Stanley Adventure All-In-One Review
Cons: Requires extra water to clean, somewhat heavy, lid has loose fit on pot alone, cannot make as much coffee as you might expect
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|Pros||Easy to use, affordable, includes a stainless steel pot, great for smaller groups, surprisingly tasty coffee||Gourmet flavor, well-conceived design, ceramic version available for home use||No filter needed, tiny and light, consistently good taste||Light, simple, affordable, design allows you to see the level of coffee while brewing||No filter needed, tiny and light|
|Cons||Requires extra water to clean, somewhat heavy, lid has loose fit on pot alone, cannot make as much coffee as you might expect||Special shaped filters are harder to find, expensive for a plastic dripper, heavier than other brands||Must lift filter out of most cups to avoid over-steeping, poor for large groups||Not as refined a flavor as the V60, bulky||Must pour carefully for bold flavor, delicate clips|
|Bottom Line||An easy to use, affordable, and versatile French press brewer that comes with its own stainless steel pot||The iconic pour over model in a light plastic package, delivering a consistently great flavor||The best option for light travel and backpacking, this savvy brewer will keep you caffeinated without taking up space in your bag||This is a very light and inexpensive pour over option that provides solid taste and stellar value||A great ultralight backpacking option, as long as you pour carefully and aren't too rough with the contents of your pack|
|Rating Categories||Stanley Adventure A...||Hario V60 Plastic D...||Primula Coffee Brew...||Melitta 1-Cup Pour-...||GSI Outdoors Ultral...|
|Ease of Use (25%)|
|Group Cooking (15%)|
|Specs||Stanley Adventure A...||Hario V60 Plastic D...||Primula Coffee Brew...||Melitta 1-Cup Pour-...||GSI Outdoors Ultral...|
|Measured Weight||Pot alone: 8 oz
Press + pot: 15.5 oz
|Dripper alone: 2.95 oz
Dripper + scoop: 3.37 oz
|1.1 oz||2.01 oz||1.1 oz|
|Brew Type||French Press||Pour Over||Pour Over||Pour Over||Pour Over|
|Main Material||Stainless steel||Hard plastic||Nylon filter||Hard plastic||Nylon filter|
|Notable Features||Boil and brew in same vessel||Cone shape, large hole, ribs along side||Rests on any mug||Can see cup without lifting dripper||Collapsible to fit under fuel canister|
Our Analysis and Test Results
If dual-purpose gear is something that excites you, the Stanley All-In-One is a brewing device to consider. Make coffee, remove the insert, and use the outer steel body to boil water for your oatmeal. When you're done, everything nests back together to keep things in your bag or your car as streamlined as possible.
The Stanley Adventure All-In-One is a French press combined with a stainless steel pot. The press includes a double layer fine-mesh filter at the bottom of a plastic vessel ringed by a rubber gasket to avoid having grounds work their way into your final cup. We were initially skeptical about the flavor this press would produce. However, as long as we poured the coffee right after pressing, the flavor was well-balanced and impressed nearly all of our taste testers.
In blind taste tests, the Adventure scored favorably when up against other French presses. As long as you pour your coffee immediately after pressing (to avoid over-extraction or a cup thick with sludge), the coffee is bright, well-balanced, and has a good mouthfeel.
Ease of Use
Like other French presses, the Adventure is straightforward and easy to use. Our only complaint is that you cannot fill the stainless steel pot past the halfway mark, or the large plastic press will displace the coffee and make a huge mess. However, it is very easy to use once you dial in the proper coffee to water ratio. Similar to other French presses, it requires more water to clean, though the wide mouth makes it easy to give it a quick wipe and rinse if you don't have access to running water. We love that you can use the pot to boil water, however, we are disappointed that the lid does not fit snugly on the pot without the press.
The Adventure All-In-One did not score as favorably as other similarly sized French presses in our review for this metric because you cannot take full advantage of its 32 ounces without causing a geyser of coffee to shoot out from the pour spout. That being said, it is easy to rinse, boil, grind, and repeat, ensuring a quick turn-around if you need to make coffee for more than yourself and one other person.
The Adventure is fairly compact for being a 32-ounce press with a large plastic lid. It wouldn't be ideal for backpacking unless you opted to bring it along as a luxury item and planned to use the stainless steel vessel as your primary pot. That said, given that the handle folds in and can be pressed flush against the pot, it fits better in a camp kitchen kit than comparable presses in our review.
While this press is not the most featherweight option in our review, it isn't terrible either. With the brewer and the pot, it weighs in at 15.5 ounces; and should you decide to carry just the pot and lid, it weighs just 8 ounces.
The Adventure is an affordable french press and stainless steel pot combo that produces reasonably tasty coffee. If you're looking for a jack-of-all-trades brewer that eliminates the need for buying a separate pot for boiling water, this is a great option to consider. While there are lighter-weight brewers that make better coffee and lighter, more compact pots for backpacking, this press meets both of those needs without breaking the bank or forcing you to acquire extra gear.
The Stanley Adventure All-In-One is a versatile French press that also serves as a stainless steel pot for boiling water or heating up soup. It makes tasty coffee, as long as you remember to pour the coffee out when brewing is complete. It is decently lightweight and reasonably portable, given that its handles fold flat against the pot when not in use. This press could be great for car campers or even backpackers who don't mind carrying a little extra weight for the option of making coffee in the backcountry.
— Mary Witlacil
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