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Coleman QuikPot Propane Review

This hefty brewer can make a lot, but it's a pain to use and the flavor it produces is not impressive.
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Price:  $110 List | Check Price at Amazon
Pros:  Can serve a lot of people, does not require electricity
Cons:  Expensive, heavy, breakable glass pot, takes a long time to brew, tricky to light if ignitor doesn’t work
Manufacturer:   Coleman
By Penney Garrett ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Aug 28, 2019
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  • Taste - 40% 5
  • Ease of Use - 25% 3
  • Group Cooking - 15% 8
  • Portability - 10% 2
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Our Verdict

The Coleman QuikPot Propane Coffeemaker is a large drip brewer much like the kind you would have on your kitchen counter at home. This one takes up even more space though due to its propane adapter and subsequent propane bottle. While it's able to brew a lot of coffee, it takes a long time to do so and has enough quirks and annoyances that we weren't impressed. Honestly, with so many fantastic options available that are smaller, lighter, easier to use, and better performing, we're really not sure who this beast of a coffeemaker is for.

If you need to caffeinate a crew, our current favorite device is the Planetary Designs French Press, our Top Pick for Large Groups. It's insulated, durable, straightforward and available in both 32 and 48-ounces. We also really love the classic Bialetti Moka Express 9-Cup, a stovetop espresso maker that's perfect for making a strong tasty brew that can be consumed either as-is or added to water or milk for more options.`


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Pros Can serve a lot of people, does not require electricityGourmet flavor, well-conceived design, ceramic version available for home useNo filter needed, great taste, stylishLight, simple, affordable, design allows you to see level of coffee while brewingPacks down flat, produces a good cup, lightweight for non-plastic, works on top of many different-sized vessels
Cons Expensive, heavy, breakable glass pot, takes a long time to brew, tricky to light if ignitor doesn’t workSpecial shaped filters are harder to find, expensive for a plastic dripper, heavier than other brandsExpensive, requires water and more time to fully cleanNot as refined a flavor as the V60, bulkyCan collapse while brewing if not careful, certain filters hang very low due to large bottom hole
Bottom Line This hefty brewer can make a lot, but it's a pain to use and the flavor it produces is not impressive.The iconic pour over model in a light plastic package, delivering a consistently great flavor.The best model that does not require filters and one of the few that does not involve hot water on plastic.This is a very light and inexpensive pour over option that provides solid taste and stellar value.This collapsible stainless steel dripper is a bit on the heavy side but it folds down flat for easy travel and brews a nice cup.
Rating Categories Coleman QuikPot Propane Hario V60 Plastic Dripper Paperless Pour Over Melitta 1-Cup Pour-Over Collapsible Coffee Drip
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Specs Coleman QuikPot... Hario V60 Plastic... Paperless Pour Over Melitta 1-Cup... Collapsible Coffee...
Weight 8 lbs 10.9 oz dripper alone: 2.95 oz, dripper + scoop: 3.37 oz 3.3 oz 2.01 oz 4.8 oz
Brew Type Pour Over Pour Over Pour Over Pour Over Pour Over
Main Material Glass, plastic Hard plastic Stainless steel Hard plastic Stainless steel
Filter needed? Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Notable Features Portable coffee pot, makes 10 cups Cone shape, large hole, ribs along side No filter pour over Can see cup without lifting dripper Collasible cone filter
Notes Great option for large groups, but it's heavy and the carafe is glass Makes strong, smooth coffee Requires some water to clean between uses Doesn't brew as well as the Hario dripper Folds down flat for easier transport than most other cone drippers

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Coleman QuickPot might seem fun and useful, but the more we used it, the less we enjoyed it. No matter what your needs are, there are better ways of making coffee while camping.

Performance Comparison


The Coleman QuikPot takes up a lot of space and brews really slowly. There are better and more practical options available.
The Coleman QuikPot takes up a lot of space and brews really slowly. There are better and more practical options available.

Brew Features


The QuikPot functions much as a home countertop brewer does: put water in the reservoir, add a filter and ground coffee to the basket, place the pot underneath, and press start. Except, "pressing start" on this device entails hooking up a propane adaptor and canister and then lighting the burner with the "Instastart" push-button ignition — if it works, that is. Ours did not, so getting the burner going meant sticking a long-reach lighter through a hole in the body to light the burner. Don't have a long-reach lighter, you say? Neither did we our first time out which meant we had to hunt down a stick to light the burner. Then brewing time takes over 15 minutes for a full pot. Needless to say, we missed the simplicity and speed of a French press while waiting for this machine.

