GSI Outdoors Expresso Maker - 4 Cup

GSI Outdoors Expresso Maker - 4 Cup

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  • Made from lightweight aluminum, this European-style espresso machine is finely crafted with a brass steam pipe
  • Designed for use on low heat over your backpacking stove
  • Tank holds 10 oz. of water and fresh ground coffee

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GSI Outdoors Expresso Maker - 4 Cup

Specification Description
Best use Backpacking
Dimensions 4 x 9 inches
Material(s) Aluminum/brass
Weight 15 ounces

GSI Outdoors Expresso Maker - 4 Cup

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Rated 1out of5
by fromGSI Mini Expresso Maker The GSI Mini-Expresso Maker is a keen idea but the product has designs faults. 1. Wiki defines express as requiring high pressure of 0.82 to1.8 MPa which the GSI only produces a small fraction of that pressure. The GSI is a Moka machine not an espresso machine. 2. The heat transfer from flame to the water is inefficient and wasteful. This could be improved with fins on the bottom and thinner walls up the sides. 3. When finished brewing the unit is too hot to touch for quite some time. This is a waste of energy. 4. At 0.43Kg (15 oz) weight may be a bit much for packing/tramping.
Date published: 2008-04-16
Rated 1out of5
by fromToo Fragile Arrived with the tube already bent. Didn't survive the initial cleaning. Clearly wouldn't have survived long on a sailboat.
Date published: 2008-07-22
Rated 1out of5
by fromNeeds a new design I also bought mine for use on a boat. We do a lot of camping on the lake an coffee in the mornings is a must. Even though I packed it well we hit some rough water and the tube bent, over all it bent twice and broke during the second straitening. I think the tube needs to be detachable and stored inside. The coffee it produced was OK. All in All I am going back to my french press. It makes great coffee and all the working parts are stored inside. It is probably too heavy for backpacking as it is made out of glass and aluminum but maybe they make a light weight one.
Date published: 2008-12-20
Rated 1out of5
by fromGet a clue If I am thinking of buying a sleeping bag, I come to REI because we're the specialists in that stuff. If I am thinking of coffee, I go to a coffee specialist.I research "espresso makers' on google and I might find [@] or [@] and I'd discover the difference between the stuff that dribbles out of a moka pot and real espresso and I'd know what to expect in terms of the coffee experience and then I'd be able to shop for a quality moka pot that was not only lightweight and durable but efficient and practical but probably NOT cheap. Just like the remarkable down sleeping bags I bought from REI. These terrible cheap junk mokas should not be in REI's inventory, they're just junk. Total ripoff if compared to what else is on the market. Do your homework and return this item.david boise ID
Date published: 2010-10-27
Rated 2out of5
by fromOnly if someone else carries it.... Too flimsy, bulky and heavy for backcountry use. Makes a nice cup of coffee - definite luxury item if you're in the woods. Better suited for car camping or in a cabin where the fragile tube is less likely to get wrecked.
Date published: 2009-01-23
Rated 2out of5
by fromNot worth it's weight... First of all, I admit I am a coffee snob. I roast in my garage and have a full espresso setup with professional grinder in my kitchen. I saw this at REI while we were getting a few items for a 4 day backpacking trip and thought "what the heck" even though it weighs almost 1 lb, maybe we can make an exception and splurge a little, just to have a real americano in the morning instead of the cowboy coffee I usually make. The results are it does make a decent espresso, but I am planning to return it as it is not worth the trouble or weight to haul around on a backpacking trip. I spent 4 days waking up and dreading having to use this thing and wishing I had even one paper coffee filter to make some drip coffee. It's not like this is some unproven design, it's the same as the stovetop Moka Express by Bialetti, only it doesn't work as well as my Bialetti. This thing starts off great with a good shot coming out, then it starts sputtering and spitting and blows coffee drops all over the place. I think the funnel inside may be too short, as there is water left inside when it is done brewing - a lot more than in a Moka machine. If you are car camping or in a cabin where you aren't concerned about weight, then sure you could use this machine. But you wouldn't use this machine because you could by a Bialetti Moka for the same or less, and have a FAR superior experience.
Date published: 2009-07-06
Rated 3out of5
by fromI love it but... I've had this thing for years with no problems, makes a great cup of coffee. Sadly, I tried a new, smaller pack and packed things a bit tight. The brass stem got bent and cracked. I figured that I could get it replaced, it's threaded so how hard could it be? I brought it to REI to ask about a replacement stem. Not available but they offered to take it back. Nice but i hate to throw things away. I had someone to contact GSI to ask about a replacement but no go. they offered to sell me the top for $20... more than half the price. I bought a die and threaded the stem and she works fine. It seems wasteful for an outdoor company.
Date published: 2013-01-05
Rated 3out of5
by fromGreat coffee, before it breaks... Although I'd like to think of myself as a minimalist, some things are worth their weight. Coffee is one of those things! A good cup-o-joe turns a **** trip into a ***** experience. GSI's 'expresso' maker puts out a great cup of coffee in any situation where a flame is available. Unfortunately the spout is not so durable and breaks with surprisingly little pressure. This makes it VERY difficult to pack. I have broken and returned mine 3 times now. I think I'm done with it finally. Back to the drawing board on good back country coffee.
Date published: 2008-06-09

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