GSI Outdoors JavaGrind Coffee Grinder
5.30 in x 6.10 in x 4.00 in
Nice idea for luxury camping, but grinding enough…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: Too much (Norwegian price, don't remember)
Nice idea for luxury camping, but grinding enough for a cup or two is a lot of work and it did not hold up under repeated use.
- Can be used (with care) for fresh ground coffee
- Burr grinder for uniform grind
- Threads on soft metal grinder shaft will strip with repeated use
- Nothing to hang onto with the other hand
I bough this grinder as an experiment, not really expecting to use it all that much in the outdoors. I tried it out only at home because it didn't hold up long enough to take it anywhere else.
It sounds like a nice idea to use fresh grounds when camping out, but this grinder doesn't really deliver on the promise. It's too heavy for backpacking, but might find a place on a canoe, car camping, hut-to-hut, or base camp trip if it would hold up.
The main problem is that it doesn't. The shaft is made of aluminum or some other soft metal and in my case the threads stripped out after a dozen or so brews, and that was the end of the experiment. The grind is awfully coarse unless you really tighten down the wingnut, so that may be part of the problem. It also takes a lot of grinding to make enough for one or two cups of coffee, and the flying saucer shape doesn't give much to hold onto, so even my big hands tire pretty quickly.
I wouldn't recommended buying one unless GSI does something about that shaft. A cylindrical of box grinder might be a better choice.
Seems to break in well after putting coffee beans…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $25
Seems to break in well after putting coffee beans in. Wouldn't recomend lugging this around unless fresh coffee beans really mean that much to you. Use it for car camping or RV-ing. Also good around the house if your trying to prepare for the zombie apocalypse.
- Car camping
Seems to break in well after putting coffee beans in. It will only work against the resistance of the beans once you push it down on a cup and turn the whole grinder and cup while keeping the handle in the same spot.
Wouldn't recommend lugging this around on a multi-day trip unless fresh coffee beans really mean that much to you. Use it for car camping or RV-ing. Also good around the house if you're trying to prepare for the zombie apocalypse.