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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Coffee, Tiny Device Watched a youtube video on pour-over coffeemaking beforehand, and ours turned out very strong and delicious. We used the suggested 3 rounded Tablespoons of med-fine grounds per cup. Other reviewers mentioned that the water went through too fast, producing a weak cup, but we did not have this problem with the ratio & grind. Tried this ultra light little device with and without a filter... found that it cleaned up so easily without it, we ditched using them. Grounds dump out without sticking much and the residue rinses out clean. Good product.
Date published: 2013-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Coffee Filter I've tried most methods for making coffee while camping. As a former barista and roaster, I tend to care a bit too much about the quality of my coffee. This filter has been fantastic. My favorite way to make coffee at home is a pour over, and this allows you to do that. I've used this with and without a paper filter and both ways are great. It allows for a much cleaner cup than a french press, and you can use much better coffee than with instant coffee, without adding much more space to your setup. As long as you grind your coffee beforehand, this will do the job. It's incredibly light too, and collapses so it takes up almost no space at all. I highly recommend this for both car camping and backpacking.
Date published: 2016-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Minimalist way to have excellent brew This featherweight and simple device makes brewing excellent drip coffee an easy process in the field. The three "feet" slip onto the rim of your mug or cup. Coffee grounds of your choice go into the mesh basket, then hot water is poured (not too fast) over the coffee and the brew drips down into the mug. Experiment a bit to develop the grounds to water ratio that produces the strength of your liking, then stick with it for a good cup every time. To clean up merely dump the used grounds out of the basket. It's a winner!
Date published: 2014-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The perfect cup This is a fantastic, low profile and light weight way to bring a little comfort with you on the trail. Depending on your preferences you can use it as a filter to clean up your cowboy coffee, or use it as the manufacturer suggests to make drip coffee. If you are making drip coffee do not pour water through your grounds too fast or you will end up with a weak cup. Just gently drizzle the water through and you'll end up with a perfect cup every time. The little feet clip easily onto any mug.
Date published: 2014-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great coffee, anywhere. To get the most out of this, use it as you would use a regular pourover cone, because that's what it is. It's not just a strainer for "cowboy coffee" like another reviewer said, though I'm sure it would work as one. But that method normally doesn't taste as good as the proper method. Pour in just enough hot water to saturate the grounds and let it sit for 20 seconds. After that, pour water in -slowly-. You want the water to travel through the grounds, not just through the sides (Though the sides do have enough resistance to keep the water in unless you overfill it.). Pour in a little bit at a time so you don't overflow it. You'll find the sweet spot. This will make coffee nearly on par with the V60 and other pourover cones, if you use it right.
Date published: 2015-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cleaner Cowboy Coffee I agree with Dunes and Wadis. This is a way to "clean up" your cowboy coffee. Before I saw this I was thinking of looking for a tea strainer to do this job. This is lighter in weight and does a better job. Or this is a different way of making press coffee. Don't underestimate this as a way of making really, really good coffee. You are in control of all the variables: coffee, grind (you do grind your coffee, don't you?), temperature, extraction time… Here's how I do it: (1)Heat water and grind the coffee. (2)When the water is about 200°, DUMP THE COFFEE into the water. (3)Stir and cover. (4)After about 4 minutes pour mixture through the mesh filter. By now, most of the grounds will have settled and I pour as few as possible into the mesh. I have never used this with a paper filter. I use mine at home frequently. I use a pyrex measuring cup and heat the water in the microwave. I cover the cup with a saucer to minimize heat loss and pour through this device at the end of 4 minutes as described above. A nice, compact system. I find this to be easier to clean than is a coffee press. My only caution is I don't know how long this will last. It seems durable as long as I don't poke something through the mesh or the seam coming unraveled. I find coffee made this way to be a little cleaner than most press made coffee.
Date published: 2013-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Cup Yet Great coffee maker once you learn the trick. Rather than using it like a pour over filter, make cowboy style coffee and use it to filter the grounds out. If you try the pour over it doesn’t have a lot of time to saturate the grounds. If you make it cowboy style in your pot then pour it through to filter out the grounds, it works perfect.
Date published: 2014-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cowboy coffee This is not a "coffee maker". It is not for brewing coffee like an electric countertop coffee maker. Hauling paper filters around in addition to this filter would defeat the purpose of this ultra-minimalist device. This little gem is for straining the grinds out of your cowboy coffee. In other words, heat your water, dump your fresh grinds directly into the pot, stir, for 30 seconds, then pour your java through this strainer into your cup. Rich flavor, no silt in your cup. Rinse your pot and this filter promptly. Easy to make and easy to clean. Yes, a paper filter inside this strainer would make cleanup of the grinds even faster, but that would make your coffee gear twice as bulky and half as Earth-friendly. The only problem with this clip-on filter is its wide size; most coffee mugs will receive the brew just fine, but one camper's mug on my last trip was narrow enough to cause this filter to drip coffee all over the outside of the cup and waste the precious brew.
Date published: 2013-06-25
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Questions & Answers

Anyone tried to use this to strain cold brew coffee?

Asked by: The Renter
The Ultralight Java Drip Coffee Maker works for cold brew coffee in addition to hot coffee.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-17

Do the legs fold up when not in use or are they fixed outward?

Asked by: Rodmeow
​The legs on the Ultralight Java Drip Coffee Maker do fold for easy storage.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-07

Would it work with a sea to summit cup? With the wide mouth and all?

Asked by: Kelly3
​Yes, this coffee mug is compatible with most Sea to Summit mugs.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-10-17

Can this Drip Coffee  maker clip onto a standard 32oz wide mouth nalgene?

Asked by: 353epd07
Yes, the Ultralight Java Drip Coffee Maker will work with a Nalgene 32 ounce wide mouth bottle.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-17
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