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GSI Outdoors Mini Expresso Maker - 1 Cup

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  • Made from lightweight aluminum, the European-style espresso machine is finely crafted with a brass steam pipe
  • For use on low heat over your backpacking stove
  • Tank holds 3 ounces of water and fresh ground coffee

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GSI Outdoors Mini Expresso Maker - 1 Cup Specs
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Backpacking
6 x 3 inches
Aluminum/brass
7 ounces
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GSI Outdoors Mini Expresso Maker - 1 Cup

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Rated 4.0/5 based on 13 reviews
Rated 1out of5
by fromToo small Only being able to make one shot of espresso at a time, this device was a test of patience. We upgraded to the four cup maker and are very happy. Our single shot maker was also very leaky and lost most of the water out the main seal, despite our best efforts to prevent it.
Date published: 2010-09-02
Rated 3out of5
by fromMaybe It worked fine at home (where I have a fancy Italian machine that makes much better espresso) but under trail conditions I couldn't get it to hold a seal necessary to build up the necessary pressure.
Date published: 2009-07-10
Rated 4out of5
by fromHot espresso on the trail! We used to take this on every hike. It makes rainy cold hikes bearable to have a hot espresso along the way or with a lunch break, and is always the envy/delight of friends. It's fun to use and despite looking like a heavy chunk of metal, it's quite light and can unscrew and fit inside our tiny titanium cookset with the micro-stove. Unfortunately, we're having a hard time finding a spare rubber seal for it. Perhaps our own fault for leaving the rubber ring in the unit while storing it between hikes, the rubber became all goopy and stuck to the metal. The seal isn't tight enough now and it sprays pressure out the side (scary). It would be great if REI carried replacement parts for this. (hint hint - poke poke). I love this little espresso maker enough to buy a second one, but that would just be wasteful and un-environmental.
Date published: 2011-05-08
Rated 4out of5
by fromWorked like a charm I bought this for morning lattes. It worked just fine during my test run on my home stove (just keep the gas to low) and worked great at the camp site. The only problem I had with it was the grate to my Coleman stove is too wide to let this rest on it and stay stable. During one brewing, it keeps falling over. Putting a bakers rack over the burner/grate with smaller gaps between the wires may work better. If you camp with a group, I would recommend the 4 cup maker. The moment people realized I had coffee, I had 3 empty cups thrust at me by people with puppy dog looks on their faces. It heats up fast enough but having to dump the grinds and start over for every cup got a bit tedious. To protect it, I bought a simple tupperware storage box. The maker, plus the coffee and small plastic bottles of syrup fit just fine in it and it protects the maker from any damage.
Date published: 2011-06-01
Rated 4out of5
by fromGo to coffe maker There is nothing better than waking up and having a great cup of coffee when camping. I used to use disposable bags and then a french press. My dad had one of these many years ago and I snatched one up when I found it in REI. Although it is not true espresso, it is great coffee. I normally only use it when canoe or kayak camping, but may take it on the next backpack trip as it is not overly heavy. I do have concerns about the drip tube breaking, but it has held up on over a dozen trips so far. I do recommended cleaning it well and drying it out after every trip. Make sure you use medium-fine ground coffee.
Date published: 2011-06-03
Rated 4out of5
by fromI Kinda Love It I saw this in REI and kinda laughed at it but then my girlfriend made it appear under the Christmas tree. I've taken it on every trip I've been on since and cant see a reason not to take it on all future trips. It fits perfectly inside my mess kit so, although kind of heavy, it takes up no practical space. It's perfect for solo or small group trips but if you go out with a large group you might want to consider the 10 oz. version because everyone will want a shot and, although making one or two esspressos is not bad, making several cups gets a little time consuming and, honestly, annoying. A friend I usually backpack with brings his french press and we usually make red-eyes in the morning--a great way to perk you up for a long days trek. I usually keep my pack at under 20 pounds...maybe a quarter of that is coffee related. This sweet-machine is worth it!
Date published: 2011-06-07
Rated 4out of5
by fromGreat coffee in a compact design I've used this little espresso maker both at home on a standard electric stove top and in San Fransisco in the redwoods and it performs great! The coffee is very tasty and the cleanup takes about 30 seconds. I didn't have the seal problems that others have mentioned although I can see where you'd run into problems if the unit is hot and you don't have a pot holder or towel or something to handle it as you tighten it down. The problem I had on my MSR Whisperlite is that the pot supports are too far apart for the small base on the espresso maker. The solution was to sit it off-kilter on the actual burner and hold your mouth right. Not the best and honestly don't know what stove they designed this for. Also, where can you find a backcountry demitasse? standard mugs are too tall to fit under the gooseneck spigot. I ended up using a ramakin and that works pretty well.
Date published: 2011-10-14
Rated 4out of5
by fromAmazing This little thing is amazing!!!!!while i do consider my self a minimalist I had to budge a buy this thing it just seemed so cool. since I have gotten it I have used it numerous times. it works great and makes one [*] good cup of coffee! and its SUPER easy to clean. My only stipulation is that the cup gets very hot and if the prongs on your stove are barley wide enough you run the chance of it not being even and falling off and spilling your precious cup of Joe.PS. if you backpack with friends I would recommend buying the bigger 4 cup one... making cup after cup gets really annoying after the 3rd person
Date published: 2012-03-02

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