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Just because you're roughing it out in the wilderness doesn't mean you have to go without coffee. You're camping, not reenacting the life of a caveman. Today, there are several types of coffee and espresso makers perfect for outdoor living.
Submersible filters, French presses, and percolators make a good cup of coffee if you don't mind having grounds in the bottom. AeroPresses, pour-over, and espresso makers make delicious coffee, but they're finicky, messy, and often hard to clean. A portable propane coffee maker will give you the best of both worlds -- a delicious coffee without the fuss.
Coleman QuikPot Propane Coffee Maker Review
Coleman has been a leading manufacturer of camping and hiking gear for decades. The company, known for producing rugged, reliable products, generally charges more than its competitors, but they're usually worth it. The automatic Coleman QuikPot Propane Coffee Maker is no exception.
The Coleman QuikPot is a top-of-the-line camping coffeemaker that runs off disposable propane canisters. And it works just like the coffee pot you have at home. Load it up, press a button, and enjoy delicious homemade coffee with your campfire breakfast.
Who Is This Product For?
Campers, hikers, and fishing fanatics are just some of the outdoor coffee addicts who will enjoy the Coleman QuikPot Propane Coffee Maker.
It's big, but it fills a thermos with minimal effort. This coffee machine is also ideal for areas under fire bans or in situations where you can't build a fire.
Sports fans will also like the Coleman QuikPot. You can set it up next to the barbeque and serve up fresh coffee with your favorite food at your next tailgate party.
People who love holding backyard gatherings, family reunions, or outdoor events will want to try this coffee pot as well.
The QuikPot propane coffeemaker comes with a reservoir and lid, filter holder, and regulator.
It also includes a glass 10-cup carafe, but you can replace it with a stainless-steel carafe that Coleman sells separately.
You can also purchase a specially-designed carrying case to keep the unit protected.
Overview of Features
The durable, propane-powered Coleman QuikPot coffee machine brings the quality of a home brewer to the great outdoors.
The rugged coffee maker weighs just over nine pounds, not including the propane cylinder, and 13.3" high. The overall design is sleek and modern in appearance right down to the metal safety sheet on the back of the machine.
To perk a pot of coffee, the Coleman propane coffee maker uses an InstaStart push-button ignition to light the propane instead of matches. One push of the button will start the burner and heat the water.
The device is equipped with "PerfectFlow technology", which gives you consistent brewing quality regardless of the outdoor temperature or altitude.
The 10-cup glass carafe included with the machine is dishwasher safe. However, these are famous for breaking, so purchasing the extra stainless-steel carafe may be a good idea.
If you choose to stick with the glass carafe, leave the coffee pot on low to keep the coffee warm or transfer the coffee to a thermos.
To power the unit, the Coleman QuikPot will use a 16.4 oz cylinder of propane, which equates to about 4.5 hours of heating capacity.
When you turn the coffee machine off when it finishes the brew cycle, one canister should hold enough propane for about nine full pots. So, one cylinder will likely have enough fuel for an entire week's supply of coffee.
How to Use
To make coffee with the QuikPot propane coffee maker, add a standard 12-cup paper filter to the filter holder, add grounds to the basket, and fill the reservoir with water.
Then, press the InstaStart button.
Don't leave the brew unattended because, approximately mid-way through the brew cycle, you'll want to add around 8 oz of additional water to fill the carafe.
If you'd like to avoid using propane, the Sterno Inferno Stove Kit might be a better option.
This system uses canned camp fuel to make a 16 oz pot of coffee. Each can of fuel burns clean and is equivalent in heat to 7.24 oz of propane.
The Sterno pot has built-in wind resistance, which the Coleman system lacks.
The Sterno system is significantly smaller than the Coleman, weighs 9 oz, and is considerably more portable.
One significant benefit of the Sterno is the price; it costs less than a third of the price of the QuikPot.
The Coleman QuikPot Propane Coffee Maker is an excellent choice for outdoor gatherings or for outdoor enthusiasts who consume large amounts of coffee.
It takes about thirty minutes to make a pot, but the quality is well worth the wait.
When you only drink a single cup, however, you might prefer the speed and money savings of the Sterno or a portable manual coffee machine.