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Stanley Adventure All-In-One Review

An easy to use, affordable, and versatile French press brewer that comes with its own stainless steel pot
Stanley Adventure All-In-One
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Price:  $25 List | $24.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Easy to use, affordable, includes a stainless steel pot, great for smaller groups, surprisingly tasty coffee
Cons:  Requires extra water to clean, somewhat heavy, lid has loose fit on pot alone, cannot make as much coffee as you might expect
Manufacturer:   Stanley
By Mary Witlacil ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Nov 3, 2021
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#13 of 17
  • Taste - 40% 6
  • Ease of Use - 25% 8
  • Group Cooking - 15% 8
  • Portability - 10% 6
  • Weight - 10% 3

Our Verdict

If you are looking for a coffee brewer and a pot combo for the next time you head into the backcountry, then you're in luck. While there are lighter-weight devices for backpacking, the Stanley Adventure All-In-One is a great option for folks who like multi-purpose gear that doesn't break the bank. This durable French press made surprisingly good coffee and can make a reasonable amount for two people. It is easy to use, though it does require more water and effort to clean than other options. Overall it is a decent product for a great price and will get you brewing coffee and boiling water in no time.

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Pros Easy to use, affordable, includes a stainless steel pot, great for smaller groups, surprisingly tasty coffeeGourmet flavor, well-conceived design, ceramic version available for home useNo filter needed, tiny and light, consistently good tasteLight, simple, affordable, design allows you to see the level of coffee while brewingNo 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 expectSpecial shaped filters are harder to find, expensive for a plastic dripper, heavier than other brandsMust lift filter out of most cups to avoid over-steeping, poor for large groupsNot as refined a flavor as the V60, bulkyMust 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 potThe iconic pour over model in a light plastic package, delivering a consistently great flavorThe best option for light travel and backpacking, this savvy brewer will keep you caffeinated without taking up space in your bagThis is a very light and inexpensive pour over option that provides solid taste and stellar valueA 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...
Taste (40%)
6.0
9.0
7.0
7.0
6.0
Ease Of Use (25%)
8.0
7.0
9.0
7.0
7.0
Group Cooking (15%)
8.0
6.0
4.0
5.0
5.0
Portability (10%)
6.0
5.0
9.0
5.0
9.0
Weight (10%)
3.0
8.0
9.0
9.0
9.0
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
Filter Needed? No Yes No Yes No
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.

Performance Comparison


If you're looking for a durable french press for an upcoming camping...
If you're looking for a durable french press for an upcoming camping adventure, this press is a great one to consider.
Photo: Mary Witlacil

Brew Features


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.

With a tube-style press, this coffee-maker helps keep sediment from...
With a tube-style press, this coffee-maker helps keep sediment from making it into your cup, just be sure to pour your coffee immediately after you press it to avoid an over-extracted and bitter final pour.
Photo: Mary Witlacil

Taste


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.

Our lead reviewer enjoying a cup of surprisingly yummy coffee. If...
Our lead reviewer enjoying a cup of surprisingly yummy coffee. If you don't like sludgy, over-extracted French presses, be sure to pour your coffee after pressing for the best results.
Photo: Mary Witlacil

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.

Early on in the testing process, we discovered there is such a thing...
Early on in the testing process, we discovered there is such a thing as too much of a good thing. To avoid making a giant mess, be sure you only fill the pot halfway because this tube-style press displaces a lot of water.
Photo: Mary Witlacil

Group Cooking


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.

Who doesn't love a camping coffee maker that doubles as a pot?!
Who doesn't love a camping coffee maker that doubles as a pot?!
Photo: Mary Witlacil

Portability


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.

After you fold in the handles of this press, it takes up less space...
After you fold in the handles of this press, it takes up less space than a large Nalgene. It isn't the most compact offering in our review, but it makes up for its heft with its versatility.
Photo: Mary Witlacil

Weight


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.

This press and pot combo were surprisingly lightweight.
This press and pot combo were surprisingly lightweight.
Photo: Mary Witlacil

Value


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.

Conclusion


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.

If you need a camping-specific pot and a durable French press, why...
If you need a camping-specific pot and a durable French press, why not check out this affordable press and cut two carrots with one knife?
Photo: Mary Witlacil

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