A look into the world of high-end single serve pour over coffees: Coffee Blenders Review
We all know those types of coffee people. We affectionately call them coffee snobs or coffee perfectionists. They are the people doing all that weighing, grinding, heating and pouring, all to make that single cup of coffee perfection. Tease them all you want, but ooooh their coffee is sooo good and arguably worth every spec of extra effort. Maybe I am one of those people. Maybe you are one of those people too. Chances are, you (like me) take the extra steps everyday for a great cup of coffee. The problem with being one of ‘those coffee people’ is facing the common challenge getting your high quality brew while on the move.
Enter Coffee Blenders, who were kind enough to send me some samples of their new gourmet coffee line up to review. A quality-conscious company, Coffee Blenders offers organic and Fair Trade Certified single serve pour over coffee pouches. Their portable pour over apparatus is really ingenious, if not overly simple. Yet Coffee Blenders didn’t stop with design, they added a lineup of really great coffee. Perfect for the discerning coffee (snob) drinker.
Coffee Blender Review: How it Works
First, lets talk about how the single serve pour over works. A package comes with multiple single serve pouches. Tear open a pouch, open the paper coffee filter, spread the hanger arms over your cup and pour to your heart’s content.
It’s really that simple. There are no other directions, tricks or techniques needed. Like any pour over, the pouring is a process that takes a few minutes during which time you can really let your inner coffee snob out. Coffee Blenders obviously paid attention to detail with their coffee filter and quality of grind. While portable, the process is really the same as any pour over. Pour a bit, let the coffee bloom and pour some more. Since the process might take a few minutes depending on how you make your pour over, I simply make my water a little hotter.
During my travels I have used coffee tea bags, instant pouches, and currently a reusable net for my own pour over style. Despite mediocre coffee and a messy net clean up, I was using these methods because I want coffee when I want coffee. Coffee Blenders blows away any of the above listed methods. Their single serve are easy to pack, easy to use (just need hot water), and easy to clean up.
I think Coffee Blenders could have stopped there. But they didn’t. Coffee Blenders strives to offer an exceptional cup of coffee and based on my experiences with their product, have succeeded in full. The pour over method just happens to offer one of the best ways to extract flavor and aroma from the ground bean…and now it’s convenient.
Coffee Blenders Review: The Coffee
Coffee Blenders calls their coffee “handcrafted” and it certainly tastes as much. This statement speaks volumes. They source 100% Arabica beans from across the world, recognizing origins in order to offer regional blends which cater to certain flavor profiles. These are also single origin brews which means the beans will have come from a single farm or area and thus, been exposed to similar climate conditions. This results what's often regarded as a better cup of coffee due to the flavor being more consistent.
Coffee Blenders then slow roasts these beans before packaging up the highest quality single serve coffee I have ever had. Really. It's clear Coffee Blenders didn't just focus on the convenience. They invested just as much effort into coffee quality as well.
Coffee Blenders offers three different single origin flavors:
In concluding this Coffee Blenders review, it's worth sharing that I recently chose a Coffee Blenders Guatemalan single serve pour over during my last hotel stay over a short walk across the street to the local chain coffee house. With some hot water from the lobby, I was soon sipping an organic, fair trade certified, high altitude bean, perfectly ground for a medium dark roast…just like home and still in my pajamas. Coffee Blenders was recently featured on this list of best coffee on the go. Having experienced this coffee myself, I now know why.