Go Back  FlyerTalk Forums > Travel&Dining > Travel Products
Reload this Page >

Coffee lovers: Opinions on a travel French Press

Coffee lovers: Opinions on a travel French Press

Reply

Old Jan 7, 15, 8:05 am
  #1  
FlyerTalk Evangelist
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Greener Pastures
Posts: 10,495
Coffee lovers: Opinions on a travel French Press

So, I'm trying to find a travel french press for a friend of mine.

I'm looking for a travel mug that has the the french press capabilities as she's in rural India and she'll have access to boiling water, but that's about it.

I'm thinking about this one GSI Outdoors Commuter Press Mug based on the review here -

Also looked at the reviews here and they recommend the Planetary Double Shot French Press Mug

Anyone have either of these & anyone have any opinions on them?

Thanks in advance!
bhatnasx is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Jan 7, 15, 9:23 am
  #2  
tcl
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: In a hotel somewhere trying to repack everything I brought (and bought) in to a carry-on smaller than my last one.
Programs: UA, Asia Miles, True Blue, Southwest, IHG
Posts: 1,028
I have not tried either of the mugs you linked to but when I did try the French Press - Mug thing, I had the Bodum. If you go for the Bodum, the metal version is better than the plastic version.
tcl is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Jan 7, 15, 11:17 am
  #3  
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Programs: DL Silver, AS MVP, UA Silver, HHonors Diamond, Marriott Plat, SPG Plat, National Exec Elite
Posts: 3,877
I've tried a camping french press that you place inside a Nalgene bottle... my main complaint was, if you're not pouring the brewed coffee into separate cup, there is still some steeping action going on in the bottom while you're drinking, so unless you drink fairly quickly you end up with the second half of the cup tending towards bitter and over-extracted. I'd try to avoid any combo solution that has you drinking coffee that's still steeping. If French Press is what she likes, get her a Bodum and a separate travel mug.

Also, I've always thought the French Press in general was a bit of a one-trick pony. Something like the Aeropress is MUCH more versatile, being able to make drinks ranging anywhere form near-espresso to something more like a french press. I personally make something that comes out quite like an americano but without having to dilute after the press. I'd never think of making a Latte or anything similar from a French Press, but I could get pretty darn close with an Aeropress. If you don't like the idea of using a paper filter every time, there are several metal mesh filters available with varying aperture sizes.

Also, for pure simplicity, the Melitta Ready Set Joe is tough to beat especially for $5.50. You can vary things a bit more with it than a French Press, but not nearly as much as the Aeropress. It will also take a #2 gold mesh reusable filter if you don't want to deal with paper filters.
IsleOfMan is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Jan 7, 15, 11:52 am
  #4  
FlyerTalk Evangelist
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Greener Pastures
Posts: 10,495
Good point about the coffee continue to brewing - never would have thought about that. I'm planning on sending her a package with some coffee from a local roaster that I know she likes and I know she drinks her coffee black, so I'm not worried about the additional things like sugar/milk, etc.

The think I like about the GSI vs. the Bodum is the less moving parts - it seems like the GSI would be better for backpacking/travel. But the Bodum looks better for sure. Will do a little more research on that one. Thanks!
bhatnasx is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Jan 7, 15, 11:56 am
  #5  
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Programs: DL Silver, AS MVP, UA Silver, HHonors Diamond, Marriott Plat, SPG Plat, National Exec Elite
Posts: 3,877
Don't overlook the Aeropress... it's by far the best non-electric option I've found (compared to French Press, Bialetti, Pour-Over, etc)
IsleOfMan is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Jan 7, 15, 1:08 pm
  #6  
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: land of aahhhhs (ICT)
Programs: AA Plat, LTGold, exEXP
Posts: 427
Thumbs up

