This is an in-depth gear review of the MSR Windburner Coffee Press for 2024.
If you are a coffee lover and already own the MSR Windburner Stove, or are thinking of upgrading your Backpacking Stove, then it is a no-brainer to get one of these. They come in sizes that suit the 1 Liter and 1.8 Liter stove, are lightweight, reasonably priced, and easily stored inside the stove when not in use.
I used and tested this french press over more than a year of hiking and backpacking and found that it works well and makes good coffee. If you want a quality Backpacking Coffee Maker then the coffee from this French Press will be better than any Instant Coffee for Backpacking. Keep reading to learn more.
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How We Tested
The MSR Windburner Coffee Press in this review has been extensively evaluated and researched by the expert author who has more than 30 years of experience in Thru-Hiking, Backpacking, and Hiking. He also spent several years managing a hiking retail store and is regarded as an expert in this field. The Coffee Press was supplied by the manufacturer. It has been rigorously tested by the author on day hikes and multi-day backpacking trips. The research, testing, and experience of the author have combined to complete this honest and independent review. Read the Review Policy for further details.
MSR Windburner Coffee Press In-Depth Review.
Weight: 1.3 oz / 40 grams
> Makes good quality coffee
> Reasonably Priced
> Might be easy to lose the screw-on handles for the press
> Some coffee grounds can squeeze through the side of the press
If you own the MSR Windburner Stove and love good coffee then getting the coffee press is a bit of a no-brainer. The MSR coffee press for the Windburner is lightweight, compact and fits inside the stove when not in use, and makes good coffee.
Just like a French Press for coffee that you have at home, you boil the water, add the coffee, wait a couple of minutes, use the press and you are ready to have good quality coffee. It is just very easy to use.
If could possibly complain about anything it would be that some of the coffee grounds managed to get through the side of the press. While the amount was very minimal it did happen. While not enough to stop me from buying and using the press it is something to keep in mind.
Overall, the MSR Windburner Coffee Press makes good coffee when hiking, backpacking, or camping and is a good choice if you already have an MSR Windburner Stove.
Ease of Use
The Windburner Coffee Press fits inside the stove pot when not in use and is easy to use. The coffee press comes with the press and two screw-in extension handles to use to press the filter inside the pot.
Making coffee is a very simple exercise and works just like the French Press that you have at home. First, you boil the water, add your favorite coffee, wait a couple of minutes, use the press and you are ready to have good quality coffee.
It is also easy to clean and store inside the Stove when not in use.
The Windburner Coffee press is so light at only 1.3 oz / 30 grams, so no reason not to take it with you.
When it comes to coffee makers it is a no-brainer to buy this to add to your backcountry cooking kit.
Quality of Coffee
When it comes to coffee press kits or French Press Kits there is nothing worse than drinking your coffee and having your mouth fill with coffee grounds. I found on a couple of occasions that some coffee grounds passed through the side of the press.
I wasn’t sure if it was a user error or if I wasn’t allowing the coffee long enough time to brew before using the press. I tried brewing it for a short time and a long time and still a few coffee grounds got through the side of the press.
The amount was very minimal but enough that I could notice it. The amount was not enough for me to dislike the coffee that the coffee press produced.
MSR Windburner Coffee Press vs the Rest
If you own that MSR Windburner Stove then the coffee press should be on your list of things to take with you in the backcountry. However, when you compare it to all the best camping coffee makers it is lighter than most, reasonably priced, and makes quality coffee. As this will only work with the correct sized Windburner stove it would be a good idea to take a look at all the other options listed in the link below. It is certainly better than any of the Best Backpacking instant coffee on the market.
Overall, the MSR coffee press comes with me when I take the MSR Windburner into the backcountry. And if you like coffee and have an MSR Windburner then you should consider getting one too.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Does the MSR Windburner come with a Coffee Press?
The MSR Windburner has the option to add a Coffee Press for both the 1 liter and 1.8 liter pot. Overall, if you are a coffee lover the coffee press works great and is worth the extra expense.
Does the MSR Windburner Coffee Press make good coffee?
The MSR Windburner Coffee Press makes good quality french press style coffee. If you have an MSR Windburner Stove and like coffee then it is a no brainer, you should have the coffee press too.
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