The pour over brewing method has long been considered by coffee aficionados as one of the best ways to make your coffee. The reason for this is because this method gives you manual and granular control over different brew variables such as timing and water exposure. You can fine-tune these variables to produce a cup of Joe that perfectly suits your profile. However, the draw back of this brew method is that it takes time…time which most coffee lovers don't necessarily have. However, a relatively new coffee delivery form called the portable pour over or single service pour overs is poised to redefine the very idea behind the pour over.
Before going into detail about the portable pour over, let's briefly go back in time and look at just how important coffee delivery forms are.
The coffee industry has undergone tremendous technological changes over its storied history. A prime example of this is the invention of the K-Cup or coffee pod back in 1998 when the terms coffee and convenience were rarely used in the same sentence. This new delivery form would forever alter the course of coffee's timeline as it allowed home users to prepare their coffee in record time. Of course, using these K-Cups would require a machine such as a Keurig or a universal coffee pod brewer. Despite needing specific equipment to reap the benefits, the K-Cup today has become a household name and a staple for millions of coffee drinkers around the world.
The single serve portable pour over is unique in that it allows you to reap the benefits of a pour over coffee while on the go. The idea of a convenient pour over sounds may sound like an oxy moron to some, but it's truly not. With portable pour over coffee, you no longer do you have to sacrifice quality and precision for convenience. The concept is incredibly simple but elegant and effective. Your typical pack includes properly ground coffee conveniently nestled within a paper filter. On its sides are tabs that fold out to suspend the coffee over the top of your cup. And that's it. You just pour your hot water over these grounds and you'll have a delicious pour over with no brewer required.
These portable pour coffee packets will include coffee that's specifically ground for a pour over brew method (medium / medium coarse). Companies such as Coffee Blenders and Mahlhaus Coffee offer a solid portable pour over that's certainly worth checking out. We'll be doing a Coffee Blenders review in the upcoming weeks (stay tuned).
As a coffee-lover who goes on frequent hikes, this portable pour over is perfect for me. Most of the time I mentally resign myself to drinking mediocre instant coffee when I'm on the go or out camping. Although, I have to say Sudden Coffee (which is marketed as an instant coffee that tastes better than a $4 Starbucks) is definitely not your average instant coffee and is a great instant coffee for a coffee snob such as myself. Nonetheless, with portable pour overs, I can savor delicious coffee while I'm out in the wilderness. If that's not one of life's examples of having the best of both worlds, I don't know what is. I generally save pour overs for days when time and portability aren't concerns. With single serve pour overs, I'm able to now enjoy the deeply rich flavor of a pour over brew any time I have a cup and hot water.
One of the reasons I appreciate the global coffee community so much is that it's made up of so many different types of coffee drinkers. On one end of the spectrum you have your coffee lovers who will drink any brew that contains caffeine. On the other end, you have coffee connoisseurs who take their coffee-brewing to levels requiring a PhD in chemistry. And then you have everyone in between. Regardless of which camp describes you, I think every type of traveling or “on the go” coffee lover should at least check out the portable pour over and experience portability and coffee authenticity at the same time.
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