Rarely do we leave the house without a steamy cup of coffee or tea in hand, especially when we’re headed to the mountains.

GSI Outdoors

For several months we have used the GSI Outdoors Commuter Java Press at least once, if not twice, every day. We’ve tested it camping, at home and on the road. This press has met and exceeded our expectations with its simple design.

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The java press system is comprised of a two shatter-resistant, BPA-free plastic cylinders. To use it, add coarse ground coffee (or tea leaves) into the outer cylinder, fill it up with water, let it seep for several minutes, and then slide a tight-fitting inner mug with a filter into the outer cylinder. The grounds get pushed to the bottom of the outer cylinder and you drink from the inner mug.

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The system also comes with a nylon webbing coated neoprene insulating sleeve for grip and to protect hands from heat, a non-slip foot and a sealable lid for drinking on the go.


  • We often use a portable coffee grinder and we’ve noticed that with other coffee press designs grounds seep through the seal and often the last few sips of coffee are full of grounds. The seal on this press is incredibly tight and grounds don’t make their way through the mesh screen material of the filter.
  • This press is perfect for an individual sized cup of coffee when you’re camping alone (or just don’t want to share).
  • All of the parts for this system are contained, this is great because you don’t have to store or transport any part of the system separately.
  • This is a versatile press. My husband is a coffee drinker and I’m more of a tea drinker. It works great with both coffee and loose leaf tea.
  • We’ve tried other french press systems that are clunky and difficult to use. This system was incredibly smooth to operate and efficient.
  • This press retails for $22.95. This is a bargain since you’re getting a press with a built in mug. Most quality travel mugs range from $20-50.00 and don’t come with a built-in french press.
  • This whole system weighs in at 10.4 ounces. The ultra-light community might balk at that, but we’ll happily take that extra weight backpacking to enjoy a nice cup of coffee or tea at the campsite.

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  • This is a product that needs to be treated with care. At one point my husband pushed the inner mug down way too far and it got stuck. It was so stuck that we thought we had broken the press and rendered the whole system inoperable. We were finally able to get the inner mug out of the outer cylinder by filling the inner mug with cold water and setting the outer mug in a bowl full of hot water. This loosened the seal and we were able to separate the inner mug from the outer cylinder.

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  • It actually took us quite a while to figure out how to use the java press when we took it out of the packaging. It didn’t come with instructions, and we didn’t realize that the inner mug was shipped inside of the outer cylinder. We thought we were missing a part.


Major Dimension: 15 fl. oz
Weight: 10. 4 oz
Dimensions: 3.80”x 3.00”x 7.80”
Material: Copolyster, foam
Product Use: Gourmet Backpacking, Car Camping
Includes: 15 fl ox Press Mug, Sealable Lid with Loop, Insulating Sleeve, Non-Slip Foot
To prepare, try using one of these from CoffeeChannel to make the portable cup of coffee!

GSI Outdoors Commuter Java Press










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