Author: Nick

Pakt Coffee Kit – Gear Review

All-In-One Set For Brewing Coffee On The Go


by Nick Stiverson

Pakt, un-Pakt. The kit includes: (L-R) (top) Bean Container, Travel Mug, Kettle (base not pictured), (Center) Collapsible Cone Dripper, Measuring Scoop

I’m a sucker for portable coffee gear, to the extent that I have to exercise every bit of restraint I possess when I see a new travel brewer hit the market. And yet, I own a lot of them. When I first saw the Pakt Coffee Kit pop up on a crowd-sourcing platform a couple of years ago I was stoked, but I hesitated when I saw the almost $200 price tag; fortunately their campaign reached its goal without me. A friend of mine backed the campaign though, and he kindly offered to let me borrow his to test it out even before he had the opportunity to do so himself.

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Brandywine Coffee Roasters: Scary Coffee to Drink In The Dark 3

Coffee in a tiny, forgotten graveyard on a foggy day? Yes, please.

Halloween is my absolute favorite time of the year, and clearly Brandywine Coffee Roasters feel the same way. Each season they send out a fleet of coffees, subscription boxes, teas, shirts, art prints, and other coffee-related paraphernalia, which for coffee fanatics helps to make the transition from summer to fall. Every item features incredible artwork designed by resident artist and drummer Todd Purse. Their coffee bags are silk screened by hand and stamped with a wax seal that makes each bag unique, and something worth holding onto (I keep all of my bags and boxes from them!) 

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Hyperion Coffee Co – Erick Bravo Finca El Chaferote

Roaster: Hyperion Coffee Co., Ypsilanti, MI

Origin: Huila, Colombia

Process: Washed/Special Prep

It’s not often that you see hops as a cupping note in coffee, and it’s even less frequent that you see a specific hop variety listed, but Hyperion boldly claims Mosaic Hops—one of my favorite varietals—as a tasting note on the label. Fans of craft beer will likely gravitate toward this bag as India Pale Ale lovers everywhere recognize Mosaic for its vibrant tropical fruit and dark berry notes, an attribute which captivates the palates of coffee drinkers and hop heads alike. As a bartender at a craft beer brewery by trade, knowing hops and being able to distinguish between them (and there’s a lot) is part of my job, and I have to wholly agree with their claims. 

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Sparrows Coffee – Kenya Kiandu

Roastery: Sparrows Coffee 

Origin: Kenya Kiandu

Process: Washed 

Roast Profile: Light Roast

This is the first coffee I’ve had from Sparrows, but I’m totally sold. Absolutely massive aromas of maple syrup that were so full and heady that my daughter thought I was making waffles when brewing it in the Chemex. There are no flavors or scents added to this coffee, all of the aromas are natural coffee aromas brought out from the roast process.

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