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Old 12-23-2009, 10:25 PM
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so noted. i think i'll want to shop for as idiot proof as possible(not because steve's dumb, he's just either lazy or rushed), so i'll keep that in mind.

since we're here in this topic, and i think it's related, anyone have an opinion of the GSI personal press? it intruiges me so, and i think i can get around the leaking issue with some food-grade silicon tape.
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Old 12-24-2009, 09:46 AM
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anyone have an opinion of the GSI personal press?

I bought the older model a year or so ago with the idea of taking it backpacking....then realized after testing it at home that was stupid since you have to clean the nasty mess it leaves behind. That's all beside the point since your talking about car camping. Just saying for others that might read this.

Mine was just the simple clear plastic press. With a pathetic skinny wrap around Velcro insulator.

Overall the coffee was good but since it doesn't have a more elaborate mechanism to keep the plunger sealed to the outer barrel, grounds definitely get through. And yes, I personalty ground the coffee to Press size granules. To you and me, it's fine, but if somebody is moody about grounds...well. There was a screen in the lid that lined up with the spout that was suppose to catch some of the "leave behind" grounds but it gets plugged up immediately and you can't poor out of it. So you end up lifting the lid to poor which risked raising the plunger which risked releasing grounds. You also have to push so hard on the plunger you think your going to break it. That might have got better over time.

I would think the new generation one improved on that since it was so obvious. Looks like they claim they have some sort of split ring plunger now that suppose to help blow-by. The improved insulator is a must since it does cool down quick since you have to let it sit for a bit. Looks like they removed that extra screen too. This might be a worthless email....sorry;->

When I car camp I peculate and think it's fun.
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Old 12-24-2009, 04:08 PM
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Just to throw this out there. The french press on the jetboil works really well, plus an efficient stove, pot, cup and lid is included.

But I know it's not for everyone.
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Old 12-24-2009, 08:57 PM
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bass- it's crossed my mind, believe it or not... those jetboils are NICE. they're also spendy. if they made a bigger one(steve and robin take their coffee generously, and they usually brew for one or both of their sons as well as others) i'd think long and hard about just dropping the cash.

jim - i played around with one in REI last week.. it looks like they've since played with it some(i didn't notice the second filter you mentioned, but that could have been the floor model) and made some improvements. the insulation on the press itself is a full sleeve now, and semi-thick, but could be thicker. the new plunger has rings like you'd find on a car's pistons, and seems like it presses better now. the fit looks closer too. we'll find out soon how it performs for me.

target also makes a 'unbreakable' press, that's fairly big... so i have options. just have to shop around.
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Old 12-25-2009, 07:18 AM
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the new plunger has rings like you'd find on a car's pistons, and seems like it presses better now. the fit looks closer too.

I was wondering if that was what they were talking about. Sounds like they made some real improvements. Let us know how it goes. I like the idea of them, wish I could take it backpacking but would like to get one for car camping like you said.
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Old 12-26-2009, 01:03 AM
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The bigger they are the slower they cool down too; thermal mass and all. but with the Thermos type double wall of the IKEA unit that isn't a big problem, they do seem to be fairly robust and the filter works, Have to say tho that when camping I usually don't bother and drink Freeze-dried instant
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Old 01-03-2010, 09:59 PM
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This is a Bodum Bistro Mug Press. The two key parts (cylinder and plunger) weigh four ounces. It makes great coffee, but cleanup is a pain.


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Old 01-09-2010, 07:03 PM
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That Bodum Bistro Mug Press looks like a good size.

I have the GSI Personal Java Press.

I don't think plastic is that good for a container.

I did ask a coffee expert how I might improve my "camp coffee".

No kidding, here is what he suggested, as he proceeded to make a cup of coffee for me. Take a few coffee beans, pulverize them coarsely in a pestle (he had a wooden pestle) and then pour boiling water over the grounds, then pour thru a sieve (it looked like a tea ball, not finer) then throw on a little splash of very cold water (we happened to be practically surrounded by cold water).

He said, now you can use your coffee press, if you like, for the final straining, but instead just tap the container sharply, the grains will fall, wait a little, and pour off the top, the coffee will be clear enough.

He said, his Norwegian grandmother taught him how to make coffee.

I have to say, it was an excellent cup of coffee.

I do think it is best to start with the whole coffee beans.

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Old 01-09-2010, 11:21 PM
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i suppose i should have stipulated(in italicized, flashing, brightly colored font), that my mother in law is the motivation behind this research, and she is the furthest thing from any sort of 'tough it out' camper.

and as i said, my father in law can be a bit careless when he gets rushed. which she does to him often.
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Old 02-10-2010, 11:07 PM
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Funny thing, we were just given one of the Ikea insulated plungers as a housewarming present, still nice and shiny, hoping to test it soon
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