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GSI Outdoors Moka Espresso Pot Review

GSI Outdoors has been getting its foot into the coffee maker business. It’s a smart move because we all know there is something about a hot cup of coffee as the sun comes up on the campsite.

Coffee warms us up on cold mornings and gets our juices running in preparation for an active day in the outdoors. GSI Outdoors is adding to its coffee maker collection by introducing the Moka Espresso Pot. All in all, the Moka Espresso Pot makes a very good cup of joe.

First, a little history. A moka pot is a coffee maker that brews coffee by passing boiling water pressurized by steam through ground coffee. The coffee maker was named after the Yemenite city of Mocha. It was patented for the first time in Italy by an engineer named Alfonso Bialetti in 1933. You may have seen moka pots with the Bialetti name and that’s why.

The Moka Espresso Pot consists of three stainless steel parts: the body, the carafe, and the basket. A removable gasket is already set into the underside of the carafe and folding handles are attached to the carafe as well. These handles remain relatively cool to the touch while the moka pot itself gets hot.

The process is simple. Fill the body with water. Add coffee grounds to the basket and place the basket into the body. Screw on the carafe. Set over heat. That’s it. When you hear gurgling, you know the coffee is ready.

There are a few little tweaks here and there that the user will experiment with. How much coffee should I use? (2 tbs. for every 6 oz. of water). How much water should I use? (Fill to just below the steam release valve). What heat level should I use? (Depends on the heat source. Do some quick research of moka pot reviews or play around).

The GSI Moka Espresso Pot is ideal for car camping. It weighs 30.9 oz. which is not a lot, but is more than a thru hiker would want to pack. The stainless steel is easy to clean and ensures a consistent flavor time after time.

Overall, I would take the GSI Moka Espresso Pot with me on a camping trip. I have used it a number of times at home. I find this moka pot makes something in between an espresso and a coffee. It doesn’t produce an espresso the likes of which I have had in Italy. But it does produce something more than just a cup of coffee. I add whole milk and a small amount of sugar for a wonderful morning treat.


  • MAJOR DIMENSION: 25 fl. oz.
  • WEIGHT: 30.9 oz.
  • DIMENSIONS: 4.6 x 4.4 x 8.5
  • MATERIAL: Stainless Steel
  • PRODUCT USE: Car Camping
  • INCLUDES: Espresso Body, Carafe, Folding Handles, Basket, Gasket


Check out our article on coffee while in the outdoors!! Coffee is Always a Good idea

Marjorie Paulson

Marjorie Paulson began her passion for the outdoors through backpacking in our national parks. Her love for locally grown organic food has brought her into the world of hunting and we will chronicle her passion for living the Hunting Life!

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