• Weight- the bare minimum 11 grams
  • Packed Dimensions 10.7cm x 10.7cm x 1.3cm
  • Cost $25.95

GSI Ultralight Java Drip

Camp Kitchen


Rating: 8.6 / 10
Value for Money 1.7 / 2.5
Ease of use 2.2 / 2.5
Quality of Coffee 2.4 / 2.5
Weight 2.3 / 2.5

GSI Ultralight Java Drip Review

The GSI Ultralight Java Drip is another option for making coffee on the trail and as the name suggests this is an ultralight option weighing in at just 11 grams. This small cloth (nylon and polypropylene) filter attaches to a range of cups by means of their plastic legs that will attach to a range of cups. In my case I used my Sea to Summit Cool Grip X-Mug and it attach he’d quite easily. After setting up the filter I added 3 tea spoons of my favourite plunger coffee and then proceeded to pour boiling water through the ground coffee into the cup. It was a slowish drip through the coffee so I added to water slowly so as to not overflow the cup.

Once I had the water at the desired level in the cup I unclipped the filter and this was probably the hardest part of the whole process as the coffee grounds were very hot so took a bit of fiddling  to detach the unit. This was really the main negative of this unit. The only other minor negatives is that this filter relies on the 3 legs clipping onto variety of cup rims and while it does that well these legs are potentially the weak part of the unit so don’t be overly rough when handling this unit.Quality wise the coffee, which was my preferred plunger blend, tasted no different than when I made it at home. From there it was just a matter of emptying out the bulk of the grounds and giving the unit a quick rinse.

Price wise this unit comes in at around AUD $25.95 RRP but this unit is often available on sale at cheaper prices so keep an eye out. So if you really are a coffee fan on trail and don’t want to impact your weight then this is a great option that’s worth considering.

We Like

  • Ultralight weighing in at just 11grams
  • Compact taking up almost no space in your pack
  • Relatively easy to use

We Don't like

  • Handle with care
  •  A bit fiddly to handle once you’ve made your coffee and need to remove the unit complete with hot grounds from the cup

Best Uses

For when you want a descent coffee with minimal fuss and minimal weight

GSI Ultralight Java Drip set up on a cup

GSI Ultralight Java Drip with dry coffee

GSI Ultralight Java Drip with dry coffee with water poring through drip mesh

Buy One

You can purchase the GSI Ultralight Java Drip from Snowys

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AUD $25.95 RRP


This review was done with product provided for testing by Snowys

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