GSI Outdoors Ultralight Java Drip
What - Lightweight Coffee Drip System
Who - GSI Outdoors (US Based)
Weight - 9g
Cost - $19-22
Retailers - Snowys, Paddy Pallin
Rating - 8/10
Easy to Clean
Real Coffee on the Trail
Dual Use For Tea Lovers
Takes a While to Finish Dripping
Will Have Other Hikers Asking You to Brew Them A Cup or Two
Review - Fresh coffee out on the trail need not be an early morning dream anymore with the GSI Outdoors Ultralight Java Drip making it possible to be both ultralight (or just lightweight) and enjoy a hot brew in the outdoors. While many hikers resort to coffee bags to get their morning fix, the result is a mix of ground coffee and instant coffee, not an ideal solution for those that enjoy the real thing.
Having toyed with the idea of taking my full AeroPress setup on the trail, although still lightweight it takes up a lot of space, something that is at a premium with my current setup. While searching the interwebs for various solutions I came across the GSI Outdoors Ultralight Java Drip and instantly I knew this was going to be a winner. At only 9g (yes that is right) it folds away into a compact circle that I tuck into my cooking pot that also houses my bowl, cup, spoon and lantern.
The drip system of coffee brewing is something I was already very familiar with having started my love affair with coffee in one of the best growing regions in the world, Costa Rica. Their setup involves a wooden or metal frame and a cotton sock/filter suspended over the pot or cup. Lamenting the demise of the one I bought while I was over there in 2008, this drip system makes a great replacement, albeit not as ornamental.