I admit to being a Snow Peak fanboy, what’s with all the substandard love for its French press? Are people boiling the water in the unit forcing the grinds past the filter?
Hi @BlacqueJacque - Thanks for reaching out! I don't have any Snow Peak Titanium Coffee Press wisdom myself, but wanted to tag someone that I believe has a Snow Peak coffee setup. @PeperePaulie, do you have any wisdom to share regarding this question?
There are definitely a large number of backpacking/camping coffee enthusiasts here in the community, as the What's Your Go-To Camping Coffee/Caffeine System thread has 37 responses on it! Hopefully some others will weigh in with their experience.
I have used the Snow Peak in the past as I generally am disgusted by instant coffee. It's serviceable as long as you don't press too fast or hard on the plunger. Hard not to do on a cold winter morning but trust me...I've made coffee in -17F weather. The problem I always had was the extra weight of everything else (coffee, powdered creamer, packets of sweetner) on a 2-week trip which I do yearly, and then burying or carrying the grounds out after I'm done, an extra step in my morning routine and/or weight. Weekend stuff, no problem, it's small and light and worth good coffee.
After a bunch of recommendations (some in this thread) in different instants for longer trips a friend of mine hooked me up with a Korean brand called Rosebud. It's instant, but actually tastes pretty good. I use a packet and half for a cup for my 2-cup mornings, and I could probably carry a month's worth and not notice the weight. It comes packaged with sweetner and creamer. I actually use it for my afternoon cup at home. Unfortunately not sold by REI (should be!). It's been weaning me off the french press coffee.
@BlacqueJacque - You're probably right about using excessive force and pushing grinds through the mesh sieve. And/or using too find of a grind.
FWIW, I am an avowed coffee-holic and decided to not use any French press on trail for a few reasons;
It's not that I dislike the Snow Peak press (I've never used it and can't say anything positive or negative about it), it's just that I personally can't justify its purchase based on what I already have and enjoy.