Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Japanese Backpacking Coffee Dripper - SOTO Helix Coffee Maker

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This is a Japanese Coffee Dripper and today Luke is here to share his review.

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Price : $16.49

Weight : 1.6 oz for the basket – 2.3oz for the basket, bag and filters

Materials : Stainless steel

KIT – Set includes mesh bag and 10 coffee filters. Uses #2 cone filters

SPECS – Stainless steel, Weight: 46 g (1.6 oz), Carry Case Size: 135 x 120 mm (5.9 x 5.5 inch)

Pros :

Lightweight (half the weight of the gsi product)

Compact – folds flat enough

Not bulky

Dries quickly so you can stow it again.

Bag carries the stand, filters, and coffee which I put into small zip lock bags

Makes good coffee

Included coffee filters work just fine and I haven’t had any issues with them. 

#2 filters are easy to find and can be purchased very inexpensively.

Easy to clean up- there are numerous products which have integrated filters which can be a pain to clean and stay wet for a long time.  With this one, you remove the filter, air dry for a moment and you are good to go.

Price isn’t bad even though I don’t blame anyone for questioning $17 for a wire basket but if you go out and look at similar products, some cost $40, some plastic models cost $13 and so on.

Cons :

Can be challenging to use if you are in forest as you will need a flat spot to put your cut and then the Soto on top. If it isn’t flat, it will slide.

Time – using this product will take a bit of time for you to have a full cup of coffee and it may not be as hot as you want it to be once full.  Because of the small design, the amount of filtering that it can do is less than larger products which are out on the market.

For Two – The product states that this is for two cups of coffee but I use it for one


Summary :

The most important thing to keep in mind with this product is that it is super simple; it’s ultralight and if you are seeking the ability to make coffee while hiking, backpacking, traveling and so on, this will allow you to do that.  It’s fun to use but if there isn’t a flat surface nearby, you will have to make one. Folds flat, no bulk,

I’ve read of this product being popular with soldiers who are able to take it out into the field.  In my opinion, it’s a great portable option that I will be sticking with.

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