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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.
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Price:  $30 List | $29.95 at REI
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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 Penney Garrett ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Aug 28, 2019
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  • Taste - 40% 8
  • Ease of Use - 25% 7
  • Group Cooking - 15% 7
  • 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.

While the collapsible nature of the Snow Peak is nice, it's an expensive choice. The Hario V60 Plastic Dripper, our Editors' Choice, is less than a third of the price, as is the Melitta 1-Cup Pour-Over, our Best Buy winner and the Primula Single Serve Coffee Brew Buddy, our Top Pick for Backpacking. All three of these coffee makers are also lighter than the Snow Peak though they are made out of plastic, which some people don't like to brew with.


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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, great taste, stylishBrews a clean cup, insulated, durable, good size for a small group and available larger, no filters neededLight, simple, affordable, design allows you to see level of coffee while brewing
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 brandsExpensive, requires water and more time to fully cleanTakes more water to clean, heavyNot as refined a flavor as the V60, bulky
Bottom Line 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.The iconic pour over model in a light plastic package, delivering a consistently great flavor.The best model that does not require filters and one of the few that does not involve hot water on plastic.This press is durable, insulated, and fully stops extraction once pressed so there's no sludge in the bottom of your cup.This is a very light and inexpensive pour over option that provides solid taste and stellar value.
Rating Categories Collapsible Coffee Drip Hario V60 Plastic Dripper Paperless Pour Over Planetary Design French Press Melitta 1-Cup Pour-Over
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Specs Collapsible Coffee... Hario V60 Plastic... Paperless Pour Over Planetary Design... Melitta 1-Cup...
Weight 4.8 oz dripper alone: 2.95 oz, dripper + scoop: 3.37 oz 3.3 oz 1 lb 14.8 oz 2.01 oz
Brew Type Pour Over Pour Over Pour Over French Press Pour Over
Main Material Stainless steel Hard plastic Stainless steel 18/8 Stainless steel Hard plastic
Filter needed? Yes Yes No No Yes
Notable Features Collasible cone filter Cone shape, large hole, ribs along side No filter pour over Double filtration system Can see cup without lifting dripper
Notes Folds down flat for easier transport than most other cone drippers Makes strong, smooth coffee Requires some water to clean between uses Filtration system keeps more grounds out and double insulation keeps things hot longer Doesn't brew as well as the Hario dripper

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Snow Peak Collapsible is a nicely made stainless steel dripper perfect for travel. Once you figure out 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 durability and packability make it a solid choice for travel and camping.
This collapsible dripper is a bit on the heavy side, but its durability and packability make it a solid choice for travel and camping.

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 V60 or Chemex, you're good to go. If you have a flat-bottomed filter like 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, enjoy!

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!
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!

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 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.
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.

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 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.
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.

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 time. But it's super easy to clean (just toss the filter with used grounds) and you can be brewing again in no time.
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.

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 something like the GSI Outdoors Collapsible Java Drip or Primula Single Serve.

Nice and flat and ready to slide into your backpack and head down the trail.
Nice and flat and ready to slide into your backpack and head down the trail.

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 quite a few lighter options in our review if you need that, but they are all made of plastic.

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.
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.

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 when space is limited that produces a delicious cup of Joe.

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


Penney Garrett