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Old 12-21-2009, 02:47 PM
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French Press for Car Camping

so, having watched for several years now, my in-laws camping, and their yearly struggle with coffee, i brought up to my wife the idea of getting a french press for them for next summer.

they've tried everything it seems. from old fashioned percolators to instant, and even that coleman stovetop percolator(which was easy to use but a dissapointment, as it ran VERY slowly. we're still trying to figure that out...). they've really settled down to making cowboy coffee and using a very crude filtering setup to transfer from saucepan to cup.

and my mother in-law never ceases to have issues with grounds(and taste...).

so, with a few requirements:

larger capacity(say, four to six cups)-they do drink a good bit...
nigh-indestructible(my father in law can be hard on stuff, when packing)
the ability to use pre-grind coffee(say, foldger's)would be nice, not needed.

what are some presses that might meet at least the first two? i think i can convince them to switch to a press-grind, or maybe grind up enough coffee for them for the trip with a burr grinder.

GSI has a product line that's got mixed reviews, REI seems to have plenty of 1-3 cup stuff(not large enough)...
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Old 12-21-2009, 05:24 PM
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Do you have IKEA??
They have a terrific INSULATED stainless steel plunger ( what you call a French Press ) good value and it works keeps the coffee hot for a good 2 hours inside probably 1/2 that in the wind and cold
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Old 12-21-2009, 06:27 PM
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handy. there's an IKEA not too far, i can go in and check. the website shows a rather nice looking one with glass and all. (might get that for here in my kitchen...)

the indestructibility factor is actually i think the most important part. my father in law, as i said, can be HARD on stuff. as can everyone else that goes with them/shares their site. i like my wife's older brother, but he's a klutz at times.

if i could get them a reliable camping drip percolator, i would. but the coleman model has something twitchy under the filter drawer that can block flow, and i hear the brunton model, while nice, has a lot of issues right now.

so it's a french press.

will definetly look at IKEA.. had no idea they made coffee presses(should have known)... do they make a crank grinder too?
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Old 12-21-2009, 08:12 PM
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Just one hyphenated word - "freeze-dried" - taste a whole better than anything percolated.

Percolating coffee is like drinking water from a toilet - it should never be done.

A percolator recycles the coffee over and over. That is why when an inventor wants to insult a fellow inventor he calls him a "percolator perp."
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Old 12-21-2009, 08:24 PM
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percolating in small pots actually works very well. it's the bigger pots where it's pretty gnarly.

it also depends entirely on your coffee selection. anything roasted like starbucks will never percolate well.

so... snobbery jabs aside, no press suggestions?
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Old 12-22-2009, 05:37 PM
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Honestly I have never been a fan of drip or perked coffee, and once you get hooked on the caffeine hit of plunger coffee you can never go back, even expresso isn't as good, just remember that you don't want an ultra-fine grind with a press and use a GOOD coffee, personally I try and buy rain forest alliance Arabica beans a mix of medium and dark roast
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Old 12-22-2009, 06:10 PM
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i was thinking, depending on cost of the press, getting them a pound or two of a nice kona coffee, as a kicker.

so, would the pre-done stuff, like foldger's work alright in a press, or is the grind too fine? i ask because they're likely to try it... it seems like not all press filters are equal in this regard.
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Old 12-22-2009, 10:31 PM
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It is all to do with the fineness of the weave of the stainless steel mesh, too fine a grind and the mesh plugs up.
Not familiar with US brands, I'll ask the missus->>

I'm back ; wife says Folgers is good if you get the MEDIUM grind.

CC said to get them 2 plungers, one to drink and one to brew and she misses having a white Christmas
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Old 12-22-2009, 11:05 PM
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handy to know!

we're starting to get white christmases here in washington... but they're still hit or miss.

good tip on the foldger's... i want to make the transition easy for them.
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Old 12-23-2009, 07:55 PM
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Yeah, you can't beat the good french press coffee.

Don't know about the plastic one, but the glass one from Ikea doesn't handle the cheap stuff to well. It's not that the plunger clogs up it's just that the grinds escape around the edges. If you don't give it plenty of time to settle you will be left plucking it off your tongue, and teeth

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