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GSI Outdoors Ultralight Java Drip Coffee Maker

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GSI UL Coffee Filter + Montbell Double Wall Ti Cup

GSI UL Coffee Filter + Montbell Double Wall Ti Cup

Been hesitant to write about something as common and possibly inconsequential as a method of making coffee while out on the trail…

So why write one?

Meh, do not really know. Perhaps this GSI UL Coffee Filter has just impressed me enough to spend the thirty minutes writing this up.

I use to drink Starbucks Via both on the trail and at home. I would buy the 50-count House Blend off amazon. But I eventually got to the point where it was just not all that pleasurable.  Every Christmas I still buy a few boxes of the Christmas blend but that seems to be it these days.

I am not some kind of coffee connoisseur but I sure do love the flavor of a couple of brands of coffee. The first is Jamaica Blue Mountain Peaberry (amazon) and the second is New Mexico Piñon Coffee ‘Dark Piñon’ (amazon).

I have bought a number of different drip filters for hiking with, including a Finum Gold Filter that I used for about four years. When it finally gave out I was going to buy another one, but the GSI Outdoors Ultralight Java Drip (amazon) caught my eye.

When I first saw this GSI coffee filter I was put off by the long leg stands, but my hope was that I could cut them, and turn it into a steeper filter, which, sure enough, I was able to do.

I have not kept track of how many cups of coffee it has survived through, but it is well over 500 cups. I never thought it would last this long, sure has surprised me.

On my calibrated scale, with the legs cut off a bit, the GSI UL Coffee Filter weights in at exactly 10 grams (0.35 oz) which is pretty dang sweet.

It is priced about 10 bucks, just about everywhere.

Thanks for reading,
+John Abela
HikeLighter.Com

In accordance of USA Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR, Part 255: I hereby declare that at the time this article is published that I am a sponsored hiker of Black Rock Gear, Montbell US, Suluk46, Sun Precautions.

GSI UL Coffee Filter + MSR WindBurner

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Written by John B. Abela

September 29, 2015 at 5:01 pm

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  1. Thanks for the thoughts on this, John. I have one that I have never used. Sounds like I will be taking it out next trip. I do love a good cup of coffee in the morning. Key word here is “good”.

    kuntryrd

    September 29, 2015 at 5:17 pm

  2. Good post. I was in a quandary of how to approach coffee on the trail. At home I use an AeroPress, and Nespresso machine, both of these methods produce an excellent cup, but neither are practical for the trail. I bought the 50 count Via recently. However, this filter might be another option.

    Jim Bratton

    September 29, 2015 at 8:10 pm

  3. The filter works well and I take it with me on most trips, I use mine as a pour through filter, initially and then let it steep in the water to add the extra flavour. Thanks John for the write up..

    NielsenBrownOutdoors

    October 2, 2015 at 11:39 pm

    • Very good John, I too use this product also except with a round coffee filter folded twice which fits perfectly in the basket. I find that without the paper filter the dwell time is insufficient which results in weak coffee.

      John Coyle

      October 12, 2015 at 9:30 am

  4. […] I have also used and written about “Piece-It-Together-Systems” (PITS) over the years. Unquestionably my favorite, and all-time preferred PITS is the Evernew EBY265 + Trail Designs Sidewinder setup. It is, I feel, the quintessential setup for SUL/XUL hikers. My advice, if you go with this setup, is to ditch the stupid beer band and use some fiberglass wick – which I first documented here. You can check out a video of this setup here. Only thing that is different from when I shot it and now, is that now I use the GSI coffee filter. […]


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