Rating: 8.7 / 10
Value for Money 2.1
Ease of use 2.1
Quality of Coffee 2.3
For the last 15 years I have used a coffee plunger to make my coffee at home so I have very specific ideas about what coffee should taste like. For me the MSR Coffee/Tea Filter is one of only two options that reproduces the coffee experience I have at home.
This little unit can best be described as a fine metal filter that traps the coffee grounds but allows the coffee to diffuse into the mug. It’s about as simple as it gets to make coffee with this unit which uses the following steps:
Now while this little filter makes excellent coffee there is a downside. The first being you need a solid mug of some sort. It’s not necessary to have a solid mug to make the coffee, you just need one that is the right width for the filter ‘wings’ to sit on. You can just as easily use something like the Sea to Summit X-mug or X-cup and the end result will be the same. You need a solid mug to store the filter in otherwise you run the risk of squashing this filter beyond use. Now this may not be an issue for most people but the weight you save in carrying this filter you will use up in something like the Sea to Summit Delta Mug or similar. The other issue with this filter is that it becomes one more item to clean at the end of your meal. But at least it means your stove unit stays coffee free unlike when you use the Jetboil Grande Coffee Press.
On other thing you need think about is this little filter also does tea as well. So if you are into leaf tea then this is a good option to keep your tea nice and clean while producing minimal rubbish as opposed to using tea bags.
If you don’t mind the need to carry a heavier solid mug then this is a very good coffee option for those who normally drink plunger coffee.
An excellent lightweight choice for making coffee and leaf tea
MSR Coffee and Tea Filter out of pack
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MSR Filter in a Sea to Summit Delta Mug. Notice the filter resting on the edges of the mug
MSR Filter in a Sea to Summit X-mug. While this mug is too wide the filter does its job
This review was done with product purchased from a retail store by Australian Hiker