Make sure you bring a long-reach lighter when using the QuikPot. If the ignitor doesn't work you'll need to light a burner housed deep inside the body of the brewer. If you don't have the right kind of lighter you might be hunting for sticks to light on fire  as we were.
Make sure you bring a long-reach lighter when using the QuikPot. If the ignitor doesn't work you'll need to light a burner housed deep inside the body of the brewer. If you don't have the right kind of lighter you might be hunting for sticks to light on fire, as we were.

Taste


If you were to look into brewing methods that coffee professionals use for work, competition, or home use, a standard "Mr. Coffee" type of brewer would not be on anyone's list. It simply does not produce as nuanced or flavorful a cup as other methods. The drip brewers that people in-the-know DO tend to use are high-functioning and rich with features like pre-infusion and double boilers. The small burner on the QuikPot is not powerful enough to brew efficiently or consistently and it was obvious in our cup. You can expect a mediocre start to the morning with this brewer, despite the hefty price tag.

Water evaporates during the brewing process with the QuikPot  so you either have to add more midway or subject yourself to a thick and bitter cup.
Water evaporates during the brewing process with the QuikPot, so you either have to add more midway or subject yourself to a thick and bitter cup.

Ease of Use


Again we were not impressed with the QuikPot. There's so much going on and potential for problems. As mentioned above, our ignition system did not work, and getting the burner lit was a bit of an ordeal. Make sure you have a long-reach lighter with you for this scenario. Next, the water reservoir, shockingly, does not hold as much water as the carafe. So if you want to brew the full 10-cups, you will need to add more water partway through. You probably will have to do this anyway, because during the very long (15+ minute) brewing process water evaporates. If there's a breeze the brew time will take even longer (reviews from consumers online report up to 30 minutes or more). Many parts are cheap plastic and ill-functioning, and the metal parts of the body get wickedly hot — customers in online reviews spoke of melted plastic and scorched wood tables. Keep your kiddos away! The measurement lines on the carafe are highly obscure (5.5 ounces per "cup"?), and the included instructions leave out any discussion of what the extra settings on the fuel gauge are for or how grind size will affect your brew. We could go on, but you get the idea. When you have expertly-designed devices like most of the models in our review, why fuss with something as finicky — and expensive — as this?

Even the filter basket didn't slide in easily on this ill-conceived brewer.
Even the filter basket didn't slide in easily on this ill-conceived brewer.

Group Cooking


This is the only one of our rating metrics where we could award a decent score, though it comes with some caveats. While this is a large brewer, the process takes a long time (in the time it takes the QuikPot to brew you could make at least three French presses), and you need to babysit the water reservoir so it doesn't go dry and overheat the components. You will also need to add extra water if you want to fill your carafe to its maximum capacity.

There is, however, a "Pause 'n' Serve" feature that allows you to remove the carafe, fill a cup without making a mess, and then return the carafe to the burner while brewing finishes. This is generally considered a no-no by coffee experts though because the water extracts differently depending on where you are in the brew cycle. At the very least, we recommend not doing this at the very beginning because you will get an overly strong cup and leave the rest of the pot a bit weak.

Yes  this is a large brewer. But it has a myriad of problems that make it not the best choice for a large group of sleepy  impatient campers.
Yes, this is a large brewer. But it has a myriad of problems that make it not the best choice for a large group of sleepy, impatient campers.

Portability


This is a portable brewer in the sense that, yes, it can be transported wherever you want and it doesn't need electricity. But it's heavy, has lots of parts including a breakable glass carafe and, with the propane canister attached, it takes up a lot of space. In regards to options available while camping, we consider this to be the least truly portable option in our review.

The large QuikPot took up most of our modest camp table!
The large QuikPot took up most of our modest camp table!

Weight


The QuikPot is, by far, the heaviest brewer in our review at 8 pounds 10.9 ounces.

This is a very heavy device despite the abundance of cheap plastic components.
This is a very heavy device despite the abundance of cheap plastic components.

Value


This is — by a long shot — the most expensive brewer in our review. We'd love to be able to say it's so awesome it's worth it, but sadly that is not the case. For the QuikPot to earn its hefty price tag it would need to be really impressive. It's not. This oversized device left us frustrated more of the time than not and we didn't even get rewarded with a decent cup of coffee.

Conclusion


We were curious to investigate this kitschy propane drip machine, but it turned out to mostly be a disappointment. We're honestly not sure who this device is meant for. Online reviews seem to point to people who are hunting and fishing, which does make sense. Once brewing has commenced this is a mostly hands-off option, and the burner knob has a "keep warm" setting. But it's far more expensive than all the other brewers in our review, complicated to use, finicky, poorly designed, heavy, and the body gets dangerously hot. All of that and it doesn't even give very good flavor? We say no thank you, try again Coleman.

A mediocre cup from an over-complicated and pricey brewer. Not our favorite.
A mediocre cup from an over-complicated and pricey brewer. Not our favorite.


Penney Garrett