Soto - Helix Coffee Maker
Technical specifications & features
|Mfg Sku/Part Number||OD-HLX|
|Dimensions||135 x 120 mm (5.9 x 5.5 inch)|
|Other Features||18-8 stainless steel (SUS304 WPB Heat Treated)|
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Works great; and the exposed paper element makes for a great deal of (cooled) steam rising from the cone during pouring. Great coffee too.
Fwiw; mine is doing great with #4 filters too. They extend a little from the basket; but with three tablespoons in one; still no tip over or spill ... the #2s might not make a quick pour as such.
Neat item; prob gift a few too. Thanks!
- Works well
If you share my conviction that backpacking shouldn't entail suffering from lack of good coffee, the Soto Helix is a good solution. It weighs about 3oz and compresses down to about 1/2" tall by 4" diameter, so it should suit all but the most obsessive weight weenies. Uses a standard #2 cone filter, and makes perhaps 12oz using two standard scoops of coffee (in theory you can keep adding water as long as you want, but if you like it strong 12oz is about the limit). If you're careful, there's almost no cleanup.
Things to keep in mind: too small to sit atop a Sierra cup, although you can take the plastic lid off a coffee can and cut a hole in the middle to create a stable platform, which works well. In case you're not familiar with cone filters, they can produce good, strong coffee; the more you stir the grounds the stronger the brew. Unlike gold filters (such as the MSR MugMate) paper filters remove kahweol and cafestol, implicated in raising cholesterol.
- Works great
I'm really happy that Soto brought these over to America, as they are great for brewing coffee when you aren't at home. While not the lightest or the cheapest coffee cone, it is much easier to clean, fairly indestructible, and fairly stable drip for camping. It uses #2 filters and easily makes coffee for one person - two if you have a tall enough cup to split - and once you are finished, you can easily remove the grounds.
If compared to the Montbell OD dripper, the two pros for the Soto OD helix is that there is that it cleans and can be dried many times faster, and that the three legs are incredibly stable.
So, if you like coffee while backpacking, and won't settle for instant, then this is definitely my choice if you don't mind the extra ounce or two.
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