Review – Ozark Trail Collapsible Coffee Drip

Review – Ozark Trail Collapsible Coffee Drip

I got mine at Walmart. I have also seen it at Amazon


About a year ago we switched to pour over coffee. Over the year I’ve discovered that it doesn’t need to be as fancy as we started out with. We used to purchase the expensive matching filters. And while they are easier for beginners, the cheap regular filters work just as well once you’ve got the hang of it. Some brands are a tad shorter than others which can be irritating. Either way I prefer the unbleached 10cup filters. (Stainless cone filter available here) When we have access to plenty of electricity we get whole beans and put them through a burr grinder before each cup. When off grid, solar power is a premium so we take grounds with us. Either way we’ve been happy with pretty much any Kona blends and recommend Lock’n Load Java when you want more oomph. 


In civilization we have a Zojirushi (love them!). At camp we boil water in a simple camp kettle. Both are readily available on Amazon. Previously we’ve used this kettle’s percolator set-up to make our coffee. But then we have to clean it out and start over any time anyone wants tea or soup or anything else. So we decided to bring our pour over cone with us. Naturally it’s porcelain. You know, perfect for the wilderness! However it’s been totally worth it. Having that kettle always only be water makes more of a difference for a family of 6 than I even realized it would. Mom and Dad can make coffee, daughter can make soup, her brothers can make hot chocolate, the dishes can be washed and hot water bottles filled – without constantly cleaning it out.  
And when it comes to the pour over method for the coffee itself. It’s super simple. Going up and down in elevation changes the brew time for coffee made in a French press or standard percolator. It’s a guessing game if you’re camping in a new spot. Some of my old favorite campgrounds may be a favorite simply because the coffee tastes so good there! Anyway, wherever you are, pour-over is pretty dang straightforward. It’s more about the grounds than the technique. We weren’t able to get a travel cone before we left, so after a couple weeks of making one cup at a time I finally splurged on a second cone. A cute collapsible silicone one I’ve had my eyes on for awhile. 
The pictures compare our old porcelain cone with this new silicone one. 


Where the old one is better – 


An elegant design with a comfortable handle, smooth spiraled ribs and is super easy to rinse or clean. I especially appreciate the base catch which prevents the coffee from seeping out between the cone and mug. This is also great for when you’re half asleep and maybe not so keen to center it perfectly. It has one opening in the center which means coffee doesn’t pool and not a drop is wasted. 
Where the old one is not so great – 
Obviously the fact that it is so breakable is its biggest drawback. It isn’t nearly as portable and must be packed carefully. A no-go for backpacking or otherwise traveling light. 
Where the new one is better –
Not breakable. At least, not from dropping or inadvertently bumping it into the counter when a gust of wind smacks your camper. Collapsible and lightweight. Perfect for packing. The bright color makes it easy to spot in your bag. I’ve seen some with rings or even carabiners for attaching to you pack, but this particular one doesn’t have those. I like how it grips the filter and holds it in place. 
Where the new is not so great – 


It has 2 much smaller holes and a texture in the base. At first I thought I’d like this as it does help keep grounds from slipping down into your mug should your filter collapse. But after regular use it annoys me. It takes longer to brew and my last precious sip of coffee pools in the bottom of the cone just taunting me. The other thing I’m not a fan of is the completely flat base. Even if I have it perfectly centered within the mug rim, the coffee likes to wick along to the edge and seep down the sides of my mug (see pic). Both of these things are more along the lines of my own personal little pet peeves than actual design flaws. So I wouldn’t actually deduct points for them. Certainly worth living with to have a good fresh cup of coffee on the road or off the beaten path. 

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