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Good coffee, questionable quality?
on July 13, 2016
The coffee maker itself feels surprisingly cheap. I was a little worried about the fact that it is predominately made of cheap feeling plastic. Shouldn't be a surprise as when you get your box you will notice MADE IN CHINA, Glass made in Germany in bold letters. I purchased this after reading all review types, positive, neutral and negative. I'm not willing to call anyone out like some reviewers have and state things like "They don't know what they are talking about", "They OBVIOUSLY are doing something wrong", etc.
IMPORTANT: The first pot of coffee I brewed wasn't a pot of coffee at all. It was just plain water to make sure the device functioned and to help "clean/cycle" the unit of any possible contamination. Some people have claimed that the device overflows, backs up and pours out all over the place. Mine did too at first and here's why:
You MUST ensure that the top portion/basket is swung closed PRIOR to inserting the coffee pot. This is due to the design of the pause and serve lever. I tinkered around a bit with mine because I thought that it wasn't closed all of the way because there is a gap on the left side of the plastic facing you when brewing. If you play with the swing out basket AFTER you place the glass pot the device will back up and leak!
Not sure if its everyone's coffee maker or just a defect in mine but mine does in fact make it look like the filter basket is NOT closing all of the way. Poor design, if so. If your coffee maker does start leaking my best advice is to turn off the fire and leave it be. Don't try to stop it or you WILL burn yourself.
Brewing Time: I was a little taken aback that my coffee wasn't as instant as I would have liked to hope for. However, I think many people living in todays age of drive through's and K-Cup single serves would in fact be surprised at how long it takes to brew. Not sure I'd go ahead and be braisen enough to claim that it takes as long as a household coffee brewer would or not, as its been a LONG time since I too have used home brewers. Some brew faster than others. Especially the expensive models like Keurig, BUNN, anything that has a heating element for pre-heated water.
The product however does NOT lose a star due to the brewing time. After all, coffee after while when camping IS better than no coffee at all, or percolators that give you a cup full of grounds that take equally as long.
A lot of people have claimed that the usage of aluminum for a heating element was a poor decision. While I have not had a problem in this area, I'd have to agree. I have pretty much learned to HATE anything made of aluminum as the melting point is much lower than solid steel and heavier metals. Ever throw a soda can in a camp fire? Watch it melt sooner than later. Ever use one of those pie irons that arent actually made of iron, I did, and it melted the first night! The instructions DO however specify to use nothing more than 15,000 BTU's, so, with that being said; I have seen at least one reviewer state theirs melted with a 20,000 BTU unit, which definitely does denote USER ERROR.
Unfortunately, to many, fire is fire and when you advertise that it's for a camp stove, a lot of individuals won't mind to pay attention to things like BTU's, etc.
Overall: I highly appreciated the fact that I was able to have quality coffee at my disposal. The unit loses a star for its overall build quality as I question how long this will truly last. I've been really careful in between brewing pots to let the unit cool for a while, etc. I'm afraid just one simple mistake will leave me without my morning and evening cup of coffee, and hunting for a replacement. Coleman, if you're listening, people associate your name, or at least once did with QUALITY and RELIABILITY. I'm sure i'm not the only one willing to pay a few extra bucks to an extra $20.00 for heavier metal and some quality materials, overall.
I will update after my next time using it to update how well it's held up. I may even poke around and see if I can remove the pause and serve lever somehow without breaking the unit, as I have no use for it.