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Coffee Presses and Filters

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How we choose: The best coffee presses and filters highlighted here were selected based on 77 reviews of 36 products. Our top picks are those that are readily-available in the United States and have received the highest overall ratings from reviewers.

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GSI Outdoors H2JO! Coffee Filter

user rating: 5 of 5 (4 reviews)

Best backcountry coffee maker, so far.

Reasons to Buy

  • Fits on Nalgene bottles
  • Takes up almost no space
  • Makes great coffee
  • Lightweight
  • No filters to pack out

Reasons to Avoid

  • Allows tiny amounts of grounds to leak through; less than a french press

So in my search for the ideal backcountry coffee maker I stumbled upon this one. My search had these criteria: lightweight, easy to use, durable,  packable, inexpensive and small.  The H2JO fits all of these criteria. The H2JO screws in to the top of a standard Nalgene bottle and can be used two ways: Infuser method: Fill the filter with coarse ground coffee, pour hot water over it into the bottle, cap the bottle, invert the bottle and wait a few minutes for the coffee to brew. Then unscrew the H2JO, dispose of the grounds and drink the coffee.

Read more: GSI Outdoors H2JO! Coffee Filter reviews (4)

AeroPress Coffee Maker

user rating: 5 of 5 (6 reviews)

Right up front, this lightweight, compact coffee press is absolutely the best way to make coffee! It's fast and extremely easy to use. Setup, brewing, and cleanup takes less than 2.5 minutes.

Reasons to Buy

  • Easy to use
  • Brews GREAT coffee!
  • Lightweight and compact
  • Fast brewing time

Reasons to Avoid

  • Heavily counterfeited

I love my coffee, and the Aerobie AeroPress is hands down the best coffee maker that I have ever come across. It's so good, that there are almost 35,000 positive reviews and how-to videos on YouTube. I highly recommend watching some of those videos. I highly recommend any one of the inverted methods. Setup, brewing, and cleanup are simple, and it's very fast. Once your water is hot, you are 50 seconds from a great cup of coffee. Cleanup requires almost no water. Just wipe it off and it's ready to brew another cup.

Read more: AeroPress Coffee Maker reviews (6)

Wacaco Nanopresso

user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3 reviews)

For espresso lovers like me, having the ability to brew a shot or two of espresso of this quality and taste in the middle of nature while camping, backpacking, or just traveling around, is a luxury well worth the price, weight, and hassle. Love this!

Reasons to Buy

  • Compact
  • High quality
  • No electricity
  • Brews amazing shots consistently—anywhere!
  • Versatile: works with ground or pods

Reasons to Avoid

  • Bit of a learning curve to brew a perfect shot
  • Requires a cup or mug (not really a con)
  • Still needs something to boil the water (also not really a con)

I say “hassle” but it’s actually a joy, at least for me. Since the previous reviewer did a thorough job detailing the bits, pieces, and processes, I’ll focus more on my personal experience and tips on using the Nanopresso in real life. There’s just something about being able to brew a perfect, creamy, tasty espresso while camping, backpacking, or hiking (or even just traveling anywhere), especially while out in the nature. And without electricity, with such a small piece of gear! Outdoor folks who are also coffee and especially espresso lovers sure will know what I’m talking about.

Read more: Wacaco Nanopresso reviews (3)

GSI Outdoors Collapsible Java Drip

user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3 reviews)

I purchased this after checking some reviews, and while waiting for it to arrive, I read the review by "bigger al", so I was excited to give it a try on some fall canoe camping trips. I found it was a nifty way to make a nice cup of coffee, and would recommend this to someone looking for a compact, simple way to make a cup of coffee that is better than instant!

Reasons to Buy

  • Nice price
  • Collapses down to 1"
  • Works well with my GSI mug

Reasons to Avoid

  • None, really...if you want to make more than one cup at a time, this would not be most feasible.
  • Need to buy filters

I used this drip coffee maker, with my GSI insulated mug, on a number of fall camping trips, when the nights were cold, and a good cup of coffee was "essential" for survival! My expectations for coffee when camping are definitely less than at home, and I have previously used tubes of instant coffee, or coffee "tea bags"...these methods produce a hot liquid, but I decided I wanted to improve my choices. With this coffee maker, you put the ground coffee in the  cone, add hot water (we use a Jetboil or PocketRocket), and you quickly have a cup of coffee.

Read more: GSI Outdoors Collapsible Java Drip reviews (3)

GSI Outdoors Ultralight Java Drip

user rating: 4 of 5 (6 reviews)

Another, even lighter weight way, to make decent coffee in the backcountry.

Reasons to Buy

  • Weighs almost nothing
  • Folds flat
  • VERY fine mesh
  • Works on most cups
  • Makes pretty darn good coffee
  • Inexpensive

Reasons to Avoid

  • Allows cholesterol into your cup unless you add paper filters

I'm still getting the scoops-of-coffee-to-mug-size ratio perfected, but I can already say that this coffee maker is my new favorite. I used to use the H2JO but that required a Nalgene bottle to use and it is heavy compared to the GSI UL Java Drip. The GSI UL Java Drip is a mesh cone with three legs you attach to your mug of choice. You fill the conical bag with ground coffee, pour hot water over it, and there you go, fast coffee.  What could be easier? After you are done, shake out the grounds, rinse it, fold the legs up and slide it into your pack.