I second the aeropress
skipaway is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Jan 7, 15, 1:17 pm
  #7  
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: ABE
Programs: DL DM, IHG Spire, Mariott Platinum (UA SI) Avis First, National Executive
Posts: 764
Most of the "travel" coffee presses are too small and they are plastic. And if you like coffee, plastic and hot water do not mix... Get this and call it a day. You can even stuff it with other things in your carry on and fits pretty nicely. And it has sufficient amount for 4 cups
IflyfromABE is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Jan 7, 15, 2:40 pm
  #8  
FlyerTalk Evangelist
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Greener Pastures
Posts: 10,495
I looked at Aeropress and it's got too many moving parts for what I'm looking for. It looks great & seems great for single cup, but for the type of traveling doing (backpacking), I'm not sure I want to get her the aeropress.
bhatnasx is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Jan 7, 15, 3:18 pm
  #9  
FlyerTalk Evangelist
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Greener Pastures
Posts: 10,495
I've decided to go with Bodum - thanks for the input everyone!
bhatnasx is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Jan 7, 15, 4:29 pm
  #10  
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Anwhere ex-MAN
Programs: A3 *G, BA Silver
Posts: 2,706
Originally Posted by bhatnasx View Post
I've decided to go with Bodum - thanks for the input everyone!
Decision made in 5 hours - way to go to gather some opinions.
MAN Pax is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Jan 7, 15, 4:42 pm
  #11  
FlyerTalk Evangelist
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Greener Pastures
Posts: 10,495
Originally Posted by MAN Pax View Post
Decision made in 5 hours - way to go to gather some opinions.
It's a gift for someone who will be happy with whatever. I had 2 options that I checked out & someone presented a 3rd option which multiple people supported & I checked it out & it was better than my first option. Requirements were simple - travel friendly french press with few moving parts that has a cup built in. Wanted to make a decision sooner than later as I have to have it delivered to NYC & then sent to India.

It works. No need to dwell on a $30 decision - more important things in life.

And, if better info comes along in the next day or two, I'll just order a different one & return the one I got...
bhatnasx is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Jan 8, 15, 1:42 am
  #12  
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Somewhere between N.A. and S.E.A.
Programs: HHonors / UA M+ / TK M&S Elite
Posts: 185
Sorry if I'm too late to the party but I have the rei double shot. I fell in love with it on a camping trip and have used it everywhere since. The best part is the hollow for storing coffe/tea/whatever in the bottom.
TPACjv is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Jan 8, 15, 9:17 am
  #13  
FlyerTalk Evangelist
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Greener Pastures
Posts: 10,495
You can never be late to any party!

I looked at the REI one as well - however, the thing that kept me off of it was the handle on it. I want clean & simple design with few moving parts and few opportunities for breakage. The more tube oriented mugs (vs. handled ones) can fit into a variety of more places in a backpack.
bhatnasx is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Jan 9, 15, 4:19 am
  #14  
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Somewhere between N.A. and S.E.A.
Programs: HHonors / UA M+ / TK M&S Elite
Posts: 185
Originally Posted by bhatnasx View Post
You can never be late to any party!

I looked at the REI one as well - however, the thing that kept me off of it was the handle on it. I want clean & simple design with few moving parts and few opportunities for breakage. The more tube oriented mugs (vs. handled ones) can fit into a variety of more places in a backpack.
I totally see what you mean. I usually, store mine on the outside of my pack with a gear tie or carabiner.
TPACjv is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Jan 15, 15, 11:38 am
  #15  
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Washington, DC
Programs: UA 1K, AA, DL, LH, VX, HA
Posts: 5,432
Originally Posted by MAN Pax View Post
Decision made in 5 hours - way to go to gather some opinions.
For those coming back to this, for travel durability Freiling is my choice:

http://www.amazon.com/Frieling-Frenc...words=frieling

(comes in other sizes/styles).

Pure French press, metal, solid. Unfortunately heavy if you're backpacking, but otherwise a non-issue. Also keeps the coffee warm for a while (even with grounds pressed to bottom).
drewguy is offline  
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Search this Thread