There are seemingly dozens of different gadgets that will let you brew coffee on-the-go, but most of them have flaws. Portable French presses, for example, often leave a brown sludge at the bottom of the mug. The AeroPress, though beloved by coffee snobs for its high-quality brew, requires lots of different parts, which makes transporting it kind of tricky. And though the Chemex is an ostensibly travel-friendly coffeemaker, it's also made of glass, so we all know how that ends. (Poorly, and potentially with a few stitches.) These are the problems that the folks at Boco Design, a company based in Denver, Colorado, are trying to fix with their new travel coffeemaker. It's called the BRuX, and it's an all-in-one portable coffeemaker that brews 20 ounces of pour over coffee in three minutes, currently available on Kickstarter.
The design of this personal brewer is definitely compact, since it's a brewing device and an insulated coffee mug all-in-one. A telescoping brew cone is stored inside the vacuum-insulated canister. When you're ready to brew a cup of coffee, pull out that red cone, place a filter inside of it, add ground beans, then pour over your hot water. Once the coffee percolates, in about three minutes, you'll be left with piping-hot coffee that's free of floating grinds, and you can drink it straight from that canister.
Since the device is made of stainless steel and plastic, you don't have to worry about it accidentally breaking in your bag and slicing your finger open. Plus, it's friendly for campsites or music festivals with strict, albeit reasonable, prohibitions on glass. If you're afraid of the great outdoors, you can use the BRuX, too. It's kind of the perfect solution for folks who are forced to suffer from bad office coffee.
The BRuX coffeemaker has already been fully funded on Kickstarter, far exceeding its initial $8,000 goal with 49 days left in the campaign, so there's clearly a demand. It'll be going for $49 for a BRuX and 40 filters for folks who back it on Kickstarter, which is a steal considering that the full retail price is $70. So say goodbye to bad on-the-go coffee, and start making your own brew with a single device.