Top positive review
A luxury item, but worth it.
on 3 June 2016
I had problems with the first one I was sent. Heat had melted the plastic used inside to pack stuff, and it was stuck to the inner wall. And I couldn't get it to scrape off no matter what I tried. Contacted Amazon, and the return was easily made, even though I didn't have a printer to print out a label. So top marks for the return.
Onto the coffee maker. This has a couple of niggles that others have noted. One is it fits very tightly into the heating element/base, so once the coffee has been made you can't easily remove the coffee maker from the fire box until it's all cooled down, or you need decent hand protection against the heat. Plus it's a bit of a pain to seat it into place when you start.
Second niggle is the pipe sticks out the whole time. That could get damaged when being carried.
Okay, those out of the way. Onto performance. If you want a coffee that you know has been made using your favourite blend then this is great. Are the pre-packed coffee bags easier and lighter to carry? Yes, but the quality of the coffee may not be to your taste.
This was quick, and uses a method still preferred in many parts of Europe today. The coffee wasn't as strong as I'm used to, but I do normally make my coffee much stronger than most.
Is it a suitable hiking item? Yes if you don't mind a bit of extra weight.
Is it suitable for caravans or power cuts at home? If you have an indoor heating method other than the toxic hexi tablets then absolutely. Heck, even if you have to use hexi tablets you can still hunker outside if you're desperate for coffee.
Is it suitable for family camping? I would say yes, and most families like a bit of luxury.
In summary: this does what it is meant to do. A great little luxury item that is actually worth the price.