CHEYENNE, WY â€“ OutdoorGearLab.com announced today the results of its 2012 Editors’ Choice awards for camping coffee makers. Seven of the best systems were compared in extensive side-by side testing. The coffee makers were evaluated in the following categories: taste, weight, ease of use, portability, and group cooking.
The testing involved may months of camping and backpacking around the Eastern Sierra and the Pacific Coast. View the complete reviews at camping coffee.
Hario V60 Plastic Dripper â€“ Winner of the Editors’ Choice award for 2012. According to Gear Editor McKenzie Long, "The V60 is so simple, yet also creates a rich cup of coffee. There are fewer pieces to keep track of, making it easier to bring along on a camping trip, yet it also provides a less-bitter-tasting coffee. The V60 is far easier to clean then a French press, and the unique design of the cone on this coffee maker allows for an almost perfect brew when done correctly.â€
Melitta Ready Set Joe â€“ Winner of the Best Buy award for 2012. This award is given to a product that balances a high score in our tests and a reasonable price. According to Long, â€œIf what you are looking for is a fast, easy, inexpensive, yet tasty way to brew coffee on your upcoming weeklong camping vacation, then the Melitta Ready Set Joe is an excellent choice. This coffee maker is so simple, consisting of a single, lightweight piece of plastic, and it brews a decent cup of Joe."
Aerobie AeroPress â€“ Winner of a Top Pick award for 2012. This award goes to a product that is the best at a specific application. In this case, the AeroPress made the best tasting coffee. According to Gear Editor Long, "The distinct winner of our taste tests, the AeroPress narrowly missed winning our Editors’ Choice award because its weight and multiple pieces make it more difficult to bring along. Once you learn how to use the AeroPress, it is not very complicated, the clean-up is easy, and it allows you to brew a perfect cup every time. With its unique high pressure brew process, many a coffee fanatic has switched over to using this coffee maker whether outside or indoors. "
OutdoorGearLab LLC, headquartered in Cheyenne, Wyoming, is dedicated to creating the world’s best outdoor gear reviews. The company’s website is a free resource for people who love the outdoors and participate in activities such as hiking, climbing, backpacking, and camping. The company performs side-by-side testing of outdoor gear and publishes the results in comparative reviews. Each product is scored across a range of weighted categories, competing products are ranked, and awards are given to top performing products.