OR - Jetboil Coffee Press - Kurt Papke
- I know I've already got my HH SuperShelter OR queued up, but wanted to
get this posted so I don't forget about it.
Text follows with embedded alt text. --Kurt
Jetboil Coffee Press - Owner Review
Review Date: November 17, 2008
Tester Biographical Information
6' 4" (193 cm)
220 lbs (100 kg)
kwpapke at gmail dot com
City, State, Country Minneapolis, Minnesota USA
Backpacking background: mostly in Minnesota and Oregon - all of the
Superior Hiking Trail and Border Route, Isle Royale, dayhiking and
backpacking in the Columbia River gorge. I've done extensive
dayhiking in Utah, Colorado and Oregon. I am mostly a Spring/Fall
season backpacker, but easing into more cold-weather/Winter trips. I
have been an ardent coffee drinker for many decades, but until Fall
2008 I drank tea when backpacking. I now enjoy a steaming cup of
freshly-brewed mocha java on a cold morning.
Jetboil Coffee Press componentsThe Jetboil Coffee Press is an
accessory for the Jetboil PCS backpacking stove that upgrades the
stove/pot system to be used to brew coffee similar to a French press.
To brew coffee, water is brought to a boil in the PCS mug, ground
coffee is added and allowed to steep, then the plunger of the Press is
pushed down to compact the grounds. The metal mesh of the Press
prevents grounds from being ingested. Coffee can be drunk directly
from the PCS mug, or poured into a cup.
The Press components are shown in the photo at left. At the top are
the two disassembled pieces of the plunger, and at bottom is the mesh
screen. The screen is shown upside-down from the orientation it would
be used in the PCS to show the bottom flange which fits tight against
the walls of the PCS cup and prevents coffee grounds from escaping.
0.8 oz (22 g)
0.8 oz (22 g)
I purchased my Jetboil PCS over two years ago, but bought the Coffee
Press in preparation for a Fall 2008 backpacking trip to Isle Royale.
I also used it on a second backpacking trip to the Superior Hiking
Trail in October. These trips are depicted in the following table:
September 7-14, 2008
Isle Royale National Park,
600 to 1600 ft
(180 to 490 m)
Night: 40 F to 50 F
(4 C to 10)
Day: 50 F to 65 F
(4 C to 18 C)
October 14-17, 2008
Superior Hiking Trail (SHT),
northern Minnesota 800 to 1300 ft
(245 to 395 m)
Night: 28 F to 40 F
(-2 C to 4 C)
Day: 45 F to 60 F
(7 C to 16 C)
SHT in Fall
Press assembled and ready to place in PCSPlunger all the way downTo
use Jetboil Coffee Press, I first assemble the pieces as shown in the
photo at left, often doing this while the water is coming to a boil.
The two pieces of the plunger are screwed together, the plunger is
inserted through the hole in the top of the cup lid, and the screen is
screwed onto the plunger making sure the flange is oriented down.
Then, I add ground coffee to the hot water and let steep for 3-5
minutes. I normally put the cup lid on right after the coffee is
added to keep everything warm.
Next the plunger is pushed down to compress the grounds to the bottom
of the cup. When this is done, the top of the plunger fits flush with
the top of the cup as shown in the photo at right.
Sip and enjoy! But I have to be very careful of not burning my tongue
- the coffee is extremely hot, as the insulated PCS cup keeps the
liquid from cooling off much. In fact, I normally pour my coffee
through the drinking hole in the PCS cup lid to a small cup to cool.
That way I can enjoy several smaller, hot, cups of coffee without
waiting a long time for things to cool off.
Screen at bottom of PCS cupPlunger pieces on top of fuel
cannisterAfter I'm done drinking I remove the Press assembly and
discard the grounds.
I then swish the mesh screen in some water to wash off the grounds. I
don't spend too much effort getting it real clean, as the next plunge
into boiling water will sterilize it pretty well.
Next I unscrew the mesh screen from the plunger stem and drop it
flange-up into the bottom of the PCS mug as shown at left. If it is
put in flange-down, the fuel cannister will not nest properly and the
mug cover won't fit on.
Next the fuel cannister goes in, cap up. I then unscrew the two
pieces of the plunger and drop them into the mug as shown at right.
The stove itself goes in next, and the mug cover is put in place.
The Jetboil Coffee press makes as good quality coffee in the back
country as I've ever tasted. The taste limitation seems to be in the
aluminum mug walls - they just don't seem to make as clean tasting
coffee as glass. I fresh grind quality beans the night before I leave
on a trip and store them in a zip top bag or a small airtight Nalgene
Cleanup is easy, and all the parts pack into the PCS mug. Sort of.
With the mesh screen on the bottom, the stove is pushed up far enough
that the mug lid doesn't fit tight and seems to fall off if not packed
tightly. The stove igniter seems to press against the mug lid.
Around the time I started using the coffee press my igniter stopped
working. I can't say with certainty that there is a direct
cause-and-effect situation, but the timing and the fact that the Press
pushes the igniter against the lid seems suspicious.
The other issue I have is the plunger pieces rattle around inside the
mug. Its noisy enough that I can hear it when I'm hiking. I suppose
I could put some toilet paper or other soft item around the fuel
cannister to keep the pieces from rattling, but I've been too lazy
and/or forgetful so far.
The plunger pieces also seem easy to lose. I've dropped them several
times out of the mug and either had to wash the dirt off or search for
them in grass. I am a little concerned that I'll lose one of the
plunger pieces some day.
I really like my Jetboil Coffee Press, and regret that as Winter comes
on I'll have to give it up as the cannisters don't work well at
1. Makes great coffee.
2. Reasonably priced.
3. Minimal weight and bulk - makes multiple uses of the PCS mug.
4. Easy to use once I got the hang of it. It took me a few
mornings to get the mesh screen oriented with the flange down the
5. Easy to clean.
6. Sturdy, and so far, reliable - not much can go wrong.
Areas for improvement:
1. Mug cover does not fit tight and falls off with the Press stored
2. Plunger pieces rattle around noisily.
3. Small pieces that are easy to lose.
4. It is very easy to screw the mesh screen on upside-down. I
don't see why the hole and threads on the bottom have to be exposed to
make it so easy to mess this up.
5. Unless I pour the coffee into another container I can't make a
hot breakfast while I have my coffee.
6. Easy to burn my tongue on the scalding hot coffee.
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Great report! I may have to get one of these for my husband for
Christmas! Good use of pictures. Only a couple of edits and you are
good to upload. Remember to delete your test file.
EDIT: I didn't note each instance, but the proper spelling
Its noisy enough that I can hear it when I'm hiking.
EDIT: Change to "It's".
--- In BackpackGearTest@yahoogroups.com, "kwpapke" <kwpapke@...> wrote:
> I know I've already got my HH SuperShelter OR queued up, but wanted to
> get this posted so I don't forget about it.
> or http://tinyurl.com/5vgvk4
- --- In BackpackGearTest@yahoogroups.com, "Kathleen Waters"
> Only a couple of edits and you areEdits completed and ready to upload. Thanks! However, I am not
> good to upload. Remember to delete your test file.
enabled to upload to the directory:
Curiously, I *am* enabled to do an upload in nearly every other
Jetboil cooking accessory. I guess I better get going and bang out
the OR's ;0)
In the meantime, if someone could flip the right switch to allow me to
upload to the "French Press" directory, that would be goodness.