Read more: GSI Outdoors Ultralight Java Drip reviews (6)

Wacaco Minipresso GR

user rating: 4 of 5 (2 reviews)

A compact, portable espresso maker that brings a touch of luxury to the backcountry. Best for outdoor recreation enthusiasts who like real espresso in the backcountry.

Reasons to Buy

  • Easy to operate
  • Produces surprisingly good espresso
  • Compact and well-organized.
  • Intuitive operation

Reasons to Avoid

  • Minor cleaning challenges

Introduction The Minipresso is a squat, black cylinder, approximately 7 inches long and about 8 inches in diameter. It weighs about 12.6 ounces and has a comforting heft in the hand—like weapon or some sort? In fact, it is an extremely effective weapon against fatigue and against the bitter experience of sub-par coffee. The Minipresso produces an above-average serving of espresso in the backcountry, fueled with only hot water and a few hand-pumps. Its weight might put it out of range for the ultra-light crowd, but for those that can tolerate a few extra ounces and love good coffee, this is a highly recommend accessory! About the Reviewer I'm an equal-opportunity caffeine enthusiast with an above-average knowledge of the physical and chemical...

Read more: Wacaco Minipresso GR reviews (2)

GSI Outdoors Java Drip

user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2 reviews)

The best coffee solution yet for rafting trips.

Reasons to Buy

  • Packs efficiently
  • Easy to clean
  • Can really crank out the coffee

Reasons to Avoid

  • Requires attention and care to pour coffee through
  • Needs a good stable surface to work on
  • Neoprene sleeve only fair at insulating long term

OK, to start out, my needs for coffee are probably not in line with most, but for overnight rafting trips with 10+ coffee drinkers this is the best system we've used yet. Past coffee making efforts have evolved from cowboy coffee (uck, just uck) to percolators (too slow and fussy) to Coleman auto-drips (too bulky and fragile) to the REI 48oz insulated French Press (too hard to clean) to a large #6 coffee cone and a Hydro Flask insulated growler (too easy to spill while pouring the hot water and large cone hard to pack).

Read more: GSI Outdoors Java Drip reviews (2)

GSI Outdoors Personal Java Press

user rating: 5 of 5 (2 reviews)

Perfect for two.

Reasons to Buy

  • Lightweight
  • Great price
  • Makes "real" coffee

Reasons to Avoid

  • Size — a little bulky

Nice little unit to bring to the backcountry, we always take this along. My boyfriend will only drink a "real" cup of coffee, which this press does beautifully and I'm an exclusive tea drinker. So he makes and drinks his coffee from the press and I use the cup for my tea and everyone is happy in the mornings. Everything packs neatly into the press with room to stash your tea and extras inside. We've had this for about two years now with no problems, and it has seen a lot of use! We take it summer and winter camping, car and backcountry camping.

Read more: GSI Outdoors Personal Java Press reviews (2)

Jetboil Grande Silicone Coffee Press

user rating: 4 of 5 (1 review)

An easy-to-use, lightweight accessory for the Jetboil MiniMo and SUMO systems that makes delightful coffee. A regular sized option is also available for the Jetboil Flash, MicroMo, and Zip. The fine mesh press with silicone ring ensures grounds don't find their way into your cup. With this little accessory, you're well on your way to a great cup of coffee. What better way to start the day.

Reasons to Buy

  • Tight seal and fine mesh (no grounds escape)
  • Integrates into Jetboil’s existing system
  • Available in two sizes (regular and grande) for different Jetboil pot sizes
  • Lightweight

Reasons to Avoid

  • Can come unscrewed if you’re not careful
  • Unsure about long-term storage recommendation

Conditions:  I’ve utilized the Jetboil Silicone Grande Coffee Press probably 15-20 times over the last 3 months with the Jetboil SUMO stove. The coffee press has gone with me on backpacking trips, car-camping trips, and some days just on my back porch while listening to the birds sing. I’ve only used one type of coffee (yep, pseudo-coffee snob here, sorry!) and that is from Camano Island Coffee Roasters. Because I purchase whole bean coffee from them and grind it myself, I was able to try different ground sizes in the coffee press and no matter how large or fine the grind, the outcome was always the same...delicious coffee with very minimal to no grounds in the cup.

Read more: Jetboil Grande Silicone Coffee Press review (1)

Jetboil Grande Coffee Press

user rating: 4 of 5 (1 review)

The Jetboil Grande Coffee Press is a nice accessory, increasing the functionality of an already feature-rich MiniMo. It utilizes the infrastructure of something you would be carrying otherwise (a stove/pot) with little weight penalty, a quality that is much appreciated in backpacking circles. If you’ve used a press before and value good coffee in the backcountry, you will like this.

Reasons to Buy

  • Increases the functionality of a Jetboil system
  • Adaptable for both Sumo and MiniMo models
  • Pressed coffee tastes the best!
  • Easy to use in the backcountry
  • Lightweight and compact

Reasons to Avoid

  • Filter can mistakenly be assembled upside down
  • Still allows some grounds to get through

Good coffee is a luxury and yet a necessity. OK, yes, I may be somewhat of a coffee snob. Though I keep it simple…just black, so the house brew at Starbucks is fine by me. At home, I use a press exclusively and always used to carry a lighter version into the backcountry. On occasion, I suffered through cowboy coffee and when desperation really hit, that horrid instant aberration (until Starbucks Via packets changed everything, but that’s another story). The Grande Coffee Press is nice addition to your Jetboil system, such as the MiniMo I tested mine with.

Read more: Jetboil Grande Coffee Press review (1)

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