in for a very unpleasant hot coffee disaster. Not a huge deal, but something important to pay attention to. Second, there's not a dedicated filter for this device, and this aspect is a little finicky. We were able to use a V60 filter just fine, though the hole on the bottom is large enough that our filter would slip down and, sometimes, hang into our brew. You can also use a basket-shaped filter like the Melitta filters if you do a little origami. The instructions that come with the Snow Peak illustrate how to do this folding, but don't expect to get any more guidance than that: they are completely in Japanese.

The instructions for the Snow Peak are all in Japanese, but at least...
The instructions for the Snow Peak are all in Japanese, but at least there's a handy diagram to show you how to fold a basket-shaped filter. We used a Melitta #2 filter as well as a V60 filter.
Photo: Penney Garrett

Group Cooking


This isn't really made to accommodate large groups. However, brewing only takes around 3 minutes so, if you have more filters and coffee prepped, you can brew back-to-back quickly.

This size of dripper is optimized for brewing a single serving at a...
This size of dripper is optimized for brewing a single serving at a time. But it's super easy to clean (just toss the filter with used grounds) and you can be brewing again in no time.
Photo: Penney Garrett

Portability


The Snow Peak is built for portability. It collapses down flat for easy transport and storage, though the legs do stick out, making it less compact than some of the other products in our review.

Nice and flat and ready to slide into your backpack and head down...
Nice and flat and ready to slide into your backpack and head down the trail.
Photo: Penney Garrett

Weight


Many people equate the Snow Peak brand name with titanium and are surprised to learn that this dripper is made out of stainless steel and weighs a whopping 4.8 ounces. For a low profile device optimized for travel and camping, this is on the heavy side. The benefit is that you won't be pouring hot water over plastic, and steel is highly durable. Yes, there are a number of lighter-weight options in our review if you need that, but they are almost all made of plastic.

This isn't an ultralight brewer but if you're car camping or have a...
This isn't an ultralight brewer but if you're car camping or have a few ounces to spare on a backpacking trip it's durable and easy to pack.
Photo: Penney Garrett

Value


This is not a cheap dripper, and you'll also need to purchase filters, but it's durable, compact, and stainless steel. The cheap cone options in our review are all plastic, and not everyone likes to brew with that. If you feel more comfortable with a non-toxic device that's easy to transport, then this is a solid option that will pay for itself over time.

Conclusion


While the Snow Peak Collapsible Coffee Drip isn't the lightest dripper or the most stable, it is quite durable, portable, and easy to use. You will need to figure out your preferred filter and be sure to brew on a solid, level surface because the legs don't lock into place and can move while you're brewing. But once you learn the ropes, this is a solid non-plastic option for travel or camping that produces a delicious cup of Joe.

The Snow Peak is a solid option for anyone with limited space that...
The Snow Peak is a solid option for anyone with limited space that doesn't want to brew with plastic.
Photo: Penney Garrett

Mary Witlacil and Penney Garrett